Putin warns France after gay marriage vote
France

Putin warns France after gay marriage vote

President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Russia could change agreements for the adoption of Russian children made with France and other Western states that are legalising gay marriage.

‘Nowhere on earth compares to Chamonix’
France

‘Nowhere on earth compares to Chamonix’

The French alpine town of Chamonix is often referred to as the adventure capital of Europe. As the latest installment in our My France series, mountain guide Rob Jarvis tells us more about living and working in France’s great outdoors.

Jobseeker given 22,000 years to pay her debt
France

Jobseeker given 22,000 years to pay her debt

An unemployed French woman who owed her local job centre almost €3,000 would have been hoping for a fair repayment schedule, but was no doubt stunned when she got the equivalent of 22,000 years to pay her debt, at 1 cent per month.

Spain calls for extra time on jobs and growth
Spain

Spain calls for extra time on jobs and growth

The Spanish government forecast on Friday it would climb out of its bitter recession in 2014 but needed two extra years to meet the European Union's target for reining in its public deficit.

Secret Location: All along the watchtower
Sweden

Secret Location: All along the watchtower

Think you know Sweden? Or simply want to learn more? In our new "Secret Location" trivia series, we head to a "mystery" Swedish town that millions of people have visited without ever actually stepping foot there. But which one is it?

Police suspect arson in Corsica nightclub fire
France

Police suspect arson in Corsica nightclub fire

A top nightclub on the island of Corsica was destroyed on Friday in what local police believe may have been an arson attack. The fire comes just a day after a senior public official was assassinated on the troubled island.

Historic prayer call heard at Stockholm mosque
Sweden

Historic prayer call heard at Stockholm mosque

Worshippers at the Fittja mosque in southern Stockholm on Friday heard Sweden's first-ever call to prayer, which brought some congregation members to tears of joy.

Merkel gave Obamas golf putts and wine
Germany

Merkel gave Obamas golf putts and wine

What do you buy a multi-millionaire who also happens to be the leader of the free world? Angela Merkel gave him a set of golf putters - and presented his wife with six bottles of wine.

Swedish military leaks concern defence minister
Sweden

Swedish military leaks concern defence minister

Sweden's Defence Minister has lashed out at sources leaking classified military documents about the country's readiness capacity, after two close Russian fly-bys were revealed in recent days.

Man chews off ear in sleepless rage
Spain

Man chews off ear in sleepless rage

A man in Asturias has been arrested after he allegedly bit his housemate’s lover’s ear off for keeping him up all night.

French-German relations ‘will get worse’: Ex-PM
France

French-German relations ‘will get worse’: Ex-PM

France's former Prime Minister and current centre-right deputy François Fillon said on Friday he had "rarely seen relations so bad" between France and Germany, and he feared they could get even worse after Germany's next elections.

Doctor forgets bandages inside patient’s stomach
Spain

Doctor forgets bandages inside patient’s stomach

A woman has been awarded more than €30,000 in damages because a gynaecologist failed to remove a 30 centimetre medical dressing from her abdomen after a caesarean section.

Gunman kills Hamelin politician then himself
Germany

Gunman kills Hamelin politician then himself

A 74-year-old gunman killed a top official in the northern German town of Hamelin on Friday before shooting himself dead, police said.

Italian mafioso arrested in Colombia: Interpol
Italy

Italian mafioso arrested in Colombia: Interpol

A suspected top member of the Calabrian mafia who was one of Italy's most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Colombia, the international police agency Interpol announced on Friday.

Atlético looking for long-awaited Madrid derby win
Spain

Atlético looking for long-awaited Madrid derby win

Atletico have not won a Madrid derby since 1999, but have rarely had a better opportunity as Real are expected to rest plenty of first-team regulars with Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second-leg against Borussia Dortmund in mind.

Enrico Letta: Child prodigy of Italian politics
Italy

Enrico Letta: Child prodigy of Italian politics

Enrico Letta, set to be nominated to be Italy's next prime minister on Wednesday, is the Europhile deputy leader of the leftist Democratic Party who at 46 already has extensive government experience.

Tourist tax to hit summer Berlin trippers
Germany

Tourist tax to hit summer Berlin trippers

EasyJet-setters heading to Berlin this summer for a budget party weekend will have to save up a few extra euros, as from July 1st they will have to pay a five percent levy on overnight stays.

