Turkey makes new vow to cut refugee numbers
Germany

Turkey makes new vow to cut refugee numbers

Merkel has obtained a fresh commitment from Turkey to do more - but will it be fulfilled?

Sweden lashes out at China’s detention of campaigners
Sweden

Sweden lashes out at China’s detention of campaigners

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Friday has condemned China's detention of two Swedish nationals as "unacceptable".

Hapless thieves report losing phone at crime scene
Spain

Hapless thieves report losing phone at crime scene

If there's a time you shouldn't report a lost item, this is probably it.

Swedish volunteers rescue 1000 refugees
Sweden

Swedish volunteers rescue 1000 refugees

A Swedish project to help rescue refugees stranded in the Mediterranean has saved 1000 lives since October, the organisation leading the initiative revealed on Friday.

Are sex attackers in Paris really 34, jobless and foreign?
France

Are sex attackers in Paris really 34, jobless and foreign?

An unprecedented study has revealed where in Paris most rapes take place and who is likely to commit the crime, although some say the figures don't add up.

Swiss cleaning firm dupes refugees into working for free
Switzerland

Swiss cleaning firm dupes refugees into working for free

A Swiss cleaning firm working as contractors for McDonald's promised refugees work permits if they worked for nothing for three months.

Kurdish fighters sell off German-supplied guns
Germany

Kurdish fighters sell off German-supplied guns

“Weapon deliveries are a subsidy for the Peshmerga, so that they can finance their trips to Europe,” one German politician claimed.

Refugee role play stuns world leaders at WEF
Switzerland

Refugee role play stuns world leaders at WEF

Some participants left in tears, but the organizers reminded them that "what refugees deal with in reality is much worse".

Belgium charges 11th suspect over Paris terror attacks
France

Belgium charges 11th suspect over Paris terror attacks

A man identified as Zakaria J becomes the 11th Belgian national to be charged over the Paris terror attacks.

Arrest after Stockholm ‘thief’ punches and spits at mum
Sweden

Arrest after Stockholm ‘thief’ punches and spits at mum

A man accused of hitting a mother in front of her two toddlers at Stockholm's Gamla Stan subway station because she tried to stop him from pickpocketing has been arrested.

Gang nabbed over ten tonne olive heist in southern Spain
Spain

Gang nabbed over ten tonne olive heist in southern Spain

Spain loves its olives, but rising prices mean they are now rich pickings for thieves.

French mayor forced to accept doubled salary against his will
France

French mayor forced to accept doubled salary against his will

Sorry Monsieur le Mayor but we are going to have to double your salary and there's nothing you can do about it. C'est la vie.

First-ever German Anne Frank movie to premiere at Berlinale
Germany

First-ever German Anne Frank movie to premiere at Berlinale

The first German feature-length biopic on the Jewish teenage diarist Anne Frank will premiere next month at the 66th Berlin film festival, organisers said Friday.

Heroic migrant gets residency for foiling armed robbery
Italy

Heroic migrant gets residency for foiling armed robbery

The illegal immigrant didn't think twice about taking on the knife-wielding Italian.

French woman behind cloned site that sold fake Prada
Italy

French woman behind cloned site that sold fake Prada

The network allegedly made millions selling fake Prada products via China.

Svindal extends Norway’s dominance at Kitzbuehel
Norway

Svindal extends Norway’s dominance at Kitzbuehel

Super-G win gives Norway an unprecedented 13 wins in 20 World Cup races.

Utøya to become beacon of free speech and democracy
Norway

Utøya to become beacon of free speech and democracy

Norway hopes the site of a national tragedy can teach future generations about the country's best values.

This is the man who created Sweden’s massive snow penis
Sweden

This is the man who created Sweden’s massive snow penis

The man who used a snow blower to plough a massive member into a Gothenburg field earlier this week has spoken to The Local, as his home video of the event goes viral.

UN must ramp up aid for refugees: John Kerry
Switzerland

UN must ramp up aid for refugees: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a 30-percent increase in humanitarian funding from the United Nations for refugees.

Podemos propose pact to lock conservatives out of power
Spain

Podemos propose pact to lock conservatives out of power

The leader of Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, has proposed forming a government with the Socialists.

The world’s longest art gallery will soon be even longer
Sweden

The world’s longest art gallery will soon be even longer

Did you know that Stockholm is home to what is commonly called the world’s longest art gallery? Deep under the earth, the Stockholm metro stations host a diverse spectrum of art and sculptures. This week new additions were announced.

