Ex-president elected 2014 Swiss of the year
Switzerland

Ex-president elected 2014 Swiss of the year

Swiss Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Burkhalter was elected Swiss of the year for 2014 during a televised event over the weekend.

Huge crowd mourns Hebdo victims in Berlin
Germany

Huge crowd mourns Hebdo victims in Berlin

About 18,000 people joined a vigil in central Berlin mourning victims of the Islamist attacks in Paris, local police told AFP.

‘Don’t succumb to fear’: President Sommaruga
Switzerland

‘Don’t succumb to fear’: President Sommaruga

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga joined 59 world leaders at a march on Sunday in solidarity with victims of terror attacks in Paris that attracted an estimated crowd of more than one million people.

‘We have to resist fear or we’ll lose our freedom’
Italy

‘We have to resist fear or we’ll lose our freedom’

An estimated 500 people gathered outside the French embassy in Rome on Sunday to show their support in the wake of the attacks against the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris last week, while calling on Europeans to come together in the face of a threat that is no longer "far away from home".

National Front marches alone to defend ‘liberty’
France

National Front marches alone to defend ‘liberty’

France's far-right National Front (FN) held a demonstration of its own against terrorism on Sunday, after being excluded from a massive unity rally in Paris.

A defiant France rises up like never before
France

A defiant France rises up like never before

France witnessed an unprecedented mobilisation of its citizens on Sunday as around 3.7 million people took to the streets alongside leaders from across the world in a show of strength and solidarity after the worst terrorist attack on French soil in over half a century.

Wawrinka wins second straight Chennai Open
Switzerland

Wawrinka wins second straight Chennai Open

Stan Wawrinka warmed up Sunday for the defence of his Australian Open title by winning the ATP Chennai Open for a second straight year and for the third time since 2011.

12,000 in Vienna show support for IAmCharlie
Austria

12,000 in Vienna show support for IAmCharlie

12,000 people gathered at a rally in Vienna's Ballhausplatz on Sunday evening, to show their support for the #JeSuisCharlie movement.

Teen girls arrested for Isis ‘wife offer’
Austria

Teen girls arrested for Isis ‘wife offer’

Two more teenage girls, this time from Salzburg and Upper Austria, were arrested in their homes on Saturday after attempting to join the terrorist group Isis. UPDATE: The girls have been released from custody on Tuesday by a judge, who says 'they have committed no crime.'

Super storm leaves 40,000 without power
Sweden

Super storm leaves 40,000 without power

The powerful storm which clobbered much of Sweden on Saturday night had left more than 40,000 without power by midday on Sunday, caused several injuries and disrupted road, rail and air traffic across the country.

Federer claims 1,000th win at Brisbane tourney
Switzerland

Federer claims 1,000th win at Brisbane tourney

Switzerland's Roger Federer brought up his 1,000th victory at tour level in style on Sunday when he beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three tough sets to win the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

‘Change Schengen rules to catch Islamists’: Spain
Spain

‘Change Schengen rules to catch Islamists’: Spain

Spain wants to see the Schengen treaty modified to allow border controls to be restored to limit the movements of Islamic fighters returning to Europe from the Middle East, a report said on Sunday.

Stockholm Charlie rally breaks winter ‘record’
Sweden

Stockholm Charlie rally breaks winter ‘record’

Around three thousand people gathered in Stockholm’s main square on Sunday in solidarity with the journalists killed in Paris last week. Police said they could not remember a gathering so large during winter in the city, as The Local's Maddy Savage reports.

Anita Ekberg: The Swede who was La Dolce Vita

Anita Ekberg: The Swede who was La Dolce Vita

The actress Anita Ekberg, who has died aged 83, is likely to be remembered for a single scene in which she cavorts in Rome's Trevi Fountain, exhibiting her curvaceous charms to an urbane Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita".

Serial thief sought by police in Vienna
Austria

Serial thief sought by police in Vienna

For the past two years, this unknown man has allegedly stolen from travelers on Vienna's metro. Police are asking for information on his identity and whereabouts, based on surveillance photos.

Swedish Dolce Vita star Ekberg dies in Rome

Swedish Dolce Vita star Ekberg dies in Rome

Legendary Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, immortalised by her performance in Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita", died on Sunday near Rome. She was 83.

Fraternity ball-goers attacked by leftists
Austria

Fraternity ball-goers attacked by leftists

Attendees at the right-wing student fraternities ball in Linz on Saturday night were protected from attacks by police, who prevented around 50 demonstrators from reaching the ball-goers.

‘Gunman’ claims Isis link in posthumous video
France

‘Gunman’ claims Isis link in posthumous video

UPDATED: A man resembling Amedy Coulibaly, who shot a policewoman and took hostages at a Jewish supermarket in the Paris attacks, claimed to be a member of the Islamic State group in a posthumous video released online on Sunday.

‘As bloody as it’s been, France is not at war’
France

‘As bloody as it’s been, France is not at war’

After three days of terrorist shootings that left 17 dead, politicians including the PM have evoked the idea that France is now at war. Here, the editor of French daily Liberation, Laurent Joffrin, argues that talk of war is playing into the hands of terrorists.

German jihadi arrested on return from Syria
Germany

German jihadi arrested on return from Syria

A 24-year-old German suspected of joining Islamic State jihadists in Syria was arrested Saturday, months after he returned from the war-ravaged country.

Storm strands ferry for over 24 hours
Norway

Storm strands ferry for over 24 hours

Powerful storms kept a passenger ferry from docking in Bergen as planned, leaving it sailing back and forth amongst the fjords.

Tourists in Paris shaken by terror attacks
France

Tourists in Paris shaken by terror attacks

The terror attack that struck Paris this week was not enough to deter many tourists from visiting, though tourist officials are concerned that those from further afield may think twice before coming to the City of Light.

No peace talks without progress: Merkel
Germany

No peace talks without progress: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Saturday to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko in a bid to arrange a mini-summit that could actually end the ex-Soviet state's separatist war.

Danish PM to join world leaders at Paris rally
Denmark

Danish PM to join world leaders at Paris rally

A mass demonstration will be held in Paris on Sunday as European and world leaders unite to condemn the horrific terror attacks that gripped France this week.

Sweden admits second secret submarine hunt
Sweden

Sweden admits second secret submarine hunt

Sweden launched a second, hitherto unreported, submarine hunt just two weeks after a suspected sighting in October made world news, Dagens Nyheter has revealed.

Netanyahu to French Jews: ‘Come to Israel’
France

Netanyahu to French Jews: ‘Come to Israel’

Israel's Prime Minister has risked angering French leaders by telling the country's 500,000 Jewish population that "Israel is your home". The words are unlikely to be greeted well by France's PM who has tried to reassure Jews that they will be protected.

IN PICTURES: Double storms wallop Denmark
Denmark

IN PICTURES: Double storms wallop Denmark

The storm Egon, the second of two to clobber Denmark over the weekend, brought record water levels, stranded a ferry and damaged a train.

The unity march to help heal a wounded France
France

The unity march to help heal a wounded France

With France shaken to the core after three days of terror, hundreds of thousands of its citizens will march, amid tight security, alongside global leaders on the streets of Paris on Sunday in the name of liberty, fraternity and unity.

Ronaldo tipped for third Ballon d’Or win
Switzerland

Ronaldo tipped for third Ballon d’Or win

Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or for the second year in succession at Monday's gala ceremony in Zurich ahead of Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi.

German paper hit by Hebdo arson attack
Germany

German paper hit by Hebdo arson attack

A German tabloid that reprinted cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo lampooning the Prophet Mohammed was targeted in a firebombing on Sunday, police said.