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Norway

Britain celebrates Norwegian war hero

Britain honoured Norwegian war hero and resistance fighter Joachim Roenneberg on Thursday, presenting him with the Union Jack flag for his daring feats which helped prevent Nazi Germany from obtaining the atomic bomb.

Hermès golf bag among Sarkozy’s gifts to Obama
France

Hermès golf bag among Sarkozy’s gifts to Obama

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave more than $41,000 worth of gifts to US President Barack Obama, in 2011 alone. The most expensive item? A $7,750 Hermès golf bag.

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Spain

BBVA bank posts big gains after asset sell-off

BBVA, Spain's third-largest bank by assets, on Friday reported a 72.6 jump in first quarter net profits compared with the same period a year ago, boosted mainly by the divestment of non-strategic assets.

US spy suspect wife of Swedish ministry insider
Sweden

US spy suspect wife of Swedish ministry insider

The Stockholm woman charged in the US with conspiracy to commit espionage for Cuba is married to a Swedish foreign ministry official, Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Utrikesdepartementet) confirmed on Friday.

French paper floats Spanish King’s farewell
Spain

French paper floats Spanish King’s farewell

The French daily newspaper Le Figaro ran a high profile article on the possible abdication of Spain's King Juan Carlos on Friday.

Foreign holidaymakers spend big in Spain
Spain

Foreign holidaymakers spend big in Spain

Tourism is showing no signs of crumbling in the face of Spain’s crippling financial crisis, with the country’s tourism earning up 8.4 percent in the first three months of 2013 against the same period last year.

Body found in Alps hunt for missing Brit soldier
France

Body found in Alps hunt for missing Brit soldier

A body believed to be that of 27-year-old British soldier Simon Daw, who went missing in the French Alps in February, has been found by walkers, according to media reports in France on Friday.

Teacher charged for ‘romantic’ fling with pupil
France

Teacher charged for ‘romantic’ fling with pupil

An English teacher at a school in the northern city of Lille has admitted to falling in love with one of her pupils, a 14-year-old girl, who was 20 years her junior. The pair have insisted however, their relationship was consensual.

Triple shooting: ‘Killer bought AK47 rifle online’
France

Triple shooting: ‘Killer bought AK47 rifle online’

The apparently deranged teenager suspected of gunning down three people with a Kalashnikov rifle in a random shooting in the south of France bought his weapon over the internet, it was claimed on Friday.

Novartis expands Swiss plant eyed for closure
Switzerland

Novartis expands Swiss plant eyed for closure

After planning to close a drugs plant in Nyon, in the canton of Vaud, pharma giant Novartis has reversed the decision and decided to invest 150 million francs ($159 million) to modernize the site.

Washout weather set to ruin weekend
Germany

Washout weather set to ruin weekend

A low pressure front will dampen many German weekend Grill plans, with heavy rain and storms forecast for many areas until Monday, the DWD national weather service said.

German male mental health ‘often ignored’
Germany

German male mental health ‘often ignored’

Psychological problems among German men are under-estimated, under-diagnosed and under-treated, a new study suggested. More needs to be done to aid male mental health, said the authors.

Union delivers postie pay rise after marathon talks
Germany

Union delivers postie pay rise after marathon talks

Germany's biggest workers' union bagged higher wages for postal workers on Friday after a marathon 20-hour meeting. The agreement comes after country-wide post strikes disrupted deliveries last week.

Sweden Democrat MP in racist Facebook chat
Sweden

Sweden Democrat MP in racist Facebook chat

The Sweden Democrat who replaced an MP disgraced for oinking at a security guard has himself been found to have referred to a group of black people as monkeys on Facebook.

Pensioner hangs herself after eviction threats
France

Pensioner hangs herself after eviction threats

A 72-year-old French woman hanged herself after being threatened with eviction from her home, it was reported on Friday. The mayor of the town of Venissieux near Lyon, where the woman lived alone, said she was “appalled” by the affair.

ETA boss lands 22 years’ jail for police murders
Spain

ETA boss lands 22 years’ jail for police murders

A suspected top commander of the Basque separatist group ETA received a life sentence on Thursday for the 2007 murder of two Spanish police officers in southwestern France.

‘World’s best chef’ flogs off elBulli wine cellar
Spain

‘World’s best chef’ flogs off elBulli wine cellar

Food-lovers who miss dining at the tables of Ferran Adria's elBulli restaurant can get another taste on Friday — of his wine, at least, as the famed Catalan chef auctions his celebrated collection.

