Swedish paper slams Norway’s child welfare

Swedish paper slams Norway’s child welfare

Sweden's main newspaper has joined the criticism of Norway's Child Welfare Service, complaining that Swedish parents who have their children taken into care have no legal means to transfer the case to Sweden's authorities.

Swiss residents booze more than OECD average
Switzerland

Swiss residents booze more than OECD average

Residents of Switzerland have been drinking less booze over the past three decades but they are still knocking back more alcohol than the average for OECD countries, a new study for the organization shows.

Denmark’s asylum debate takes centre stage
Denmark

Denmark’s asylum debate takes centre stage

A series of theatre performances featuring actual asylum seekers aims to challenge popular opinions about refugees.

Guatemala police chief’s murder sentence upheld
Switzerland

Guatemala police chief’s murder sentence upheld

A Geneva appeals court on Tuesday confirmed a life sentence slapped on Guatemala's former police chief Erwin Sperisen for ten murders committed in the Central American country.

Switzerland’s first driverless car hits Zurich
Switzerland

Switzerland’s first driverless car hits Zurich

Swiss telephone firm Swisscom on Tuesday unveiled a driverless car that is being tested on the roads of Zurich, a first in the country.

Wikileaks publishes minutes of NSA inquiry
Germany

Wikileaks publishes minutes of NSA inquiry

Whistleblowing platform Wikileaks has released 1,380 pages of minutes from the Bundestag (German parliament) inquiry into spying in Germany by the American National Security Agency (NSA), prompting anger from some MPs.

Two ‘jihadists’ arrested for recruiting in Spain
Spain

Two ‘jihadists’ arrested for recruiting in Spain

Another two people have been arrested in a Barcelona suburb suspected of recruiting for the Islamic State, in the latest raid against jihadist networks operating in Spain.

Spike in ‘continental’ drinking in Sweden
Sweden

Spike in ‘continental’ drinking in Sweden

Alcohol consumption is on the rise in Sweden according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD).

Hollande jets to Haiti for historic state visit
France

Hollande jets to Haiti for historic state visit

After a historic visit to Cuba, French President Francois Hollande landed in Haiti on Tuesday to sign cooperation agreements and support reconstruction efforts that continue since the deadly 2010 earthquake.

Jail sought over German tourist gondola death
Italy

Jail sought over German tourist gondola death

Prosecutors in Venice called on Tuesday for four people involved in the 2013 gondola death of a German tourist on the Grand Canal to be jailed.

Sex-change sterilization slammed as ‘degrading’
France

Sex-change sterilization slammed as ‘degrading’

France scores well on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in a new review, but a spokesman for campaign group ILGA-Europe slammed a "degrading" sterilization requirement for gender reassignment.

FC Bayern’s six steps to beat Barca
Germany

FC Bayern’s six steps to beat Barca

Just how do you go about beating Catalonian giants Barcelona, arguably the best team in Europe, by four clear goals? This is the mammoth task facing FC Bayern München, who have one last chance to save their season.

Spain’s Edurne slammed over use of tiger in video
Spain

Spain’s Edurne slammed over use of tiger in video

The Spanish entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been urged to cut scenes that include live tigers from the video for her single, Daybreak.

Denmark ‘lagging behind’ on LGBT rights
Denmark

Denmark ‘lagging behind’ on LGBT rights

Denmark was among the top ten in Europe in the latest review of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience human rights across the continent, but community leaders say the nation should do better.

Spain ranks in top ten for gay rights in Europe
Spain

Spain ranks in top ten for gay rights in Europe

Spain ranked sixth in Europe in the latest review of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience human rights across the continent, by campaign group ILGA-Europe.

OECD warns Germany to cut down on booze
Germany

OECD warns Germany to cut down on booze

As some of the biggest boozers among rich countries' citizens, Germans have been warned that they should cut down on alcohol to safeguard their health and save the taxpayer money.