Document reveals list of France’s ‘prime terror targets’
France

Document reveals list of France’s ‘prime terror targets’

The French military has listed seven landmarks in France - including one airport - that they believe are probable targets for a "coordinated" terror attack, based on intelligence.

Public sector chief fired for fur coat splurge with firm’s cash
Italy

Public sector chief fired for fur coat splurge with firm’s cash

The Chief Financial Officer of Turin's transport authority, GTT, was fired on Thursday, after it emerged she allegedly spend thousands of euros of the company's cash on luxury goods.

Barcelona firemen save groom trapped in bar wearing a tutu
Spain

Barcelona firemen save groom trapped in bar wearing a tutu

An Irishman, who was dressed as a ballerina, suffered a rather embarrassing end to his stag night.

Norway’s largest bank calls for total end to cash
Norway

Norway’s largest bank calls for total end to cash

Citing the “dangers and disadvantages” of cash, DNB Bank has called for it to be completely phased out.

Spanish criminal sentenced to take part in identity parades
Spain

Spanish criminal sentenced to take part in identity parades

Forget prison or a hefty fine, one Spaniard has been ordered by a judge “to take part in police line-ups” after being found guilty of traffic offences.

Wake-up call as asylum cap decided
Austria

Wake-up call as asylum cap decided

Vienna's decision to cap its asylum seeker intake serves as a "wake-up call" to push Europe to find a common solution to resolve its migrant crisis, Austria's foreign minister said Friday.

Berlin Bowie fans etch giant memorial into ice
Germany

Berlin Bowie fans etch giant memorial into ice

Fans of recently-deceased British pop star David Bowie have left a touching tribute in a Berlin park, using a frozen-over pond as the canvas for their own work of art.

French woman given cancer treatment on wrong breast
France

French woman given cancer treatment on wrong breast

After 22 sessions of radiotherapy the shocking error was only picked up when the husband noticed the side-effects on the other breast.

Spain launches new reality TV show: ‘I want to be a nun’
Spain

Spain launches new reality TV show: ‘I want to be a nun’

A new television programme that will follow wannabe nuns into Spanish convents could have divine inspiration.

Police ‘can’t keep up border controls’: union
Germany

Police ‘can’t keep up border controls’: union

Police union GdP warned on Friday that overstretched federal officers can't keep up controls on Germany's southern borders indefinitely.

‘No bomb’ on board diverted SAS plane
Sweden

‘No bomb’ on board diverted SAS plane

UPDATED: Flights to and from Landvetter airport in Gothenburg are running again after a false bomb alert on a plane heading to Sweden from the UK.

Swiss police save horse in dramatic river rescue
Switzerland

Swiss police save horse in dramatic river rescue

An afternoon walk almost turned to tragedy on Thursday when a rider fell from his horse, causing the animal to slip into the Rhône.

Shoot-out after hostage siege inside French supermarket
France

Shoot-out after hostage siege inside French supermarket

An armed man was shot by police in a supermarket in northern France after he took a woman hostage on Thursday night, according to reports.

WEF: soldiers test positive for cocaine use
Switzerland

WEF: soldiers test positive for cocaine use

Stray bullets, cocaine and cannabis. Not all of the soldiers on security detail during the World Economic Forum this week have had their eyes on the ball.

Iconic airport may become nation’s biggest asylum home
Germany

Iconic airport may become nation’s biggest asylum home

City authorities and local organizers held a heated debate on Thursday evening about plans to transform Berlin's defunct Tempelhof airport grounds into a refugee facility for 7,000 people - which would make it the largest such centre in the country.

Sweet 300: Struggling Federer squeezes into fourth round
Switzerland

Sweet 300: Struggling Federer squeezes into fourth round

Roger Federer swept past Grigor Dimitrov to bring up 300 Grand Slam match wins and safely reach the fourth round at the Australian Open on Friday.

Slovenia clamps down on borders
Austria

Slovenia clamps down on borders

Slovenia said Thursday it would restrict the entrance of migrants across its Schengen border with Croatia allowing in only those seeking asylum in Austria or Germany.

Lucky escape for residents as Rome building collapses
Italy

Lucky escape for residents as Rome building collapses

Residents of an apartment building in Rome were astonishingly unscathed after the top three floors of their building, close to the Stadio Olimpico in the Flaminio area, collapsed in the early hours of Friday morning.

