Rooney claims record in England win over Swiss
Switzerland

Rooney claims record in England win over Swiss

Football veteran Wayne Rooney admitted he was overcome with emotion as he broke Bobby Charlton's 45-year-old England scoring record with his 50th international goal in his country's 2-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday.

Austria dashes Sweden’s Euro 2016 hopes
Austria

Austria dashes Sweden’s Euro 2016 hopes

In a surprise upset, Austria defeated Sweden 4:1 in an historic game, confirming their place in the European Championship in France in 2016.

Driver held for ‘murder’ in cyclist’s Geneva death
Switzerland

Driver held for ‘murder’ in cyclist’s Geneva death

A 24-year-old man is being detained on suspicion of voluntary homicide and other charges after the car he was driving struck and killed a 23-year-old man cycling in the canton of Geneva, according to a media report.

Norway billionaire offers 5,000 nights to refugees
Norway

Norway billionaire offers 5,000 nights to refugees

A Norwegian billionaire who made his fortune in the hotel business offered on Tuesday 5,000 nights in his hotel chain to refugees who do not have a spot in asylum centres.

Norway army ready for refugee ‘mass arrival’
Norway

Norway army ready for refugee ‘mass arrival’

The Norwegian armed forces have prepared barracks, transportation and sleeping bags for 3,000 refugees in preparation for "mass arrival".

Iran: ‘Stop the bloodshed’
Austria

Iran: ‘Stop the bloodshed’

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that democracy was currently not a priority in Syria when people in the Islamic republic's key ally are being killed.

Denmark sends refugees back to Germany

Denmark sends refugees back to Germany

Denmark has sent back a first group of refugees who arrived from Germany, Danish police said Tuesday, with others expected to follow.

‘Global response needed for migration crisis’
Switzerland

‘Global response needed for migration crisis’

The United Nations' top official in charge of migration said in Geneva on Tuesday that the crisis rocking Europe needs a "global response", insisting that countries worldwide must be asked to do their share.

Crew cheer mile-high sex couple on Paris flight
France

Crew cheer mile-high sex couple on Paris flight

An air steward on a flight from Paris stunned passengers by making an announcement to ironically congratulate a couple caught "reproducing" in the plane’s toilet.

Toulouse – the best place to be a student in France
France

Toulouse – the best place to be a student in France

The annual rankings for the best student cities in France is out and the top dog is definitely not Paris, which comes in at a very unimpressive 13th place. Here's a countdown and a look at why Toulouse comes out on top.

‘Hosting refugees gave me joy’: Italian pensioner
Italy

‘Hosting refugees gave me joy’: Italian pensioner

As the Italian government on Tuesday called on regional leaders to find accommodation for a further 20,000 asylum seekers, a pensioner in Rome told of how she has hosted several young refugees, an experience she said gave her “great joy”.

VIDEO: Rare Northern Lights seen in Denmark
Denmark

VIDEO: Rare Northern Lights seen in Denmark

A Danish nature photographer caught a rare sight in the Danish skies on Monday night as Northern Lights were spotted from Silkeborg.

Swedish steward cheers sky high sex couple
Sweden

Swedish steward cheers sky high sex couple

UPDATED: A cabin crew member stunned passengers arriving in Stockholm by making an announcement to ironically congratulate a couple caught "reproducing" in a bathroom during a flight from Paris.

Pep Guardiola ‘would gladly have played for a Catalan national team’
Spain

Pep Guardiola ‘would gladly have played for a Catalan national team’

Bayern Munich's Spanish coach Pep Guardiola on Tuesday campaigned for political and sporting independence in his native Catalonia region, saying he would gladly have played for a Catalan national side.

Old bones shed light on mysterious origins of the Basque people
Spain

Old bones shed light on mysterious origins of the Basque people

The Basque people of northern Spain have always been proud of their separate and somewhat mysterious heritage as one of the oldest distinct tribes of Europe. But new research proves the Basques are not quite as old as they think they are.

