‘I came to Sweden for orienteering and stayed’
Sweden

‘I came to Sweden for orienteering and stayed’

For this week’s My Swedish Career, Mimmi Nilsson meets Australian Evan Barr, who came to Sweden to represent his country in an orienteering competition but changed lanes to work as a road traffic designer in Stockholm.

Geneva to aid France on ‘false’ Swiss residents
Switzerland

Geneva to aid France on ‘false’ Swiss residents

The canton of Geneva has promised to help neighbouring regions of France that are losing an estimated 40 million euros a year in tax revenue due to “false residents” of Switzerland who actually live in French municipalities while working in the Swiss canton.

Sweden Democrat: Pay migrants to leave
Sweden

Sweden Democrat: Pay migrants to leave

The party secretary of the Sweden Democrats has suggested that migrants should be given a cash incentive to leave Sweden and suggested that minority groups needed to "assimilate" more to be considered true Swedes.

Police see rise in far right extremism: report
Germany

Police see rise in far right extremism: report

German police have noted a significant rise in far-right extremism and attacks targeting foreigners, a news report said Sunday, amid national debate about a new Islamophobic movement.

Spain angers activists with new security law
Spain

Spain angers activists with new security law

Spain's proposed new public security law, which introduces hefty fines for unauthorised protests and allows for the summary expulsion of migrants that try to enter the country illegally, has sparked fierce opposition from human rights activists

Renzi to announce Rome 2024 Olympic bid: report
Italy

Renzi to announce Rome 2024 Olympic bid: report

Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi is set to announce Rome's candidacy to host the 2024 Olympic Games, according to media reports on Sunday.

I was no longer human: French hostage
France

I was no longer human: French hostage

Beaten, bound and fed mostly dry bread, on the darkest days of his three years held captive by Islamists in the Sahel Frenchman Serge Lazarevic has said he felt he was no longer human.

French chip stand irks ex-boss of L’Oreal
France

French chip stand irks ex-boss of L’Oreal

A chip shop camped outside his luxury French ski apartment is getting up the nose of British former L'Oreal CEO Lindsay Owen-Jones.

Russia denies near miss with Copenhagen flight
Denmark

Russia denies near miss with Copenhagen flight

The Russian military doesn't deny that one of its planes was near a Cimber commercial flight, but says there was no danger of "an aviation incident".

Brutal deer attack near Copenhagen was a dog
Denmark

Brutal deer attack near Copenhagen was a dog

There is no wolf on the prowl near Copenhagen, but nature authorities warn that the dog that bit the head clean off a deer calf is still on the loose and dangerous.

Russia denies jet near miss close to Sweden
Sweden

Russia denies jet near miss close to Sweden

Russia's defence ministry on Sunday denied a report by Swedish military that a Russian military plane nearly collided this week with a passenger plane near Swedish airspacce.

Protesters strip off to oppose Repsol plans
Spain

Protesters strip off to oppose Repsol plans

Protesters plunged half-naked into the icy sea and unfurled banners Saturday to try to stop oil prospecting near Spain's Canary Islands, a major tourist destination.

Pope talks economy with Italian PM Renzi
Italy

Pope talks economy with Italian PM Renzi

Pope Francis met on Saturday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, whose "economic and social" problems topped the agenda, the Vatican said.

Costa Concordia captain lays blame on crew
Italy

Costa Concordia captain lays blame on crew

The Italian ex-captain of the doomed Costa Concordia claimed at his manslaughter trial Saturday that "with 30 more seconds" -- and warning from his crew -- the cruise ship's deadly crash could have been averted.

US urges France to stop Native American sales
France

US urges France to stop Native American sales

The United States is calling for a French auctioneer to halt a sale of artefacts made by Native American tribes set for Monday and instead help items be returned.

French feminists protest ‘gendered’ toy sales
France

French feminists protest ‘gendered’ toy sales

A group of feminists, some dressed as princesses and maids, briefly occupied a Paris toy shop Saturday to protest the gender stereotypes fuelled by toys in the run-up to Christmas.

Bayern romp clear while Dortmund lose again
Germany

Bayern romp clear while Dortmund lose again

Bayern Munich underlined their status as Bundesliga champions-in-waiting as Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of Augsburg moved them 10 points clear at the top of the German league, but it was more misery for Borussia Dortmund.

India court blocks Bayer generic drug appeal
Germany

India court blocks Bayer generic drug appeal

An Indian court has rejected German drug giant Bayer's bid to block a generic version of its blockbuster cancer treatment Nexavar by a local drugmaker, a move hailed by activists on Saturday.

SAS confirms plane in Russian jet drama
Sweden

SAS confirms plane in Russian jet drama

A passenger plane that almost collided with a Russian military jet on Friday close to Swedish airspace was a Scandinavian Airlines aircraft, the company has confirmed.