Half-fare card rail users to get ten-franc break
Switzerland

Half-fare card rail users to get ten-franc break

Holders of half-fare travel cards for Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) are set to receive a modest gift in the mail.

Two Zika virus cases reported in Switzerland
Switzerland

Two Zika virus cases reported in Switzerland

Two cases of the tropical virus Zika hitting Brazil and other South American countries have surfaced in Switzerland, federal health authorities say.

Firecrackers may have caused Stockholm mall explosion
Sweden

Firecrackers may have caused Stockholm mall explosion

UPDATED: A blast at the Mood shopping centre in the ritzy Östermalm district on Tuesday night was not a bomb, police have confirmed.

Strong franc drives 2015 trade surplus to record
Switzerland

Strong franc drives 2015 trade surplus to record

Swiss exports dropped last year following several years of consecutive growth but Switzerland still managed to post a record trade surplus — thanks to the strong franc.

Sweden blocks suspect Turkish freighter in port
Sweden

Sweden blocks suspect Turkish freighter in port

Sweden is holding a Turkish cargo ship in a port in the south west of the country, authorities said on Tuesday, amid reports that it was carrying explosives and was bound for the Middle East.

Finally: East Germany turns migration corner
Germany

Finally: East Germany turns migration corner

For the first time since the fall of the Berlin wall more people are moving to former East Germany than are leaving it, a new report shows.

Miracle French paraglider, 70, somehow survives fall to earth
France

Miracle French paraglider, 70, somehow survives fall to earth

A 70-year-old paraglider from southwestern France got more of an adventure than he bargained for on Monday.

‘Sweden could be at war within a few years’
Sweden

‘Sweden could be at war within a few years’

Sweden could be at war in just a few years, a top military officer has claimed in an internal document sent to soldiers and Swedish Armed Forces staff and seen by Swedish media.

Roads blocked and flights cancelled in French strikes
France

Roads blocked and flights cancelled in French strikes

UPDATED: Travellers in France faced disruption on Tuesday as taxi drivers, air traffic controllers, and civil servants went on strike. Follow the latest here.

Police operation smashes ring trafficking women to Italy
Italy

Police operation smashes ring trafficking women to Italy

The eastern European women were forced to work as prostitutes in the Milan area.

Swedish startups: ‘Creativity begins abroad’
Sweden

Swedish startups: ‘Creativity begins abroad’

What's the secret to Swedish creativity? SI News speaks to the founders of Klarna and Talent Tribe to find out why "thinking international" is step one.

French PM bows to pressure after taxi drivers protest
France

French PM bows to pressure after taxi drivers protest

After Tuesday's protests the French Prime Minister has promised to find an answer to end taxi drivers' woes.

Danish teen fought off her attacker – now she’ll face fine
Denmark

Danish teen fought off her attacker – now she’ll face fine

A 17-year-old girl who was physically and sexually attacked in Sønderborg will herself face charges for using pepper spray to fend off her assailant.

Five candidates step up bids for Fifa’s top job
Switzerland

Five candidates step up bids for Fifa’s top job

The five candidates to take over the presidency of Zurich-based Fifa from the banned Sepp Blatter are stepping up their campaigns a month ahead of the vote to decide world football's future boss.

Hapless hospital gives wrong family news of death
Germany

Hapless hospital gives wrong family news of death

A hospital in western Germany made a mortifying mistake last week, telling the wrong family about the death of their loved one.

New ‘hoax’ threat at Stockholm expat school
Sweden

New ‘hoax’ threat at Stockholm expat school

Police were alerted after the British International School of Stockholm received its second threat in a week on Tuesday.

Swiss watch exports drop for first time since 2009
Switzerland

Swiss watch exports drop for first time since 2009

A tanking market in HongKong hit Swiss watch exports for 2015, which fell for the first time in six years.

Spaniard who camped outside White House for 35 years dies
Spain

Spaniard who camped outside White House for 35 years dies

Concepción Picciotto has been protesting for world peace outside the gates of the White House since 1981.

Captain found guilty of ‘gross negligence’ over Prestige spill
Spain

Captain found guilty of ‘gross negligence’ over Prestige spill

The captain, the British insurer and the owner of the Prestige tanker that sank in 2002 have been declared liable for a devastating oil spill, one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

Deadly landslide at planned French nuclear waste site
France

Deadly landslide at planned French nuclear waste site

A landslide at a planned and highly controversial underground nuclear waste site in France has left one dead

Now bullfighter faces ‘child abuse’ probe over baby photo
Spain

Now bullfighter faces ‘child abuse’ probe over baby photo

Spain's child protection services are investigating whether to take action against a matador who fought a bull with his infant daughter in his arms.

