Lausanne remains Swiss crime capital: report
Switzerland

Lausanne remains Swiss crime capital: report

The city of Lausanne remains the crime capital of Switzerland, according to federal government figures released on Monday.

Patek Philippe threatens Geneva exit over taxes
Switzerland

Patek Philippe threatens Geneva exit over taxes

The family that owns Patek Philippe, one of the world’s most prestigious watch brands, is threatening to move its headquarters away from Geneva or to sell up because of “high taxes”.

GALLERY: Nato troops’ Arctic ‘selfies’
Norway

GALLERY: Nato troops’ Arctic ‘selfies’

As Russian troops were busy storming Ukraine's last remaining military bases in Crimea, Nato troops celebrated the end of their annual Cold Response exercise in the Arctic by posting dozens of 'selfies' online.

Data tool shows why Norwegians are so happy
Norway

Data tool shows why Norwegians are so happy

This visualisation tool by British data designer Peter Cook is a useful aid to help Norwegians analyse exactly why they are indeed 'Verdens Beste Land' -- the best place to live anywhere in the world -- as they all seem to believe.

Rolling Stones set for high-priced Oslo gig
Norway

Rolling Stones set for high-priced Oslo gig

The Rolling Stones are planning to perform in Oslo this summer as part of their latest 14 On Fire world tour.

Paris landlord fined over 1.6m², €300 a month flat
France

Paris landlord fined over 1.6m², €300 a month flat

The landlord of a “scandalous” Paris apartment the size of a toilet and the estate agent that managed the property have been ordered to pay almost €12,000 damages to a tenant who lived in the hovel for 15 years, paying €300 a month rent.

France rejects four out of five asylum seekers
France

France rejects four out of five asylum seekers

France turned down 83 percent of asylum cases last year - a far higher rate than other European countries, new figures revealed this week. Asylum-seeker rights groups in France have expressed their concern.

WMO links bad weather with climate change
Switzerland

WMO links bad weather with climate change

The Philippines' devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia are among recent weather extremes consistent with man-made climate change, the UN's Geneva-based weather agency said on Monday.

Madrid airport renamed after Spain’s late PM
Spain

Madrid airport renamed after Spain’s late PM

Spain will rename Madrid's main airport after Adolfo Suarez, the country's first post-Franco prime minister who died at the weekend, the government said on Monday.

‘Too soon’ for submarine search in hunt for MH370
France

‘Too soon’ for submarine search in hunt for MH370

The missing Malaysian Airlines plane went down in the Indian Ocean, but it's too early to use submarines to begin looking for the wreckage, authorities said on Monday.

Bribery scandal hits ex-Finmeccanica bosses
Italy

Bribery scandal hits ex-Finmeccanica bosses

The financial police on Monday announced the arrest of two former executives of Finmeccanica, Italy’s aerospace and defence giant, as part of an international bribery operation.

Sanctions on Russia could also hurt Germany
Germany

Sanctions on Russia could also hurt Germany

As the EU rolls out sanctions against Russia for its military annexation of Crimea, there are fears damaged relations with Moscow and a weakened Rouble could take a toll on Germany's economy.

Avignon festival ‘to be moved’ if far right win
France

Avignon festival ‘to be moved’ if far right win

The organizers of France's famous Avignon Arts Festival have threatened to pull the plug on the event after the National Front topped the polls in the historic town in the first round of the local elections.

Sweden leads EU in asylum-seeker approvals
Sweden

Sweden leads EU in asylum-seeker approvals

Sweden gave protection to 53 percent of people claiming asylum in the country last year, significantly higher than the EU average of 34 percent and the highest per capita of all the EU28 countries, figures released on Monday show.

Fraud arrests prompt ‘save the Expo’ summit
Italy

Fraud arrests prompt ‘save the Expo’ summit

Italy rushed on Monday to play down an embarrassing scandal linked to the 2015 world fair exhibition in Milan, after the arrest of several top managers for suspected fraud.

‘Anti-gay’ bus driver fired for spraying lesbians
France

‘Anti-gay’ bus driver fired for spraying lesbians

A public bus driver in northern France was fired after he doused two young lesbians with a bottle of water after apparently becoming offended by a kiss they shared just before boarding his bus, according to reports.

‘Concordia salvage could damage tourism’: mayor
Italy

‘Concordia salvage could damage tourism’: mayor

The mayor of Giglio, the island off Tuscany where the Costa Concordia capsized in 2012, killing 32 people, has called for the removal of the wreck to be postponed until September in order to “safeguard the tourism industry”.

The traditional MBA under the spotlight
Germany

The traditional MBA under the spotlight

What are employers really looking for in business school graduates? Do graduates today have what it takes to make waves in the workplace right from day one? Hult Labs, a research unit of Hult International Business School, decided to put business school curricula to the test by asking over 90 top executives what they were looking for in employees and how effective they found traditional business school education.

Football clubs say no to goal-line technology
Germany

Football clubs say no to goal-line technology

German football clubs rejected the introduction of goal-line technology in the Bundesliga at a meeting on Monday.