Sweden’s Zlatan fit for next Euro 2016 clash
Sweden

Sweden’s Zlatan fit for next Euro 2016 clash

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been declared fit to play in his country's Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Austria on Tuesday night.

French dad ‘killed son in washing machine’
France

French dad ‘killed son in washing machine’

A Frenchman went on trial Tuesday accused of killing his three-year-old son by locking him in a washing machine in a grisly case in which his ex-wife is charged with collusion.

Swedish priest scores fame with wedding selfie
Sweden

Swedish priest scores fame with wedding selfie

A priest who used a selfie stick to snap a happy couple at the altar has told The Local he's "confused" about why his photo has gone viral. The Swedish word for priest is 'präst' and Swedes have dubbed his picture the first 'prälfie'.

Almost 20 percent of Italians regret tattoos
Italy

Almost 20 percent of Italians regret tattoos

Almost 20 percent of Italians with tattoos regret their decision to get inked, according to a survey released by Italy's National Institute of Health (ISS) on Monday.

Danish astronaut guides robot from space
Denmark

Danish astronaut guides robot from space

It was one big step for man when European experts pulled off a major advance that might one day help build new worlds in space.

France blasts ‘Christian-only refugee’ mayors
France

France blasts ‘Christian-only refugee’ mayors

The French government has scolded several of the country's mayors who have come out claiming they don't want Muslim refugees to be relocated in their towns, with the interior minister calling their stance "dreadful".

Sweden and Germany push for refugee sharing
Sweden

Sweden and Germany push for refugee sharing

UPDATED: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven have welcomed European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to relocate refugees from overstretched EU states.

AS Roma donates jerseys to help refugees
Italy

AS Roma donates jerseys to help refugees

AS Roma have donated jerseys worn by Francesco Totti, Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic to the newly-launched "Football Cares" auction site to raise money for the refugee crisis, the Serie A club announced on Tuesday.

Merkel: EU refugee quota plan ‘only first step’
Germany

Merkel: EU refugee quota plan ‘only first step’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday welcomed European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to relocate refugees from overstretched EU states, but said it was only "a first important step".

Man strolls onto plane in Rome without ticket
Italy

Man strolls onto plane in Rome without ticket

A Belgian man managed to bypass security and board a plane at Rome’s Fiumicino airport without a ticket, according to an Italian media report.

Italy’s Parisse fights to be fit for World Cup
Italy

Italy’s Parisse fights to be fit for World Cup

Italy captain Sergio Parisse has undergone surgery to drain a haematoma, the Italian rugby federation announced on Tuesday, just over a week before the World Cup gets underway in England.

Paris mayor vows to sink Sunday opening law
France

Paris mayor vows to sink Sunday opening law

Just when you thought Paris was supposed to be embracing Sunday shopping, both trade unions and the mayor of Paris appear intent on scuppering the flagship reform that would turn Paris into a city "dedicated to consumerism".

‘Stop stealing Mont Blanc’: Italy tells France

‘Stop stealing Mont Blanc’: Italy tells France

Italian and French authorities are embroiled in a border dispute after French alpine guides closed off access to a glacier on the Italian side of Mount Blanc.

UK to send patients to France for surgery
France

UK to send patients to France for surgery

Hospital patients in the south east of England could soon be travelling over the Channel to undergo surgery in northern France as part of a new deal with French authorities. Language will not be an issue says the French hospital in Calais.

At last! Netflix comes to television screens across Spain from October
Spain

At last! Netflix comes to television screens across Spain from October

The CEO of Netflix has spilled the beans on the details of what to expect for the long-awaited arrival of the streaming service in Spain this October.

Jail sentence for teen who planned to join Isis
Austria

Jail sentence for teen who planned to join Isis

An 18-year-old youth from Upper Austria has received a 15 month prison sentence after he travelled to Turkey to fight with Islamic State militants (Isis).

Paris thieves grab €180k watch from Saudi prince
France

Paris thieves grab €180k watch from Saudi prince

Thieves snatched a €180,000 watch from the wrist of a Saudi prince outside the five-star hotel he was staying in near the Louvre museum in Paris.

