Geneva MP in court over cocaine sting conviction
Switzerland

Geneva MP in court over cocaine sting conviction

A Geneva MP appeared before a police court on Monday to appeal a hefty fine after he and a supporter bought 2.2 grams of cocaine from a dealer in a stunt to show how lax local authorities were over drugs.

VIDEO: Explosion at Calais refugee camp
France

VIDEO: Explosion at Calais refugee camp

Video images have emerged that show a huge blaze at the "New Jungle" refugee camp, before an explosion sends people fleeing in panic.

Swedish penis pastries sell like hot cakes
Sweden

Swedish penis pastries sell like hot cakes

A Swedish bakery in Karlstad has joined an annual global November campaign aimed at raising awareness of prostate cancer, by cooking up pastries shaped like male members.

13 English tech terms France wants outlawed
France

13 English tech terms France wants outlawed

The rise of French startups and the Anglo dominance of the internet have forced France to defend its language even more. Here's a selection of English terms that the Ministry of Culture has replaced with Gallic ones. But are they actually used?

Fearless Bayern focused on Arsenal: Philipp Lahm
Germany

Fearless Bayern focused on Arsenal: Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm says his Bayern Munich side is 'focused, not wounded' ahead of their Champions League clash at home to Arsenal on Wednesday.

Employees say Vapiano serves up ‘rotten’ food
Germany

Employees say Vapiano serves up ‘rotten’ food

Current and former employees of German pizza and pasta chain Vapiano told Welt am Sonntag that the restaurants regularly serve up discoloured noodles and change expiration dates on spoiling food.

Berlin journalist ‘hunted by far-right thugs’
Germany

Berlin journalist ‘hunted by far-right thugs’

A journalist for Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel said on Facebook he was tracked down and physically attacked on the street by right wing thugs in Berlin on Friday after writing a column about xenophobia.

‘Air Cocaine’ pilots taken into custody in France
France

‘Air Cocaine’ pilots taken into custody in France

Two French pilots who slipped out of the Dominican Republic in mysterious circumstances after being convicted of cocaine trafficking were formally arrested and remanded in custody in France on Monday.

Vatican may take action against ‘Vatileaks’ books
Italy

Vatican may take action against ‘Vatileaks’ books

The Vatican has denounced the publication this week of two books by Italian authors, believed to be based on leaks from hackers releasing information regarding the famously murky world of its finances.

Hollande’s ‘coffee break’ turns into PR blunder
France

Hollande’s ‘coffee break’ turns into PR blunder

The French president's communication strategy has been ridiculed once again when an attempt to appeal to ordinary voters backfired after it emerged his visit to a retired nurse’s house for a coffee was completely stage managed.

Sweden is world’s fifth most prosperous nation
Sweden

Sweden is world’s fifth most prosperous nation

Sweden has been ranked the fifth most prosperous country and top in the world for entrepreneurs. But the London-based institute behind the index warns that "hidden" unemployment risks hindering growth.

No fine for ‘urgent call’ while driving: Italy court
Italy

No fine for ‘urgent call’ while driving: Italy court

Speaking on the phone while driving is perfectly acceptable if the call is an important one, a court in Perugia has ruled.

Danes deliver clean water to 200,000 in Kenya
Denmark

Danes deliver clean water to 200,000 in Kenya

Beginning on Monday, the makers of the LifeStraw will be distributing clean drinking water to more than 200,000 Kenyan schoolchildren, marking the biggest water donation in Africa this year.

Lufthansa faces new strikes starting Friday
Germany

Lufthansa faces new strikes starting Friday

Cabin crew union Ufo announced on Monday that Lufthansa crews will go on strike from Friday for seven days, creating more turbulence for the strike-hit air carrier.

Could this be the biggest cat painting in the world?
Austria

Could this be the biggest cat painting in the world?

Sotheby's will auction a series of impressive paintings on Tuesday, but few more so than an Austrian artist's "ultimate homage to the beloved cat".