Norway to tap more oil fund as growth slows
Norway

Norway to tap more oil fund as growth slows

Norway’s right-wing government has decided to tap more of its gigantic oil fund this year, predicting that the ongoing slump in the oil industry will mean lower tax revenues and higher spending on unemployment benefit.

Hundreds hit by vomit bug on Norway cruise
Norway

Hundreds hit by vomit bug on Norway cruise

A luxury cruise of the Norwegian fjords had to head back the UK a day early after ‘hundreds’ of passengers were struck by severe vomiting and diarrhoea, the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper has reported.

Corpse-filled coffins found in old supermarket
Germany

Corpse-filled coffins found in old supermarket

Several coffins with corpses in them have been found in a disused supermarket outside Berlin. Police removed them to a nearby crematorium on Tuesday.

Sweden scores top spot for gays in Scandinavia
Sweden

Sweden scores top spot for gays in Scandinavia

Sweden has scored highest in Scandinavia and fourth in Europe in the latest review of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience human rights across the continent, by campaign group ILGA-Europe.

French are among world’s heaviest drinkers
France

French are among world’s heaviest drinkers

French alcohol consumption is among the highest in OECD countries, a new report shows.

Italy fourth in EU for granting asylum
Italy

Italy fourth in EU for granting asylum

Italy was Europe’s fourth-biggest recipient of asylum seekers last year as the country took in thousands more applicants than previously.

‘You’re their handsome young stallion’
Norway

‘You’re their handsome young stallion’

Most Brits in Stavanger are in the oil business, so when Benjamin Ensall set up Naughtily Nice Butlers, a topless waitering service, he was a rarity. With a few drinks in them, he says, Norwegian women are as up for his ‘cheeky’ services as any in the UK.

Lots more asylum seekers call France home
France

Lots more asylum seekers call France home

France was Europe’s third-biggest recipient of asylum seekers last year as the country took in thousands more applicants than previously.

Napoli coach hit with ban over offensive remark
Italy

Napoli coach hit with ban over offensive remark

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has been handed a one-game touchline ban for making an offensive remark about the nature of Italian football.

Meet Sweden’s oldest newlyweds (probably)
Sweden

Meet Sweden’s oldest newlyweds (probably)

Sweden has gone crazy for two lovebirds who prove it is never too late to find love. Ingrid Jonsson, 88, told The Local on Tuesday how she and Håkan Andersson, 94, tied the knot after almost two decades together and are thought to be the oldest newlyweds in the land.

Carlsberg growth held back by Russian woes
Denmark

Carlsberg growth held back by Russian woes

Danish brewer Carlsberg on Tuesday reported quarterly results slightly above expectations as dwindling sales in Russia were partly offset by higher beer volumes in Asia and western Europe.

Madrid taxis defaced over political posters
Spain

Madrid taxis defaced over political posters

Spain's ruling Popular Party has seen a prominent publicity campaign backfire after hundreds of taxis carrying campaign posters were vandalized, prompting complaints from taxi drivers across the city.

Giro crash victim set to leave hospital
Italy

Giro crash victim set to leave hospital

Italian cycling star Domenico Pozzovivo is set to leave hospital in Genoa after receiving treatment to head and face injuries following a heavy fall in the third stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Baby survives fall from seventh floor window
Spain

Baby survives fall from seventh floor window

A one-year old baby tumbled out of a 7th floor window in an apartment block in the Madrid suburb of Fuenlabrada and survived – after landing on a hedge.

4-year-old left alone in Danish daycare
Denmark

4-year-old left alone in Danish daycare

It’s a story that sounds like every parent’s nightmare. A four-year-old girl was left alone in her daycare institution in Randers on Monday after all personnel left for the day and locked the doors.

Montserrat Caballé in tax fraud court no show
Spain

Montserrat Caballé in tax fraud court no show

It was an appearance that the world famous Spanish soprano may have been dreading more than most. She failed to show up to a court hearing on Tuesday - and didn't even send an understudy.

Police probe footage of Calais migrant attacks
France

Police probe footage of Calais migrant attacks

French police have launched an internal probe after officers were caught on camera violently ejecting migrants from trucks and apparently spraying them with tear gas in Calais.

