Sexy time couple forced to swim from Merc
Austria

Sexy time couple forced to swim from Merc

In an incident that left a German couple red-faced with embarrassment, the pair were frolicking in the back seat of their Mercedes SUV on Saturday when its parking brake failed, rolling backwards into Lake Plansee in Tyrol.

Federer advances after effortless win over Mayer
Switzerland

Federer advances after effortless win over Mayer

Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer advanced to the second round of the US Open on Tuesday by defeating Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in sweltering conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Norway sends convicts to ‘luxury’ Dutch prison
Norway

Norway sends convicts to ‘luxury’ Dutch prison

Norway on Tuesday sent a group of convicts to a jail in the Netherlands for the first time because its own prisons are filled to the brim.

Zurich’s Dolder Grand named best Swiss hotel
Switzerland

Zurich’s Dolder Grand named best Swiss hotel

It was good enough for Justin Bieber when he visited Switzerland a couple of years ago and now Gault&Millau is giving Zurich’s Dolder Grand Hotel the thumbs up.

Get wise to Swiss duties on stuff bought abroad
Switzerland

Get wise to Swiss duties on stuff bought abroad

Swiss import duties designed to protect the domestic economy can be a killjoy for ‘shopping tourists’ in Switzerland seeking bargains across the border or online. But Emily Rose Mawson discovers there are ways to avoid paying through the nose for those purchases from abroad.

Archaeologists uncover oldest German mosque
Germany

Archaeologists uncover oldest German mosque

Archaeologists have excavated the remains of Germany's oldest mosque on the outskirts of Berlin, a team from the capital city's Free University (FU) announced on Monday.

Kiel scientists: MH370 search in wrong place
Germany

Kiel scientists: MH370 search in wrong place

German scientists have challenged conventional wisdom on the crash site of the MH370, the Malaysia Airlines plane missing since March 2014, suggesting the search is being conducted in the wrong place.

Hundreds of tractors en route to blockade Paris
France

Hundreds of tractors en route to blockade Paris

UPDATED: A convoy of around 1,000 tractors carrying hundreds of disgruntled French farmers is heading in the direction of Paris where they plan to bring travel chaos to the French capital on Thursday in a bid to raise attention to their desperate plight.

Five reasons to love Germany in autumn
Germany

Five reasons to love Germany in autumn

September 1st may be the first day of autumn, but it's not all sad news for those living in Germany. Here are five reasons why we should welcome autumn with open arms.

Video of Swedish longboarder goes viral
Sweden

Video of Swedish longboarder goes viral

Stunning footage of Swedish longboarder Ishtar Bäcklund and fellow riders skating down the Norwegian mountains has gone viral, pulling in over 190,000 views on Vimeo.

Revealed: Eight dirty tricks Spanish restaurants use to overcharge you
Spain

Revealed: Eight dirty tricks Spanish restaurants use to overcharge you

The Spanish consumer rights organization has warned of the multiple different ways Spanish establishments try to trick their customers into spending more money than they intended. Want to avoid being conned? Read on!

Isis claims Tripoli car bomb near Eni office
Italy

Isis claims Tripoli car bomb near Eni office

The Isis jihadist group on Tuesday claimed a car bomb attack against an oil company co-owned by Italy's Eni in the Libyan capital that wounded one person.

Studying in Germany left me down in the dumps
Germany

Studying in Germany left me down in the dumps

Finnish student Juuso Nisula moved to Cologne to study business administration, but found a catalogue of failings instead in the model of German educational efficiency he was expecting. He explains just what went wrong - and how to fix it - in an opinion piece republished by The Local.

Calais: New migrant camp ‘is not the answer’
France

Calais: New migrant camp ‘is not the answer’

The news that France will build an official camp in Calais to house 1,500 migrants has been met with anger by aid groups while politicians claim it will end up like the infamous Sangatte detention centre that had to be closed in 2002.

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Switzerland

Mediterranean migrant count continues to rise

More than 350,000 migrants have risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean this year, and some 2,600 have died while making the perilous journey to Europe, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

Swede wakes up with Justin Bieber on buttock
Sweden

Swede wakes up with Justin Bieber on buttock

A man in central Sweden has more reason than most to regret a drunken night out - after waking up with Justin Bieber's name on his backside.

