Norway keen to join China-led aid bank
Norway

Norway keen to join China-led aid bank

Norway said on Tuesday that it wanted to join the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, even though Beijing has snubbed Oslo since the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a Chinese dissident.

Hollande plans reforms after election debacle
France

Hollande plans reforms after election debacle

The French government, smarting from a crushing local elections defeat, is to speed up its reform plan in a bid to jump-start the country’s flagging economy.

The key reforms of France’s healthcare bill
France

The key reforms of France’s healthcare bill

As part of controversial healthcare reforms presented to French Parliament on Tuesday, France is taking aim at everything from smoking to doctor's fees. Here are eight things you need to know about the new bill.

Video shows ‘final moments’ of plane crash

Video shows ‘final moments’ of plane crash

German tabloid Bild and French magazine Paris Match revealed on Tuesday that their reporters had seen video from inside Germanwings flight 4U9525 in the final moments before the plane crashed. French police later denied that a video has been found.

Illegal immigrants to regain free healthcare
Spain

Illegal immigrants to regain free healthcare

Spain's conservative government said on Tuesday it would restore free healthcare for illegal immigrants, overturning a controversial decision taken three years ago.

Arsonists hit pro-refugee art project
Germany

Arsonists hit pro-refugee art project

An art installation dedicated to refugees was burnt down in Berlin early on Tuesday, with police suspecting it to be an arson attack.

Norway brings in tough new immigration curbs
Norway

Norway brings in tough new immigration curbs

Norway wants to make foreigners wait an extra two years before they become eligible for permanent residency, as part as stiff new curbs brought in by the ruling right-wing coalition.

Is this Italian the world’s hottest maths tutor?
Italy

Is this Italian the world’s hottest maths tutor?

An Italian academic at University College London has been dubbed the world’s hottest maths teacher, being picked up by one of the UK's top modelling agencies.

Swedish Astrid Lindgren prize for African group
Sweden

Swedish Astrid Lindgren prize for African group

An association that promotes reading among children has become the first African group to win the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest prize for children's and young people's literature.

Canadian star sought for Sweden hockey attack
Sweden

Canadian star sought for Sweden hockey attack

A Swedish prosecutor has ordered the arrest of Canadian ice hockey player André Deveaux after he was caught on video violently slashing an opponent in a pre-game warm-up for his club side in Ängelholm.

Copenhagen is Europe’s second-cleanest city
Denmark

Copenhagen is Europe’s second-cleanest city

It’s official: Copenhagen is one of the world’s greenest cities. Out of 23 European cities Copenhagen ranks second only to Zurich in terms of air pollution (or lack thereof), according to the European Environmental Bureau.

Storm Niklas kills at least three, stops trains
Germany

Storm Niklas kills at least three, stops trains

Hurricane “Niklas” has reportedly claimed three victims, while trains have been cancelled across Germany as the storm rages.

Stuttgart worst city for traffic jams
Germany

Stuttgart worst city for traffic jams

GPS company TomTom released data on Tuesday showing which cities have the worst traffic problems. The conclusion: Stuttgart is Germany's worst city for commuters.

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Switzerland

Timeline: Iran’s 12-year nuclear standoff

World powers were grappling in Lausanne on Tuesday to agree by midnight to the outlines of a potentially historic deal with Iran to cut back its nuclear ambitions.

French MP copy-pastes Wikipedia for new bill
France

French MP copy-pastes Wikipedia for new bill

A French MP has been ridiculed after she was found to have copy-pasted large chunks of text from Wikipedia in her proposal for a new law. The bungling deputy even left in the index numbers.

Crash victims could be identified by week’s end
France

Crash victims could be identified by week’s end

All the bodies on the doomed Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps one week ago could be identified by the end of the week, the French President said on Tuesday.

Working in Denmark: The CV structure
Denmark

Working in Denmark: The CV structure

Job search expert Franco Soldera from NemCV continues to walk you through the job search process, focusing this time on the importance of a well-structured CV.

