Pharmacies offer flu jabs without prescriptions
Switzerland

Pharmacies offer flu jabs without prescriptions

You can now get a vaccination against the flu in pharmacies without a prescription in many Swiss cantons as health authorities aim to boost coverage of the population against a disease that causes 1,500 premature deaths in Switzerland annually.

Banks ‘need $1.2-trillion cushion against crisis’
Switzerland

Banks ‘need $1.2-trillion cushion against crisis’

The world's biggest banks must bolster their cash reserves by up to €1.1 trillion ($1.2 trillion) as protection against any future financial crises, an influential Basel-based advisory body said on Monday.

Frenchman becomes web star in underpants
France

Frenchman becomes web star in underpants

A shovel-wielding Frenchman has become an unwitting star of the internet after social media users took the chance to edit a photo of him wearing his underwear.

Russians ‘should be banned from Olympics’
Switzerland

Russians ‘should be banned from Olympics’

Russian athletics should be suspended from all competition, including the 2016 Olympic Games, a damning report by World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) independent commission into widespread doping and corruption urged on Monday.

Zenga faces sack over Dubai holiday
Italy

Zenga faces sack over Dubai holiday

Sampdoria coach Walter Zenga is on the verge of being sacked after flying to Dubai for a holiday without telling the club, reports in Italy said on Monday.

Football boss resigns over World Cup scandal
Germany

Football boss resigns over World Cup scandal

German football federation chief Wolfgang Niersbach said on Monday he was stepping down, taking "political responsibility" for graft claims related to the 2006 World Cup but admitting no personal guilt.

Germany unable to house 300,000 refugees
Germany

Germany unable to house 300,000 refugees

Germany doesn't have the capacity to house hundreds of thousands of the refugees set to arrive in the country over the remainder of the year, a study released on Monday claims.

Fraudster surgeon fired after years on the job
Germany

Fraudster surgeon fired after years on the job

A man who had been practicing surgery for years was fired from the hospital where he worked after it emerged that he had forged his credentials.

Roaming bear shot dead in Swedish village
Sweden

Roaming bear shot dead in Swedish village

A bear spotted in a Swedish village in eastern Sweden over the weekend was shot dead on Monday following concerns that it could attack residents or farm animals in the area.

Swedish woman so lonely she ‘wanted to die’
Sweden

Swedish woman so lonely she ‘wanted to die’

UPDATED: A 35-year-old Swedish woman who wrote to a newspaper to say she was so lonely she'd thought about killing herself, has stirred a debate about the difficulties of making friends in the Nordic nation.

Italian recovery strong and continuous: Padoan
Italy

Italian recovery strong and continuous: Padoan

Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan has praised Italy's economic recovery after the OECD raised its growth forecast for the economy in 2016 and 2017.

Hiker stumbles upon ‘floating’ boulder
Norway

Hiker stumbles upon ‘floating’ boulder

When Danish nurse Mogens Eskesen stumbled upon this precariously balanced 'floating' boulder on a recent hike, he was surprised to find no one seemed to have noticed it before.

France runs out of cash until end of the year
France

France runs out of cash until end of the year

From midnight on Monday until the end of the year France will have to use borrowed money after spending all of the €390 billion it raised through taxes, a new survey showed on Monday

Frenchman held after snorting mashed potato
France

Frenchman held after snorting mashed potato

A young Frenchman managed to avoid arrest after a substance which police - and presumably he himself- thought was cocaine actually turned out to be mashed potato powder.

A Brit’s life as a German crime scene cleaner
Germany

A Brit’s life as a German crime scene cleaner

Rob Joseph was stationed in Germany for years as a soldier in the British army. When he went home, he found himself feeling out of place – so he ended up taking an unlikely turn in his career.

German scientists puzzle over weight of kilogram
Germany

German scientists puzzle over weight of kilogram

A kilogram is a kilogram, right? Not in the way we measure it, say physicists in Lower Saxony – who are working on a new way to determine the mass .

Norway sees another record week for refugees
Norway

Norway sees another record week for refugees

A record 2,452 people applied for asylum in Norway last week, setting a new record for the second week in a row, with almost half coming over the country’s northern border with Russia.

Swedish refugee support drops as numbers rise
Sweden

Swedish refugee support drops as numbers rise

A new poll suggests growing numbers of Swedes want their country to take in fewer migrants, as the nation continues to welcome an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers.

Zoo calls police after brutal sea lion murder
Germany

Zoo calls police after brutal sea lion murder

Police said on Monday that they're investigating possible foul play after a sea lion was found beaten to death at Dortmund Zoo.

Swedish surveillance planes in huge UAE deal
Sweden

Swedish surveillance planes in huge UAE deal

The United Arab Emirates Air Force has announced a $1.27-billion deal with Swedish defence giant Saab to purchase two surveillance planes and upgrade two others.

Anorexic girl kills herself after row over food
Italy

Anorexic girl kills herself after row over food

An 11-year-old girl with anorexia is thought to have committed suicide, reportedly after rowing with her mother over food.

