800 refugees block Austrian highway
Austria

800 refugees block Austrian highway

An influx of up to 800 refugees crossing the border illegally from Hungary surprised Austrian police on Thursday evening, who were forced to close a regional highway to deal with them, Reuters reports.

Tougher controls expected from Hungary
Austria

Tougher controls expected from Hungary

Unsubstantiated reports on social media suggest that Hungary is about to take a much tougher line on gathering crowds of refugees seeking to cross the border from Serbia as they make their way to Austria and Germany.

Swedes lose Euro 2016 clash with Austria
Sweden

Swedes lose Euro 2016 clash with Austria

Austria qualified for the 2016 European Championships next summer for only the second time in their history after they defeated Sweden 4-1 in Solna on Tuesday.

Norway world’s second best place to grow old
Norway

Norway world’s second best place to grow old

Norway is the second best country in the world in which to grow old, beaten only by Switzerland, according to the latest annual index from HelpAge international.

Islamic State holds Norwegian for ransom
Norway

Islamic State holds Norwegian for ransom

The terror organisation Islamic State has kidnapped a 48-year-old Norwegian graduate student and is demanding ransom money for his release. “Note: This is a limited time offer,” the advert reads.

Norway offers to host Syria donor meeting
Norway

Norway offers to host Syria donor meeting

Norway has offered to host a donor conference for the UN aimed at raising nearly $5bn to help those displaced or suffering as a result of civil war in Syria.

DSB cancels German trains amid migrant influx
Denmark

DSB cancels German trains amid migrant influx

Danish train operator DSB on Wednesday cancelled all rail services to and from Germany as hundreds of migrants refused to leave at least two trains at a busy ferry crossing between the two countries.

Football yobs smash up wrong French wedding
France

Football yobs smash up wrong French wedding

French football hooligans armed with baseball bats wrecked a wedding buffet in France in order to ruin the big day of a supporter of a rival club. The problem is they got the wrong wedding.

Mass homeopathic drug trip puzzles police
Germany

Mass homeopathic drug trip puzzles police

Police in north Germany are investigating why exactly dozens of homeopaths had to be taken to hospital at the weekend after suffering under what appeared to be the effects of a hallucinogenic drug.

Refugees step up push to Sweden via Denmark

Refugees step up push to Sweden via Denmark

Danish police closed roads and stopped rail traffic in Denmark on Wednesday, as hundreds more refugees attempted to make their way to Sweden.

Wanted: Family with two kids to save village school in eastern Spain
Spain

Wanted: Family with two kids to save village school in eastern Spain

A village in rural Valencia is offering a house and job to a family with at least two kids that is willing to move in to save the local school from shutting its doors for good.

Rome mayor slams Rai mafia family interview
Italy

Rome mayor slams Rai mafia family interview

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino has slammed the state-run broadcaster Rai for inviting the family of mafia boss Vittorio Casamonica, whose lavish funeral sparked outrage last month, to appear on one of its shows.

Screamer breaks San Marino’s 14-year drought
Italy

Screamer breaks San Marino’s 14-year drought

Matteo Vitaioli blasted home a free kick on Tuesday evening in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius to score San Marino's first competitive away goal in fourteen years.

Breast implants growing in popularity in Denmark
Denmark

Breast implants growing in popularity in Denmark

The number of Danish women paying for breast augmentation increased tenfold in the span of a decade, numbers from the State Serum Institute show.

Anti-Islam rhetoric mars French refugee response
France

Anti-Islam rhetoric mars French refugee response

The arrival of the first group of an eventual total of 24,000 refugees in France has been tainted by the ongoing refusal of some mayors to accept Muslims, with one town claiming they “cut off boss’s heads”. Muslim leaders have blasted their "dangerous" words.

Parisse to meet up with Italy ‘at later date’
Italy

Parisse to meet up with Italy ‘at later date’

Italy captain Sergio Parisse will not join up with the team in Rome on September 12th following surgery to drain a haematoma, the Italian rugby federation announced on Wednesday.

‘Turkish spies’ hunted govt critics in Germany
Germany

‘Turkish spies’ hunted govt critics in Germany

Three men believed to have gathered information on critics of the Turkish government in Germany were hauled before a court in Koblenz on Wednesday to face spying allegations.

EU quota plan follows Sweden talks in Berlin
Sweden

EU quota plan follows Sweden talks in Berlin

UPDATED: The President of the European Commission has given details of his quota plan to resettle 160,000 refugees, expanding on several of the issues raised by Sweden and Germany's leaders at their talks in Berlin on Tuesday.

Swedish queen fights for refugee kids in Germany

Swedish queen fights for refugee kids in Germany

Queen Silvia of Sweden made a visit to the north Bavarian town of Würzburg on Wednesday to promote better protection for refugee children, a day after both Sweden and Germany called for reforming the EU's refugee policies.