Denmark’s great flagpole mystery solved
Denmark

Denmark’s great flagpole mystery solved

A government directive to public institutions to report their number of flagpoles led to mass confusion and more than just a bit of derision earlier this month, but now the prime minister has offered an explanation.

Sarkozy says sorry for ‘P*ss off you idiot’ and other gaffes
France

Sarkozy says sorry for ‘P*ss off you idiot’ and other gaffes

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has given a huge mea culpa in the form of a new book in which he apologizes for a few notorious incidents, including an infamous run in with a farmer.

Radiohead to launch long-awaited album in Barcelona
Spain

Radiohead to launch long-awaited album in Barcelona

Radiohead will play its long-awaited new album in June when the experimental rockers headline Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

German WWI U-boat found after 100 years missing at sea
Germany

German WWI U-boat found after 100 years missing at sea

A wreck found at the bottom of the sea off England has been identified as a long-lost German submarine from the First World War, an energy company announced on Thursday.

Merkel pushes Turkey to stem flow of migrants
Germany

Merkel pushes Turkey to stem flow of migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will press Turkey to step up to its "key role" in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe, when she hosts Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for talks Friday.

Italy’s banks rebound as crisis subsides…for now
Italy

Italy’s banks rebound as crisis subsides…for now

Italy's banks rebounded on Thursday after the government moved to reassure investors there was no justification for three days of panic selling linked to a toxic loan crisis.

Nordic asylum claims drop after border moves

Nordic asylum claims drop after border moves

New data shows that the number of asylum claims in the Nordic countries have fallen sharply after border controls were introduced, according to the migration agencies of the various countries.

Italian schoolchildren revolt over ‘inedible, rubbery’ pizza
Italy

Italian schoolchildren revolt over ‘inedible, rubbery’ pizza

Three primary schools in Milan have been forced to spruce-up their school dinner menu following a protest by schoolchildren over bad pizza.

Djokovic faces Italy’s Seppi in third round at Australian Open
Italy

Djokovic faces Italy’s Seppi in third round at Australian Open

World number one Novak Djokovic faces his toughest test at the Australian Open so far on Friday when he takes on Italian Andreas Seppi, who stunned Roger Federer at the same stage last year.

ID checks between Denmark and Sweden costing millions
Denmark

ID checks between Denmark and Sweden costing millions

Photo identification checks introduced for people travelling between Denmark and southern Sweden and Denmark by train earlier this month are costing millions of kroner a week.

Parisians determined to be ready for future terror attacks
France

Parisians determined to be ready for future terror attacks

Whether it's first aid or technology, Parisians are making sure they are ready if terrorists strike their city again.

Innocent ‘terrorist’ demands compensation from Sweden
Sweden

Innocent ‘terrorist’ demands compensation from Sweden

An Iraqi man who was wrongly accused of plotting a terror attack in Sweden is demanding one million kronor in compensation after he was briefly arrested last year following a high-profile manhunt.

Landmark ruling allows Calais migrants to seek asylum in UK
France

Landmark ruling allows Calais migrants to seek asylum in UK

A landmark court ruling could pave the way for many more refugees camped out in Calais to cross the Channel to the UK and claim asylum there.

Sweden and Ecuador at odds over interrogation
Sweden

Sweden and Ecuador at odds over interrogation

An interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation could be delayed further after Swedish and Ecuadoran prosecutors clashed on who should be doing the questioning.

Has Denmark’s plan to seize goods been misunderstood?
Denmark

Has Denmark’s plan to seize goods been misunderstood?

Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen has claimed that a bill allowing police to seize asylum seekers’ valuables has been highly misunderstood and his spokesman went on CNN to deny that police will be “taking jewels away from them”. How true are those claims?

Oops! ID checks stump Swedish migration head
Sweden

Oops! ID checks stump Swedish migration head

Set to testify before parliament on the efficiency of Sweden's new refugee ID checks, the head of the Swedish Migration Agency was turned away by guards unable to verify his own identification.

Recipe: How to make ‘kladdkaka’ – Swedish chocolate cake
Sweden

Recipe: How to make ‘kladdkaka’ – Swedish chocolate cake

A nation obsessed with cakes in all its forms, Sweden is particularly fond of 'kladdkaka' – a type of gooey chocolate mud cake which literally means 'sticky cake'