Longer bans sought for Blatter and Platini
Switzerland

Longer bans sought for Blatter and Platini

Fifa corruption investigators will demand an extension to the eight-year bans ordered against world football leaders Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini last month, a spokesman said in Zurich on Tuesday.

Swiss countryside ‘under development pressure’
Switzerland

Swiss countryside ‘under development pressure’

Most Swiss live in urban areas but a majority would prefer to live in a village or a small town with good services and public transport, says a study by researchers who warn of the pressure this is putting on the countryside.

Govt gets backing for bill on taking migrants’ cash
Denmark

Govt gets backing for bill on taking migrants’ cash

UPDATED: After securing the votes needed to pass controversial plan to seize migrants' valuables, the PM calls it "the most misunderstood bill in Denmark's history."

Jewish politician found dead in Paris home
France

Jewish politician found dead in Paris home

A Jewish politician who was found dead in his home in the suburbs of Paris on Tuesday was stabbed and beaten, his relatives have reportedly said.

Jews in Marseille urged not to wear skullcaps
France

Jews in Marseille urged not to wear skullcaps

The top Jewish leader in Marseille on Tuesday urged Jews in the southern French port city to stop wearing skullcaps "until better days" after a teacher was hurt in an anti-Semitic attack. However the country's chief rabbi told followers not to ditch the headwear.

Close call! Avalanche cloud engulfs Italy town
Italy

Close call! Avalanche cloud engulfs Italy town

A town in the Italian Alps was engulfed by a huge cloud of snow on Tuesday when a large avalanche careered down the side of a nearby mountain.

France sends workers to jail for ‘bossnapping’
France

France sends workers to jail for ‘bossnapping’

In a rare and controversial move, eight French workers who held their bosses captive during a labour dispute have been sentenced to a spell behind bars.

Swedish teen pop star blogs ‘a swine is a swine’
Sweden

Swedish teen pop star blogs ‘a swine is a swine’

Swedish artist Zara Larsson who performed at a Stockholm teen festival at the centre of a massive police 'cover-up' scandal has slammed a debate linking sex assaults to ethnicity.

Slipstream cyclist daredevil reaches 80 km/h behind bus in Barcelona
Spain

Slipstream cyclist daredevil reaches 80 km/h behind bus in Barcelona

A reckless cyclist has been filmed riding 80km/hour through a tunnel in Barcelona, using the backdraft from a bus to pick up speed.

‘Denmark is no longer the country I loved’
Denmark

‘Denmark is no longer the country I loved’

In an opinion piece that has gone viral, entrepreneur Søren Kenner has chronicled all of Denmark's problems in what has been labelled "an epic rant".

Fifa museum set to open in Zurich next month
Switzerland

Fifa museum set to open in Zurich next month

The multi-million dollar Fifa museum, the project of fallen world football chief Sepp Blatter, will open its doors on February 28th in Zurich, two days after the election of his successor, Fifa announced on Tuesday.

Boy, 3, possibly raped at Norway asylum centre
Norway

Boy, 3, possibly raped at Norway asylum centre

Police are investigating whether a three-year-old boy was raped at the Forus Akuttinnkvartering asylum centre in Stavanger.

Criminal foreigners to be more easily deported
Germany

Criminal foreigners to be more easily deported

The coalition government has come to agreement on a law which will make it easier to deport foreigners who break German law.

Are French mothers-in-law really that bad?
France

Are French mothers-in-law really that bad?

Are intrusive and domineering French mothers-in-law really causing splits in Franco-British couples as a report in the British media has claimed? Surely they are not that bad.

Denmark wants to count all of its flagpoles
Denmark

Denmark wants to count all of its flagpoles

The Danish Finance Ministry has asked all public institutions to report how many flagpoles they have in a move slammed as “an idiotic bit of bureaucracy”.

France’s asylum figures pale beside Germany’s
France

France’s asylum figures pale beside Germany’s

Nearly 80,000 people applied for asylum in France in 2015, a rise of a fifth compared with a year earlier but far fewer than the 1.1 million requests in Germany, figures showed Tuesday.

