Paris hostage hero becomes a French citizen
France

Paris hostage hero becomes a French citizen

Malian national Lassana Bathily was awarded French citizenship on Tuesday for his role in helping to save hostages during the siege at a Jewish supermarket that left four people dead.

Leaders pessimistic ahead of Davos meet
Switzerland

Leaders pessimistic ahead of Davos meet

Global business leaders are downbeat on the potential for economic growth in 2015, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday, bringing a gloomy start to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Zug party president quits over sex scandal
Switzerland

Zug party president quits over sex scandal

Markus Hürlimann has stepped down as the president of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) in the canton of Zug following a sex scandal involving another politician, according to several reports.

Austria threatens Saudi IGO over flogged blogger
Austria

Austria threatens Saudi IGO over flogged blogger

Austria's chancellor threatened Tuesday to withdraw support for a Saudi-financed religious dialogue centre unless it condemns the public flogging of a Saudi blogger that has sparked an international outcry.

‘Vagina’ art to be sold at international Ikea stores
Sweden

‘Vagina’ art to be sold at international Ikea stores

Controversial Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt, who paints pictures that symbolise female genitalia, is set to have her pieces included in Ikea's upcoming spring 'Street Art' collection.

Belgian terror suspect may be in Spain: report
Spain

Belgian terror suspect may be in Spain: report

Dutch police believe a young man thought to have links to a jihadist cell dismantled by Belgian security forces last week could have fled to Spain.

Vesuvius-scorched scrolls may be readable
Italy

Vesuvius-scorched scrolls may be readable

Precious scrolls blackened by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano in AD 79 may become readable again, thanks to 21st century technology, scientists said on Tuesday.

France ‘will never be the same’ after attacks
France

France ‘will never be the same’ after attacks

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said on Tuesday that "nothing will ever be as before", as her counterpart from New York visited the French capital to pay his respects to the victims of the terror shootings.

Lab fails Mexican mass murder DNA test
Austria

Lab fails Mexican mass murder DNA test

An Austrian lab trying to identify remains believed to belong to some of 43 missing students missing in Mexico has failed to find sufficient usable DNA in them, officials here said Tuesday.

Legida expects 60,000 marchers in Leipzig
Germany

Legida expects 60,000 marchers in Leipzig

Supporters of anti-Islam movement Pegida in Leipzig – Legida – have announced a 60,000-strong protest will take place on Wednesday, following Monday's demonstration ban placed on Pegida in Dresden after terror threats.

Elderly woman sought over Rome explosion
Italy

Elderly woman sought over Rome explosion

Police in Rome are searching for an 82-year-old woman in connection with a deadly explosion at an apartment block on Tuesday morning.

Italy deports Turkish student for Islamist posts
Italy

Italy deports Turkish student for Islamist posts

A Turkish student studying at the prestigious Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa has been deported for allegedly posting extreme Islamist views on the internet.

Italy swoops against notorious ‘Ndrangheta
Italy

Italy swoops against notorious ‘Ndrangheta

Italian police on Tuesday made 31 arrests in connection with an alleged plot by an offshoot of the notorious 'Ndrangheta crime group to take control of Rome's cocaine trade.

New Norway ice map could open up oil search
Norway

New Norway ice map could open up oil search

Norway wants to redefine the contours of the Arctic ice edge, the government announced on Tuesday in a controversial decision that could allow it to further open the Barents Sea to oil and gas exploration.

Breeders say Pope’s ‘rabbits’ comment ‘unfair’
Germany

Breeders say Pope’s ‘rabbits’ comment ‘unfair’

The Association of German Rabbit Breeders (ZDRK) said on Tuesday that Pope Francis' injunction to Catholics not to breed "like rabbits" was inaccurate.

Madrid: experts warn on deadly noise pollution
Spain

Madrid: experts warn on deadly noise pollution

Lowering noise levels in the Spanish capital could prevent as nearly 500 cardiovascular and respiratory-related deaths a year, a new study has revealed.

Prime Minister survives vote of no confidence
Sweden

Prime Minister survives vote of no confidence

A no-confidence motion against Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, led by the nationalist Sweden Democrat party was rejected by parliament on Tuesday.

How many Germans are in the one percent?
Germany

How many Germans are in the one percent?

After Oxfam released a report saying that half the world's wealth will be owned by just one percent of the population by 2016, we investigate just how many Germans are on top of the heap.

Police: Don’t report that it’s snowing in Norway
Norway

Police: Don’t report that it’s snowing in Norway

Police in southern Norway say they are not prioritizing complaints about snow and are urging people to remember that they live in Norway.

