Teen terror suspects arrested near Graz
Austria

Teen terror suspects arrested near Graz

Two young Syrian brothers have been arrested in a refugee camp in southern Austria on suspicion of belonging to rival terrorist groups, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Budget cut U-turn saves Denmark’s green island
Denmark

Budget cut U-turn saves Denmark’s green island

The Danish island of Samsø has received a government pledge of 7.5 million kroner towards plans to make it entirely free of fossil fuel energy supply by 2030.

Italy to fine smokers €300 for tossing cigarettes
Italy

Italy to fine smokers €300 for tossing cigarettes

Smokers beware: new 'green economy' laws approved by the Italian parliament on Tuesday will see those caught flicking their cigarette butts on the ground slapped with fines.

Airbnb bookings show tourists not put off Paris
France

Airbnb bookings show tourists not put off Paris

Despite the recent terror attacks more people have booked up with Airbnb to spend New Year in Paris than any other European city.

Tyre firm dumps raunchy adverts and boosts sales
Sweden

Tyre firm dumps raunchy adverts and boosts sales

The old advertising adage is that sex sells, but a Swedish tyre firm that dumped semi-naked women from its adverts says its sales doubled as a result.

Swedish cruise ship to house 1,260 refugees
Sweden

Swedish cruise ship to house 1,260 refugees

Sweden's migration agency has signed a deal to house 1,260 refugees on board a cruise ship as authorities continue their search to find long-term asylum accommodation in the Nordic country.

German thief pays price of love for sausage
Germany

German thief pays price of love for sausage

A burglar in southern Germany would’ve got away with his crime if it wasn’t for his inability to resistant a tempting looking piece of Wurst.

Spain’s Socialists refuse to back Rajoy bid to form new government
Spain

Spain’s Socialists refuse to back Rajoy bid to form new government

The head of Spain's Socialist party, Pedro Sánchez, has refused to back a government led by prime minister Mariano Rajoy, ruling out a grand coalition of Spain's two traditional parties after Sunday's inconclusive election.

Tour de France 2017 to start in Düsseldorf
Germany

Tour de France 2017 to start in Düsseldorf

Germany’s “little Paris” has been confirmed as the location of the Grand Depart 2017.

Turbo trees give Danish Christmas green edge
Denmark

Turbo trees give Danish Christmas green edge

Denmark's food and environment ministry is putting its weight behind new technology that will make Christmas trees grow faster, giving a boost to both Danish industry and Christmas spirit.

Swedish star officially retires from tennis
Sweden

Swedish star officially retires from tennis

Sweden's Robin Söderling has announced he is hanging up his tennis racket, more than four years since his last match.

German cartel authority punishes booking.com
Germany

German cartel authority punishes booking.com

The German cartel authorities have banned the online hotel booking portal, Booking.com, from requiring hotels across the country to offer it their lowest room prices.

Swiss solar plane set to resume flight in April
Switzerland

Swiss solar plane set to resume flight in April

The sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, grounded in Hawaii since the summer for repairs, will be ready to fly again by April 20th, the project's spokeswoman says.

Watch this Swede going to shops – by snowboard
Sweden

Watch this Swede going to shops – by snowboard

An adrenaline-fuelled video showing a Swede racing through his village on his snowboard has grabbed headlines in Sweden. But the man behind the clip has played down the attention, promising better things ahead.

Italian researcher held on terror charges
Italy

Italian researcher held on terror charges

Italian police said on Wednesday they had detained a researcher working at the University of Palermo on terror charges.

Spain’s Ciudadanos calls for pact with conservatives and Socialists
Spain

Spain’s Ciudadanos calls for pact with conservatives and Socialists

Albert Rivera is calling for "a pact for Spain" to protect against "weakness, uncertainty and instability".

Christmas anti-booze ad stirs tension in Sweden
Sweden

Christmas anti-booze ad stirs tension in Sweden

Should parents stay away from booze during the festive season? A Christmas anti-alcohol campaign has gained record support in Sweden, with one mum saying she received online abuse after criticizing it.