Small German firms hope to get refugees working
Germany

Small German firms hope to get refugees working

More than half of small and medium-sized companies in Germany believe the mass migrant influx can help alleviate the country's shortage of qualified labour and most are willing to hire refugees, a survey revealed on Tuesday.

What Britain has yet to learn from Germany
Germany

What Britain has yet to learn from Germany

Britain has failed to learn from its past and draw lessons for the future in the same way as Germany - and that's a shame, argues Tom Barfield.

Schools in Paris evacuated after bomb threats made
France

Schools in Paris evacuated after bomb threats made

Six prestigious schools in Paris get anonymous calls claiming bombs have been hidden on the sites.

Italian football stars targeted in tax evasion scam
Italy

Italian football stars targeted in tax evasion scam

A host of top Serie A stars have been implicated in an elaborate tax evasion scam.

Norway ads use Hitler teddy to scare parents… about dust
Norway

Norway ads use Hitler teddy to scare parents… about dust

Using Hitler, Gaddafi and Kim Jong-il teddy bears, the Norwegian Heart and Lung Association wants parents to be aware of the dangers in their kids' bedrooms.

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France

Teen causes panic in Paris store with fake machine gun

A fake machine gun is never a good idea, especially not around Paris, and especially not now.

Spanish police rescue nuns cloistered in ‘virtual slavery’
Spain

Spanish police rescue nuns cloistered in ‘virtual slavery’

Three nuns claim they have been kept against their will in a cloistered convent in the Spanish pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela.

Swedish rapper and partner hit back after race row
Sweden

Swedish rapper and partner hit back after race row

You would think that no one could have a problem with the birth of a baby. But these racist comments prove otherwise.

Spain’s conservatives rocked by another corruption scandal
Spain

Spain’s conservatives rocked by another corruption scandal

Spain's incumbent Popular Party has been rocked by yet another corruption scandal.

Group seeks $3.4 billion for underground cargo system
Switzerland

Group seeks $3.4 billion for underground cargo system

Swiss entrepreneurs envision underground tunnels for the transport of goods by automated vehicles to relieve traffic congestion above ground and to improve logistics for retailers, suppliers and delivery firms.

Moscow accuses Germany of hushing up Russian girl’s rape
Germany

Moscow accuses Germany of hushing up Russian girl’s rape

The Kremlin on Tuesday turned Russian media reports about the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Berlin into a diplomatic spat with Germany.

Judge goes to see secret ‘kidnap’ bunker for himself
Sweden

Judge goes to see secret ‘kidnap’ bunker for himself

UPDATED: The judge overseeing the trial of a Stockholm doctor who kept a woman in a bunker for six days was visiting the crime scene on Tuesday. The suspect admits taking the victim there but denies raping her.

What makes Sweden so creative? A peek behind the scenes
Sweden

What makes Sweden so creative? A peek behind the scenes

What is it about Sweden which sparks such incredible creativity? SI News tackles this question in a five-part series, speaking with startups and founders.

Here’s why everyone seems to loathe French taxi drivers
France

Here’s why everyone seems to loathe French taxi drivers

No one in France seems to have any sympathy for the taxi drivers. Here's why, writes Oliver Gee.

Austrian MPs approve tough new migrant bill
Austria

Austrian MPs approve tough new migrant bill

The government wants to toughen up Austria’s liberal admissions policies and make it a less attractive destination for asylum seekers.

Italy risks ‘huge damage’ if Schengen suspended
Italy

Italy risks ‘huge damage’ if Schengen suspended

If the Schengen open borders agreement is suspended, thousands more migrants could arrive in Italy.

French taxi drivers: We want égalité and deserve solidarité
France

French taxi drivers: We want égalité and deserve solidarité

"We're not Isis, we just want laws to be respected." Hear what French taxi drivers have to say.

Is Spain’s healthy diet under threat from fast food culture?
Spain

Is Spain’s healthy diet under threat from fast food culture?

Spaniards eat the least fast food of any industrialized nation, after Italy. But is that about to change?

VIDEO: five genius inventions Germany gave the world
Germany

VIDEO: five genius inventions Germany gave the world

German inventors have made contributions to our everyday lives in more ways than you may know.

Austrians find Danish tourist’s lost €16,000 on ski piste

Austrians find Danish tourist’s lost €16,000 on ski piste

Two Austrian cousins who found an envelope stuffed with cash worth €16,000 on a ski piste in Salzburg and handed it to police are being hailed as heroes by the Danish tourist who lost the money whilst skiing.

