Muslims plan ‘peace ring’ around Oslo synagogue
Norway

Muslims plan ‘peace ring’ around Oslo synagogue

A group of young Norwegian Muslims plans to create a human ring around Oslo’s synagogue following the Shabat celebration this Saturday, in a gesture they are calling a ’Peace Ring’.

Racist rant at Spaniards on Manchester bus
Spain

Racist rant at Spaniards on Manchester bus

A vile racist attack on two Spaniards travelling on a night bus in Manchester was captured on camera phone by a shocked passenger.

Machine guns to help protect synagogues
Sweden

Machine guns to help protect synagogues

Police officers guarding Jewish buildings in Sweden should carry automatic rifles, according to new directives issued after two deadly shootings in Copenhagen over the weekend.

Troops tote broomsticks at Nato war games
Germany

Troops tote broomsticks at Nato war games

Germany's defence ministry scrambled on Tuesday to counter media reports that its forces were so under-equipped they had to use broomsticks instead of machine-guns at Nato manoeuvres in Norway.

BMW wrecked in jilted lover’s revenge
Austria

BMW wrecked in jilted lover’s revenge

A woman in Lower Austria was so incensed when she caught her boyfriend cheating that she arranged for his BMW to be destroyed -- on camera.

Cartoonist says police underestimated threat
Denmark

Cartoonist says police underestimated threat

Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoonist believed to have been the target of one of the deadly Copenhagen shootings said Tuesday that Danish police "had not caught onto" new realities following last month's Paris attacks.

French PM skips MPs’ vote to save key reforms
France

French PM skips MPs’ vote to save key reforms

Fearing defeat in parliament on a raft of key economic reforms, the French PM Manuel Valls took drastic action on Tuesday and pushed through the bill without the normal vote by MPs. The move could spark a vote of confidence in the government.

Cheering up Copenhagen one hug at a time
Denmark

Cheering up Copenhagen one hug at a time

As part of our Events Around Town series, we spoke with the Indonesian woman who organized a hugging campaign in Copenhagen on Saturday.

So where are all these sex clubs in Paris?
France

So where are all these sex clubs in Paris?

Thanks to DSK and Fifty Shades of Grey, swinging has made headlines in French newspapers. But where are all these Paris sex clubs? Turns out they might be closer than you'd think.

‘Increase of radical imams’ worries France
France

‘Increase of radical imams’ worries France

French intelligence services are concerned by a rise in the number of radical clerics taking over mosques in France, according to a French media report on Tuesday. There are reportedly 25 preaching in the Paris region alone.

Sweden should ban free ‘slavery’ job trials
Sweden

Sweden should ban free ‘slavery’ job trials

Asking people to participate in unpaid job trials before they are offered full-time employment is a ruthless way to exploit them and the practice should be banished, writes Leif Håkansson from Swedish labour union IF Metall for this week's debate article.

Ministry under fire for €8.7bn helicopter order
Germany

Ministry under fire for €8.7bn helicopter order

After years of preparation, a disputed order for 168 military helicopters will now go to Parliament for approval. But critics say the €8.7bn price tag is a huge overpayment due to poor planning.

French prosecutor calls for DSK to be cleared
France

French prosecutor calls for DSK to be cleared

The French prosecutor at the pimping trial of Dominique Strauss-Kahn called on Tuesday for the ex-IMF chief to be cleared of charges of aggravated pimping. It comes after two prostitutes dropped their civil action against him.

Cartoonist says police underestimated threat
Sweden

Cartoonist says police underestimated threat

Lars Vilks, the controversial Swedish artist said to have been the target of one of the fatal Copenhagen shootings this weekend has slammed Danish police for underestimating the terrorist threat.

Paris gunmen ‘met on eve of terror attack’
France

Paris gunmen ‘met on eve of terror attack’

French investigators believe they have established that the jihadists who struck Paris last month were in direct contact before the attacks, a security source said on Tuesday.

Second missing Malmö boy found in Denmark
Denmark

Second missing Malmö boy found in Denmark

Both of the two boys who went missing after a controversial altercation with Swedish police at Malmö train station are now being taken care of by Danish social services, it was revealed on Tuesday afternoon.

