Wawrinka draws notice for leaving shorts behind
Switzerland

Wawrinka draws notice for leaving shorts behind

Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka got people talking about the unconventional plaid shorts he wore while winning this year’s French Open, but now he’s attracting attention for not wearing anything at all.

Man faces eight years in Norway jihadi trial
Norway

Man faces eight years in Norway jihadi trial

Norwegian prosecutors are seeking an eight-year jail sentence for a jihadist who they say fought for the Islamic State group and an affiliate of Al-Qaeda in Syria, media reported on Tuesday.

Biogen announces billion-franc drugs plant
Switzerland

Biogen announces billion-franc drugs plant

Biogen, an international biotechnology company, announced on Tuesday plans to invest one billion francs ($1.06 billion) for a new drug manufacturing plant in Luterbach in the canton of Solothurn.

Air traffic controllers to strike as talks collapse
France

Air traffic controllers to strike as talks collapse

Hopes that a strike by French air traffic controllers could be averted seemed to be dashed on Tuesday as unions said that talks had been broken off. It is likely airlines will have to cancel scores of flights.

Federer and Nadal brush aside Wimbledon heat
Switzerland

Federer and Nadal brush aside Wimbledon heat

Seven-time champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 winner, raced into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday as the tournament sweltered in near record-breaking heat.

Germany learns lessons on pilots’ mental health
Germany

Germany learns lessons on pilots’ mental health

In response to the Germanwings flight tragedy, Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt presented plans to strengthen mental health care for pilots while Germanwings announced further compensation for relatives of the flight's victims.

Germany: land of cheap beer and drunkards?
Germany

Germany: land of cheap beer and drunkards?

It's official. If getting drunk on a park bench is your thing, look no further than Germany as an ideal location. A study released on Monday shows it's cheap. And you'll have plenty of company.

Top Uber executives to go on trial in France
France

Top Uber executives to go on trial in France

Uber France and two of its bosses will go on trial in September over the company's allegedly "illegal" ride-booking practices, prosecutors said on Tuesday, after violent protests by taxi drivers against the app.

Heatwave alert extended as France sizzles in sun
France

Heatwave alert extended as France sizzles in sun

France's weather agency has extended the summer weather warnings, as an intense heatwave spread further across the country on Tuesday.

Berlusconi bunged €10m for Bunga Bunga silence
Italy

Berlusconi bunged €10m for Bunga Bunga silence

Silvio Berlusconi paid an exotic dancer and other young women some €10 million for their silence over what went on at his Bunga Bunga sex parties, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Italian town declares war on ‘aggressive’ geese
Italy

Italian town declares war on ‘aggressive’ geese

They’ve been described as the best guard animals that exist, but the more quirky characteristics of geese are causing angst among residents in a town in the northern Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Fare-dodging fine jumps from €40 to €60
Germany

Fare-dodging fine jumps from €40 to €60

Nationwide fines for people who ride public transit without a proper ticket will increase from €40 to €60 starting on Wednesday in some cities, the first time the penalty has been increased in 12 years.

Erotically-shaped fruit craze hits Barcelona
Spain

Erotically-shaped fruit craze hits Barcelona

Flower stalls along Barcelona’s famous Rambla were once the domain of elegant blooms, but are now embracing wares of a much more erotic variety to pull in the tourists.

Blue Peter legend John Noakes missing in Spain
Spain

Blue Peter legend John Noakes missing in Spain

Police on the island of Mallorca have launched a search for Blue Peter legend John Noakes after he disappeared this morning outside his home on the Balearic island.

Far-right attacks on asylum homes soar
Germany

Far-right attacks on asylum homes soar

The number of attacks on asylum seekers' accommodation by violent far-right groups in Germany is on course to double in 2015 after tripling between 2013 and 2014, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Calais chaos: Travellers curse ‘striking French’
France

Calais chaos: Travellers curse ‘striking French’

Striking French sailors forced the Eurostar and Eurotunnel to suspend services on Tuesday, prompting many furious travellers to vent their anger at the French and in particular their tendency to cause absolute havoc when on strike.

Uefa ‘worried’ by Italian match-fixing
Italy

Uefa ‘worried’ by Italian match-fixing

Uefa said on Tuesday it had been shocked by reports that Italian second division games have been fixed for €100,000.

Suspect freed in Lisa Holm murder case
Sweden

Suspect freed in Lisa Holm murder case

UPDATED: One of the men police have been holding on suspicion of murdering missing teenager Lisa Holm has been released, but his older brother remains in police custody.

Ten fun facts about the Roskilde Festival
Denmark

Ten fun facts about the Roskilde Festival

It's Denmark's biggest party and northern Europe's biggest music festival – but how much do you really know about the Roskilde Festival and its patented Orange Feeling?

Skeleton of WWI soldier found in Italian Alps
Italy

Skeleton of WWI soldier found in Italian Alps

A century since battles raged across northern Italy's Alpine front during the First World War, remains believed to belong to a young soldier have been found.