Norwegian sets 60-hour organ marathon record
Norway

Norwegian sets 60-hour organ marathon record

Norwegian musician Nina Irslinger won back the world record for the longest ever organ recital on Monday night after playing almost continuously for 60 hours.

Yemen Red Cross worker dies amid safety worries
Switzerland

Yemen Red Cross worker dies amid safety worries

The Geneva-based Red Cross said on Tuesday that one of its volunteers was killed in Yemen, adding that it could not fly in desperately-needed aid due to a lack of security.

Norway sees Ukrainian asylum seeker boom
Norway

Norway sees Ukrainian asylum seeker boom

Norway saw a huge spike in Ukrainians applying for asylum in 2014, according to data released by Eurostat this month and analyzed by The Local.

Lausanne talks aim to set Iran’s nuclear future
Switzerland

Lausanne talks aim to set Iran’s nuclear future

Global powers were racing in Lausanne on Tuesday to reach the outlines of a deal to stop any Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons. Here's a guide to what kind of agreement may be reached:

Lufthansa cancels 60th jubilee celebration
Germany

Lufthansa cancels 60th jubilee celebration

Germany's national airline Lufthansa announced on Tuesday that it would cancel celebrations for the 60th anniversary of its founding in 1955.

US spy agency to feature in Stieg Larsson sequel
Sweden

US spy agency to feature in Stieg Larsson sequel

The sequel to Swedish author Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millenium crime trilogy, due for release in August, kicks off with an artificial intelligence intrigue involving a US spy agency, the book's publishers have revealed.

Nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain
Spain

Nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.

Doctors warn against snap crash reaction
Germany

Doctors warn against snap crash reaction

The president of Germany's Council of Psychotherapists said on Tuesday that there was no reason why the country should loosen its rules on doctor-patient confidentiality in the wake of the Germanwings crash.

Teenager charged with terror offences
Austria

Teenager charged with terror offences

Prosecutors in St Pölten, Lower Austria, have charged a 14-year-old boy with terror offences after he researched how to build a bomb online and made contact with militants supporting Islamic State fighters in Syria.

Swedes rescue Syrian refugee’s cat in Sicily
Sweden

Swedes rescue Syrian refugee’s cat in Sicily

A Syrian refugee will be granted her wish this Easter after staff at a Swedish animal shelter rescued her long lost cat from quarantine in Sicily.

Italian farmers fear end of EU milk quotas
Italy

Italian farmers fear end of EU milk quotas

Some Italian farmers fear the removal of EU milk quotas could price them out of the market.

Wet and stormy weather outlook for Easter
Austria

Wet and stormy weather outlook for Easter

Summertime may have officially begun but the weather outlook for Austria over the Easter week is wet and stormy, with a storm warning in effect on Tuesday from Vorarlberg to Lower Austria.

Mayor tightens rules for ‘Saloufest’ partiers
Spain

Mayor tightens rules for ‘Saloufest’ partiers

The mayor of Salou, a town that has become part of an annual pilgrimage of thousands of binge-drinking young Brits is forbidding people from using a local football stadium to party.

Prostitutes furious as Senate bans soliciting
France

Prostitutes furious as Senate bans soliciting

French lawmakers have scrapped a plan to hit clients of prostitutes with hefty fines and instead reinstated a controversial law that sees the sex-workers themselves liable to financial penalties and prison sentences if they are caught selling sex. They were blasted as "regressive" by the health minister.

Danish bridge reopens after bad weather
Denmark

Danish bridge reopens after bad weather

UPDATED: The calendar may indicate that Spring is in the air, but this is far from reality in Denmark. Today the main bridge, “Storebæltsbroen” – linking the western part of the country with the East – was temporarily closed due to ice falling from its cables.