France sticks to plan to strip terrorists’ passports
France

France sticks to plan to strip terrorists’ passports

UPDATED: After appearing to have ditched a move to strip dual nationals of French citizenship if they are convicted of terror offences, the French government has made a last minute decision to push through the plan.

Escaped red panda to be home for Christmas
Norway

Escaped red panda to be home for Christmas

Adrian the red panda, who disappeared from Kristiansand's Animal Park recently, has been found safe and sound in a tree in a city suburb and will be home in time for Christmas.

Did Frenchwoman buy fake belly to hide bomb?
France

Did Frenchwoman buy fake belly to hide bomb?

A Frenchwoman has been arrested in the south of France on suspicion of plotting a terror attack by using a fake pregnancy belly to hide explosives.

African migrant saved from sinking boat wins big in Spanish lottery
Spain

African migrant saved from sinking boat wins big in Spanish lottery

A 35-year Senegalese man who was saved by the Spanish coastguard after making a perilous journey from Africa is celebrating his win of €400,000 in the Christmas lottery.

US planned East Berlin’s ‘systematic destruction’
Germany

US planned East Berlin’s ‘systematic destruction’

The US Air Force planned to drop 91 atomic bombs in and around East Berlin in the event of the Cold War turning hot, documents released on Wednesday showed.

Fury as Madrid puts woman in traditional ‘Three Kings’ parade
Spain

Fury as Madrid puts woman in traditional ‘Three Kings’ parade

Don't mess with tradition. That's the angry message from conservative politicians after local councils in Madrid decided to swap queens for kings in a massive annual Christmas parade.

Why you shouldn’t mess with Danish bus drivers
Denmark

Why you shouldn’t mess with Danish bus drivers

Transport firm Arriva has come up with an new way of offering support to bus drivers subjected to abuse at work – by sending them to aikido lessons.

Ethnic German migration doubles in two years
Germany

Ethnic German migration doubles in two years

Numbers of ethnic Germans moving to Germany from Russia, Kazakhstan and other former Soviet republics have grown for the third year in a row, with 2015's figure double that in 2013.

Police warn punters over prostitute card scam
Germany

Police warn punters over prostitute card scam

Police are warning punters in Hamburg's red light district to beware of prostitutes asking them to pay for sexual services with credit cards.

Ice magic at north Sweden island lodges
Sweden

Ice magic at north Sweden island lodges

A pair of family-run lodges nestled in the archipelago islands of Swedish Lapland have a reputation for offering visitors adventure and an intimate encounter with the Arctic lifestyle. The Local finds out more.

Police probe explosion at Stockholm restaurant
Sweden

Police probe explosion at Stockholm restaurant

Swedish police have launched an investigation after a powerful blast at a popular Stockholm restaurant just a week before it is set to open its doors to revellers for its annual New Year's Eve celebrations.

Spain PM to meet Socialist leader to discuss forming new government
Spain

Spain PM to meet Socialist leader to discuss forming new government

Difficult negotiations are now underway following inconclusive election.

Norway HIV drug trial ‘is a step towards cure’
Norway

Norway HIV drug trial ‘is a step towards cure’

A Norwegian drug firm on Tuesday announced an advance in its quest for an HIV cure with a drug combination which seeks to force the virus out of its hiding place and kill it.

German ‘welcoming culture’ still strong: poll
Germany

German ‘welcoming culture’ still strong: poll

A new survey conducted by the Protestant church shows that Germans’ willingness to help refugees remains steadfast, despite concerns the country will struggle to cope with the large influx.

Young Danes ‘ditching Facebook for real world’
Denmark

Young Danes ‘ditching Facebook for real world’

More and more young Danes are giving up on the likes of Facebook and Snapchat in what researchers say might be a conscious rejection of the online world.