Thief caught selling phone back to victim
Germany

Thief caught selling phone back to victim

A pickpocket was left feeling stupid at the weekend after he tried to sell a mobile phone back to the woman he had stolen it from - and was promptly arrested.

‘Swedish kids should be graded from age ten’
Sweden

‘Swedish kids should be graded from age ten’

The Swedish government said on Monday that Swedish school children should be graded from year four when students are around ten years old, cutting the current grading norm by two years.

When Swedes swear, they do so in English
Sweden

When Swedes swear, they do so in English

English is increasingly becoming the lingua franca of Swedish media when it comes to cussing and swearing, often in contravention of accepted linguistic norms, Swedish researchers have concluded.

Italy beats EU average on helping refugees
Italy

Italy beats EU average on helping refugees

Italy gave protection to 64 percent of people claiming asylum in the country last year, nearly double the EU average of 34 percent, figures released on Monday show.

Femen attack pro-life demo disguised as death
Spain

Femen attack pro-life demo disguised as death

Five activists belonging to controversial feminist group Femen have staged a protest against an anti-abortion demonstration in Spain's capital by baring their breasts and painting skulls on their faces.

Napoleon’s nightshirt pulled from auction
France

Napoleon’s nightshirt pulled from auction

Various personal items, including a sweat-stained nightshirt, belonging to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte were withdrawn from an auction in France at the last minute, over fears they would be taken abroad.

Protester loses testicle in rubber bullet attack
Spain

Protester loses testicle in rubber bullet attack

A 23-year-old participant in Saturday's 'March for Dignity' in Madrid, has had his left testicle surgically removed after being shot by riot police with a rubber bullet.

Public sector strikes to sweep Germany
Germany

Public sector strikes to sweep Germany

Thousands of public service workers will resume strike action across Germany this week after negotiations over pay rises broke down.

VIDEO: Goat wanders into Rome metro station
Italy

VIDEO: Goat wanders into Rome metro station

Weeks after what appeared to be a wild boar was spotted riding a tram in Rome, another unusual commuter has been seen wandering around an underground station in the capital.

French elections: The key points from round one
France

French elections: The key points from round one

The first round of voting in France's local elections took place on Sunday and threw up some surprising results, not least the huge gains for the far-right National Front party. Here are the key points to note from round one.

Norwegian troops get unisex dorms
Norway

Norwegian troops get unisex dorms

The Norwegian Army has started making women soldiers share unisex bedrooms with their male colleagues in a bold, some might say dangerous, experiment. Surprisingly though, the women so far report a cut in sexual harassment.

Flamingos beheaded at Frankfurt Zoo by fox
Germany

Flamingos beheaded at Frankfurt Zoo by fox

A fox has been blamed for the death of 15 flamingos which were found beheaded at Frankfurt Zoo.

Majority of Finns back Swedish military union
Sweden

Majority of Finns back Swedish military union

More than half of the Finnish population would support a military alliance with Sweden, a new poll in Finland showed on Monday.

Copper thieves leave cemetery in darkness
Italy

Copper thieves leave cemetery in darkness

A cemetery in southern Italy was plunged into darkness over the weekend after a trio of thieves ran off with €25,000 worth of copper from the lighting system.

Hundreds honour Spain’s ‘father of democracy’
Spain

Hundreds honour Spain’s ‘father of democracy’

Spaniards flocked to the nation's parliament on Monday to pay their respects to Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who led the country to democracy after decades of dictatorship under Franco.

Jackpot ‘winner’ sues RAI for botched numbers
Italy

Jackpot ‘winner’ sues RAI for botched numbers

For a moment, Caterina Gentile's world had changed. The unemployed mother-of-two from Salvaterra, a hamlet in Emilia-Romagna, thought she had become a millionaire when the lottery numbers read out by Italy's public broadcaster, RAI, matched her ticket.

My path from India to German citizenship
Germany

My path from India to German citizenship

In this week's JobTalk, Tanya Schober, who is originally from India, talks us through her journey to German citizenship.

Why Jens Stoltenberg is a natural choice for Nato
Norway

Why Jens Stoltenberg is a natural choice for Nato

That Jens Stoltenberg, a staunch member of Norway's left-wing Labour party was put forward to the Nato leadership by Angela Merkel, the most powerful figure in Europe's centre right, says a lot about his broad appeal.

France wakes up to ‘new age of extreme right’
France

France wakes up to ‘new age of extreme right’

The day after the first round of France’s municipal elections all the talk in the press was of the breakthrough made by the far-right National Front party, with many analysts suggesting French politics has been forever changed.

Italian PM’s gran robbed of jewellery
Italy

Italian PM’s gran robbed of jewellery

The grandmother of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been robbed at her home in Tuscany, by thieves claiming to be friends of the family, local media reported.

Swedish boy, 5, found walking 30km from home
Sweden

Swedish boy, 5, found walking 30km from home

Police were left baffled on Monday morning after finding a five-year-old boy wandering on the side of the road 30 kilometres from his home. The child told police he was looking for a playground to celebrate his birthday.