World goes nuts for ‘lonely’ Swedish PM pics
Sweden

World goes nuts for ‘lonely’ Swedish PM pics

Sweden's prime minister has become the unexpected victim of a global meme, after a lonely-looking picture from parliament went viral with the help of creative Reddit users.

Spanish startup pioneers a ‘new generation’ long-lasting drone
Spain

Spanish startup pioneers a ‘new generation’ long-lasting drone

A Spanish company is pioneering a "new generaton" of drones with a long-lasting device so that they can fly for six times longer than those currently on the market.

Europe’s open border policy not working: Italy
Italy

Europe’s open border policy not working: Italy

Europe must choose between its Schengen open borders and its Dublin rules on asylum procedures because the migrant crisis means the two are no longer compatible, Italy said on Tuesday.

Naked Swedish boss recreates Lennon pose
Sweden

Naked Swedish boss recreates Lennon pose

One of the managers at iconic Swedish brand Acne has told The Local why he stripped off for a moving image which revisits a classic Rolling Stone magazine cover.

Bells at Oslo’s City Hall to honour David Bowie
Norway

Bells at Oslo’s City Hall to honour David Bowie

Just days after adding a Motorhead song to honour late rock legend Lemmy, the bells at Oslo's City Hall will now also ring to the tune of David Bowie's 'Changes'.

Fifteen go on trial over the Madrid Halloween stampede that killed five
Spain

Fifteen go on trial over the Madrid Halloween stampede that killed five

The trial over a deadly Halloween stampede in Madrid opened on Tuesday, three years after five young women were crushed at a rave party in an overcrowded stadium.

‘We told you so,’ Eastern Europe tells Germany
Germany

‘We told you so,’ Eastern Europe tells Germany

Leaders of Eastern European states opposed to Germany's open-door refugee policy have been quick to tell Germany 'we told you so' after the Cologne sexual assaults.

Syrian and Iranian refugees ‘well educated’
Austria

Syrian and Iranian refugees ‘well educated’

In a review of asylum seekers' qualifications, Austria’s Public Employment Service (AMS) has discovered that many refugees from Syria and Iran have better qualifications than out-of-work Austrians.

Italians petition God to ‘bring back David Bowie’
Italy

Italians petition God to ‘bring back David Bowie’

As the world marked the death of music legend David Bowie on Monday, some fans are struggling to come to terms with the loss of their hero, with a man from Rome setting up a petition calling on God to bring him back.

Italy treats Libyan police injured by Isis bomb
Italy

Italy treats Libyan police injured by Isis bomb

Italy said on Tuesday it was treating 15 Libyan police officers injured in a January 7th truck bombing that has been claimed by the Islamic State group.

Injury sidelines Swiss Olympic ski champion
Switzerland

Injury sidelines Swiss Olympic ski champion

Swiss skier Sandro Viletta, the reigning Olympic super-combined champion, has been forced to cut short his season because of a right knee injury, the Swiss federation announced on Tuesday.

Father saved by son, 5, commits suicide
France

Father saved by son, 5, commits suicide

UPDATED: The story of the five-year-old French boy who jumped on his bike at night to save his dad's life, took a tragic turn when three days later when the father committed suicide.

Ex-mayor of Marbella pleads guilty over Sir Sean Connery villa fraud
Spain

Ex-mayor of Marbella pleads guilty over Sir Sean Connery villa fraud

The former mayor of Marbella Julián Muñoz has pleaded guity for planning regulations and tax fraud relating to the sale and development of a property once owned by Sir Sean Connery.

Swedish human rights worker held in China
Sweden

Swedish human rights worker held in China

A Swedish man working for a human rights group in China has been detained on suspicion of endangering state security, another advocacy organization said on Tuesday.

Balotelli peed in our shoes, says ex-teammate
Italy

Balotelli peed in our shoes, says ex-teammate

Football star Mario Balotelli has been the subject of some crazy stories - but perhaps nothing as gross as this.