Mohammed cartoons editor steps down
Denmark

Mohammed cartoons editor steps down

Flemming Rose announced on Monday that he will leave the newspaper that he put on the world map in 2005 by publishing 12 cartoons of the Islamic prophet.

Italian vet sacked from kennel job over lion hunt
Italy

Italian vet sacked from kennel job over lion hunt

An Italian vet, who sparked a backlash last week after a photo of him posing with a lion he killed in Tanzania emerged online, has been fired from his role at a kennel near Turin.

Drop Facebook and be happy: Danish study
Denmark

Drop Facebook and be happy: Danish study

The Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute has a simple formula for increasing your happiness, social activity and concentration, but it might not be something you’re willing to do.

Nestlé’s Maggi noodles return to Indian shelves
Switzerland

Nestlé’s Maggi noodles return to Indian shelves

Nestlé's hugely popular Maggi noodles returned on Monday to shelves in India five months after the government banned them over lead levels, in one of the biggest crises to hit the Swiss food giant.

Tech-savvy Swedes share love of Instagram
Sweden

Tech-savvy Swedes share love of Instagram

Rising numbers of Swedes are regularly sharing and viewing photos on Instagram, with new figures suggesting more than three quarters of users in the Nordic nation are now active every day.

Calais: Police hurt in clashes with refugees
France

Calais: Police hurt in clashes with refugees

Numerous police officers were injured on Sunday night in clashes with 200 refugees and migrants who had blocked UK-bound traffic in the northern French port of Calais.

Catalan politicians give green light to controversial independence plan
Spain

Catalan politicians give green light to controversial independence plan

UPDATED: Catalan MPs on Monday voted in favour of a resolution that would see the region becoming independent from Spain within just 18 months. Spain's central government will challenge the vote in court.

Chinese acquire private Zurich business school
Switzerland

Chinese acquire private Zurich business school

One of Asia’s top business schools has acquired a management school in the canton of Zurich and plans to train hundreds of Chinese managers starting later this month.

‘Dead’ Spanish doctor found alive in tent in Italian forest after 19 years
Spain

‘Dead’ Spanish doctor found alive in tent in Italian forest after 19 years

A Spanish doctor, declared legally dead in 2010, has been found living in a tent deep in the forest of Tuscany by two Italian mushroom pickers.

Strache plans to sue ministers over refugees
Austria

Strache plans to sue ministers over refugees

The leader of Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, has said that he intends to bring a lawsuit against some members of the government for state-organized people smuggling.

France fights sexual harassment on transport
France

France fights sexual harassment on transport

France has vowed to put a "stop" to the scourge of sexual harassment on public transport by launching a new campaign. It comes not long after a survey on the subject revealed shocking responses from Parisian women.

Ericsson teams up with Cisco to boost tech sales
Sweden

Ericsson teams up with Cisco to boost tech sales

Swedish Ericsson and US networking technology leader Cisco have teamed up to develop next-generation technology in a global partnership set to boost sales by at least a billion dollars.

‘Dead’ Spaniard found in Italy forest after 19 years
Italy

‘Dead’ Spaniard found in Italy forest after 19 years

A Spanish doctor, declared legally dead in 2010, has been found living in a tent deep in the forest of Maremma by two Italian mushroom pickers.

Hunt is on for hidden train full of Nazi gold
Germany

Hunt is on for hidden train full of Nazi gold

The search started afresh in Poland on Monday for a train full of gold and other valuables, which treasure hunters say the Nazis hid in a secret tunnel at the end of the Second World War.

Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs dies aged 85
Austria

Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs dies aged 85

The Austrian painter and sculptor Ernst Fuchs has died at the age of 85. Speaking to the Austria Press Agency his son, Tillmann Fuchs, said that his father died early on Monday.

France basks in record-high temperatures
France

France basks in record-high temperatures

For the second November weekend in a row the French were able to sunbathe on beaches and in parks as much the country enjoyed record temperatures for this time of year.

NFGL Field Trip: ‘No women, no peace!’
Sweden

NFGL Field Trip: ‘No women, no peace!’

Last week NFGL students got the chance to attend a workshop with Kvinna till Kvinna, a women's rights organization. NFGL member María José Velásquez Flores talks about the experience.

Weekly asylum claims top 10,000 in Sweden
Sweden

Weekly asylum claims top 10,000 in Sweden

Last week saw the highest number of refugees in history seeking asylum in Sweden in a seven day period according to the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

Police evict Roma camp in Dornbirn
Austria

Police evict Roma camp in Dornbirn

Authorities in Dornbirn, Vorarlberg have begun to clear an illegal Roma camp by the Ach river.

Lufthansa strike grounds flights from Denmark
Denmark

Lufthansa strike grounds flights from Denmark

Danish passengers were facing travel chaos on Monday after German airline Lufthansa cancelled 14 flights to and from Denmark’s biggest airports as a huge strike entered its fourth day.

