PM defends her record in New Year’s speech
Denmark

PM defends her record in New Year’s speech

Helle Thorning-Schmidt kicked off an election year by saying that "the world's greatest country" is on the right course. But integration has failed and everyone needs to contribute in order for the welfare system to remain strong, she said.

Woman walks dog while sitting in her Mercedes
Austria

Woman walks dog while sitting in her Mercedes

Animal rights activists in the Lower Austrian town of Kottingbrunn are incensed at the actions of a woman who was caught walking her dog on Boxing Day -- while sitting behind the wheel of her luxury Mercedes, according to a report in the tabloid Heute.

Julius Meinl V faces breach-of-trust charges
Austria

Julius Meinl V faces breach-of-trust charges

In a long-awaited move, the British scion of the Meinl family -- once called the most hated man in Austria -- now faces charges for breach-of-trust in connection with the illicit distribution of a €212 million dividend from the private bank he ran in 2009.

Uppsala mosque hit in third firebomb attack
Sweden

Uppsala mosque hit in third firebomb attack

A mosque in Uppsala in eastern Sweden was hit in an arson attack on Thursday, the third attack in the country in the past two weeks.

Fears mount for missing German climbers
Germany

Fears mount for missing German climbers

Two Germans who went missing on New Zealand's notorious Mount Cook are feared dead, police said Thursday, after days of fruitless aerial sweeps of the mountain.

Linzer loses hand with improvised firework
Austria

Linzer loses hand with improvised firework

A 21-year-old man from Linz lost part of his left hand when an improvised firework exploded prematurely on New Year's Eve.

France: Ukraine peace before Russia arms sale
France

France: Ukraine peace before Russia arms sale

France would only deliver two warships ordered by Russia if there were concrete signs of lasting peace in Ukraine, the French defence minister said Thursday.

French dating site offers bulls on heat for cows
France

French dating site offers bulls on heat for cows

Online dating sites for human beings have become a common way of finding a mate, but a French website offering up the vital statistics of hunky bulls is revolutionizing the breeding on the country's dairy farms.

Three dead in New Year ‘crime of passion’
France

Three dead in New Year ‘crime of passion’

A man shot dead his former lover and two other people at a family New Year party in northern France before turning the gun on himself in an apparent crime of passion, police said Thursday.

At least four Danes die in New Year’s celebrations
Denmark

At least four Danes die in New Year’s celebrations

Two firework malfunctions and two car accidents resulted in a total of four deaths on New Year's Eve, all of them in northern Jutland.

France: prevent Libya ‘terrorist sanctuary’
France

France: prevent Libya ‘terrorist sanctuary’

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday called upon the international community to act to prevent Libya from becoming a "sanctuary for terrorists."

Hollande seeks to pep up French after ‘tough year’
France

Hollande seeks to pep up French after ‘tough year’

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday called for an end to "denigration and discouragement" in his crisis-hit country after what even he admitted had been a "tough year" in 2014.

National Front expels two for laxative prank
France

National Front expels two for laxative prank

Two young members of France's far right National Front have been expelled from the party for spiking the drink of its second-in-command with a laxative.

Israel summons French over UN Palestinian vote
France

Israel summons French over UN Palestinian vote

Israel's government summoned the French ambassador on Wednesday over his country's support for a failed Palestinian bid to pass a UN resolution setting an end date for Israeli occupation.

Italian bubbly producers enjoy bumper New Year
Italy

Italian bubbly producers enjoy bumper New Year

Italy's bubbly producers ended the year on a sparkling note as a record number of people opted for prosecco to toast the New Year.

Italy’s Finmeccanica in Russia helicopter deal
Italy

Italy’s Finmeccanica in Russia helicopter deal

Russian oil giant Rosneft said Wednesday it has reached a deal with Italian group Finmeccanica to produce 160 helicopters in Russia.

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine moves home
Sweden

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine moves home

The Royal Court has announced that Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O'Neil have moved to Stockholm for the time being while they decide where in Europe to be based.

Serbia now has OSCE presidency
Austria

Serbia now has OSCE presidency

Serbia takes over the presidency of the OSCE from Switzerland on Thursday, as the multinational body plays a prominent role in efforts to resolve the Ukraine conflict.

Refugees protest rural Sweden relocation
Sweden

Refugees protest rural Sweden relocation

Some 40 asylum-seekers refused to leave the bus when they arrived at their destination in rural northern Sweden, demanding that they be taken back to Malmö or "some big city".

ECB warns against rise of populism in Europe
Germany

ECB warns against rise of populism in Europe

The rise of populist parties across Europe should act as a wake-up call for governments to finally get their economies in order, a top European Central Bank official said Wednesday.

Two Germans killed in Nigeria: foreign ministry
Germany

Two Germans killed in Nigeria: foreign ministry

Two German men have been killed in Nigeria, the foreign ministry in Berlin said Wednesday, as media reported they were engineers shot dead while on a motorcycle trip.