Italy’s Renzi ready to fight EU on 2016 budget
Italy

Italy’s Renzi ready to fight EU on 2016 budget

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Saturday that Europe was not "a teacher with a red pen" which could send back the country's 2016 budget like homework to be corrected.

‘Arabic’ sign in Swedish station ‘unreadable’
Sweden

‘Arabic’ sign in Swedish station ‘unreadable’

Recently erected signs up at Malmö Central station are supposed to warn travellers that they must keep an eye on their luggage. The trouble is, the Arabic translation is utter nonsense, Swedish media are reporting.

Mariano Rajoy: ‘We are party of the moderates in the face of extremists’
Spain

Mariano Rajoy: ‘We are party of the moderates in the face of extremists’

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday his government represented the "moderate and reasonable majority" in the face of "extremist" rivals out to unseat his conservative Popular Party in a December election.

Demo leads to violent clash near Christiania
Denmark

Demo leads to violent clash near Christiania

A Friday night demonstration by the group Reclaim the Streets turned violent as demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and bricks at police officers near Christiania.

Basquiat painting stolen from Paris home
France

Basquiat painting stolen from Paris home

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the world's most coveted contemporary artists, has been stolen from an apartment in Paris, police said on Saturday.

Blatter: ‘A gentleman’s agreement with Platini’
Switzerland

Blatter: ‘A gentleman’s agreement with Platini’

Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter claimed on Friday that the $2-million (€1.8 million) payment he made to Uefa president Michel Platini was a "gentleman's agreement".

Mayoral candidate stabbed in west Germany
Germany

Mayoral candidate stabbed in west Germany

UPDATED: A mayoral candidate for the western German city of Cologne suffered serious stab wounds on Saturday during campaigning for Sunday's poll, police said.

Spanish police arrest 81 in huge child pornography operation
Spain

Spanish police arrest 81 in huge child pornography operation

Spanish police have arrested 81 men suspected of having exchanged sexual photos and videos of minors over the Internet in a vast operation against child pornography across the country.

More French saying ‘au revoir’ to homeland
France

More French saying ‘au revoir’ to homeland

Jessica caught the travel bug and never came back, Frederic wanted a bigger market for his start-up and Nicolas was just tired of the vexing daily grind in France that was eating away at his joie de vivre.

Luc Besson ripped off Escape From New York
France

Luc Besson ripped off Escape From New York

French film-maker Luc Besson was found guilty earlier this year of plagiarising cult classic "Escape From New York" with his sci-fi thriller "Lockout", according to documents seen by AFP on Friday.

‘Fewer than 10 targeted in VW emissions scam’
Germany

‘Fewer than 10 targeted in VW emissions scam’

German prosecutors said on Friday they had identified fewer than 10 suspects in the massive pollution-cheating scandal that has engulfed Volkswagen, as the auto giant announced a drop in worldwide sales.

Åkesson: ‘Stay away, refugees, Sweden is full’
Sweden

Åkesson: ‘Stay away, refugees, Sweden is full’

Sweden Democrat leader, Jimmie Åkesson, told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Saturday that he wants a total ban on asylum immigration to Sweden. He also said that he wants Sweden to leave the European Union.

19-year-old horsewoman tops Oslo rich list
Norway

19-year-old horsewoman tops Oslo rich list

A 19-year-old professional rider been crowned the richest person in Oslo in the latest figures from Norway’s tax authority.

The Scream appears in a freshly sawn plank
Norway

The Scream appears in a freshly sawn plank

“I felt as though a vast, endless scream passed through nature,” wrote Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. This week it passed through again, appearing in a freshly sawn plank.

Oslo and Bergen could give away free heroin
Norway

Oslo and Bergen could give away free heroin

Norway’s two largest cities could start giving away heroin for free to hardened drug addicts, in an effort to reduce the country’s death rate from overdose, the second highest in Europe after Estonia.