Swede arrested for drink driving on lawn mower
Sweden

Swede arrested for drink driving on lawn mower

A 32-year-old Swede was arrested for riding a lawn mower while inebriated, Swedish police said on Wednesday.

France vows to reform ‘unreadable’ labour laws
France

France vows to reform ‘unreadable’ labour laws

France will move to reform its notoriusly complex system of labour laws, the country's PM said on Wednesday, but not until 2016. There may be trouble ahead.

Spain is ‘not going to quibble over numbers’ when it comes to refugees
Spain

Spain is ‘not going to quibble over numbers’ when it comes to refugees

Spain will accept its share of refugees under the EU quota system, its prime minister said on Wednesday, bowing to public pressure for the nation to shoulder its share of the burden.

IN PICS: Refugees arrive for new life in France
France

IN PICS: Refugees arrive for new life in France

Some 200 refugees from the Middle East arrived in France on Wednesday, where they were welcomed by aid teams and local authorities. They will soon by joined by hundreds more. Here's a selection of images of their arrival.

Young Swede combines holiday with refugee aid
Sweden

Young Swede combines holiday with refugee aid

The Local chats with a 20-year-old Swede with Turkish roots about how his summer holiday turned into a refugee relief effort.

Mafia boss dad was ‘like Pope Francis’
Italy

Mafia boss dad was ‘like Pope Francis’

The daughter of mafia boss Vittorio Casamonica, who was last month given a lavish funeral in Rome, has sparked more outrage after comparing him to Pope Francis.

Frankfurt court stops Lufthansa pilot strike
Germany

Frankfurt court stops Lufthansa pilot strike

Lufthansa won a temporary injunction Wednesday against a pilots' strike, but the German airline said 1,000 scheduled flights would nevertheless remain cancelled and 140,000 passengers grounded before normal service resumes on Thursday.

‘Dangerous inmate’ takes prison chief hostage
France

‘Dangerous inmate’ takes prison chief hostage

The deputy governor of a high-security prison in northern France has been taken hostage by a "particularly dangerous inmate" who is thought to be armed, authorities said Wednesday.

Donald Trump hails ‘nice man’ Berlusconi
Italy

Donald Trump hails ‘nice man’ Berlusconi

American property tycoon Donald Trump has heaped praise on Italy's scandal-hit former premier Silvio Berlusconi, saying he's a "nice man".

Denmark rejects EU call for refugee quotas
Denmark

Denmark rejects EU call for refugee quotas

UPDATED: Government party Venstre said that Denmark wants no part in European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's call for the “compulsory” resettlement of 160,000 refugees, but suggested that Denmark might voluntarily take in more refugees.

Apple ‘plans store on Champs Elysées’
France

Apple ‘plans store on Champs Elysées’

Apple is planning to open a new store on the Champs Elysées in Paris in a building which would also house its French headquarters and a concert hall, media reports say.

Oslo Muslims not allowed to help refugees
Norway

Oslo Muslims not allowed to help refugees

One of Oslo's leading mosques has been banned from accommodating refugees after the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) ruled that organisation's providing emergency help should be "neutral".

The German designer behind the Queen’s dress
Germany

The German designer behind the Queen’s dress

Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning British monarch on Wednesday evening. Buckingham Palace has released a new portrait to commemorate the occasion - and there's something more German about it than meets the eye.

France to allow minors to watch real sex at movies
France

France to allow minors to watch real sex at movies

France’s culture minister Fleur Pellerin has promised to change the rules banning under-18s from seeing films containing non-simulated sex in cinemas.

Gerry Adams sends a message of solidarity to the people of Catalonia
Spain

Gerry Adams sends a message of solidarity to the people of Catalonia

The president of Sinn Féin, has sent a message of support to the Catalan people in their struggle for self-determination ahead of La Diada, the national day of Catalonia.

ABB to slash ‘white-collar’ jobs to cut costs
Switzerland

ABB to slash ‘white-collar’ jobs to cut costs

Swiss-based engineering giant ABB is slashing office jobs to cut spending by $1 billion by the end of 2017 as part of a plan announced on Wednesday.

Bedridden Spaniard wins victory after being turned away from opera
Spain

Bedridden Spaniard wins victory after being turned away from opera

A theatre in Alicante on the Costa Blanca has been fined €30,000 for not allowing a disabled man – who arrived in a hospital bed – to enter the venue.

Nordic men worry more about looks than money
Sweden

Nordic men worry more about looks than money

Swedish and Norwegian men have more negative thoughts about their physical appearance than their finances or relationships, a new survey suggests.

We’re up to challenge of 21st century: Merkel
Germany

We’re up to challenge of 21st century: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Germany would not only survive but thrive if it finds creative, mutually beneficial solutions to the interconnected crises affecting Europe and the world today.

Swede wins prize for elk sensor innovation
Sweden

Swede wins prize for elk sensor innovation

A Swedish man has won a 'Golden Elk' award for inventing a motion sensor system that could potentially reduce the number of collisions with large wild animals on Swedish roads.