50kg ice cream cone stolen in late night heist
Italy

50kg ice cream cone stolen in late night heist

A gelateria in Trieste is on the lookout for the thief who made off with a 50kg ice cream cone on Tuesday morning.

Falling drone ‘almost kills’ ski champ in Italy

Falling drone ‘almost kills’ ski champ in Italy

Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher was furious on Tuesday after a camera drone dropped from the sky mid-race, missing him by centimeters.

Bullfighting isn’t barbaric: What I found in a year on breeding estates
Spain

Bullfighting isn’t barbaric: What I found in a year on breeding estates

Spain's most controversial 'sport' has been in strife lately. But anthropologist Robin Irvine explains why a year working on a bull-breeding estate made him optimistic for its future.

Wood huts to replace Ikea refugee shelters
Switzerland

Wood huts to replace Ikea refugee shelters

The city of Zurich plans to house asylum seekers in 62 chipboard huts to replace Ikea refugee shelters that it rejected last week after they failed a fire test.

Catalan separatist parties attempt final deal to form government
Spain

Catalan separatist parties attempt final deal to form government

Catalan separatists have made a last ditch attempt to break the deadlock and form a government to avoid calling fresh elections.

Suspect found 32 years after Italy judge murder
Italy

Suspect found 32 years after Italy judge murder

A suspected accomplice in the murder of an anti-mafia judge was arrested Tuesday 32 years after the killing thanks to a sting operation combining an anonymous letter with wiretaps, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

What we know about the Orléans terror plot
France

What we know about the Orléans terror plot

France revealed on Wednesday that its intelligence services had foiled an attack by jihadists in the central city of Orléans and the surrounding area. Here’s what we know.

Germany hit ‘for long time’ by Paris attacks
Germany

Germany hit ‘for long time’ by Paris attacks

Germany coach Joachim Löw said on Tuesday his players would remain affected "for a long time" by November's Paris terror attacks, adding that it would impact their preparations for Euro 2016 in France.

Is ‘Little Christmas Eve’ dying out in Norway?
Norway

Is ‘Little Christmas Eve’ dying out in Norway?

December 23rd, or 'Little Christmas Eve', is the day when Norwegians traditionally put up their Christmas trees but the custom of waiting until the last day before bringing the juletre inside is on the wane.

Where do the most unsociable Swedes live?
Sweden

Where do the most unsociable Swedes live?

Which of your Swedish friends are the most likely to refuse your invitation to a Christmas gathering, New Year's Eve party or night out with colleagues? A national social life survey has found out.

PHOTOS: Huge cloud of CO2 floods central Mainz
Germany

PHOTOS: Huge cloud of CO2 floods central Mainz

A huge amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) leaked from a transport truck in central Mainz on Tuesday, immobilizing traffic around the centre of the city and forcing the closure of the Christmas market.

Murder suspected after four killed in home fire
Switzerland

Murder suspected after four killed in home fire

The public prosecutor’s office in the canton of Aargau has opened a murder investigation after four people were found dead following a fire in a family home.

‘Jihadist’ who beheaded boss commits suicide
France

‘Jihadist’ who beheaded boss commits suicide

A Frenchman who killed his boss and pinned his severed head to a fence at an industrial gas factory has committed suicide in his jail cell, prison authorities said on Wednesday.

Refugees to star at 66th Berlinale film festival
Germany

Refugees to star at 66th Berlinale film festival

Refugees will be at the heart of the next Berlin film festival, with hundreds of free tickets for asylum seekers and new movies spotlighting Europe's historic influx, its director said.

Fears rise over human trafficking in Sweden
Sweden

Fears rise over human trafficking in Sweden

Police have cracked down on a record number of cases of people smuggling on the Öresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark in the past few months as the Nordic country's refugee crisis reached its peak.

Ten Swedish dates every visitor must discover
Sweden

Ten Swedish dates every visitor must discover

How much do you know about the most traditional, tasty and sometimes bizarre dates in the Swedish calendar?