Italy sells off Mussolini buildings to raise cash
Italy

Italy sells off Mussolini buildings to raise cash

Cash-strapped authorities in Rome are to auction off four Mussolini-era public buildings to fund the completion of a long-delayed but eagerly-awaited new conference centre by acclaimed architect Massimiliano Fuksas.

Naked man assaults police in Vorarlberg
Austria

Naked man assaults police in Vorarlberg

An impromptu striptease by an overweight middle-aged man led to children screaming and charges of public disorder when the naked man assaulted two policewomen. (Video NSFW.)

Missing Malmö boys both safe in Denmark
Sweden

Missing Malmö boys both safe in Denmark

UPDATED: Both of the two boys who went missing after a controversial altercation with Swedish police at Malmö train station are now being taken care of by Danish social services, it was revealed on Tuesday afternoon.

Greek talks ‘not very useful’: Padoan
Italy

Greek talks ‘not very useful’: Padoan

Italy's Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said a Eurogroup meeting on Greece's debt renegotiations was "not very useful".

Soviet subs risk ‘slow Chernobyl’ in Norway
Norway

Soviet subs risk ‘slow Chernobyl’ in Norway

One of Norway's leading environmentalists has warned that derelict Soviet nuclear submarines close to the country's northern borders risk causing a "Chernobyl in slow motion".

Ash Wednesday treats for the hard of herring
Austria

Ash Wednesday treats for the hard of herring

The Local's food writer and consultant chef, Gaz Smith, looks into your best options for the start of Heringsschmaus on Ash Wednesday.

Lego builds its way to ‘most powerful’ title
Denmark

Lego builds its way to ‘most powerful’ title

It is a banner time for plastic bricks. Lego is already the world's largest toy company and now it has laid claim to the title of the world's most powerful brand.

Austrian company is world’s third best brand
Austria

Austrian company is world’s third best brand

Brand Finance, one of the world's leading brand valuation and strategy consultancies, has released its annual brand power report, which shows that Red Bull holds its position as the third strongest brand in the world, behind new leader Lego and with PWC in second place.

MPs want free therapy for paedophiles
Germany

MPs want free therapy for paedophiles

MPs from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the Bundestag (German parliament) want to force health insurance companies to pay for psychological counselling for potential paedophiles.

The craziest carnivals celebrated in Spain
Spain

The craziest carnivals celebrated in Spain

They may not have pancake day, but Spaniards know how to let their hair down before the frugality of Lent. As Carnival fever sweeps across the nation, we take a look at some of the more unusual celebrations.

Denmark knew gunman ‘at risk of radicalization’
Sweden

Denmark knew gunman ‘at risk of radicalization’

The gunman presumed to be behind the attack on an event attended by Swedish artist Lars Vilks and a synagogue in Copenhagen was known to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service as someone who may have been radicalized while in jail, it has emerged.

Lucky escape after fire at Zurich’s ‘Houdini’ cinema
Switzerland

Lucky escape after fire at Zurich’s ‘Houdini’ cinema

Some 40 people had a thankfully successful escape from the aptly-named Houdini cinema in Zurich on Tuesday morning when a fire broke out, causing several thousand francs of damage.

Italian vicar refuses to flee Libya despite threats
Italy

Italian vicar refuses to flee Libya despite threats

An Italian vicar has defied calls from Rome to leave Libya and vowed to stay in the country despite death threats, saying he would rather risk being beheaded and "martyred" by Islamic extremists.

Swedish hotel accused of refusing gay couple
Sweden

Swedish hotel accused of refusing gay couple

UPDATED: A Swedish hotel has come under fire for denying a gay couple from booking a spa weekend, only to allow a straight couple to make the same reservation a day later.

In pics: Scottish grandad gored by bull
Spain

In pics: Scottish grandad gored by bull

This is the dramatic moment a split second before a Scottish grandfather was gored in the head by a fighting bull during a fiesta in Spain.

Critics slam Sacchi’s ‘too many blacks’ slur
Italy

Critics slam Sacchi’s ‘too many blacks’ slur

The agent of Mario Balotelli led the growing criticism of former Italy and AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi following remarks criticizing the number of "blacks" playing at youth level in Italy.

Rome residents hope to cash-in on James Bond
Italy

Rome residents hope to cash-in on James Bond

Property owners on a street in Rome are reportedly hoping to rake in thousands by renting their homes to wealthy tourists when a James Bond car chase is filmed on the street in March.