Italian woman ‘too fat’ for bakery job
Italy

Italian woman ‘too fat’ for bakery job

An Italian woman has claimed she was turned down for a job at a bakery in Latina, Lazio, because she is "too fat".

How do you compare to a typical expat in France?
France

How do you compare to a typical expat in France?

A new survey is full of revealing facts about expats in France, why they came here, what they love and what they loathe. So how do you measure up?

Polish football hooligans sentenced in Sweden
Sweden

Polish football hooligans sentenced in Sweden

A Swedish court sentenced five Polish football fans to jail terms of two and three months on Tuesday after violence following a match between IFK Gothenburg and Slask Wroclaw.

Man kidnapped by gang of French nationals rescued on Costa del Sol
Spain

Man kidnapped by gang of French nationals rescued on Costa del Sol

Police in Spain said on Tuesday they freed a young Spaniard kidnapped and held for a ransom of €35,000 ($39,000) for six days in southern Spain, and arrested ten French nationals.

Rights court slams Italy over migrant conditions
Italy

Rights court slams Italy over migrant conditions

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Tunisian migrants had been unlawfully detained on the island of Lampedusa in 2011 in conditions that "diminished their human dignity".

Teen fined for sharing 13-year-old ex’s sexts
Germany

Teen fined for sharing 13-year-old ex’s sexts

A court in Berlin has ordered a teenager to pay €500 in damages to his 13-year-old ex-girlfriend after sharing intimate pictures of her over WhatsApp, the girl's lawyer has revealed.

Renzi under pressure over brutal Sicily murder
Italy

Renzi under pressure over brutal Sicily murder

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under increasing pressure on Tuesday to respond after an asylum seeker was arrested on suspicion of the brutal murder of an elderly couple in Sicily.

Stunning footage of girls skating Norway peaks
Norway

Stunning footage of girls skating Norway peaks

Stunning footage of a group of mostly female downhill longboarders riding down the Norwegian mountains has gone viral, pulling in over 190,000 views on Vimeo.

Oslo church wants to remove 22 July memorial
Norway

Oslo church wants to remove 22 July memorial

Oslo's church council has been attacked for attempting to remove a sculpture commemorating the victims of Anders Breivik's 2011 twin terror attacks.

Löw backs Schweini after shaky United start
Germany

Löw backs Schweini after shaky United start

Germany coach Joachim Löw is backing Bastian Schweinsteiger to brush off his shaky start at Manchester United when he captains his country in Friday's key Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland.

‘Lonely’ billionaire: I was having a bad day
Sweden

‘Lonely’ billionaire: I was having a bad day

A Swedish gaming billionaire who made global headlines after complaining of loneliness, has apologized to people with "real problems".

Gay marriage in focus as Faroe Islands votes
Denmark

Gay marriage in focus as Faroe Islands votes

Faroe Islanders headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new parliament following a one-month campaign dominated by gay marriage and whether to raise taxes on fishing firms.

Smutty hacker creates France’s rudest road sign
France

Smutty hacker creates France’s rudest road sign

A hacker in Lille turned heads recently with a guerrilla protest which saw him reprogramming a city parking sign so that it displayed a series of smutty words for body parts.

Rajoy: ‘We’re proud to be referred to as the Germans of the South’
Spain

Rajoy: ‘We’re proud to be referred to as the Germans of the South’

The German Chancellor has applauded Rajoy for steering Spain towards economic recovery and chastised Catalonia over its independence drive.

Migrants discovered after being smuggled into Spain in car engine
Spain

Migrants discovered after being smuggled into Spain in car engine

Two migrants have been discovered hidden in secret compartments in a vehicle on the Moroccan-Spanish border.

Norway company turns pine trees into hotdogs
Norway

Norway company turns pine trees into hotdogs

A Norwegian biorefinery company has started turning waste wood fibre into a cream-like fat substitute which it claims can be used to make ice cream, mayonnaise and even hot dogs.

Unemployment level stays at record low
Germany

Unemployment level stays at record low

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

Danish minister patches up ‘plastergate’ with gift

Danish minister patches up ‘plastergate’ with gift

A spat over the introduction of plasters for darker skin tones in Swedish pharmacies took an unusual turn when the Danish Foreign Minister offered his Swedish counterpart a box of band aids.