Munich launches mega trial of €2.4m thieves
Germany

Munich launches mega trial of €2.4m thieves

As prosecutors bring charges against four men for hundreds of break-ins in Bavaria, one of the gang is insisting he didn't do it – in the face of 300 witnesses.

‘Ethnic apartheid’ a reality in France: PM
France

‘Ethnic apartheid’ a reality in France: PM

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that social and ethnic apartheid were a reality in France, almost two weeks after the country was left traumatized following a series of terrorist shootings by Islamic extremists.

Anti-Islam group loses support in Norway
Norway

Anti-Islam group loses support in Norway

Just 70 people showed up to take part in an anti-Islam Pegida march in Oslo on Monday, with the group far outnumbered by counter-demonstrators.

Chechens held in France with explosives
France

Chechens held in France with explosives

UPDATED: Five Russian nationals of Chechen origin have been arrested in France with explosives, a French prosecutor revealed on Tuesday. On the same day it emerged that counter-terrorism police may also have thwarted an attack in Lyon.

Famous Swedish snack gets 2015 makeover
Sweden

Famous Swedish snack gets 2015 makeover

One of Sweden's best loved sweet treats, the semla bun, has been given a revamp in Stockholm, with huge queues outside a cafe selling the new flat, wrapped version of the snack, designed to be eaten on the go.

Facebook helps to create ‘78,000 jobs in France’
France

Facebook helps to create ‘78,000 jobs in France’

The social media giant Facebook can be credited with creating 78,000 jobs in France last year, according to a recent study by the audit company Deloitte. The figure has nearly tripled in two years.

Cheese diet helps oldest Frenchman live to 110
France

Cheese diet helps oldest Frenchman live to 110

The oldest man in France has died at the age of 110, it was announced on Tuesday. Philippe Vocanson put his longevity down to a healthy diet of cheese and chocolate.

Spanish town eyes limit on kebab shops
Spain

Spanish town eyes limit on kebab shops

The opposition Popular Party in the Catalan city of Tarragona wants to introduce measures to "protect traditional businesses", claiming the growing number of kebab, phone and pound shops risks turning whole areas into "ghettos".

Dog owner in court after police brawl
Austria

Dog owner in court after police brawl

A 47-year-old man is on trial in Vienna for resisting arrest and brawling with two police officers after they cautioned him for walking his dog without a lead or a muzzle.

Danish neo-Nazi jailed in Austria for Islam insults
Denmark

Danish neo-Nazi jailed in Austria for Islam insults

A 32-year-old Danish student was convicted in Austria for Nazi-driven incitement and denigration of religious teachings on Monday, and was sentenced to two years in custody.

Ryanair to fight Italy customer service fine
Italy

Ryanair to fight Italy customer service fine

Ryanair said on Tuesday it would fight a €550,000 fine imposed by Italy's anti-trust body for running customer service lines that charged premium rates but rarely resolved passengers' problems.

Sweden’s Ikea rebuilds relations in Russia
Sweden

Sweden’s Ikea rebuilds relations in Russia

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said on Tuesday that it was standing by its expansion plans in crisis-ridden Russia, saying it was focussing on the long term, but also monitoring the current situation in the country closely.

Why do Danes put a photo on their CV?
Denmark

Why do Danes put a photo on their CV?

In many countries, you would never dream of sending a CV that includes your photo and other personal information but in Denmark it is the norm. NemCV's Franco Soldera explains why and gives advice for how to include the appropriate CV photo.

Extra copies of Charlie Hebdo to hit Germany
Germany

Extra copies of Charlie Hebdo to hit Germany

Germany will get more copies of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a spokeswoman for distribution company Deutsche Pressevertrieb (DPV) said on Tuesday.

Rogue drone sparks alarm at Elysée Palace
France

Rogue drone sparks alarm at Elysée Palace

The presidential palace confirmed on Tuesday that an alert was sparked at the Elysée Palace after a drone was seen flying over the building.

India scraps life sentence against two Italians
Italy

India scraps life sentence against two Italians

India’s Supreme Court has overturned a life sentence against two Italians who spent the last five years in jail for allegedly killing their travel companion.

Fraudster leaves prison in name mix-up
Austria

Fraudster leaves prison in name mix-up

A convicted fraudster must have been over the moon after he was released from prison four months too early after prison officials mixed him up with another prisoner with the same name.

Majority of Italians are against immigration
Italy

Majority of Italians are against immigration

Three quarters of Italians feel negatively about immigration from outside the EU, while more than half are against Europeans coming to live in Italy, figures from a Eurobarometer survey show.