Ski resorts balk at SwissPass charges
Switzerland

Ski resorts balk at SwissPass charges

Just a month after launching its new SwissPass, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is in trouble with some ski resorts after demanding they pay 4,000 francs to use the system.

Denmark hope for the best in Euro 2016
Denmark

Denmark hope for the best in Euro 2016

The last two goalless draws against Albania and Armenia jeopardize Denmark’s chances of making Euro 2016, despite their one-point advantage in the standings.

Five countries unite to save the polar bear
Norway

Five countries unite to save the polar bear

Norway, Greenland, Canada, the US and Russia have signed a ten-year agreement aimed retaining polar bear populations in all of their current habitats.

Old man strips naked for Norway care campaign
Norway

Old man strips naked for Norway care campaign

"So many people have seen me naked, I may as well undress for the whole country," says an 84-year-old man as he strips off for a care campaign video by the Socialist Left Party.

German army to phase out G36 rifle from 2019
Germany

German army to phase out G36 rifle from 2019

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday that the government will scrap the G36, the Bundeswehr's (German army) standard rifle, following revelations about serious defects in its accuracy.

She’s a (royal) Barbie girl! Queen Letizia honoured with very own doll
Spain

She’s a (royal) Barbie girl! Queen Letizia honoured with very own doll

She is renowned for her impeccable sense of style and now the fashion-forward Spanish royal has been immortalized in plastic.

Stockholmers gather to welcome refugees
Sweden

Stockholmers gather to welcome refugees

Volunteers headed to Stockholm's central train station on Tuesday to welcome refugees with clothes, food, and coffee. One told The Local that some Swedes don't realize how lucky they are to live in such a safe place.

It’s time Spain learnt some lessons from its own Civil War refugees
Spain

It’s time Spain learnt some lessons from its own Civil War refugees

When Alberto Letona sees images of Syrian refugees he can't help think of his own family, who 80 years ago fled the Spanish civil war and sought refuge with strangers.

Austrian president criticized for Iran visit
Austria

Austrian president criticized for Iran visit

Austria’s President Heinz Fischer has said he expects growing trade with Iran, after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran - but has faced criticism for his visit.

Syrian refugees bypass Switzerland for EU states
Switzerland

Syrian refugees bypass Switzerland for EU states

Switzerland is not a "preferred destination" of Syrian refugees, says its migration office, with new figures showing just 401 Syrians applied for asylum in the Alpine country in August.

SAS celebrates ‘best profitability’ since 1995

SAS celebrates ‘best profitability’ since 1995

Nordic airline SAS has announced its pre-tax profits were 30 percent higher this summer than in 2014 and said it's celebrating its best July for a decade, after years of tough competition from budget carriers.

Paris: Suspect in rape of Australian tourist flees
France

Paris: Suspect in rape of Australian tourist flees

One of the suspects arrested over the horrific kidnap and gang rape of an Australian tourist in Paris, has gone on the run after a bureaucratic gaffe.

Danish artist in blackface burns Confederate flag
Denmark

Danish artist in blackface burns Confederate flag

Danish artist and provocateur Uwe Max Jensen, perhaps best known for painting a portrait of Kim Kardishan with his penis, did a ‘happening’ in Aarhus that involved donning blackface and burning the Confederate flag.

EU quotas ‘only way to solve refugee crisis’
Austria

EU quotas ‘only way to solve refugee crisis’

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has said that European Union asylum quotas are the only way to solve the ongoing refugee crisis, adding that Austria will consider withholding funds from the EU if other member states continue to oppose quotas.

Why football embraces migrants
Germany

Why football embraces migrants

German football teams' speed at rising to the challenge of the refugee crisis fits a trend of social engagement from business, argues Simon Chadwick.

‘Germany can manage 500k refugees a year’
Germany

‘Germany can manage 500k refugees a year’

Germany will be able to take in 500,000 refugees a year for a few years, Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy Sigmar Gabriel said amid an unprecedented influx.