New campaign makes not smoking the ‘norm’
Switzerland

New campaign makes not smoking the ‘norm’

The Swiss federal government launched a new anti-smoking campaign on Monday to tackle a habit that remains Switzerland’s principal cause of premature death and costs the government five billion francs a year.

PET knew gunman was ‘at risk of radicalization’
Denmark

PET knew gunman was ‘at risk of radicalization’

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service was tipped off about the risk that the gunman presumed to be behind the weekend's attacks had been radicalized while in prison.

Sex clubs touted as latest fashion in Paris
France

Sex clubs touted as latest fashion in Paris

There are nearly 500 swingers clubs in France - but what exactly happens inside? With the DSK pimping trial turning heads worldwide, here's a closer look at an age-old habit that's apparently becoming "fashionable" among French people from all walks of life.

Woman, 65, smuggles banknotes in shoes
Spain

Woman, 65, smuggles banknotes in shoes

A 65-year-old woman has been arrested for trying to smuggle more than €37,000 ($42,000)in cash from Andorra in her trainers.

CaixaBank bids for Portuguese lender BPI
Spain

CaixaBank bids for Portuguese lender BPI

Spain's third-biggest lender CaixaBank said on Tuesday it would launch a full takeover for Portuguese rival BPI, just months after it bought Barclays' Spanish operations, as it seeks to expand abroad.

UNESCO criticizes gun club for snubbing Muslim
Germany

UNESCO criticizes gun club for snubbing Muslim

The decision of Germany's largest gun club to disbar a title-winner over his Muslim religion - hastily withdrawn last August after an anti-discrimination uproar - came back to bite members after their bid for UNESCO cultural heritage status was suspended.

Jewish community in Zurich fears terror attack
Switzerland

Jewish community in Zurich fears terror attack

The Jewish community in Zurich is “seriously worried” about the possibility of a terrorist attack after the shootings in Paris and Copenhagen, senior members of the community say.

New report blasts France over asylum failings
France

New report blasts France over asylum failings

A new asylum report has scolded France over its mistreatment of asylum seekers, accusing French authorities of failing to deal with the crisis in Calais and not taking their share of Syrian refugees.

Progress grandee warns of ‘creeping Islamization’
Norway

Progress grandee warns of ‘creeping Islamization’

The influential former leader of Norway’s ruling Progress Party used a visit to Copenhagen’s show of unity on Monday night to call on Norwegians to “wake up to the creeping Islamization” of their country.

Over 2,000 Italian taxi drivers in Uber protest
Italy

Over 2,000 Italian taxi drivers in Uber protest

Over 2,000 taxi drivers are converging in Turin on Tuesday for a protest against Uber, the mobile app which allows non-professional drivers with their own cars to take on passengers at budget rates.

Hamburg police take on AfD poster vandals
Germany

Hamburg police take on AfD poster vandals

After the recent local elections in Hamburg, police are investigating the vandalizing of up to 1,500 election posters for the right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AFD).

Anti-terrorism soldiers to patrol Rome sites
Italy

Anti-terrorism soldiers to patrol Rome sites

Up to 500 Italian soldiers could be brought into Rome to protect the city's famous sites and embassies from terrorism attacks, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

‘Spain is not Greece,’ admits Podemos leader
Spain

‘Spain is not Greece,’ admits Podemos leader

The leader of left-wing protest party, Podemos, is in New York this week, criticizing the 'dogmatism' of European austerity politics and calling on political leaders to 'rectify' their policies.

TEDxStockholm focuses on diversity of all kinds
Sweden

TEDxStockholm focuses on diversity of all kinds

Stockholm's largest TEDx event to date took place on February 16th, with the theme Differentia - diversity in all ways. SI News was there to find out more.

NFGL Faces: Mohammad Nesrini
Sweden

NFGL Faces: Mohammad Nesrini

The NFGL Lund network has started a project called NFGL Faces, interviewing NFGL membrers. First up is Mohammad Nesrini, who decided to change his life after a terrible accident in Syria.

Bencic succumbs to in-form Venus in Dubai
Switzerland

Bencic succumbs to in-form Venus in Dubai

Venus Williams, who could return to the world's top ten for the first time in four years if she makes a successful defence of the Dubai Open title this week, began the journey with a 6-1, 6-2 rout of highly-regarded Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Monday.