Zurich man dies from hiking fall in Saint Gallen
Switzerland

Zurich man dies from hiking fall in Saint Gallen

A 64-year-old Zurich man died after slipping on a hiking trail and falling down a steep slope in the Speer mountain area of the canton of Saint Gallen on Sunday, police said.

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Sweden

Nov. 16: Opening ceremony for the new Aurora, the student´s light and quiet room (Umeå)

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Sweden

Nov. 11: An alumnus story – the inside of Google and Samsung (Jönköping)

‘I’m too sexy for my ex’ Trierweiler tells Hollande
France

‘I’m too sexy for my ex’ Trierweiler tells Hollande

France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler took another swipe her at her ex-partner François Hollande on Sunday by tweeting out a picture of herself wearing a T-shirt with a special message for the president.

Catalan MPs to vote on secession plan in showdown with Madrid
Spain

Catalan MPs to vote on secession plan in showdown with Madrid

UPDATED: Catalonia's regional parliament kicked off a hugely anticipated debate on Monday that will culminate with a vote on whether to launch a secession process, in its latest showdown with the central government of Spain in Madrid.

Minister ‘attempts putsch’ over refugees
Germany

Minister ‘attempts putsch’ over refugees

Critics accused Germany's interior minister of trying to overthrow the government at the weekend after he announced a U-turn on refugee policy without the knowledge of his seniors.

Italian town looks to refugees for revival
Italy

Italian town looks to refugees for revival

Across Italy, hundreds of towns are struggling to survive amid a dwindling population. But in Satriano, a town in Calabria, refugees are bringing in new life, as the Italian journalist Simone d'Antonio discovers.

Lyon win derby clash as unbeaten PSG march on
France

Lyon win derby clash as unbeaten PSG march on

The action in Ligue 1 this weekend saw Lyon beat bitter rivals Saint-Etienne in the Rhône-Alpes derby and PSG extend their unbeaten start to the season that maintains their ten point lead at the top.

Denmark to ‘do nothing’ about German spy claims
Denmark

Denmark to ‘do nothing’ about German spy claims

Germany's intelligence agency eavesdropped on many of the country's closest European allies, including Denmark, according to new reports.

Fiorentina stay top as Roma dominate derby
Italy

Fiorentina stay top as Roma dominate derby

Fiorentina retained their grip on top spot in Serie A on Sunday with a 2-0 victory at Sampdoria while Roma beat derby rivals Lazio by the same scoreline to maintain their title challenge.

France warns: ‘Life on our planet is at stake’
France

France warns: ‘Life on our planet is at stake’

As ministers from 60 countries meet in Paris for pre-Cop 21 summit talks on climate change on Monday, the French Foreign Minister warned that "life on our planet is at stake".

Lufthansa cuts hundreds of flights in union strife
Germany

Lufthansa cuts hundreds of flights in union strife

Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa faces more aviation chaos Monday, cancelling more than 900 domestic and European flights as cabin crew said they would resume a strike in a battle over cost cuts.

Berlusconi attacks EU at Northern League rally
Italy

Berlusconi attacks EU at Northern League rally

Italy's billionaire former premier Silvio Berlusconi lashed out at the European Union on Sunday as he appealed to the populist right and called for "less Europe" at a Northern League party rally.

Danish cops nab arsonist after helicopter chase
Denmark

Danish cops nab arsonist after helicopter chase

A fire that led to the evacuation of more than 100 residents in the Copenhagen suburb of Hillerød developed into a dramatic police chase in the early hours of Monday.

Lufthansa strike grounds flights from Sweden
Sweden

Lufthansa strike grounds flights from Sweden

Swedish passengers were facing travel chaos on Monday after German airline Lufthansa cancelled dozens of flights to and from Sweden's biggest airports as a huge strike entered its fourth day.

How to figure out healthcare abroad

How to figure out healthcare abroad

If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything, they say. That’s why it's critical to secure your peace of mind – and health of body – when you've relocated to a new country. But one size doesn't fit all, so how do you choose?

Patek Philippe watches sold for record prices
Switzerland

Patek Philippe watches sold for record prices

A unique Patek Philippe stainless steel watch fetched a record $7.3 million when it went under the hammer in Geneva over the weekend, with the proceeds going to charity, the Phillips auction house said.

Nordic refugee welcome chillier as numbers rise
Sweden

Nordic refugee welcome chillier as numbers rise

Asylum seekers travelling to Scandinavia are finding chillier welcomes as their numbers surge and far-right parties increasingly assert their influence on immigration policy, analysts have said.

‘The startup scene in Stockholm is amazing’
Sweden

‘The startup scene in Stockholm is amazing’

Diego de Jódar Montesinos, 35, left his home and company in Madrid for Stockholm on a whim, but since setting up a successful app to help combat the city’s housing crisis, he hasn’t looked back.

Denmark player sidelined ahead of Sweden clash
Denmark

Denmark player sidelined ahead of Sweden clash

A parcel-opening mishap will force midfielder Leon Andreasen out of the play-offs.