Greenpeace barred from Vattenfall brown coal bid
Sweden

Greenpeace barred from Vattenfall brown coal bid

Greenpeace said on Monday that it has been barred from bidding for the German coal operations of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, which the environmental activists intended to shut down.

‘Entrepreneurs can have work-life balance too’
Sweden

‘Entrepreneurs can have work-life balance too’

Startup and small business owners should not panic about missing out on quality of life. It is possible to run your own company without running yourself into the ground, argues Swedish career and life coach Pia Webb.

Spanish monsignor arrested as ‘Vatileaks’ scandal strikes again
Spain

Spanish monsignor arrested as ‘Vatileaks’ scandal strikes again

A Spanish prelate has been arrested for allegedly stealing and leaking classified Vatican documents in the second such scandal to hit the secretive institution in three years.

Wind, rain and waves: Spain suffers severest storms in over two decades
Spain

Wind, rain and waves: Spain suffers severest storms in over two decades

Six and a half metre waves battered the southern coast over the weekend in the worst storm to hit the region in 20 years and more is to come.

Denmark world’s third most prosperous nation
Denmark

Denmark world’s third most prosperous nation

Denmark moved up one spot amongst the world’s most prosperous countries, but the London-based institute behind the index warns of a “Nordic malaise”.

What’s on in Spain: November 2015
Spain

What’s on in Spain: November 2015

November in Spain brings a wonderful choice of cultural events, from dance to local liquor-sipping to tapas-tasting.

Spanish newcomers Ciudadanos run close second to PP in new poll
Spain

Spanish newcomers Ciudadanos run close second to PP in new poll

Political upstarts Ciudadanos would overtake Spain’s socialist party to become a close second to the ruling Popular Party (PP) if the general election was held today, according to the latest opinion poll.

Trollhättan pupils return after fatal school attack
Sweden

Trollhättan pupils return after fatal school attack

A Swedish school was still in mourning when it reopened on Monday, more than a week after an attack which saw a sword-wielding knifeman kill a pupil and teaching assistant.

Italy bigamist keeps second family in garage
Italy

Italy bigamist keeps second family in garage

An Egyptian man with two wives in Monza, northern Italy, was keeping his second wife and three children in a garage under the home of his first wife, who had no idea her husband was a bigamist.

Dresden fans unveil Europe’s biggest banner
Germany

Dresden fans unveil Europe’s biggest banner

Fans of SG Dynamo Dresden – the Saxon capital's football team – spent over two years preparing one of the biggest banners ever seen in a stadium, unveiling it for their home game against Magdeburg on Saturday.

Google Translate error sees Galicia celebrate ‘clitoris festival’
Spain

Google Translate error sees Galicia celebrate ‘clitoris festival’

The clitoris: a gastronomic delight typical of Galician cuisine, according to a town that promoted its local festival after using Google Translate.

Stockholm: World’s cleanest water?
Sweden

Stockholm: World’s cleanest water?

Stockholm is a city consisting of 14 islands and more than 50 bridges. The city is literally surrounded by, and filled with, water. And it's also home to what may be the cleanest water in the world.

Life Ball to take ‘creative break’ in 2016
Austria

Life Ball to take ‘creative break’ in 2016

According to organizer Gery Keszler, the next Life Ball will not take place in 2016, but will instead be held at the earliest in 2017.

HSBC data leaker trial starts in his absence
Switzerland

HSBC data leaker trial starts in his absence

A former HSBC employee who leaked documents alleging the bank helped clients evade millions of dollars in taxes failed again to show up for his Swiss trial Monday, which opened in his absence.

Stockholm worst Nordic capital for gun crime
Sweden

Stockholm worst Nordic capital for gun crime

189 people have been injured in shootings in the Swedish capital over the past five years, double the number in Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki put together. Rising gang-related crime has been blamed for the violence.

Southern France on alert for storms and floods
France

Southern France on alert for storms and floods

Flood warnings have once again been issued for parts of southern France with thunderstorms forecast to hit the region on Monday.