‘Polite’ bank robber waited in queue
Austria

‘Polite’ bank robber waited in queue

Police are hunting for a ‘polite’ bank robber who patiently waited his turn in a queue at a Bank Austria branch in Vienna on Monday afternoon before demanding cash from the teller.

Proposal ‘would expel 18,000 foreigners a year’
Switzerland

Proposal ‘would expel 18,000 foreigners a year’

An initiative spearheaded by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) would result in up to 18,000 foreigners being expelled from Switzerland every year, opponents of the proposal say.

Pedro Almodóvar returns to what he does best with latest film Julieta
Spain

Pedro Almodóvar returns to what he does best with latest film Julieta

The iconic Spanish director's latest film is a melodrama exploring the life of one woman over three decades. Here's a sneak peek.

Qatar bans Scandinavian sex change movie
Sweden

Qatar bans Scandinavian sex change movie

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has been praised for her performance alongside Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl'. But Qatar has banned the transgender film following complaints of depravity.

Storms forecast for Lower Austria and Styria
Austria

Storms forecast for Lower Austria and Styria

A storm warning has been issued for parts of Austria this week, with rain and snow also forecast as winter returns.

Spanish woman gave birth to all three children on New Year’s Eve
Spain

Spanish woman gave birth to all three children on New Year’s Eve

Christened "the most perfect biological clock in the world", María Antonia Valea gave birth to each of her three children on a different New Year's Eve.

Norwegian injured in Istanbul blast: reports
Norway

Norwegian injured in Istanbul blast: reports

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a Norwegian tourist was among the victims of a suicide bombing in a popular Istanbul district on Tuesday.

VW will be investigated by Swedish fraud squad
Sweden

VW will be investigated by Swedish fraud squad

Sweden's National Anti-corruption Unit (Riksenheten mot korruption) has announced it is launching an investigation into German car maker Volkswagen, which it suspects of serious fraud.

Paris: Iconic Carillon bar to reopen after attacks
France

Paris: Iconic Carillon bar to reopen after attacks

The popular Carillon bar, which was targeted in the November 13th terror attacks, is due to reopen on Wednesday two months after 15 people were gunned down outside.

Pizza thieves flushed out after owner hits back
Sweden

Pizza thieves flushed out after owner hits back

A gang of burglars caught red handed when they tried to break into a pizza restaurant in central Sweden, were forced to hide in the toilet to escape "the owner's wrath".

Is climate change ruining skiing in the Alps?
Switzerland

Is climate change ruining skiing in the Alps?

The arrival of snow in the Alps has come as a welcome relief for holidaymakers and ski workers alike. But why did the snow come so late, and is this something that we should begin to expect in future years?

Eight Germans among Istanbul dead: reports
Germany

Eight Germans among Istanbul dead: reports

Eight of the ten people who died in a terrorist attack in Istanbul on Tuesday morning are German, the German government has confirmed.

‘Do-gooder’ named ‘worst word of the year’
Germany

‘Do-gooder’ named ‘worst word of the year’

A jury of German language scientists has selected "do-gooder" as Germany’s 'worst word of 2015'.

Danish minister slammed for false pork anecdote
Denmark

Danish minister slammed for false pork anecdote

In an apparent bid to warn about the dangers of mass immigration and multiculturalism, Inger Støjberg told a false story about a daycare banning pork from kids’ lunches.

Verbier ‘costs 40 percent more than Ischgl’: report
Switzerland

Verbier ‘costs 40 percent more than Ischgl’: report

A Swiss consumer affairs TV programme has highlighted the challenge ski resorts in Switzerland have competing with similar resorts in neighbouring countries, such as Austria.

Austria braces for arrival of more refugees
Austria

Austria braces for arrival of more refugees

Austrian police have said they expect up to 6,000 refugees and migrants to cross the border from Slovenia a day, once work on a border fence has been completed by the end of January.