Abused ghosts lambast Stockholm theme park
Sweden

Abused ghosts lambast Stockholm theme park

Young seasonal workers hired to scare people in the haunted house at Stockholm's Gröna Lund amusement park have told their own horror stories of beatings and groping by visitors to the popular theme park.

Court orders detention of oldest Swiss prisoner
Switzerland

Court orders detention of oldest Swiss prisoner

The oldest prisoner in Switzerland will remain in detention a Geneva court ruled in overturning a decision to interrupt his sentence for medical reasons.

Man serves Swedish nurses drug-laced buns
Sweden

Man serves Swedish nurses drug-laced buns

A man in northern Sweden is suspected of drugging nursing staff by spiking their coffee and cakes with narcotics when they visited him on a house call.

Mango talks down ties to Bangladesh plant
Spain

Mango talks down ties to Bangladesh plant

Spanish clothing giant Mango said on Thursday it had placed only a 'small' number of sample orders for 25,000 items at a factory in a collapsed building in Bangladesh where more than 200 people died.

Stairway to heaven: Siena cathedral opens roof tour
Italy

Stairway to heaven: Siena cathedral opens roof tour

Secret passages high up in the rafters of Siena Cathedral have opened for the first time after decades of restoration, offering a rare view of midnight-blue ceilings and the Tuscan panorama.

Nude seductresses go face to face in Venice
Italy

Nude seductresses go face to face in Venice

Two naked seductresses separated by three centuries of history went face to face for the first time in Venice on Wednesday in an exhibition devoted to French painter Edouard Manet with his "Olympia" alongside Titian's "Venus of Urbino".

Salvador Dali show lifts lid on creative prankster
Spain

Salvador Dali show lifts lid on creative prankster

Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum is opening a major retrospective of works by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali on Friday. The exhibition explores how his experiments with painting, cinema and advertising have influenced art.

French court to hear case of ‘anti-white racism’
France

French court to hear case of ‘anti-white racism’

A controversial case will go before a Paris court on Friday of a man accused of the racially-motivated beating of a white Frenchman. The attackers allegedly shouted “dirty white" and "dirty French" before assaulting the victim.

Jobless anger boils over in Madrid protest
Spain

Jobless anger boils over in Madrid protest

Police baton-charged young protesters who hurled bottles and stones at them in Madrid on Thursday in the latest street demonstrations sparked by anger at Spain's economic crisis.

‘I’d furnish Oldenburg with more hills’
Germany

‘I’d furnish Oldenburg with more hills’

Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series where insiders offer a personal take on their hometown. This week, Rachel Ramsay shares her tips about Oldenburg.

New charity helps French asexuals come out
France

New charity helps French asexuals come out

France might pride itself on its reputation for love and seduction, but it is also home to a hidden minority of asexuals. As Friday marks the country's first Asexuality Day, a new organization has been set up to raise awareness.

Germans save best for Spanish return games
Germany

Germans save best for Spanish return games

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund get back to Bundesliga business on Saturday, fresh from their midweek Champions League semi-final triumphs, and with both teams set to rotate their squads ahead of the return legs.

Anti-slave trade ‘inaction’ angers Swedish MEP
Sweden

Anti-slave trade ‘inaction’ angers Swedish MEP

The Swedish MEP tasked with tackling human trafficking has expressed her frustration over the fact that so few EU member states have implemented anti-slave trade laws put forward two years ago.

Cop loses gun in bid to keep trousers clean
Germany

Cop loses gun in bid to keep trousers clean

A bungling German police officer is desperately hoping his colleagues can find his gun - after he left it in the toilet of a Berlin service station. It seems a dirty floor may have been to blame.

Shock alpaca slaughter ‘like a war zone’: farmer
Sweden

Shock alpaca slaughter ‘like a war zone’: farmer

Swedish alpaca farmers suspect that a wolf attacked and killed six of its animals on Wednesday night at their central Sweden farm, which supplies alpaca wool to the Swedish fashion industry.

US: Stockholm woman ‘recruited spies for Cuba’
Sweden

US: Stockholm woman ‘recruited spies for Cuba’

The United States has indicted a former State Department employee now living in Sweden with conspiracy to commit espionage for Cuba, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

Scandal hits Merkel’s partner with huge fine
Germany

Scandal hits Merkel’s partner with huge fine

Angela Merkel's junior coalition party suffered an election-year setback when a court ruled on Thursday it would have to pay a fine of at least €2 million over a funding scandal.