Rome boar sightings renew calls for cull
Italy

Rome boar sightings renew calls for cull

The sighting of wild boars in and around Rome has provoked fresh calls for the boar population, which has exploded in recent years across Italy, to be better controlled.

Swarm of bee thefts angers German apiarists
Germany

Swarm of bee thefts angers German apiarists

Lower Saxony has become a hive of criminal activity this year as thefts of bee colonies have caused quite the buzz among bee-keepers and law enforcement alike.

Schizophrenic women killer escapes jail time
Switzerland

Schizophrenic women killer escapes jail time

A 24-year-old man who savagely stabbed two women to death and seriously injured a man in Basel last year has been ordered into therapy after a court this week found he was not responsible for his acts.

English jockey in coma after ‘suspicious’ fall
Italy

English jockey in coma after ‘suspicious’ fall

Italian police are investigating two suspicious falls that left an English jockey in a coma and an Italian rider seriously injured on Tuesday.

8 ways Austrians get English totally wrong
Austria

8 ways Austrians get English totally wrong

As much as English-speakers might feel insecure about their Deutsch skills when faced with Austrians' comparatively widespread grasp of English, German-speakers themselves often mess up English - in some pretty hilarious ways.

Lufthansa strike to hit hundreds in Denmark
Denmark

Lufthansa strike to hit hundreds in Denmark

Over 20 flights in and out of Denmark were cancelled on Wednesday as German airline Lufthansa is hit by a pilot walk-out.

Church buildings renovated for refugees
Austria

Church buildings renovated for refugees

Vacant church buildings in Vienna are being renovated to provide accommodation for refugee families, after Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said that thousands of places could be found in parishes around the country.

Citizens pressure the government of Spain to welcome in more refugees
Spain

Citizens pressure the government of Spain to welcome in more refugees

Spain poised to accept EU quota of 15,000 refugees after citizens urge the government to be more welcoming to those risking their lives to reach Europe.

Federer-Wawrinka semifinal clash looming
Switzerland

Federer-Wawrinka semifinal clash looming

Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will face each other in the US Open semifinals — if they win quarterfinal matches today.

Spanish court rules archdiocese is liable in altar boy sexual abuse case
Spain

Spanish court rules archdiocese is liable in altar boy sexual abuse case

A court has ruled that the archdiocese of Granada can be held civilly liable for the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage altar boy by several priests.

First 200 refugees arrive in France from Munich
France

First 200 refugees arrive in France from Munich

French authorities welcomed 200 refugees from Syria and Iraq on Wednesday, the first of around 1,000 who are expected to travel to France from Germany over the next three days.

€6bn refugee budget too small, states warn Berlin
Germany

€6bn refugee budget too small, states warn Berlin

Federal government plans to add an extra €6 billion to the budget specifically targeted at refugees in 2016 simply won't be enough, the leader of Germany's most populous state said on Tuesday.

Will Eurovision star Måns host next contest?
Sweden

Will Eurovision star Måns host next contest?

Rumours are swirling that ‘Heroes’ Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlow will present the next contest in Stockholm in 2016. But Swedish broadcaster SVT has so far denied the plan.

Denmark holds refugees set for Sweden
Denmark

Denmark holds refugees set for Sweden

More than 200 refugees hoping to seek asylum in Sweden are being held in an auditorium in Rødby on the Danish island of Lolland, as Swedish officials encourage their Danish counterparts to register all arrivals.

Pressure on France to close nuclear plant
France

Pressure on France to close nuclear plant

France's environment minister cast doubt Tuesday on the planned 2017 closure of the country's oldest nuclear power plant, drawing anger from environmental groups and concerns from neighbouring Germany.

Trial begins over mob lynching of Italian man
Italy

Trial begins over mob lynching of Italian man

Thirty-seven people went on trial in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo on Tuesday for the lynching of two Europeans, including a Franco- Italian, and a local man wrongly accused of killing a young boy.

Surprise! Swiss like to holiday in the mountains
Switzerland

Surprise! Swiss like to holiday in the mountains

The overwhelming majority of Swiss residents spend their holidays in Switzerland, with Alpine regions being the most popular destinations, according to a new survey.

Danes hold refugees set for Sweden in school
Sweden

Danes hold refugees set for Sweden in school

More than 200 refugees hoping to seek asylum in Sweden have been confined to a school in Rödby in southern Denmark, as protestors supporting their goal gather outside.

Tennis star Nadal coming to Denmark
Denmark

Tennis star Nadal coming to Denmark

The "King of Clay" Rafael Nadal will play in Odense later this month, the Spanish federation confirmed on Tuesday.

Five things you’ll miss if you leave Sweden
Sweden

Five things you’ll miss if you leave Sweden

Forget meatballs, cinnamon buns and dala horses. Oliver Gee argues that efficiency, openness and a quirky media are among the things he unexpectedly misses after ending his four-year stint in Sweden.