Mystery ‘zombie’ drug used in Paris muggings
France

Mystery ‘zombie’ drug used in Paris muggings

Two women have been arrested after allegedly using a substance with similar effects to Colombia's infamous Devil's Breath 'zombie drug' to rob elderly Parisians.

Israel PM criticized for Italian fine dining
Italy

Israel PM criticized for Italian fine dining

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced criticism on Tuesday from ultra-Orthodox politicians for having eaten in a non-kosher restaurant serving rabbit, escargot and lobster during a recent trip to Italy.

Swedish party in U-turn on Nato membership
Sweden

Swedish party in U-turn on Nato membership

Sweden's opposition is moving towards a unified front on Nato membership after Centre party bosses announced they would advocate joining the defence alliance on Tuesday.

Riot police evacuate Hungarian rail hub
Austria

Riot police evacuate Hungarian rail hub

Hungarian police evacuated Budapest's main international rail station on Tuesday as hundreds of migrants tried to board trains to western Europe, as the continent struggles with its biggest movement of people since World War II.

Italy’s jobless rate at lowest level in two years
Italy

Italy’s jobless rate at lowest level in two years

Italy’s unemployment rate fell to 12 percent in July – the lowest level in two years, the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Tuesday.

In pics: Spain’s wacky hat festival
Spain

In pics: Spain’s wacky hat festival

Tenerife played host to one of Spain's more unusual festivals on Monday, when residents donned their wackiest hats for the annual Festival of the Pamela.

Stenzel defects to FPÖ for Vienna election
Austria

Stenzel defects to FPÖ for Vienna election

Long time ÖVP politician and district chairwoman for Vienna's first district Ursula Stenzel will stand in the upcoming Vienna elections as an independent candidate with the right-wing party FPÖ party, she announced this morning.

Swedish jogger praised for viral feminist post
Sweden

Swedish jogger praised for viral feminist post

A Swedish man has been praised for his viral Facebook post about female safety after meeting a terrified woman while out jogging.

Bavarian minister uses n-word on live TV
Germany

Bavarian minister uses n-word on live TV

Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) has become the target of widespread outrage after calling singer Roberto Blanco a "wonderful negro" on live television - and failing to apologize when challenged on Tuesday morning.

Migrant ‘footballer’ almost lands Italian deal
Italy

Migrant ‘footballer’ almost lands Italian deal

An 18-year-old migrant from Gambia wowed an Abruzzo football club with his silky football skills after convincing them he was a Senegalese football player.

Anger over autistic kid kicked off Swiss plane
Switzerland

Anger over autistic kid kicked off Swiss plane

Swiss International Air Lines is facing embarrassment after it kicked an Israeli family off a flight to Geneva from Zurich because their eight-year-old autistic boy was crying uncontrollably.

Denmark’s first astronaut prepares for blast-off
Denmark

Denmark’s first astronaut prepares for blast-off

Andreas Mogensen will make Danish history when he leaves Earth on Wednesday morning for a ten-day mission at the International Space Station. Follow the livestream here.

What changes in France from September 1st
France

What changes in France from September 1st

The start of September in France has not just brought about a dramatic shift in the weather but also various changes that will impact your daily life, including a major overhaul of the Paris transport pass. Here's everything you need to know.

Solidarity not one way street says Faymann
Austria

Solidarity not one way street says Faymann

Building border fences like those erected by the Hungarian government will not prevent smugglers or solve the asylum crisis, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said on Monday.

3,650 migrants arrive on trains in one day
Austria

3,650 migrants arrive on trains in one day

A total of 3,650 migrants reached Vienna by train Monday, this year's biggest daily number, Austrian police said, after Hungarian authorities allowed people stuck in makeshift refugee camps to leave Budapest despite many not having EU visas.

Danes pay world’s highest Netflix price
Denmark

Danes pay world’s highest Netflix price

If you're a Netflix customer in Denmark, you're paying significantly more for the streaming service than subscribers in other countries.

De Gea transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid scuppered
Spain

De Gea transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid scuppered

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea's proposed transfer to Real Madrid appeared to be scuppered on Monday night as the move was not listed in the transfers registered by the Spanish Professional League.

Orang-utan shot after shocking zoo breakout
Germany

Orang-utan shot after shocking zoo breakout

Zoo workers in Duisburg shot an orang-utan late on Monday evening after two of the apes escaped from their cage in the westerly city.