French strikers cause Channel travel chaos
France

French strikers cause Channel travel chaos

UPDATED: Striking French sailors and port workers stepped up industrial action on Tuesday when they blocked the Channel Tunnel after earlier blockading the port of Calais. Eurostar and Eurotunnel were forced to suspend services for several hours.

Denmark preps Germany for border controls

Denmark preps Germany for border controls

UPDATED: As his first official mission abroad, Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen went to Germany to explain Denmark's plans to step up controls at the countries' shared border.

The best gay wedding destinations in Spain
Spain

The best gay wedding destinations in Spain

More than 31,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot across Spain since a law permitting gay marriage was introduced in 2005. To mark the anniversary, here are ten of the best places in Spain to celebrate your nuptials.

Graz killer wanted wife ‘to be a slave’
Austria

Graz killer wanted wife ‘to be a slave’

The 26-year-old wife of the man who killed three people after deliberately ploughing his car into a pedestrian shopping street in Graz has given a frank interview to Austrian television - telling how she was beaten and abused by her husband.

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in July
France

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in July

Summer has well and truly arrived in France, so we've collected ten of the best opportunities for you to make the most of it.

Passengers stranded by thieves for hours in 40C
Spain

Passengers stranded by thieves for hours in 40C

A train with more than 200 people was left stranded amid sweltering temperatures for three hours on Monday after thieves attempted to rob cables from the track.

US herring video is ‘an insult to Sweden’
Sweden

US herring video is ‘an insult to Sweden’

A fermented herring expert has expressed outrage at a BuzzFeed video in which Americans turn up their noses at the Swedish delicacy. Their comments, he says, are an “insult to the Swedish people and Swedish culture”.

Roma ace loses UAE deal for chopper request
Italy

Roma ace loses UAE deal for chopper request

Requests by Gervinho for a helicopter and a private beach as part of the deal that would take him from Roma to Al-Jazira were described as 'obscene' by the Emirati club, according to reports on Tuesday.

Rajoy calls for change to the Greek government
Spain

Rajoy calls for change to the Greek government

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday became the first European leader to openly back the departure of Greece's far-left government as he urged Greeks to accept bailout proposals in a crucial referendum.

Italy ‘out of firing line’ of Greek crisis fallout: PM
Italy

Italy ‘out of firing line’ of Greek crisis fallout: PM

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday that structural reforms already undertaken by Rome had placed the country "out of the firing line" of the Greek debt crisis fallout.

Divorced couple split house in two
Austria

Divorced couple split house in two

An Austrian couple who divorced but didn't want to have to part with their house have reached a bizarre compromise by splitting the house in two with a concrete wall.

Austria helps crack cybercriminal gang
Austria

Austria helps crack cybercriminal gang

Investigators from six different European countries, including Austria, have succeeded in bringing down a cybercriminal group in Ukraine.

Saab signs deal worth billions for Swedish subs
Sweden

Saab signs deal worth billions for Swedish subs

UPDATED: A deal between Swedish defence giant Saab and Sweden's military for two submarines worth 8.6 billion kronor ($1.04 billion) is set to boost jobs in the Nordic country, chief executive Håkan Buskhe said on Tuesday.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter of way to Hawaii
Switzerland

Solar Impulse reaches quarter of way to Hawaii

A Swiss solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

French beheading ‘was modus operandi of Isis’
France

French beheading ‘was modus operandi of Isis’

French prosecutors confirmed on Tuesday that Yassin Salhi, who beheaded his boss before attempted to blow up a gas factory was motivated by terrorism and had links to Isis.

How Germany will deal with the leap second
Germany

How Germany will deal with the leap second

Germany's top time scientists are ready to spring into action in the dead of night on Tuesday, inserting an extra second into the clock while everyone else is asleep.

Healthy diet? A quarter of Spaniards are obese
Spain

Healthy diet? A quarter of Spaniards are obese

Often lauded for their healthy Mediterranean diet and longevity, it may come as a surprise to learn that nearly a quarter of Spaniards are now obese, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Danish censor booted for being too drunk
Denmark

Danish censor booted for being too drunk

A lunch break may have been a little too festive for a man who was examining students at Aalborg University.

Riviera’s ‘black widow’ accused of murder
France

Riviera’s ‘black widow’ accused of murder

A Frenchwoman dubbed the "black widow" of the Côte d'Azur stands accused of seducing several elderly men after meeting them through dating agencies and poisoning them. At least one of her victims died.

Animal activists call for Palio ban after horse dies
Italy

Animal activists call for Palio ban after horse dies

Animal rights groups have called for Italy's most famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, to be banned after the death of a horse during a warm-up heat.

Air traffic controllers call July strike across Spain
Spain

Air traffic controllers call July strike across Spain

Spanish air traffic controllers have called partial strikes over two weekends in July - threatening to disrupt some of the busiest travel days for holidaymakers.