Retired Lucerne man defends eating cats
Switzerland

Retired Lucerne man defends eating cats

A 72-year-old Lucerne man maintains he likes eating cats because of their taste, according to a TV documentary set to air this week on the Swiss German-language network SRF1 that underscores the fact that eating cats and dogs remains legal in Switzerland.

‘France has fewer rapes because less repressed’
France

‘France has fewer rapes because less repressed’

Picasso's former long-time lover Françoise Gilot has written a new book in which she says there are fewer rapes in France because people are less repressed and that the women smile at wolf whistlers.

Speaker to Danish MPs: Put away your phones!
Denmark

Speaker to Danish MPs: Put away your phones!

The speaker of parliament, Pia Kjærsgaard, has blasted her fellow MPs for being too preoccupied with social media to pay attention to political debates.

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Sweden

Swede warms hearts with flashmob movie proposal

UPDATED: A Swedish children's TV presenter left his girlfriend speechless when he asked her to marry him by organizing an electrifying flashmob to the tune of a famous Grease hit.

Swiss football fan ‘lost’ in Milan for ten years
Italy

Swiss football fan ‘lost’ in Milan for ten years

A football fan from Switzerland ended up living on the streets of Milan for ten years after losing his way while leaving the city’s San Siro stadium, where he had been watching his team play Inter Milan, according to a Swiss media report.

Ten whales found stranded on Calais beach
France

Ten whales found stranded on Calais beach

An "exceptional" rescue effort took place on a beach near the northern French port town of Calais on Monday to save four of ten whales who were found washed up on a beach by a local resident.

Norway copies Danish anti-refugee adverts

Norway copies Danish anti-refugee adverts

Norway has launched a campaign on Facebook and Twitter warning prospective refugees of the treatment they will face in the country, copying a negative advertising campaign launched in Denmark.

Teen’s bomb stash forces mass evacuation
Germany

Teen’s bomb stash forces mass evacuation

A 16-year-old from southwest Germany seriously injured himself as he detonated a home-made bomb on Saturday. And after inspecting his cellar, police had to evacuate his entire neighbourhood.

Erdogan’s AKP rake in German-Turkish votes
Germany

Erdogan’s AKP rake in German-Turkish votes

Almost 60 percent of Turks living in Germany voted for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP in the Turkish parliamentary elections held at the weekend.

FPÖ MP expelled for anti-Semitic remarks
Austria

FPÖ MP expelled for anti-Semitic remarks

Update: After a firestorm of controversy over anti-Semitic remarks, Freedom Party MP Susanne Winter was expelled from the party on Monday evening, after failing to resign by a deadline.

French McDonald’s ‘sold drugs at drive-through’
France

French McDonald’s ‘sold drugs at drive-through’

Eight staff members from a McDonald's in central France have been dismissed after their colleagues revealed they were allegedly selling drugs via the drive-through, with the cannabis cut up and bagged at the salad bar.

Norway tops world prosperity index…again
Norway

Norway tops world prosperity index…again

Norway has been ranked the world’s most prosperous country for the seventh year in a row. But the London-based institute behind the index warns it risks losing the top spot without reforms to boost jobs.

Own ghoul! FC Barcelona apologies over Getafe Halloween mask prank
Spain

Own ghoul! FC Barcelona apologies over Getafe Halloween mask prank

European champions Barcelona have apologised for the behaviour of their players after a number of the star-studded squad interrupted a press conference by screaming whilst dressed in Halloween costumes.

Hollande visits China to seek climate support
France

Hollande visits China to seek climate support

French president François Hollande arrived in China on Monday hoping to convince the world's largest polluter to support a deal at the forthcoming climate change conference in Paris.

Italy football chief ‘insults Jews and gays’
Italy

Italy football chief ‘insults Jews and gays’

Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian Football Federation, is back under the spotlight for allegedly making discriminatory comments about Jews and gay people.