Federer starts bid for sixth US Open title
Switzerland

Federer starts bid for sixth US Open title

Switzerland's Roger Federer gets his bid to become the oldest US Open winner in 45 years underway on Tuesday but the five-time champion will be overshadowed by Andy Murray's clash with enfant terrible Nick Kyrgios.

Cyclist to remain in induced coma for a week after Tour of Spain crash
Spain

Cyclist to remain in induced coma for a week after Tour of Spain crash

Belgian cyclist Kris Boeckmans will be kept in an induced coma for the next week due to the severe injuries he suffered when crashing in Spain's Vuelta, his Lotto Soudal team said on Monday.

French storms leave two dead and 70,000 in dark
France

French storms leave two dead and 70,000 in dark

UPDATED: The violent storms that lashed swathes of south west and central France on Monday night resulted in the tragic death two drivers and saw 70,000 left without power.

Nobel economist says Germany bullies France
Germany

Nobel economist says Germany bullies France

France has been intimidated by Germany into pursuing an economic policy that isn't working, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told AFP in an interview on Monday.

‘Syria fighter’ loses Danish residence permit
Denmark

‘Syria fighter’ loses Danish residence permit

Danish authorities have rescinded the residence permit of a ‘foreign fighter’, the Danish Immigration Service has confirmed.

Fiat chief pushes for GM merger talks
Italy

Fiat chief pushes for GM merger talks

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief Sergio Marchionne is raising pressure on much larger rival General Motors for merger talks, saying in a Detroit interview the logic of the deal is "irrefutable."

Munich police swamped with refugee donations
Germany

Munich police swamped with refugee donations

UPDATE: As over 1,000 refugees arrived in Munich from Hungary by train on Tuesday, police in the Bavarian capital said they were "overwhelmed" by the amount of food, water and other supplies donated by local people to those in need.

Satellite photos of Earth on show in Linz
Austria

Satellite photos of Earth on show in Linz

Extraordinary pictures of Earth taken from satellites by the European Space Agency (ESA) to try and understand the planet have been put on show at an exhibition in Linz.

Former ski star Cuche denies drunk driving rap
Switzerland

Former ski star Cuche denies drunk driving rap

Didier Cuche, former World Cup alpine ski champion, appeared in court in the canton of Neuchâtel on Monday to contest a 6,900-franc fine and other criminal sanctions imposed by justice officials for seven alleged road traffic act infractions, including drunken driving.

Deal signed to end bitter Calais port dispute
France

Deal signed to end bitter Calais port dispute

Hopes have been raised that a long-running labour dispute which provoked cross-Channel travel chaos in Calais this summer on both trains and ferries has finally been resolved after a deal was signed with protesting French sailors.

Depp and Netflix are the talk of Venice film fest
Italy

Depp and Netflix are the talk of Venice film fest

Johnny Depp tops the cast of stars headed to Venice this week for what is shaping up as something of a watershed edition of the world's oldest film festival.

Heavy rain warning for western parts of Sweden
Sweden

Heavy rain warning for western parts of Sweden

Jump into your boots and get the umbrella out. Forecasters issued a heavy rain warning on Tuesday as it looked like autumn was on its way to Sweden – just in time to welcome the start of September.

Napoli’s Insigne added to Italy squad
Italy

Napoli’s Insigne added to Italy squad

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has been added to the Italy squad for upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria as a replacement for Sebastian Giovinco.

BBC reporter ensnares Pisa’s up-skirt voyeur
Italy

BBC reporter ensnares Pisa’s up-skirt voyeur

A 63-year-old man was arrested after a BBC journalist and his girlfriend caught him using his mobile phone to take videos up the skirts of unsuspecting women in Pisa’s Square of Miracles.

‘Sweden should target women extremists more’
Sweden

‘Sweden should target women extremists more’

Female extremism is a growing problem in Sweden and the government should do more to prevent it, argue Jessica Katz and Katarina Tracz from the Stockholm Free World Forum.

Sweden edges closer to Assange interrogation
Sweden

Sweden edges closer to Assange interrogation

Sweden hopes to reach a judicial cooperation deal with Ecuador by the end of the year that would pave the way for prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation.