Sisi’s silk shoes sold for €75k
Austria

Sisi’s silk shoes sold for €75k

€75,000 was the winning bid paid at Dorotheum’s Imperial Court Memorabilia sale on 7th May 2015 for a pair of silk ankle boots once belonging to the empress.

Festival sells beer cheap ‘to stop binge-drinking’
Norway

Festival sells beer cheap ‘to stop binge-drinking’

A music festival in Norway plans to sell beer at rock-bottom prices in a counter-intuitive bid to prevent binge drinking.

Oil group Subsea 7 to sack a fifth of workers
Norway

Oil group Subsea 7 to sack a fifth of workers

Oil services group Subsea 7 said on Tuesday that it would cut close to a fifth of its workforce and sell a quarter of its fleet because of falling oil prices.

Federer beats Cuevas to advance in Italian Open
Switzerland

Federer beats Cuevas to advance in Italian Open

Roger Federer defeated Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas for the second time this month as the Swiss legend began his campaign at the Italian Open tennis tournament with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win on Wednesday.

Scandis-only paedophile website uncovered

Scandis-only paedophile website uncovered

Norway’s NRK channel has uncovered a dark web chat forum used by over a thousand paedophiles, where English is banned, and users must use either Danish, Swedish or Norwegian.

Fifa bans Tahiti football official for eight years
Switzerland

Fifa bans Tahiti football official for eight years

Zurich-based Fifa has banned Reynald Temarii, General Director of the Tahiti Football Association, for eight years for breaking the world body's ethics code by accepting more than €300,000 from former Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam.

Woman makes bomb joke, misses flight
Germany

Woman makes bomb joke, misses flight

A woman flying to Vienna from Frankfurt has been charged with a breach of the peace after joking to security officials at the airport that she had a bomb in her bag.

French court closes case on mystery shipwreck
France

French court closes case on mystery shipwreck

A French court on Wednesday closed the case of a mysterious shipwreck 11 years ago, dashing the hopes of the five victims' families, who believe a Nato submarine was to blame.

Barca FC to stand trial over Neymar signing
Spain

Barca FC to stand trial over Neymar signing

A Spanish judge Wednesday ordered Barcelona football club to stand trial over alleged tax fraud linked to the signing of Brazilian star striker Neymar.

Woman dies after plastic surgery on eyelids
Italy

Woman dies after plastic surgery on eyelids

A woman in Milan has died after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her eyelids, Italian media has reported.

Germany’s top ten towns you’ve never heard of
Germany

Germany’s top ten towns you’ve never heard of

Going beyond the big cities like Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, we delve deeper into the German hinterland to find some of its undiscovered gems. From quaint medieval towns to breathtaking natural beauty, Germany's got it all.

Three dead in Naples fireworks factory blast
Italy

Three dead in Naples fireworks factory blast

Three people died and three others were injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory near Naples on Wednesday morning.

Spain grants asylum to just 1 percent of EU total
Spain

Spain grants asylum to just 1 percent of EU total

As the European Commission called on Wednesday for all member states to share responsibility for taking in migrants, data showed that the number of people granted asylum in Spain amounted to less than 1 percent of the EU total last year.

France tops holiday wish list for children
France

France tops holiday wish list for children

When it comes to their favourite holiday destination, most kids would prefer to travel to France, a new survey has found.

Swedish comic claims he was abducted by cops
Sweden

Swedish comic claims he was abducted by cops

A Swedish comedian has claimed that he was abducted by the police after posting a video online identifying officers in a car which ran into a crowd of people in Stockholm on Walpurgis Night. Swedish police have denied the accusation on Twitter.

Sweden in spotlight for biggest asylum share
Sweden

Sweden in spotlight for biggest asylum share

Sweden's decision to take in more asylum seekers per capita than any other EU nation remained in focus on Wednesday as the European Commission formally presented its plan for member states to share responsibility for refugees fleeing the Middle East and Africa.