Basel soccer fan ‘lost’ on Milan streets for decade
Switzerland

Basel soccer fan ‘lost’ on Milan streets for decade

A Basel football fan ended up living on the streets of Milan for ten years after losing his way while leaving the Italian city’s San Siro stadium, where he had been watching his team play Inter Milan, according to a Swiss media report.

Italy sends 100 refugees to France and Spain

Italy sends 100 refugees to France and Spain

Italy will send 100 refugees to France and Spain this week under the European Union scheme aimed at easing the burden of the migration crisis on frontline countries.

PSG stretch lead at top of Ligue 1 to 10 points
France

PSG stretch lead at top of Ligue 1 to 10 points

PSG's lead at the top of Ligue already looks unassailable after a win against Rennes helped stretch the gap to 10 points. The weekend also saw wins for Marseille and Lyon, who climbed to second.

Danish drug deaths set new record
Denmark

Danish drug deaths set new record

New figures show that drug-related deaths have increased dramatically over the past two years.

‘All budding entrepreneurs should intern to learn startup ins and outs’
Spain

‘All budding entrepreneurs should intern to learn startup ins and outs’

In this week's instalment of My Spanish career we talk to Milwaukee-born Carly Mattefs, co-founder of VIVA Innovation Academy, which organizes internship programmes within Madrid's startup ecosystem.

Refugee talks stall with deep divisions unsolved
Germany

Refugee talks stall with deep divisions unsolved

Two rounds of negotiations between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of her two coalition partners ended on Sunday without a breakthrough as deep divisions still remain.

Bought data could net NRW taxman €600m
Germany

Bought data could net NRW taxman €600m

Tax authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia may be able to take in at least €600 million after buying digital files relating to tax avoidance between 2006 and 2011, media reported on Monday.

Telenor CEO was behind chairman exit
Norway

Telenor CEO was behind chairman exit

The incoming chief executive of Norwegian telecoms company Telenor himself uncovered the suspicious information that forced the resignation of the company’s chairman on Friday, Norway’s VG newspaper has reported.

Thousands march against racism in Paris
France

Thousands march against racism in Paris

Condemning racism and police heavy-handedness, thousands of people attended a "march of dignity" rally in Paris at the weekend to mark a decade since the deaths of two youths sparked nationwide riots.

Fears for melting ski resorts in Sweden
Sweden

Fears for melting ski resorts in Sweden

Swedish weather forecasters are predicting that some ski resorts could end up without any thick snow, as climate change affects the Nordic nation.

Hanover clamber out of Bundesliga doldrums
Germany

Hanover clamber out of Bundesliga doldrums

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake was a key factor in Hanover 96's 2-1 comeback win at Hamburg on Sunday to escape the Bundesliga's bottom three.

The quickest route to UK Eurobonus destinations
Sweden

The quickest route to UK Eurobonus destinations

Time for a getaway? The UK is just a short flight away from Sweden, and there are numerous great options for weekend away. Here are the top five.

IN PHOTOS: 40,000 see annual Hubertus Hunt
Denmark

IN PHOTOS: 40,000 see annual Hubertus Hunt

Around 40,000 spectators, including the Royal Family, turned out on Sunday for the annual Danish autumn tradition known as the Hubertus Hunt.

Fiorentina back on top of Serie A
Italy

Fiorentina back on top of Serie A

Fiorentina returned to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Frosinone as Napoli squandered their chance to grab pole position with a 0-0 draw at Genoa.

S1 bus crash leaves several injured
Austria

S1 bus crash leaves several injured

A tour bus apparently full of passengers from Ukraine had a serious accident in the early hours of Monday morning, according to a report in the Kurier newspaper.

Activists fight closure of Malmö migrant camp
Sweden

Activists fight closure of Malmö migrant camp

UPDATED: Campaigners are gathered at a controversial camp in Malmö that has been home to hundreds of mostly Roma people, but is set to be cleared by police and local authorities.