Basel looks for Porto win in Champions League
Switzerland

Basel looks for Porto win in Champions League

Basel coach Paulo Sousa hopes his side will make a significant stride towards reaching the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time when they face two-time title winners Porto in their last 16 first leg clash on Wednesday in Basel.

Danish fertility rate on the rebound
Denmark

Danish fertility rate on the rebound

The Danish birth rate has increased for the first time in four years, new figures from Statistics Denmark have revealed.

Avoid ‘bargain’ luxury produce: French police
France

Avoid ‘bargain’ luxury produce: French police

A French police chief involved in a global crackdown on counterfeit produce, including fake caviar found in France, has warned it's better to avoid luxury products offered at bargain basement prices.

Europop love for former Finance Minister Borg
Sweden

Europop love for former Finance Minister Borg

Anders Borg, Sweden’s Finance Minister in the previous centre-right government, is divorcing his wife after getting together with a former star of cheesy 1990s band Army of Lovers, Dominika Peczynski.

Shoeshine man gifts prized Twitter accounts
Spain

Shoeshine man gifts prized Twitter accounts

A humble Spanish shoeshine man has given authorities in Brazil a valuable Twitter account to publicize next year´s Rio Olympics.

Brit tourist dies in toboggan ride
Austria

Brit tourist dies in toboggan ride

A night time toboggan run ended in tragedy after two holidaymakers left the regular luge course to hurtle down a ski slope. A 57-year-old British man died and his 52-year-old female companion was seriously injured.

Pegida plans Dresden mayoral bid
Germany

Pegida plans Dresden mayoral bid

Lutz Bachmann, founder of anti-Islam movement Pegida, said on Monday that the group was ready to choose a candidate to run for Dresden city hall in June.

‘Jews welcome’ as Denmark mourns
Austria

‘Jews welcome’ as Denmark mourns

European nations including Austria scrambled on Monday to reassure their Jewish communities after deadly attacks in Copenhagen that heightened fears of a new surge in anti-Semitic violence.

French fall under spell of ‘green fairy’ once again
France

French fall under spell of ‘green fairy’ once again

During World War One France banned absinthe claiming it drove drinkers insane. But 100 years on and with the ban having been lifted and its reputation restored, the French are once again falling under its seductive spell.

Story of Italy’s celebrated journalist hits screen
Italy

Story of Italy’s celebrated journalist hits screen

The turbo-charged life of one of Italy's most celebrated - and controversial - female journalists has been turned into a television film.

Merkel and Putin agree on ceasefire terms
Germany

Merkel and Putin agree on ceasefire terms

Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Petro Poroschenko of Ukraine on Monday evening, agreeing on how observers could be used to maintain the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

‘Too many blacks’ in under-20 ranks: Sacchi
Italy

‘Too many blacks’ in under-20 ranks: Sacchi

Former AC Milan and Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi has hit out at Italy's youth set-up by claiming it features 'too many blacks' and 'too many foreigners'.

Injury-hit PSG out for revenge against Chelsea
France

Injury-hit PSG out for revenge against Chelsea

French champions PSG take on Chelsea in Paris on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. The injury-hit French team will be bidding for revenge after being knocked out of last year’s competition by Chelsea. They face a tough task.

Health Minister backs more needle exchanges
Sweden

Health Minister backs more needle exchanges

Sweden’s Health Minister has backed growing calls for more state-funded needle exchanges for drug addicts.

Italian college bans Muslim headscarves
Italy

Italian college bans Muslim headscarves

The headmaster of a college in Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region has banned female Muslim students from wearing headscarves.

From petty criminal to cold-blooded killer
Denmark

From petty criminal to cold-blooded killer

The presumed gunman in the terror attacks that shocked Denmark was vocally anti-Semitic and had expressed a desire to travel to Syria to wage jihad.

Obama, Thorning vow to confront terror together
Denmark

Obama, Thorning vow to confront terror together

The White House offers solidarity and the FBI's help as Denmark sends Aarhus's mayor to an anti-terror summit in Washington.

What we know about Copenhagen suspect
Sweden

What we know about Copenhagen suspect

The presumed gunman in the attack on a cultural event attended by Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and a synagogue in Copenhagen was vocally anti-Semitic and had expressed a desire to travel to Syria to wage jihad, it has emerged.