Hope for a deal as Iran talks resume in Vienna
Austria

Hope for a deal as Iran talks resume in Vienna

Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi said on Tuesday he was "very hopeful" that an accord on Tehran's nuclear programme could be reached with world powers ahead of the June 30th deadline.

NFGL students win Global Swede Award
Sweden

NFGL students win Global Swede Award

Seven NFGL members have been selected for the Global Swede Award, which was awarded on May 12th. The students have distinguished themselves in various ways during their stay in Sweden and will act as ambassadors in the future.

Police defend large scale search for one refugee
Austria

Police defend large scale search for one refugee

Police in the village of Alberschwende in Vorarlberg launched a large scale operation on Monday to search for a Syrian refugee who is due to be deported to Hungary, but failed to find him.

Teachers shocked by 4-year-old’s fascist salute
Italy

Teachers shocked by 4-year-old’s fascist salute

A nursery school in Cantù, a city in Como province, has threatened to expel a four-year-old boy unless he stops doing a fascist Roman salute.

Push to up prices in Swedish stores stalls
Sweden

Push to up prices in Swedish stores stalls

Consumer prices failed to go up in April, despite a package of measures designed to boost inflation, increase spending at Swedish tills and grow the nation's economy.

Germany, Israel celebrate 50 years of friendship
Germany

Germany, Israel celebrate 50 years of friendship

On May 12th 1965, almost 20 years to the day after the end of the Second World War, the Israeli and German governments opened diplomatic relations. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin came to Berlin to mark the 50th anniversary.

Ikea recalls safety gate after ‘children hurt’
Sweden

Ikea recalls safety gate after ‘children hurt’

Swedish furniture giant Ikea recalled one of its world famous safety gates on Tuesday after reports that several children had been injured falling down stairs.

Carpenter threatens G7 from beyond grave
Germany

Carpenter threatens G7 from beyond grave

A man from northern Bavaria hired to work on preparations for next month's G7 meeting of world leaders sent a posthumous letter threatening a poison attack on their hotel.

Police track down exploding poo suspect
Austria

Police track down exploding poo suspect

Police in Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province, have finally tracked down a man who made a booby trap filled with manure which a police officer fell into.

Tennis museum features Federer hologram
Switzerland

Tennis museum features Federer hologram

A hologram of Switzerland’s Roger Federer is billed as one of the highlights of the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which is set to reopen in the United States on May 20th after renovations.

Italian truck victim was ‘too short to be seen’
Italy

Italian truck victim was ‘too short to be seen’

A truck driver who knocked over and killed a woman as she walked along a pavement is only partly responsible for her death because the woman was too short to be a seen, according to the driver’s insurance company.

Vienna gets gay-themed traffic lights
Austria

Vienna gets gay-themed traffic lights

Hundreds of gay-couple traffic lights have been introduced in Vienna in time for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which this year is being hosted by the Austrian capital.

Costly Copenhagen city bikes get another chance
Denmark

Costly Copenhagen city bikes get another chance

Copenhagen’s costly and under-used bike share programme has been given a last-minute reprieve over the obejections of local politicians.

Fury over Instagram smoking baby photo
Spain

Fury over Instagram smoking baby photo

A photograph of a baby smoking a cigarette uploaded to a popular social networking site has caused controversy in Spain.

Police seize weed growing at Berlin station
Germany

Police seize weed growing at Berlin station

Police seized 700 cannabis plants which were growing in public view in green space at Kottbusser Tor, one of Berlin's busiest train stations and road junctions.

Hollande meets Castro brothers in Cuba
France

Hollande meets Castro brothers in Cuba

French President Francois Hollande met with an ailing Fidel Castro on Monday, as well as the President Raul Castro, in a historic trip where he called for an end to the US embargo on Cuba.

Giacometti sculpture sets new auction record
Switzerland

Giacometti sculpture sets new auction record

A bronze statue by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti sold for more than $141 million in New York on Monday, setting a new record for the world's most expensive sculpture sold at auction.