Profit concerns push Swedish schools abroad
Sweden

Profit concerns push Swedish schools abroad

Sweden’s publicly funded free school model has attracted huge interest in the UK and elsewhere, but with profits in the schools sector under scrutiny from regulators the biggest firms are now expanding overseas.

Sooty Rome failing on air pollution
Italy

Sooty Rome failing on air pollution

Rome lacks the ambitious plans necessary to improve the city's air quality, falling far behind Milan in tackling pollution, according to a new European study.

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate
Italy

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate

All she wanted was to serve her loved ones a tasty drink. But a grandmother from Vicenza is in a spot of bother after three children and an adult fell ill after she gave them hot chocolate that was 25 years out of date.

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Sweden

April 14: Colombia – ending the Forever War? Seminar (Stockholm)

Sweden unemployment stable as EU reports dip
Sweden

Sweden unemployment stable as EU reports dip

The EU has recorded the lowest jobless rate across the 28 nation bloc since 2012, with unemployment in Sweden remaining largely stable over the last three months.

Madrid gets ‘F’ grade for clean air efforts
Spain

Madrid gets ‘F’ grade for clean air efforts

Spain's capital city failed to pass the test of promoting clean air, according to city rankings released on Tuesday.

Grand opening for Málaga Pompidou
Spain

Grand opening for Málaga Pompidou

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy opened the city’s new star attraction over the weekend - the first Pompidou museum outside of France.

New road opens up to crash site in French Alps
France

New road opens up to crash site in French Alps

The grim search through debris and body parts at the crash site of the doomed Germanwings plane in the French Alps was made easier on Tuesday with trucks able to access the area via a new and hastily built road.

Beaver bites bus passenger in Sweden
Sweden

Beaver bites bus passenger in Sweden

A man who was bitten by a beaver at a bus stop in Tyresö, south of Stockholm, has been describing the snappy attack.

Italy youth jobless rate jumps to 42.6 percent
Italy

Italy youth jobless rate jumps to 42.6 percent

Italy's youth unemployment rate hit 42.6 percent last month, an increase of 1.3 percent in a month, while the overall jobless rate also increased.

Vienna showcases city’s shock art movement
Austria

Vienna showcases city’s shock art movement

As artists, they pushed the limits, bathing in blood, mud and urine. Vienna's famed "Actionists", whose avant garde movement may be the most radical in contemporary art, are the focus of a new exhibition in their home city.

Unemployment at new post-unification low
Germany

Unemployment at new post-unification low

German unemployment fell in March to the lowest level since the country reunited in 1990 as growth in Europe's biggest economy continues to pick up, official data showed on Tuesday.

Cultures in the mix at Aarhus People’s Kitchen
Denmark

Cultures in the mix at Aarhus People’s Kitchen

The idea of a people’s kitchen, or Folkekøkken, is not unheard of in Denmark. Copenhagen is full of them. Aarhus, on the other hand, has only one, and it’s unlike any other: it doesn’t cost any money.

Orange set to ditch name in rebranding exercise
Switzerland

Orange set to ditch name in rebranding exercise

Orange, Switzerland’s third-ranked telecom company, announced on Tuesday that it is changing its name under a rebranding exercise likely to cost tens of millions of francs as it scrambles to catch up to its competitors, market leader Swisscom and Sunrise.

How to ‘fine dine’ in Paris on a student budget
France

How to ‘fine dine’ in Paris on a student budget

Paris is world renowned for its fine dining culture - but what about the poor hard-up students who can't afford to scoff at the top tables in town? International student Deirdre McAteer explains how to tighten the purse strings but still eat well in the French capital.

Vienna third among Europe’s ‘sootfree cities’
Austria

Vienna third among Europe’s ‘sootfree cities’

Vienna ranks third among 23 major European cities for its efforts to fight air pollution, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) said on Tuesday.

Germanwings insurers plan €279m payout

Germanwings insurers plan €279m payout

Insurers are setting aside €279 million in provisions for the air crash in the French Alps that killed 150 people, German airline Lufthansa said on Tuesday.

