Faymann supports Juncker for top EU role
Austria

Faymann supports Juncker for top EU role

Chancellor Werner Faymann was among nine EU heads of state or government in Paris at the weekend underlining their position in support of ex-Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker as new president of the EU Commission.

Crashed plane recovered from Lake Neuchâtel
Switzerland

Crashed plane recovered from Lake Neuchâtel

Authorities on Sunday retrieved a small plane that crashed into Lake Neuchâtel, killing the two men aboard.

Homeless cup: football with new goals
Germany

Homeless cup: football with new goals

Teams of homeless footballers battled it out this weekend for the German Homeless Cup championship title. Kate Hairsine went along to find out how the tournament helps those on the street find their feet.

Jobless stress levels ‘higher than CEOs’
Germany

Jobless stress levels ‘higher than CEOs’

Stress is a bigger problem for the unemployed than those in work - even top level CEOs - a new study shows. This week's JobTalk looks into why.

Germans seize Swiss bank data in containers
Switzerland

Germans seize Swiss bank data in containers

German customs officials have seized two containers filled with account details from a Swiss private bank's subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, a news report said on Sunday.

Costa wins Tour de Suisse for third time
Switzerland

Costa wins Tour de Suisse for third time

Portugal's Rui Costa won the Tour de Suisse cycling title for an unprecedented third time in a row on Sunday after riding to victory in the ninth and final stage.

Danish adoptions at a record low
Denmark

Danish adoptions at a record low

The number of Danes looking to adopt has dropped dramatically due to increased costs, longer waiting times and a series of negative media stories about international adoption bureaus.

Former FPÖ deputy faces court fines again
Austria

Former FPÖ deputy faces court fines again

Disgraced Tyrolean politician Werner Königshofer stood in the dock again Friday, to face charges of religious incitement for a publication he had posted on his blog. He was fined €800 for disparaging both the religion of Islam and the Turkish ethnic group.

Football and freebies – seven days in pics
Germany

Football and freebies – seven days in pics

Football, free-food and a rescued cave explorer all feature in The Local's pictorial review of the last seven days.

Dane could face death penalty in Indonesia
Denmark

Dane could face death penalty in Indonesia

A 56-year-old Danish man was detained with 1.48 kilograms of crystal meth. Under Indonesia's drug laws, which are among the strictest in the world, that could be enough to warrant the death penalty.

Injury forces Swiss player out of World Cup
Switzerland

Injury forces Swiss player out of World Cup

Switzerland's Steve von Bergen will miss the rest of the World Cup after fracturing his left eye socket in their 5-2 defeat to France, the Swiss football association confirmed on Saturday.

Agency hikes Sweden refugee forecast
Sweden

Agency hikes Sweden refugee forecast

The Swedish Migration Board has raised its forecast for the number of refugees seeking help and protection in Sweden from 61,000 to 70-80,000 for 2014.

Phishing fraud perps nabbed
Austria

Phishing fraud perps nabbed

A 64-year-old pensioner from Walding in the district of Urfahr in Upper Austria was quick to spot a set of unauthorized withdrawals from his bank account, allowing police in Vienna to arrest the three perpetrators.

Spain’s new king and queen make royal bow
Spain

Spain’s new king and queen make royal bow

The new king and queen of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia, carried out their first official function on Saturday, meeting "victims of terrorist violence".

Pope excommunicates Italian mafia
Italy

Pope excommunicates Italian mafia

Pope Francis launched a scathing attack on organised crime during a trip to the heartland of a feared syndicate on Sunday, declaring all mafia members "excommunicated" from the Catholic Church.

Centre-left leaders back Juncker after Paris meet
France

Centre-left leaders back Juncker after Paris meet

European centre-left leaders backed Jean-Claude Juncker's contentious candidacy to head the EU's executive body following a meeting in Paris on Saturday, setting the stage for a fiery Brussels summit later this week.

Alstom board backs bid by General Electric
France

Alstom board backs bid by General Electric

The board of directors of French power-to-rail group Alstom on Saturday unanimously approved US conglomerate General Electric's €12.35 billion ($16.8 billion) bid to acquire its energy business.

Girls flip stolen car and flee in taxi
Sweden

Girls flip stolen car and flee in taxi

Two girls, aged 12 and 14, stole a car belonging to a family friend on Saturday, proceeded to crash it on the motorway and fled from the scene after ordering a taxi, according to a media report.

Learner driver caught going 174 km/h
Austria

Learner driver caught going 174 km/h

Police in Linz intercepted a driver who was traveling at speeds of 174 km/h (108 mph) near Enns in the early morning on Sunday, and discovered that it was a novice driver with a provisional learner's permit.

In Austria, heat is ‘recycled’ from the sewer
Austria

In Austria, heat is ‘recycled’ from the sewer

Vast amounts of hot water from household appliances, businesses and factories gurgle down the drain every day, wasting not only H2O but also another precious resource: heat energy. Not, however, in the Austrian town of Amstetten, where a pilot project by the local utility company is "recycling" this energy from a place where normally few dare to tread -- the sewer.