Ukraine ceasefire gets first Austrian monitor
Austria

Ukraine ceasefire gets first Austrian monitor

The first Austrian military specialist will join the OSCE mission to observe the fragile ceasefire in Ukraine's civil war on Sunday, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA).

81-year-old billionaire marries 24-year-old
Austria

81-year-old billionaire marries 24-year-old

The 81-year-old Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner married his 24-year-old fiancée Cathy Schmitz, known popularly as Spatzi in a ceremony at Vienna's magnificent Schönbrunn palace on Saturday.

Why Austria wants a divorce from Germany
Austria

Why Austria wants a divorce from Germany

Our regular columnist, The Curmudgeon, considers Scottish independence, and wonders why Austria hasn't declared independence from Germany yet.

Toddler found ‘frozen but alive’ after forest search
Sweden

Toddler found ‘frozen but alive’ after forest search

A two-year-old boy who disappeared near Hedemora in central Sweden on Friday was found alive near his grandparents' home on Saturday morning ending an overnight search involving 1,000 people.

Pharma giant Bayer in contempt: US
Germany

Pharma giant Bayer in contempt: US

The United States government accused German pharmaceutical giant Bayer of making scientifically unproven statements about the health benefits of a popular probiotic on Friday.

Swiss cops nab diamond theft suspect from China
Switzerland

Swiss cops nab diamond theft suspect from China

A suspected Chinese jewellery thief accused of stealing millions of dollars worth of diamonds across the world has been arrested in Zurich during another robbery, Interpol says.

German newspaper targeted by neo-Nazis
Germany

German newspaper targeted by neo-Nazis

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said on Friday that neo-Nazi vandalism and threats against a local newspaper in eastern Germany were "unacceptable and must be stopped".

IT expert casts doubts on hacking allegations
Denmark

IT expert casts doubts on hacking allegations

American computer security expert and hacker Jacob Appelbaum said that the evidence in Denmark's largest ever hacking case is "tainted" and the prosecution "doesn't understand anything related to technology at all".

French minister ‘first’ in Africa Ebola zone
France

French minister ‘first’ in Africa Ebola zone

The French development secretary said Friday she was the first minister in a European government to visit any of west Africa's Ebola-hit nations as she prepared to fly to Guinea.

Denmark gets its first World Trade Center
Denmark

Denmark gets its first World Trade Center

The Copenhagen suburb of Ballerup is now home to a World Trade Center location and the group behind the project hopes that companies will soon take up residence.

Ikea offices raided by Russian investigators
Sweden

Ikea offices raided by Russian investigators

Russian investigators on Friday searched offices belonging to an Ikea subsidiary on the outskirts of Moscow, a spokeswoman for the Swedish group said, adding it was cooperating with the authorities.

What to know about renting in Copenhagen
Denmark

What to know about renting in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a great place to live – if you can find a place. In The Local's guide to finding housing in the Danish capital, we re-introduce our roommate-finding service and give plenty of other helpful hints.

Feminists close in on kingmaker role
Sweden

Feminists close in on kingmaker role

With the Swedish election only a day away, the Feminist Initiative is only 0.1 percentage point shy of claiming seats in the parliament and depriving the Sweden Democrats of their kingmaker role.