Norway security agency: Muslim influx brings problems
Norway

Norway security agency: Muslim influx brings problems

The head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) told a Swedish security conference on Monday that immigration from Muslim countries will lead to societal conflicts and the rise of far-right groups.

Paris attacker was held for Cologne sex assault

Paris attacker was held for Cologne sex assault

The man who attacked a police station in Paris last week had been previously arrested in Germany's Cologne for sexually assaulting women in a nightclub, German police said.

Mob boss sparks fury with 100th birthday bash
Italy

Mob boss sparks fury with 100th birthday bash

A lavish dinner, fireworks and special guests flown in from America: this is how 'the world’s oldest mafia boss' celebrated turning 100 in a Sicilian town near Palermo, much to the fury of the mayor.

The worrying profile of Jew’s machete attacker
France

The worrying profile of Jew’s machete attacker

As more details emerge about the "revolting" machete assault on a Jewish teacher in Marseille, authorities will be deeply concerned by the profile of the attacker.

Move over Ronaldo: Messi back on top of world with fifth Ballon D’Or
Spain

Move over Ronaldo: Messi back on top of world with fifth Ballon D’Or

The Barça star deposed eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo to take back his crown as the undisputed king of world football by lifting a record fifth Ballon d'Or on Monday.

Knife man ‘siege’ ends in Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Knife man ‘siege’ ends in Stockholm suburb

UPDATED: A police negotiation with a man armed with a knife ended hours after he locked himself and another person in an apartment in the north of the city.

More migrants turned away at Austria border
Germany

More migrants turned away at Austria border

Germany is turning back a growing number of migrants at its border with Austria, Austrian authorities said Monday, in an apparent knock-on effect of Sweden and Denmark tightening frontier controls.

Why Ferrari trinkets could wreck racy image
Italy

Why Ferrari trinkets could wreck racy image

Newly spun off from Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari has touted its growth potential in luxury goods, yet branding experts warn expanding beyond cars could be a long and difficult slog.

Danish MPs mull plan to take refugees’ cash
Denmark

Danish MPs mull plan to take refugees’ cash

Lawmakers will discuss a comprehensive immigration bill on Wednesday that includes the controversial proposal to confiscate money and valuables from refugees.

‘Networking in Sweden needs more guanxi’
Sweden

‘Networking in Sweden needs more guanxi’

Jimmy Zhao, CEO and founder of mentoring app Lunchback, argues that the fast-paced Swedish startup community needs to learn from Chinese traditions when it comes to relationship-building.

Qatar bans sex change film ‘The Danish Girl’
Denmark

Qatar bans sex change film ‘The Danish Girl’

The story of Danish transgender pioneer Lile Elbe included too much "depravity" for the powers that be in Doha.

211 arrests after far-right rampage in Leipzig
Germany

211 arrests after far-right rampage in Leipzig

German police said Tuesday they have arrested 211 far-right extremists who went on a rampage on the sidelines of a xenophobic rally in Leipzig, setting cars on fire and smashing windows.

Paris Metro pervert cut trousers for sex assaults
France

Paris Metro pervert cut trousers for sex assaults

A man jailed for sexual harassment would cut his trousers around the crotch area to make it easier for him to rub his genitals against women on packed Paris Metro trains.

American woman was strangled: police
Italy

American woman was strangled: police

UPDATED: An American woman whose body was found in her Florence flat was strangled, the official in charge of the murder probe said on Tuesday after a postmortem was carried out overnight.

Sweden checks change refugee flow around EU
Sweden

Sweden checks change refugee flow around EU

Tougher border controls in Sweden and Denmark appear to be having a knock-on effect on other countries in Europe.

France to woo Chinese by cutting visa process
France

France to woo Chinese by cutting visa process

In a bid to pull in more Chinese visitors France is set to slash the time it takes to process visas.

Body found in plane’s landing gear in Paris
France

Body found in plane’s landing gear in Paris

A man's body has been found in the landing gear of a plane at Paris' Orly airport.