More men opt for social care over guns
Austria

More men opt for social care over guns

The number of men opting to do civil service rather than military service reached a record high in Austria in 2014.

Sweden’s largest photo contest set for spring
Sweden

Sweden’s largest photo contest set for spring

One of Sweden's oldest and most prestigious photo contests is returning in March, showcasing talent from around the nation - and more women than ever before.

German investor sentiment bucks worries
Switzerland

German investor sentiment bucks worries

Investment sentiment in Germany, Switzerland's biggest trade partner, rose for the third month in a row in January, shrugging off the market turmoil sparked by the Greek political crisis and the Swiss franc shock, a survey found on Tuesday.

French police accused of ‘beating’ Calais migrants
France

French police accused of ‘beating’ Calais migrants

The NGO Human Rights Watch have accused the police in Calais of "harassment and abuse" towards migrants in the northern port city, in a highly critical report released on Tuesday.

Sweden’s Luleå carves spot for giant beaver
Sweden

Sweden’s Luleå carves spot for giant beaver

The northern Swedish town of Luleå has unveiled its annual giant animal-themed ice sculpture, with a beaver selected for 2015.

Danish neo-Nazi jailed for two years
Austria

Danish neo-Nazi jailed for two years

A 32-year-old Danish student was convicted in Austria for Nazi-driven incitement and denigration of religious teachings on Monday, and was sentenced to two years in custody.

Bail set at €200,000 for Luis Bárcenas
Spain

Bail set at €200,000 for Luis Bárcenas

Spain's High Court has agreed to the release on bail of Luis Bárcenas, the former treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party, currently being investigated on corruption charges.

Solar Impulse unveils round-the-world route
Switzerland

Solar Impulse unveils round-the-world route

The Swiss Solar Impulse team on Tuesday unveiled the route it plans to take to launch in less than six weeks’ time its sun-powered aircraft on a trip around the world.

Dark future forecast for Swedish economy
Sweden

Dark future forecast for Swedish economy

Sweden's Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson has formally lowered her growth forecast for the country's economy, suggesting it will expand by 2.4 percent this year and 2.7 percent in 2016.

Do touch: Madrid’s Prado opens expo for blind
Spain

Do touch: Madrid’s Prado opens expo for blind

A new exhibition at Madrid's world-famous Prado museum allows blind visitors to explore copies of half a dozen masterpieces with their hands.

VIDEO: Drone lifts lid on ‘hidden’ Barcelona
Spain

VIDEO: Drone lifts lid on ‘hidden’ Barcelona

Barcelona's city council has enlisted the help of the increasingly popular new form of technology in the making of their latest tourism video, in the hope of shining a spotlight on one of the city's lesser-known neighbourhoods.

Police raid suspected Islamists’ homes
Germany

Police raid suspected Islamists’ homes

Around 200 police searched the homes of 13 suspected Islamists in Berlin, Brandenburg, and Thuringia on Tuesday, in an expansion of the investigation around alleged terror cell operatives Ismet D. and Emin F., who were arrested in raids last Friday.

‘The Austrian music scene inspired me’
Austria

‘The Austrian music scene inspired me’

Ulf Lindemann - also known by his artist name [dunkelbunt] - was born in Hamburg in 1979 and came to Vienna at the beginning of the millennium to study and make music, becoming one of the pioneers of new music genres Electro Swing and Balkan Beatz. He spoke to The Local about how Austria inspired his music and what we can expect from his new album.

Asylum-seekers told to wear high-vis jackets
Italy

Asylum-seekers told to wear high-vis jackets

A mayor in southern Italy has ordered asylum-seekers in the town to wear high-visibility jackets in an effort to tackle the high number of car accidents outside an immigration centre.

False bomb alarm at Salzburg station
Austria

False bomb alarm at Salzburg station

Salzburg’s main train station was partially closed on Monday evening after a note found on board a train with the word ‘bomb’ on it sparked a terror alert.

Spanish embassy killer gets 90 years’ prison
Spain

Spanish embassy killer gets 90 years’ prison

A court in Guatemala on Monday sentenced a former police chief to 90 years for an assault on the Spanish embassy in 1980 when a group of protesting Indians, peasants and university students were holed up inside.

IN PICTURES: Danish PM visits Sierra Leone
Denmark

IN PICTURES: Danish PM visits Sierra Leone

On Helle Thorning-Schmidt's landmark trip to an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, she met with Danish workers and Ebola survivors.

France sees 116 anti-Muslim incidents
France

France sees 116 anti-Muslim incidents

There have been well over 100 anti-Muslim incidents reported in France since the Paris terror attack two weeks ago, the Central Council of Muslims in France has revealed.

