Swiss Petrobras probe targets Brazilian firm
Switzerland

Swiss Petrobras probe targets Brazilian firm

The Swiss justice authorities say they are investigating Brazilian firm BTP Odebrecht in connection with the massive corruption probe targeting Brazil's state oil company Petrobras.

Liberals propose end of dual citizenship ban
Norway

Liberals propose end of dual citizenship ban

Sveinung Rotevatn, a Liberal member of the employment and social affairs committee, told NRK on Wednesday that the Liberals, one of the government’s two support parties in Parliament, want to make it easier for foreigners who have settled in Norway to achieve dual citizenship.

Autopsy confirms heat killed girl left in car
Switzerland

Autopsy confirms heat killed girl left in car

The five-year-old girl left in a boiling car in the canton of Ticino died from overheating, an autopsy has confirmed.

Germans staying married longer, divorcing less
Germany

Germans staying married longer, divorcing less

Figures released on Thursday showed that fewer couples sought divorce last year and German marriages are lasting longer on average. But what is keeping more bonds from breaking?

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France
France

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France

France opens its doors to over 80 million tourists a year, who enjoy everything from world-class museums to pristine natural wonders. But you can't please them all...

France’s top gay magazine closes down
France

France’s top gay magazine closes down

After two decades as the best-selling publication for homosexuals in France, the debt-ridden magazine Tetu was liquidated on Thursday.

Refugees shun Sweden over long waiting times
Sweden

Refugees shun Sweden over long waiting times

Fewer asylum seekers are expected to arrive in Sweden in 2015. One of the reasons is that the Nordic country is no longer seen as a good place to seek refuge, the Swedish Migration Board said on Thursday.

July 24th 2010: The day the music stopped in Germany
Germany

July 24th 2010: The day the music stopped in Germany

Throughout the nineties and noughties the electro music fest Love Parade epitomized the ramshackle, liberated lifestyle that originated in Berlin and swept across Germany. But a disaster on July 24th 2010 put an end to this ideal in the most traumatic of circumstances.

Queen Sonja comes to aid of Norwegian teens
Norway

Queen Sonja comes to aid of Norwegian teens

Two teenagers who came to the aid of an injured girl off the island of Tjøme this week after the girl fell off a boat, were offered assistance by Queen Sonja who was spending her summer holidays at her family’s vacation home nearby.

Record sales put Daimler in rivals’ wing mirrors
Germany

Record sales put Daimler in rivals’ wing mirrors

Mercedes-Benz cars are flying off the production line like never before, driving parent company Daimler closer to its goal of overtaking rivals Audi and BMW.

High stakes for Wagner’s progeny at opera fest
Germany

High stakes for Wagner’s progeny at opera fest

Beloved by Adolf Hitler and Angela Merkel alike, the Bayreuth Festival honouring Richard Wagner kicks off on Saturday. But critics say the composer's progeny have dragged the festival too far from its origins.

Spain welcomes record number of holidaymakers
Spain

Spain welcomes record number of holidaymakers

A record number of tourists visited Spain in the first half of 2015 with more than a quarter of all holidaymakers coming from the UK.

Sushi or orgasm, asks German supermarket
Germany

Sushi or orgasm, asks German supermarket

Supermarket Edeka has struck on a winning formula of offbeat, laugh-out-loud viral advertising recently. A new campaign gets users to guess whether people in a video are having an orgasm or enjoying an Edeka snack.

Lovesick Swiss tourist hunts for mystery Swede

Lovesick Swiss tourist hunts for mystery Swede

Summer romances are often hot yet burn out quickly. But one Swiss tourist is determined to be reunited with the Swedish flame she encountered on a recent trip to Stockholm.

Smugglers help refugees compare welfare benefits
Denmark

Smugglers help refugees compare welfare benefits

UPDATED: A document that human smugglers use to help asylum seekers compare the different levels of benefits in Europe makes all of the criticism of Denmark's refugee benefit cuts "ring hollow", centre-right parties said on Thursday.

King warns Catalonia over independence drive
Spain

King warns Catalonia over independence drive

Spanish King Felipe VI warned Catalonia on Thursday to obey the law in its drive for autonomy, as tension mounted over Catalan leaders' campaign to break away from Spain.

‘Mob rule’ is just part of French striking culture
France

‘Mob rule’ is just part of French striking culture

The burning of tyres, blockading of ports and tipping over of Uber cars by French strikers may have shocked and angered foreign observers, but it’s all just part of the French culture of strikes. And it works, explains a French historian.