Tourist writes name on Florence cathedral
Italy

Tourist writes name on Florence cathedral

A tourist has been stopped by police for writing her name on the Florence’s world-famous cathedral, the latest in a string of cases of visitors misbehaving at Italy’s most popular sites.

Antonio Banderas stars in Málaga Holy Week
Spain

Antonio Banderas stars in Málaga Holy Week

Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas returned to his roots this week to take part in Semana Santa in his native Málaga.

Angry French doctors to close surgeries en masse
France

Angry French doctors to close surgeries en masse

With a parliamentary debate on controversial health reforms kicking off on Tuesday, doctors around the country are due to close their surgeries to show their disgust at a new system they say will cripple France's healthcare service.

Trabi project aims to electrify ‘Ostalgia’
Germany

Trabi project aims to electrify ‘Ostalgia’

Its chuntering motor and belching exhaust once heralded the coming of the communist utopia. Now the east German 'Trabi' is leading a new revolution, and this time you won't hear it coming.

Zurich ranks first among Europe’s ‘sootfree cities’
Switzerland

Zurich ranks first among Europe’s ‘sootfree cities’

The city of Zurich ranks first among 23 major European cities for its efforts to fight air pollution, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) said on Tuesday.

Italians are more upbeat about the economy
Italy

Italians are more upbeat about the economy

Italians are feeling more upbeat about the economy, with consumer confidence rising to its highest level in March since 2002, the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Monday.

Four detained in reported jihadist group
Spain

Four detained in reported jihadist group

Update: The Spanish Civil Guard arrested a Moroccan couple in Badalona early on Tuesday as well as their two sons who were about to travel to Syria, the Spanish interior ministry said.

Merkel urges Germans: Give Greece a chance
Germany

Merkel urges Germans: Give Greece a chance

On a visit to Helsinki on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel showed a patient side to the German government as the Eurozone continues to wait for a new list of economic reforms from Greece.

Atheists equal believers in Norway for first time
Norway

Atheists equal believers in Norway for first time

The number of Norwegian atheists now equals those who believe in God for the first time since a key survey began, in a sign of increasing secularization in the once god-fearing nation.

‘Solo mums’ on the rise in Denmark
Denmark

‘Solo mums’ on the rise in Denmark

In Denmark, you can get your education and health care for free and if you're a woman who still hasn't found the love of your life but still wants a child, the state will also cover your artificial insemination costs. But this is too much, some Danes now argue.

Jay Z rebrands Nordic streaming service
Sweden

Jay Z rebrands Nordic streaming service

Rap mogul Jay Z launched a rebranded music streaming service on Monday with major star backing, after buying the Scandinavian sites Tidal and Wimp and their parent company Aspiro earlier this month.

Germany, France, Italy want Euro drones
Germany

Germany, France, Italy want Euro drones

Germany, France and Italy plan to push forward with plans for a European-made military drone, the German government told MPs on Monday.

Conte wants patience as Italy rebuild
Italy

Conte wants patience as Italy rebuild

Italy coach Antonio Conte has called for patience from critics ahead of a friendly against England which he hopes will give him an idea of much work is still required for his side to be competitive at next year's European Championships.

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists
France

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists

French PM Manuel Valls has ditched a planned trip to Germany on Tuesday, preferring instead to meet with Socialist MPs after the party took a hammering in Sunday's local elections.

Hospital conducts ‘most complex’ face transplant
Spain

Hospital conducts ‘most complex’ face transplant

A Spanish hospital said on Monday it has successfully carried out the world's most complex face transplant, reconstructing the lower face, neck, mouth, tongue and back of the throat of a man terribly disfigured by disease.

UN has ‘great interest in Sweden’ says PM
Sweden

UN has ‘great interest in Sweden’ says PM

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has told reporters in New York that the United Nations appears highly interested in his country, as he lobbies to get the Nordic nation a seat on the UN Security Council.