Vegan recruit declared unfit for Swiss army
Switzerland

Vegan recruit declared unfit for Swiss army

Questions have been raised after a vegan man who refused to wear leather combat boots was declared unfit for Swiss military service.

Rome’s nude statues covered to spare Rouhani’s blushes
Italy

Rome’s nude statues covered to spare Rouhani’s blushes

Italians also gave up wine at the official dinner out of respect for the Iranian President.

New bomb threat at expat school in Stavanger
Norway

New bomb threat at expat school in Stavanger

UPDATED: For the second time in a week, the British School of Stavanger was evacuated because of a bomb threat.

Napoleon’s Catholic marriage certificate goes up for auction
France

Napoleon’s Catholic marriage certificate goes up for auction

Fancy owning the certificate to Napoleon's secret wedding? Now's your chance.

Terror threat to Norway has dropped ‘slightly’
Norway

Terror threat to Norway has dropped ‘slightly’

While the threat of terrorism hangs over Europe, Norway’s Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) says the country is a bit safer than before.

Now Spaniards can show their love of paella with new emoji
Spain

Now Spaniards can show their love of paella with new emoji

For a long time Spaniards have wanted nothing more than an emoji in the shape of Spain’s national dish and now their wishes have been granted.

IN IMAGES: Versace sexes up catwalk with racy Paris show
France

IN IMAGES: Versace sexes up catwalk with racy Paris show

Versace went for see-through and ultra-sexy dresses as haute couture shows hit Paris on Monday.

US taxes and FATCA: ‘The time for hiding is over’

US taxes and FATCA: ‘The time for hiding is over’

It's a new year and that means a new season of taxes. Americans must report their income to the IRS no matter where they live - or face hefty fines. Are you ready?

Energy giant Abengoa shares soar with viability plan hopes
Spain

Energy giant Abengoa shares soar with viability plan hopes

Shares in Spain's troubled flagship renewable energy giant Abengoa rose sharply on Monday.

Federer carves up Berdych to reach semis
Switzerland

Federer carves up Berdych to reach semis

Switzerland's Roger Federer moves closer to the elusive 18th Grand Slam crown he says he is yearning for.

Young people ‘care about environment but do nothing’
Germany

Young people ‘care about environment but do nothing’

Young people are aware of the need to care for and protect the environment but place it low on their list of personal priorities, a new study has found.

Here’s what Denmark’s new immigration bill means for you
Denmark

Here’s what Denmark’s new immigration bill means for you

The plan to seize refugees' valuables has gotten most of the attention, but that is just one part of the bill approved by parliament on Tuesday.

Italian firms seal Iran deals worth up to €17 billion
Italy

Italian firms seal Iran deals worth up to €17 billion

Italy was Iran's biggest European trading partner before the sanctions.

Europe’s border: Germany’s new showdown with Greece
Germany

Europe’s border: Germany’s new showdown with Greece

Greece is Europe's whipping boy again - this time over accusations it isn't controlling its sea border with Turkey. German voices are among the sternest.

Denmark passes controversial bill to take migrants’ valuables
Denmark

Denmark passes controversial bill to take migrants’ valuables

UPDATED: "Most misunderstood bill in Denmark's history" was passed by a huge majority of MPs on Tuesday.

Man with fake gun sparks Rome metro panic
Italy

Man with fake gun sparks Rome metro panic

Termini is Italy's biggest railway station.

Swedish activist held in China returns home
Sweden

Swedish activist held in China returns home

UPDATED: Peter Dahlin, a Swedish human rights activist arrested in China earlier this month returned home to Sweden on Tuesday after being deported.

Fears as fetus-deforming Zika virus found in Italy
Italy

Fears as fetus-deforming Zika virus found in Italy

Four cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Italy.

Why is there a major national strike in France?
France

Why is there a major national strike in France?

From teachers to taxi drivers, why are so many French workers on strike on Tuesday?

Sweden to get Spotify video streams next week
Sweden

Sweden to get Spotify video streams next week

Video streaming is about to arrive at your Spotify account if you live in Sweden, the US, Germany or the UK.

‘Sweden has changed perceptions of entrepreneurs’
Sweden

‘Sweden has changed perceptions of entrepreneurs’

Perhaps a surprising startup hub given its remote location in the frozen north, Sweden is an excellent place to launch a business, argues Jonas Vig, Swedish CEO of Stockholm-born startup Bambuser.