Bayern accidentally snub Saudi prince at dinner
Germany

Bayern accidentally snub Saudi prince at dinner

Bayern Munich has drawn the ire of Saudi prince and Al-Hilal football club owner Abdulrahman bin Musaid after members of his team were turned away from what was supposed to be a joint dinner with the German players, Bild reported on Tuesday.

Italian killed trying to stop Florida mall gunman
Italy

Italian killed trying to stop Florida mall gunman

A 36-year-old pizzeria owner, who was shot dead while trying to protect a woman from her armed husband in a shopping mall in Florida, the US, was from a town near Naples.

Wawrinka starts title defence with victory
Switzerland

Wawrinka starts title defence with victory

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka returned to Rod Laver Arena where his life changed completely last year to get his Australian Open title defence off to a winning start on Tuesday.

Denmark: EU ‘must not cower’ to terror threat
Denmark

Denmark: EU ‘must not cower’ to terror threat

At the EU Minister meetings in Brussels, Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said that Europe should stick to its values in the face of terror and called on the EU to work with countries in the Middle East and northern Africa.

Chinese billionaire wants Atlético Madrid stake
Spain

Chinese billionaire wants Atlético Madrid stake

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin plans to buy a 20 percent stake in Spanish league champions Atlético Madrid, media reported on Monday.

Four could face charges over Paris attacks
France

Four could face charges over Paris attacks

Four men will appear before a judge in France on Tuesday to face possible charges of providing support to one of the Paris Islamist attackers, the prosecutors' office said.

SI alumn profile: ‘All my dreams are coming true’
Sweden

SI alumn profile: ‘All my dreams are coming true’

Born in Egypt and raised in Saudi Arabia, Amr Magdi spent years studying to be a doctor and serving in the army before he found his own true path. After finishing his programme as part of the NFGL at Lund University, he now works in New York. Amr shares his story.

ECB plans no substitute for reform: Merkel
Germany

ECB plans no substitute for reform: Merkel

Southern European governments shouldn't think that a European Central Bank (ECB) plan to buy up government debt lets them off the hook for critical reforms, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Westwood pays tribute to Prince Charles in Milan
Italy

Westwood pays tribute to Prince Charles in Milan

Punk Queen Vivienne Westwood on Monday dedicated her new menswear collection to Prince Charles, saying the world would be a wonderful place if he been put in charge of it.

Snoop sweeps into Swedish ‘Ikea’ town
Sweden

Snoop sweeps into Swedish ‘Ikea’ town

One of the world’s biggest hip hop stars performed in the city of Karlstad in southern Sweden on Monday, a place best known internationally for providing the name of one of Ikea’s most popular sofas.

Pegida fails to mobilize beyond Dresden
Germany

Pegida fails to mobilize beyond Dresden

While Dresden was under police lockdown on Monday night after Isis death threats against Pegida organizers, branches of the anti-Islam movement in other cities failed to draw larger crowds than counter-demonstrations.

Cannes festival: Coen brothers to head jury
France

Cannes festival: Coen brothers to head jury

The Coen brothers, the award-winning American directors of "No Country for Old Men", "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski", are to jointly head this year's Cannes Film Festival jury, the organisers announced on Tuesday.

Toronto sign Giovinco from Juventus
Italy

Toronto sign Giovinco from Juventus

Diminutive Italy international forward Sebastian Giovinco is to leave champions Juventus in June after agreeing a five year deal with MLS side FC Toronto, the Canadian club said on Monday.

French aid worker kidnapped in CAR
France

French aid worker kidnapped in CAR

Two aid workers, including a 67-year-old French woman, were kidnapped on Monday in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, the French government said.

Two Germans die in Tyrol avalanche
Austria

Two Germans die in Tyrol avalanche

Two people died and one was seriously injured following an avalanche in western Austria on Monday afternoon, according to the Austrian Press Association (APA).

Undercover agents to get crime amnesty
Germany

Undercover agents to get crime amnesty

Ministers are planning a new law which would provide amnesty for secret service agents who help informants commit crimes during undercover investigations.

Fears over rise in solo child refugee arrivals
Sweden

Fears over rise in solo child refugee arrivals

There are worries about the rising number of unaccompanied refugee children in Sweden, with around 300 estimated to have arrived since the start of 2015.

‘Something is going wrong in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Something is going wrong in Sweden’

A fortnight after the Paris attacks, Asim Mehmood, 31, who is a Muslim and an entrepreneur in Umeå, northern Sweden, says he's feeling increasingly afraid about growing Islamophobia in Sweden.