‘Putin wants me for economy minister’
Italy

‘Putin wants me for economy minister’

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship - and the job of economy minister - the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Wasps thrive as hot weather continues
Switzerland

Wasps thrive as hot weather continues

Wasps are a bigger nuisance than ever this summer as the hot, dry weather continues and more people are eating outdoors.

Norwegian golf course plagued by serial pooper
Norway

Norwegian golf course plagued by serial pooper

Stavanger Golf Club in south-west Norway has, for the last ten years, been the victim of an unknown culprit who has been using several of the course's holes as a toilet.

Summer festival to host Roxette world premiere
Sweden

Summer festival to host Roxette world premiere

A movie revealing the story of one of Sweden's most successful bands (no, not Abba) is to be shown to audiences for the first time next month, organizers behind a Gothenburg festival announced on Thursday.

Ferrari files for New York share listing
Italy

Ferrari files for New York share listing

The maker of Italy's iconic Ferrari sports car officially filed with US regulators on Thursday its plans to launch an initial public offering on Wall Street, parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said.

Anger as France delays wheelchair access laws
France

Anger as France delays wheelchair access laws

France's disabled community has been left irate after the government said laws requiring businesses and public transport services to make improvements to wheelchair access would be delayed by up to nine years.

Two Gothenburg arrests over Syria terror killing
Sweden

Two Gothenburg arrests over Syria terror killing

UPDATED: Two Swedes were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of committing murder in war-torn Syria, in Sweden's first such detentions since the conflict erupted in 2011.

Vienna’s public toilets get a fancy makeover
Austria

Vienna’s public toilets get a fancy makeover

Vienna regularly tops lists for best quality of life and most liveable cities - now it is aiming to have the best public toilets of any European capital.

Alitalia pilots set for 24-hour strike
Italy

Alitalia pilots set for 24-hour strike

Alitalia pilots and flight attendants will stage a one-day strike from midnight on Thursday after the flagship airline refused to sign an agreement promising to maintain staff levels.

Hope for overcharged renters after appeal case
Sweden

Hope for overcharged renters after appeal case

After a Swedish woman was ordered to pay back 30,000 kronor ($3499) to renters she had overcharged, the Swedish Union of Tenants told The Local that the case should bring hope to others who are being ripped off.

Seven silly TripAdvisor comments about Spain
Spain

Seven silly TripAdvisor comments about Spain

From some of the best beaches in the world to cities rich in history, Spain has welcomed a record-breaking number of tourists so far in 2015. But you can never please some people...

Walls in their minds: East–West split remains
Germany

Walls in their minds: East–West split remains

A lack of women in the East, more wealth in the West, and lingering bitterness - a report published on Wednesday exposed the stark differences that still exist between East and West Germany 25 years after reunification.

Italian judge entrusts child to lesbian couple
Italy

Italian judge entrusts child to lesbian couple

A judge in Turin has rejected a father's custody appeal, ruling that his daughter was better off remaining with her mother and female partner.

More young Danes prefer cannabis to alcohol
Denmark

More young Danes prefer cannabis to alcohol

New figures from the Danish National Institute of Public Health show that cannabis use is up among high school students while drinking is down.

Aargau sparks debate with tents for refugees
Switzerland

Aargau sparks debate with tents for refugees

Plans by the canton of Aargau to start putting asylum seekers up in army tents from next week amid a shortage of suitable accommodation have met with mixed reactions.

Amateur weathermen: ‘early winter for Norway’
Norway

Amateur weathermen: ‘early winter for Norway’

Two Norwegian amateur weather forecasters have told Norwegian newspaper, Verdens Gang, that they expect an early, snowy winter.

Neo-Nazi codes banned from number plates
Austria

Neo-Nazi codes banned from number plates

Austria is banning neo-Nazi codes from personalized car number plates, in an effort to combat the influence of extreme right-wing groups.

Spanish Prime Minister boasts of job creation
Spain

Spanish Prime Minister boasts of job creation

Spain's unemployment rate fell sharply to 22.7 percent in the second quarter, official data showed on Thursday, as the government boasted of creating hundreds of thousands of jobs ahead of an election.

Swiss tourists warned of French burqa ban
Switzerland

Swiss tourists warned of French burqa ban

Police in the French Alps have been forced to hand out notices to tourists wearing the full face veil, many on a day trip from Switzerland, to remind them that France has a total burqa ban in public.

Murder probe after teen shot to death in capital
Sweden

Murder probe after teen shot to death in capital

Stockholm police were on Thursday investigating the murder of a 19-year-old who died in hospital after he was found with gunshot wounds in a suburb of the Swedish capital.

