Migrants ‘face beatings and abuse’ trying to enter Spanish territory
Spain

Migrants ‘face beatings and abuse’ trying to enter Spanish territory

Migrants trying to enter the tiny Spanish territory of Ceuta in North Africa from Morocco have faced beatings and other abuses from police, a migrants' rights group said on Friday.

Violence erupts at Cologne Pegida demo
Germany

Violence erupts at Cologne Pegida demo

Police on Saturday fired tear gas and used water cannon to clear a rally in Cologne of the far-right xenophobic Pegida movement, after protesters hurled firecrackers and bottles at officers.

France honours victims killed at Hyper Cacher
France

France honours victims killed at Hyper Cacher

France on Saturday paid homage to four Jewish hostages killed at a kosher supermarket in Paris a year after a spate of jihadist attacks that began with a deadly assault on the Charlie Hebdo weekly.

Italian tycoon leaves money to workers
Italy

Italian tycoon leaves money to workers

Workers at an Italian factory were delighted by an unexpected Christmas bonus, receiving checks for thousands of euros bequeathed to them by their late boss who died in June, reports said Saturday.

Denmark eases plans to strip migrants’ jewellery
Denmark

Denmark eases plans to strip migrants’ jewellery

The Danish government on Friday announced it is modifying a proposed law to make migrants pay for their stay under its generous welfare state, plans which had drawn international criticism.

US couple appear in Spanish court after living with dead son’s body
Spain

US couple appear in Spanish court after living with dead son’s body

An American couple appeared in a Spanish court for questioning on Friday after police found the badly decomposed body of their seven-year-old son in the family's apartment.

Blatter and Platini now free to appeal bans
Switzerland

Blatter and Platini now free to appeal bans

Fifa's ethics tribunal said on Saturday that it had provided Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini with the reasons for its decision to ban them from football for eight years, clearing the way for them to appeal against the decision.

Sweden’s Volvo gears up to play with the big boys
Sweden

Sweden’s Volvo gears up to play with the big boys

Swedish carmaker Volvo, owned by the Chinese Geely group, said on Friday it had turned the corner towards becoming a major international player as it posted record unit sales.

Cologne awaits far-right sex attacks backlash
Germany

Cologne awaits far-right sex attacks backlash

The German city of Cologne, still shaken by a spate of sexual assaults on New Year's Eve was braced on Saturday for a rally of the xenophobic PEGIDA movement.

Geneva airport revokes workers’ security passes
Switzerland

Geneva airport revokes workers’ security passes

More than 30 people working at Geneva’s international airport have had their runway access revoked after it was discovered that two former baggage handlers were on French security police’s radar, the airport and media said on Friday.

French mosques open their doors to the public
France

French mosques open their doors to the public

Hundreds of French mosques are participating in a major open-house event this weekend, offering visitors the opportunity to come in for tea and a chat about Islam in a country shaken by militant attacks.

Could Germany copy Norway gender lessons?
Germany

Could Germany copy Norway gender lessons?

Sexual advances or just friendly gestures? In a bid to prevent violence against women, Norway is offering asylum seekers courses in how to interpret mores in a country that may seem astonishingly liberal to them.

Swede stabbed in Egypt hotel attack ‘stable’
Sweden

Swede stabbed in Egypt hotel attack ‘stable’

Sammie Olovsson, 27, from Boxholm, in southern Sweden, was one of three people stabbed by two suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants at a luxury hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

11 ways to fake being a true Swede in winter
Sweden

11 ways to fake being a true Swede in winter

From jumping in an ice hole to moaning about parking places. Here are 11 ways to act like a true Swede during the freezing winter.

Cologne sex attackers risk deportation – Merkel
Germany

Cologne sex attackers risk deportation – Merkel

UPDATED: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said she backed legal changes to make it easier to deport migrants who commit crimes, after authorities said many accused of shocking New Year mob violence were asylum seekers.

Two Austrians injured in Egypt stabbing
Austria

Two Austrians injured in Egypt stabbing

Two elderly Austrian tourists were among three foreigners injured in a stabbing at a luxury hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Immigrants struggling to integrate in France
France

Immigrants struggling to integrate in France

France is struggling to integrate its immigrant population, despite newcomers overwhelmingly identifying with their adopted homeland, according to a major study released Friday.

‘My life turned to horror after being Paris hostage’
France

‘My life turned to horror after being Paris hostage’

One year on, Yohann Dorai, one of the Jewish hostages who hid for four hours in a shop freezer from terrorist gunman Amedy Coulibaly, speaks out for the first time about his ordeal in an interview with The Local.

France’s Jews live in fear despite all the soldiers
France

France’s Jews live in fear despite all the soldiers

One year after the coldblooded terror attack on a kosher store in Paris, the Jewish community still live in real fear despite the protection of thousands of soldiers, writes Ben McPartland.