Danish PM seeks change to UN asylum pact
Denmark

Danish PM seeks change to UN asylum pact

Denmark's centre-right prime minister on Sunday said he would seek a revision of the UN Refugee Convention, as Europe faces its worst migration crisis since World War II.

Germany hires 8,500 to teach refugees German
Germany

Germany hires 8,500 to teach refugees German

Germany has recruited 8,500 people to teach child refugees German, as the country expects the number of new arrivals to soar past the million mark in 2015, Die Welt daily reported on Sunday.

France opens access to Nazi-era archives
France

France opens access to Nazi-era archives

France will throw open access to police and legal archives drawn from one of the country's darkest hours, when the Vichy regime collaborated with Nazis, authorities said on Sunday.

Spain sends out water-dropping planes in bid to control wildfires
Spain

Spain sends out water-dropping planes in bid to control wildfires

Spain on Sunday deployed three water-dropping planes to battle wildfires raging in remote regions in northern and central Spain amid unseasonably warm weather, the government said.

Hundreds march after protests in Corsica
France

Hundreds march after protests in Corsica

Several hundred people in Corsica defied a ban on demonstrations imposed in a flashpoint area of the capital Ajaccio on Sunday after two days of violent anti-Arab protests.

German MPs angry at Nato plane mission
Germany

German MPs angry at Nato plane mission

A Nato force of reconnaissance planes that includes German personnel will be sent to help Turkey police its border, drawing ire from politicians in Germany who said on Sunday they were not consulted.

Ice and floods hit Swedes on drive home
Sweden

Ice and floods hit Swedes on drive home

At least two people have been killed and several others hospitalised in car accidents across Sweden as heavy rain, flooding, snow and ice hit the country on a day when many were returning home from Christmas.

Corsica protests banned after anti-Arab demos
France

Corsica protests banned after anti-Arab demos

France banned demonstrations in part of the Corsican capital Ajaccio on Sunday following two days of anti-Arab protests and sectarian tensions.

Family’s Christmas video goes viral in Sweden
Sweden

Family’s Christmas video goes viral in Sweden

A video made by a Swedish family as a silly Christmas greeting for their friends has gone Facebook, receiving more than half a million views on Facebook in just four days -- not bad for a country of nine million people.

Paris attacker buried in Saint Denis suburb
France

Paris attacker buried in Saint Denis suburb

Samy Amimour, one of the men that massacred 90 people at the Bataclan music venue in Paris, was buried north of the city, local officials said Sunday.

Catalan leftists vote on whether to back new separatist government
Spain

Catalan leftists vote on whether to back new separatist government

Members of a far-left Catalan separatist party gathered on Sunday to decide whether to back the formation of a new government led by outgoing Catalan president Artur Mas that would work towards breaking away from Spain.

Sweden’s Christmas goat set ablaze once again
Sweden

Sweden’s Christmas goat set ablaze once again

Sweden's iconic Gävle goat has has once again been set ablaze by Yuletide arsonists, with one suspected perpetrator spending the night sobering up in a cell after being seized by police.

Darkness begone! Lights ward off winter blues
Sweden

Darkness begone! Lights ward off winter blues

Sun lamps, illuminated elk, and trips to the Canaries: As winter darkness falls over the Nordics, how do the Swedes chase away the winter blues?

German Kurds protest Turkish crackdown
Germany

German Kurds protest Turkish crackdown

Around 15,000 people marched in Dusseldorf on Saturday to protest against Turkey's military crackdown against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels, local police said.

German navy rescued 10,000 migrants in Med
Germany

German navy rescued 10,000 migrants in Med

Germany's navy said Saturday it rescued over 10,000 migrants at sea this year, including more than 500 people off the coast of Libya on Christmas day.

French soldier killed in wingsuit jump
France

French soldier killed in wingsuit jump

A 39-year-old French soldier was killed on Saturday while attempting a wingsuit jump in the Alps, the latest casualty in what is regarded as one of the most dangerous extreme sports, a rescue worker said.