Police struggle with far-left Berlin protest
Germany

Police struggle with far-left Berlin protest

Cars were set alight and stink bombs set off after a far-left demo against "state repression" descended into chaos in Berlin over the weekend.

Spaniard strips in front of Italian masterpiece
Spain

Spaniard strips in front of Italian masterpiece

A Spanish tourist startled visitors to Florence's Uffizi gallery on Saturday after stripping naked in front of one of the most famous artworks of the Renaissance.

Spanish mayor ‘used cop as personal car washer’
Spain

Spanish mayor ‘used cop as personal car washer’

Manuel Meléndez, mayor of El Pedroso in the province of Seville, will appear in court on Tuesday to face multiple charges of harassing a local policeman by lowering his wage, taking away his firearm, shouting at him and making him wash his car.

Rolling Stones set for high-priced Zurich gig
Switzerland

Rolling Stones set for high-priced Zurich gig

The Rolling Stones are planning to perform in Zurich this summer as part of their latest 14 On Fire world tour.

Barça clinch epic Clásico decider
Spain

Barça clinch epic Clásico decider

Barcelona moved to within a point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as they twice came from behind thanks to a Lionel Messi hat-trick to edge a thrilling El Clásico 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Spaniard strips in front of Botticelli masterpiece
Italy

Spaniard strips in front of Botticelli masterpiece

A Spanish tourist startled visitors to Florence’s Uffizi gallery on Saturday after stripping naked in front of one of the most famous artworks of the Renaissance.

Corsica: French official gunned down after vote
France

Corsica: French official gunned down after vote

Violence returned to the island of Corsica on Sunday when a regional official was gunned down after supporting his daughter's candidature at the local elections. Last year there were 17 murders in Corsica, known as the "Island of Beauty", and 14 attempted ones.

Spain’s first post-dictatorship PM dies
Spain

Spain’s first post-dictatorship PM dies

Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who led post-Franco Spain to democracy, died on Sunday at a Madrid hospital, his family's spokesman said. He was 81.

UNHCR assigns genocide refugees to Sweden
Sweden

UNHCR assigns genocide refugees to Sweden

Sweden will welcome mostly women and children in the first group of the year's quota refugee resettlements. The number of resettlements will remain the same this year as in 2013.

Stoltenberg to be next Nato head: Aftenposten
Norway

Stoltenberg to be next Nato head: Aftenposten

Norway's former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is now near certain to be Nato's next Secretary General after winning the backing of France and the UK, Norway's Aftenposten newspaper reported on Sunday, citing "sources very close to the process".

Snow returns to southern Germany
Germany

Snow returns to southern Germany

The mild spring weather has come to an abrupt end in some parts of southern Germany with snow falling on Sunday and Monday.

Terror group repeats call for attacks on France
France

Terror group repeats call for attacks on France

A jihadist group repeated its call for attacks on French soil as well as the assassination of President François Hollande in revenge for the European nation's recent interventions in Africa, terrorist monitoring group SITE said on Sunday.

German trekker missing in Nepal for five weeks
Germany

German trekker missing in Nepal for five weeks

Concerns are growing for a German hiker who has been missing for five weeks. He was last spotted beginning a trek in Nepal.

Submarine prepares to join hunt for flight MH370
Germany

Submarine prepares to join hunt for flight MH370

German scientists are readying a deep sea search submarine to join the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Italian engineer missing in Libya
Italy

Italian engineer missing in Libya

An Italian engineer working for a construction company in the eastern Libyan town of Tobruk has gone missing, local media reported.

Swedish words to avoid when seeking a job
Sweden

Swedish words to avoid when seeking a job

Are you looking for a job in Sweden but having trouble with your CV? Here are the Swedish words you should avoid, courtesy of LinkedIn's annual list of "overrated" buzzwords.

Battle for Paris: Outsider NKM leads Hidalgo
France

Battle for Paris: Outsider NKM leads Hidalgo

VIDEO: The race to become the first female mayor of Paris is proving to be tighter than expected with outsider Nathalie Kosciuscko-Morizet, or NKM as she is known, leading the Socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo after the first round of voting.

Name-change laws could come at a cost
Sweden

Name-change laws could come at a cost

Swedish experts are overwhelmingly in favour of a government proposal to make it easier for Swedes to change their names - for some to feel they fit in, and for others to feel safe. But it won't be free, if one state agency has a say in the matter.

Swedes tie HIV risk to domestic violence
Sweden

Swedes tie HIV risk to domestic violence

A Swedish research duo has found that wives who are beaten by their husbands are up to 15 percent more likely to be infected with HIV than women who do not suffer domestic violence.

Swedish prejudice ‘baffles’ Catholic convert
Sweden

Swedish prejudice ‘baffles’ Catholic convert

Former flower-power commune resident Rebecka tells The Local how a near-death experience propelled her into the arms of monks, and why Swedes are taught to distrust Catholics.

Wintry weekend raises Swiss avalanche risks
Switzerland

Wintry weekend raises Swiss avalanche risks

After two weeks of sunshine, winter returned to many parts of Switzerland over the weekend as temperatures dropped and heavy snow hit the Alps.