Women do bulk of housework in France
France

Women do bulk of housework in France

Women in France still do the bulk of the housework and most men wouldn’t know a duster if it tickled them on the nose, a new study shows.

Student’s body found after 8-year mystery
Germany

Student’s body found after 8-year mystery

The body of Tanja Gräff, who went missing in 2008 at the age of 21 in one of the most puzzling crimes of recent years, was found by forestry workers on the outskirts of Trier on Monday.

Germany made one in four EU asylum grants
Germany

Germany made one in four EU asylum grants

As the European Commission presented a migration plan that would share responsibility for refugees across all EU countries, new data showed that Germany accepted the largest share of asylum applications of any Union member in 2014.

Amazing Italian homes for less than €100,000
Italy

Amazing Italian homes for less than €100,000

Fancy owning a stunning home in Italy for the same price as a shed in London or New York? With the weak euro, now is a good time to scour the country for a dream home. Here's our list of properties going for less than €100,000 (£72,000, US$112,000).

Dane’s obituary becomes viral sensation
Denmark

Dane’s obituary becomes viral sensation

A Dane’s self-penned obituary declaring she was leaving the world "under protest" has been shared far and wide on Danish social media this week.

Man comes home to thief sleeping on couch
Germany

Man comes home to thief sleeping on couch

A Berlin man came home on Tuesday evening to find an apparent thief asleep on his couch.

Video: The hardest word to pronounce in French
France

Video: The hardest word to pronounce in French

What is the most difficult French word to pronounce? Our readers responded, and we hit the streets of Paris to put tourists to the test in what we agree is the crème de la crème of tricky French words.

Andy Murray wins Rome opener
Italy

Andy Murray wins Rome opener

UPDATED: Unbeaten Andy Murray kept his clay-court purple patch alive on Wednesday, defeating Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round of the Italian Open.

30 arrests as global drug ring busted
Austria

30 arrests as global drug ring busted

Styria’s State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) has announced that it smashed an international cocaine trafficking ring earlier this year.

Copenhagen apartment prices at all-time high
Denmark

Copenhagen apartment prices at all-time high

The housing market in the capital continues to outpace that of the rest of the nation as prices have now exceeded their pre-crisis peaks.

Arrested: the Spiderman thief of Coslada
Spain

Arrested: the Spiderman thief of Coslada

A thief scaled apartment buildings to burgle flats around Madrid but in the end couldn't evade capture by his nemesis.

SNCF gets EU green light for Eurostar takeover
France

SNCF gets EU green light for Eurostar takeover

The EU approved on Wednesday French rail operator SNCF's takeover of cross-channel train company Eurostar but said it must allow new rivals to ply its blue-ribbon routes.

Swedish visa denied for murdered blogger Das
Sweden

Swedish visa denied for murdered blogger Das

A free speech group launched a blistering attack on Sweden on Wednesday after it denied a travel visa to secular Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das who was then hacked to death by suspected Islamists in his home country.

Right-wing politicians against gay traffic lights
Austria

Right-wing politicians against gay traffic lights

The right-wing Freedom party (FPÖ) has announced it is lodging a criminal complaint against Vienna council member Maria Vassilakou, after new pedestrian crossing lights which depict straight, gay and lesbian couples have been introduced around the city.

I never learned German: Credit Suisse CEO
Switzerland

I never learned German: Credit Suisse CEO

After working for eight years in Zurich as the CEO of Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second largest bank, Brady Dougan admits he has not learned to speak German.

Sunny public holiday but gloomy weekend ahead
Sweden

Sunny public holiday but gloomy weekend ahead

Many Swedes are looking forward to a four-day weekend, but while sunshine is expected on Thursday, grey and drizzly weather is anticipated across the country on Saturday and Sunday.

Cycling: Italian Rabottini banned for doping
Italy

Cycling: Italian Rabottini banned for doping

Italian Matteo Rabottini was on Wednesday suspended for 21 months for using the banned blood booster EPO, cycling's world body the UCI announced.