Geneva beer the world’s most expensive: survey
Switzerland

Geneva beer the world’s most expensive: survey

Just as Switzerland steels for a heatwave this week comes news that beer, a favourite beverage for slaking thirsts in hot times, is the most expensive in the world in the country’s second biggest city.

Swedish woman battles killer slug invasion
Sweden

Swedish woman battles killer slug invasion

A Swedish woman armed with nothing but her wits and a bucket has told how she fought off an army of almost 2,000 Spanish slugs.

German unemployment hits historic low
Germany

German unemployment hits historic low

German unemployment remained at historically low levels in June as the recovery in Europe's biggest economy remained on track, data showed on Tuesday.

Swedish women’s sex habits: riskier than ever
Sweden

Swedish women’s sex habits: riskier than ever

Research shows that young Swedish females are taking more risks when it comes to sex – but why?

Iran talks await message from Tehran
Austria

Iran talks await message from Tehran

Iran's foreign minister has returned to Vienna, accompanied by top advisers and bearing guidance from Tehran that major powers hope will seal marathon negotiations for a historic nuclear deal.

Schäuble: Greece will stay in Euro regardless
Germany

Schäuble: Greece will stay in Euro regardless

UPDATE: Speaking to MPs from his Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on Tuesday, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said that Greece will stay in the eurozone even if the Greek public vote 'no' on July 5th.

Vanished Swedish teen calls mum from Syria
Sweden

Vanished Swedish teen calls mum from Syria

UPDATED: A 15-year-old girl from southern Sweden who has been missing since last month, has phoned her family to say she’s in Homs in Syria, Swedish media are reporting.

Copenhagen to get even better for cyclists
Denmark

Copenhagen to get even better for cyclists

Cyclists and pedestrians will have yet another way to cross the capital's waterways when a companion to the congested Langebro opens in 2018.

Spanish King and Queen on state visit to Mexico
Spain

Spanish King and Queen on state visit to Mexico

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrived in Mexico on Monday to begin a three-day trip, their first state visit to the Americas since the coronation.

Germany’s Greeks look anxiously homeward
Germany

Germany’s Greeks look anxiously homeward

As crisis engulfs their homeland, members of the Greek community in Germany look anxiously homeward and reflect on how the crisis is already traveling back to Germany.

Swede wins $18m in Wall Street harassment case
Sweden

Swede wins $18m in Wall Street harassment case

A New York court has ordered a Wall Street mogul to pay $18 million (nearly 150 million kronor) to a Swedish woman who sued her boss for sexual harassment.

Italy starts to recover 800 bodies from shipwreck
Italy

Italy starts to recover 800 bodies from shipwreck

The Italian navy on Monday said it had begun efforts to recover the bodies of some 800 migrants killed in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean in April, as authorities rescued another 4,400 people making the dangerous sea journey to Europe.

French court backs controls on Italian border
France

French court backs controls on Italian border

France's top administrative court has ruled that border controls on migrants at the Italian frontier were legal and did not violate the Schengen agreement that created Europe's passport-free zone.

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated
Switzerland

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July.

‘Greek referendum is a vote on euro’: Renzi
Italy

‘Greek referendum is a vote on euro’: Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday that Greeks will be effectively voting on whether to stay in the euro in Sunday's referendum on bailout conditions set by the country's creditors.

US ‘snooped on France’s biggest companies’
France

US ‘snooped on France’s biggest companies’

More revelations emerged on Tuesday of US spying on French targets, with reports claiming the NSA systematically snooped on the country's biggest companies and all business deals valued over $200 million.

French court approves border controls with Italy
Italy

French court approves border controls with Italy

France's top administrative court said on Monday that border controls on migrants at the Italian frontier were legal and did not violate the Schengen agreement that created Europe's passport-free zone.

Semi-final clash with US ‘like a final’
Germany

Semi-final clash with US ‘like a final’

Ahead of Tuesday's semi-final clash against the Unites States in the Women's World Cup, Germany coach Silvia Neid warned that her team would not be relinquishing their status as the world's number one team yet.

Bertolacci completes AC Milan move
Italy

Bertolacci completes AC Milan move

Italy international midfielder Andrea Bertolacci said he can't wait to be part of AC Milan's "important project" after officially joining the fallen Serie A giants from Roma on Monday.

BLOG: Sweden’s political power forum – Day Three
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s political power forum – Day Three

Sweden's youngest political leader in history, Ebba Busch Thor has called for a crackdown on homegrown terrorists and lower taxes at Almedalen, the biggest week in Swedish politics.

Why Almedalen just keeps getting better
Sweden

Why Almedalen just keeps getting better

Sweden’s annual politics week might be a slick, choreographed jamboree, but it’s also an amazing way to broaden your horizons. Other countries should learn from it, argues The Local's Managing Editor James Savage.