Hollande says ‘buy local’ as farmers block Lyon
France

Hollande says ‘buy local’ as farmers block Lyon

French farmers took their protests into a fourth day on Thursday with road blocks set up around the second city of Lyon. President François Hollande tried to ease the crisis by meeting union leaders.

VIDEO: Dolphin refuses to abandon dead calf
Italy

VIDEO: Dolphin refuses to abandon dead calf

A video showing a dolphin trying to bring a dead calf back to life off the coast of Ostia, near Rome, has melted hearts in Italy.

Ryanair bans booze on flights from UK to Ibiza
Spain

Ryanair bans booze on flights from UK to Ibiza

The budget airline has decided to ban all duty-free alcohol from the cabin on flights travelling to Ibiza from the UK to improve the "comfort and safety" of passengers and crew.

Germany launches first Holocaust professorship
Germany

Germany launches first Holocaust professorship

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Nazi death camps by Allied troops, Germany is establishing its first-ever professorship devoted to the study of the Holocaust.

State must foot costly squat eviction bill
Austria

State must foot costly squat eviction bill

The interior ministry has said that the state will have to foot the bill for evicting a squat in Vienna last summer- which came to €870,000.

Copenhagen tourist traps: Six better options
Denmark

Copenhagen tourist traps: Six better options

Skip this, do that: Whether you're a tourist coming to the Danish capital or a local left behind as the rest of the city goes in search of warmer locales, we've put together a list of destinations and attractions that are better than the usual suspects.

Lavazza offers to buy France’s Carte Noire

Lavazza offers to buy France’s Carte Noire

Italy's premier coffee brand Lavazza has offered to buy French coffee label, Carte Noire, for a figure believed to be around €800 million.

Tourists in Alps warned of French burqa ban
France

Tourists in Alps warned of French burqa ban

Police in the French Alps have been forced to hand out notices to tourists wearing the full face veil, many of whom have come for a day trip from Switzerland, to remind them that France has a total burka ban in public.

Italian farm worker found dead in Australia
Italy

Italian farm worker found dead in Australia

The body of a 26-year-old Italian was found on Wednesday in a dam at the farm he had been working on in Queensland, Australia.

French MPs vote to slash nuclear dependence
France

French MPs vote to slash nuclear dependence

French lawmakers adopted a new law on Wednesday that will halve the country's energy consumption by 2050 and slash its reliance on nuclear energy.

‘No talks with smugglers over abducted Italians’
Italy

‘No talks with smugglers over abducted Italians’

Italy’s Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that there would be no negotiations with human traffickers over the kidnapping of four Italian constructions workers in Libya.

Paris ‘dropped trousers’ to return Chinese gold
France

Paris ‘dropped trousers’ to return Chinese gold

An angry French antique dealer said the French government had "dropped its trousers" in its eagerness to return stolen treasures to China in order to curry favours with Beijing.

Credit Suisse reports billion franc profit
Switzerland

Credit Suisse reports billion franc profit

The new chief executive at banking giant Credit Suisse had good news to report on Thursday – a higher than expected profit in the second quarter.

Denmark can’t find housing for refugees
Denmark

Denmark can’t find housing for refugees

Some 12,000 refugees need help a place to live in Denmark but nearly half of the nation’s municipalities say that they can’t find housing for the newcomers.

Ex-soldier arrested for recruiting women to Isis
Spain

Ex-soldier arrested for recruiting women to Isis

Police in Spain's north African territory of Melilla arrested a man suspected of recruiting women for the armed jihadist group Islamic State, the government said on Wednesday.

Ex-IMF chief refuses to testify on fraud charges
Spain

Ex-IMF chief refuses to testify on fraud charges

Rodrigo Rato, the ex-head of the International Monetary Fund, refused to answer a judge's questions in Madrid on Wednesday over the latest in a string of fraud charges against him.

Lenin’s head to be ‘resurrected’ in Berlin
Germany

Lenin’s head to be ‘resurrected’ in Berlin

Buried and long forgotten, the head of a giant Lenin statue is set to make a comeback in the German capital a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Malmö attacks part of ‘spiral of retaliation’
Sweden

Malmö attacks part of ‘spiral of retaliation’

Sweden’s third largest city was shaken by a suspected grenade attack overnight as police confirmed that the recent wave of violence in the city is linked to a row over a recent court verdict.

Ikea safety worries after two children killed
Sweden

Ikea safety worries after two children killed

The safety of Swedish furniture giant Ikea’s drawers and wardrobes have been called into question after two children in the US died when the products fell on them.

Seven ways to beat wet weather in Sweden
Sweden

Seven ways to beat wet weather in Sweden

Here are our top tips for making the most of Sweden during drizzly weather, alongside our regular interactive guide to events around the country.