France: Should religion be allowed in nurseries?
France

France: Should religion be allowed in nurseries?

French MPs on Wednesday will put the spotlight on religion in France's nurseries, seven years after a woman was fired from a Paris crèche for refusing to remove her veil.

Five of the most awkward Spanish election fails
Spain

Five of the most awkward Spanish election fails

In the run up to Spain's local and regional elections at the end of May, politicians have been trying out unsual ways to entice voters - many of which they most probably now regret.

One injured after fresh shooting in Gothenburg
Sweden

One injured after fresh shooting in Gothenburg

Swedish police say one person has been taken to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds after an attack in the Gamlestaden area of Gothenburg on Wednesday morning, just months after several high profile shootings took place in the city in western Sweden.

Skype sex scam snares thrill seekers in Styria
Austria

Skype sex scam snares thrill seekers in Styria

Dozens of men in Styria, in the southeast of Austria, have been blackmailed by an unknown woman who threatens to publish videos on the Internet showing the men engaged in sex acts.

Prowling wolf reaches outskirts of Munich
Germany

Prowling wolf reaches outskirts of Munich

DNA tests on the carcasses of lambs reveal that a wolf has been hunting around the forests east of Munich. Local authorities don't believe the animal poses a threat to humans.

Teachers arrested over WhatsApp ‘secrets’ leak
Spain

Teachers arrested over WhatsApp ‘secrets’ leak

A bit of 'Mean Girls'-esque high school drama has stirred up a small town in the Madrid area after a letter containing the private messages of teachers insulting students and parents was dropped into residents' mailboxes.

Fire breaks out on ferry off Puglian coast
Italy

Fire breaks out on ferry off Puglian coast

A fire broke out on an Albania-bound ferry off the southern Italian port of Bari in the early hours of Wednesday morning. No one was injured and the fire has now been extinguished.

Google pays tribute to Danish seismologist
Denmark

Google pays tribute to Danish seismologist

If you’re searching for something on Google today, you’re doing it under a tribute to Danish scientist Inge Lehmann.

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Sweden

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I filmed in Catalonia, not Spain says Sean Penn
Spain

I filmed in Catalonia, not Spain says Sean Penn

Could famously political Hollywood heavyweight Sean Penn be the latest big name to throw his weight behind the Catalan independence movement?

Boost for Italy as growth matches Germany’s
Italy

Boost for Italy as growth matches Germany’s

Italy’s economy has made a comeback, growing 0.3 percent in the first quarter of this year – as fast as Germany, perceived to be the eurozone’s economic ‘powerhouse’.

Swede rounds up Tiger’s help for bullied pupil
Sweden

Swede rounds up Tiger’s help for bullied pupil

A 10-year-old who contemplated suicide because of his stutter has received unexpected support from US golfing star Tiger Woods, after a desperate plea by the young boy's Swedish mentor went viral.

Denmark to allow Total to reopen fracking site
Denmark

Denmark to allow Total to reopen fracking site

The Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen) is prepared to let French gas giant continue its controversial shale gas exploration in nothern Jutland.

Six tonne whale washes up on Valencia beach
Spain

Six tonne whale washes up on Valencia beach

The six tonne, ten metre long mammal was found by officers from Spain’s Civil Guard.

South African men plead guilty to nun murder
Austria

South African men plead guilty to nun murder

Two South African men charged with the rape and murder of a 86-year-old Austrian-born nun pleaded guilty on Tuesday, saying they had broken into the convent to steal food.

Schäuble warns UK: no special treatment
Germany

Schäuble warns UK: no special treatment

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble had a prickly response to British demands for reform of the EU in the margins of a European finance ministers' meeting on Tuesday.

Economic growth fails to match hopes
Germany

Economic growth fails to match hopes

The German economy grew by 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2015, slightly slower than expected, data published by the federal statistics office Destatis showed on Wednesday.

Isis terrorists ‘coming to Italy within weeks’
Italy

Isis terrorists ‘coming to Italy within weeks’

The information minister for Libya’s Tobruk government has warned that terrorists from the Islamic extremist group, Isis, will be heading to Italy “in the coming weeks”.

France beats Germany as growth hits two-year high
France

France beats Germany as growth hits two-year high

French economic growth jumped to a better-than-expected 0.6 percent in the first quarter despite a fall in investment, preliminary figures released on Wednesday showed. Germany's growth, meanwhile, was just 0.3 percent.

Hans Rosling: ‘No such thing as Swedish values’
Sweden

Hans Rosling: ‘No such thing as Swedish values’

Hans Rosling, Sweden's own globetrotting celebrity statistician, offers his thoughts on ignorance, connectivity and why there's no such thing as Swedish values.

Funeral held in Seville for A400M crash victims
Spain

Funeral held in Seville for A400M crash victims

A memorial mass was held for the four victims of the Airbus A400M military transporter plane which crashed last Saturday during a test flight.

Greens, conservatives want weed legalized
Germany

Greens, conservatives want weed legalized

MPs from the Green party and Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have joined forces to say that cannabis should be regulated and legalized.

Ruby fetches record $30 million at Geneva auction
Switzerland

Ruby fetches record $30 million at Geneva auction

A 25.59-carat "pigeon blood" ruby sold for a world record $30.33 million at auction in Geneva on Tuesday while a rare pink diamond believed to have once belonged to Napoleon's niece fetched $15.9 million, Sotheby's said.

‘Fake’ pop art sold at top Nordic auction house

‘Fake’ pop art sold at top Nordic auction house

Scandinavia’s largest online auction house has been accused of selling fake Andy Warhol prints.

Union accuses Post of threatening workers
Germany

Union accuses Post of threatening workers

Service workers' union Verdi has accused Deutsche Post of trying to intimidate striking workers by threatening them with losing their jobs.

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens
France

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens

The Cannes film festival eschews its usual blockbuster kick-off on Wednesday, opening with a gritty French film that marks only the second time a female director has won the coveted first slot.

Man in court after Paris Disneyland drone flight
France

Man in court after Paris Disneyland drone flight

A French photo enthusiast appeared in court on Tuesday after he was arrested for flying a drone over Disneyland Paris and taking pictures of the amusement park.

Nurse becomes Italy’s second Ebola case
Italy

Nurse becomes Italy’s second Ebola case

An Italian nurse who had recently been working in Sierra Leone with medical charity Emergency tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday in the country's second case of the virus.

Bizarre church suicide follows rear-end crash
Switzerland

Bizarre church suicide follows rear-end crash

A traffic accident on Tuesday led to what police in the canton of Valais are calling an “extraordinary death” involving a man who stole a car, before peeling off his clothes and entering naked a church, where he committed suicide.

Barca dash Bayern Champs League hopes
Germany

Barca dash Bayern Champs League hopes

Neymar struck twice as Barcelona reached the Champions League final by beating Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate in their semi-final despite losing Tuesday's second-leg 3-2 at the Allianz Arena.

Formolo claims win, Clarke takes Giro lead
Italy

Formolo claims win, Clarke takes Giro lead

Italian Davide Formolo capped a daring solo attack with victory on the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday when Australian Simon Clarke took over the race lead from Orica team-mate Michael Matthews.

Swedes admit Somali terror group plot in US
Sweden

Swedes admit Somali terror group plot in US

Two Swedes and a Somali who were handed to the FBI more than two years ago in Africa, have pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab group in Somalia, prosecutors in New York have revealed.

Seven fun things to do this Swedish holiday
Sweden

Seven fun things to do this Swedish holiday

It's a public holiday in Sweden on Thursday, with many companies shutting up shop from Wednesday afternoon until Monday morning. From outdoor yoga to al fresco dining, here are our top tips for making the most of the country's second May mini-break.