UN calls on Italy’s rich to give to refugees
Italy

UN calls on Italy’s rich to give to refugees

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has appealed to Italy’s millionaires to donate towards the refugee crisis.

Spain shrugs off capital flight risk from Catalan independence push
Spain

Spain shrugs off capital flight risk from Catalan independence push

Spain's economy minister on Monday downplayed the risk that foreign investors could pull assets out of the country due to the uncertainty caused by Catalonia's push to break away and form its own nation.

French mayor: ‘I only want Christian refugees’
France

French mayor: ‘I only want Christian refugees’

The mayor of a French town has caused a storm by stating he is ready to accept refugees but on the condition they are Christians, claiming that would be enough of a guarantee they were not "disguised terrorists".

Switzerland approves plan to buy Israeli drones
Switzerland

Switzerland approves plan to buy Israeli drones

Switzerland's parliament on Monday voted in favour of a controversial plan to buy six Israeli surveillance drones worth 250 million Swiss francs ($256 million, €230 million).

Sweden cooks up higher local meat prices
Sweden

Sweden cooks up higher local meat prices

The demand for Swedish meat is high and customers are ready to fork out for it, new statistics show, but experts have warned that Swedes need to opt for more locally made milk too.

Hundreds of refugees ‘disappear’ in Denmark
Denmark

Hundreds of refugees ‘disappear’ in Denmark

Danish police cannot account for hundreds of refugees who arrived in Denmark during the course of Monday.

Swiss bank opposes ruling in housing case
Switzerland

Swiss bank opposes ruling in housing case

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Monday challenged a court ruling ordering it to pay a US hedge fund $287.5 million (257.6 million euros) in a case linked to the burst housing bubble.

Germany’s booming trade smashes records
Germany

Germany’s booming trade smashes records

Germany's exports and imports rose to new monthly records in July, official data showed on Tuesday, underlining the robustness of Europe's top economy in the current stormy global economic seas.

Star economist Piketty set to advise Spain anti-austerity party Podemos
Spain

Star economist Piketty set to advise Spain anti-austerity party Podemos

Best-selling French economist Thomas Piketty has become an official advisor to Spain's Podemos, the far-left anti-austerity party announced on Monday as its leader visited Paris.

Swiss tennis stars into US Open quarterfinals
Switzerland

Swiss tennis stars into US Open quarterfinals

Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer both booked places in the US Open quarterfinals on Monday after dispatching American adversaries.

Germany defeat Scotland to close in on Euro spot
Germany

Germany defeat Scotland to close in on Euro spot

Germany kept hold of top spot in Group D and moved to the verge of Euro 2016 qualification with a 3-2 defeat of a spirited Scotland side at Hampden on Monday.

Migrant crisis? Send in Olof Palme
Sweden

Migrant crisis? Send in Olof Palme

IN MY VOICE: Bukenya Charles, an NFGL student in Örebro, reflects upon the humanitarian crisis as refugees flee the Middle East - and calls for more courageous people, like deceased Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme, to step up and do the right thing.

Communities respond to Pope’s refugee appeal
Italy

Communities respond to Pope’s refugee appeal

Campaigners have warmly welcomed Pope Francis's call for every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family to help ease the continent's unprecedented migrant crisis.

Pilots’ strike to hit 1,000 flights on Wednesday
Germany

Pilots’ strike to hit 1,000 flights on Wednesday

Update: German airline Lufthansa has announced it will cancel 1,000 short- and medium-term flights in and out of Germany Wednesday on the second day of a two-day walkout by its pilots.

Refugees turn back after walk towards Sweden

Refugees turn back after walk towards Sweden

UPDATED: Police in southern Denmark have reopened a motorway after closing it as a huge group of refugees attempted to walk to Sweden.

‘The long wait is making people crazy’
Sweden

‘The long wait is making people crazy’

Asylum seeker Yusuf Babatunde, 36, says refugees need more psychological support and argues that many new arrivals would welcome the chance to focus their minds on voluntary work, while they wait for their paperwork to be processed.