Probe after teen falls to death on Expo trip
Italy

Probe after teen falls to death on Expo trip

An investigation has been launched after a 19-year-old fell to his death from a hotel balcony during a trip to Milan’s Expo trade fair.

Austria helps Switzerland to hockey quarterfinals
Switzerland

Austria helps Switzerland to hockey quarterfinals

Switzerland clinched a spot in the ice hockey world championships quarterfinals on Monday as Germany lost to Austria in a shootout and lost a chance to advance to the play-offs.

Vegetarian flips out at smell of meat on train
Germany

Vegetarian flips out at smell of meat on train

A vegetarian on a train headed from Traunstein to Munich went berserk on Sunday, threatening fellow passengers with a knife when he smelt meat wafting from their table.

‘We tell the men to expect bodies in the sea’
France

‘We tell the men to expect bodies in the sea’

French naval officers patrolling the Mediterranean are trained to shoot holes in emptied boats to stop traffickers using them again, and to handle the corpses of refugees who fail to make it to Europe.

Most expensive painting ever and it’s a Picasso
Spain

Most expensive painting ever and it’s a Picasso

A masterpiece by Pablo Picasso has fetched a whopping $179 million (€160 million) at auction in New York, smashing the record for the most expensive painting.

PM on CPH shooting: ‘I was misinformed’
Denmark

PM on CPH shooting: ‘I was misinformed’

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said on Monday that her claim that police "immediately" protected Copenhagen's synagogue after February's initial terror attack was a result of faulty information.

France: Thieves take 17 rare monkeys from zoo
France

France: Thieves take 17 rare monkeys from zoo

Two families of endangered monkeys were stolen from a zoo in central France over the weekend, the sanctuary's director revealed on Monday.

Telenor anoints Asia head as new chief exec
Norway

Telenor anoints Asia head as new chief exec

Norway’s Telenor has appointed its Asia head Sigve Baksaas as its new chief executive, rejecting calls for it to put one of its several high-powered female executives in the role.

Suspended Le Pen to found own ‘grouping’
France

Suspended Le Pen to found own ‘grouping’

The founder of France's far-right National Front (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, announced on Monday that he would create his own "grouping" after being suspended from the party for remarks downplaying the Holocaust.

Berlin Phil fails to elect new chief conductor
Germany

Berlin Phil fails to elect new chief conductor

Musicians from the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic failed to elect their next chief conductor Monday after more than 11 hours of suspense-filled secret voting and discussions but will try again "within a year".

UN urged to back military force against smugglers
Italy

UN urged to back military force against smugglers

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday appealed for UN backing for Europe's plan to confront the Mediterranean migrant crisis by using military force against smugglers.

Sweden backs migrant ‘sharing’ EU proposals
Sweden

Sweden backs migrant ‘sharing’ EU proposals

Plans to force wealthy European nations such as the UK to take in more refugees have been backed by Sweden, which currently takes in more asylum seekers per capita than any other EU nation.

Andy Murray set to decide on Italian Open
Italy

Andy Murray set to decide on Italian Open

Andy Murray was reportedly ready to make a decision on whether to take part in the Italian Open after completing the best week of his career on clay with his first two titles on the surface.

Genoa stay in Euro hunt
Italy

Genoa stay in Euro hunt

Genoa remain in contention for European qualification from Serie A after a comprehensive 5-1 home win against Torino at the Marassi on Monday evening.

‘Cutting immigration could limit casual racism’
Sweden

‘Cutting immigration could limit casual racism’

Sweden should stop accepting foreigners who aren't prepared to adopt the country's values, argues writer Mark Fahmy. His comments come as the EU mulls introducing a quota system designed to ensure asylum applications are shared more evenly among member states.

Swedish neo-Nazi party crumbles as support falls
Sweden

Swedish neo-Nazi party crumbles as support falls

A Swedish neo-Nazi party, the Party of the Swedes, has decided to bow out of politics after membership dropped following last year's elections.