Swiss to vote on guaranteed income for all
Switzerland

Swiss to vote on guaranteed income for all

Pipe dream or practical plan? Swiss voters will soon be voting on a proposal to give every resident — whether they work or not — a guaranteed payment of 2,500 francs a month.

The speech that marked Christiane Taubira’s finest moment and a defining one for France
France

The speech that marked Christiane Taubira’s finest moment and a defining one for France

Former justice minister Christiane Taubira's emotional speech shortly after French MPs had voted to legalize gay marriage was seen as a defining moment for both her and for France. Read it here.

Shoah survivor praises Merkel for ‘heroic’ refugee policy
Germany

Shoah survivor praises Merkel for ‘heroic’ refugee policy

Holocaust survivor Ruth Klüger on Wednesday lauded Germany for keeping its doors open to thousands of war refugees, calling Chancellor Angela Merkel's "we can do it" slogan "heroic".

Rights group slam Swiss for seizing refugee valuables
Switzerland

Rights group slam Swiss for seizing refugee valuables

A US-based human rights watchdog has branded as "despicable" Switzerland's policy of seizing valuables of refugees when they enter the country, a policy copied this week by Denmark.

Why will nobody fess up to nude statue cover-up?
Italy

Why will nobody fess up to nude statue cover-up?

So whodunnit?

Are these Swedish puppies the cutest zoo animals ever?
Sweden

Are these Swedish puppies the cutest zoo animals ever?

A video of these orphaned maned wolf babies being bottlefed is warming hearts in Sweden.

Bomb threat clears town hall and police station in Denmark
Denmark

Bomb threat clears town hall and police station in Denmark

The town hall and police station in the southern Danish town of Aabenraa were evacuated on Wednesday afternoon after a woman called in a bomb threat.

France bars teens from seeing documentary on radical islam
France

France bars teens from seeing documentary on radical islam

"Salafistes", a controversial documentary about extremist Islam, will be off-limits for those under 18, France's Minister of Culture announced on Wednesday, much to the ire of the directors.

Spain urges calm amid fears over head-shrinking Zika virus
Spain

Spain urges calm amid fears over head-shrinking Zika virus

Spain's health minister has said the chance of the virus spreading in Spain is "very low" as two cases were confirmed in the country.

Christiane Taubira: Loved or really loathed by the French
France

Christiane Taubira: Loved or really loathed by the French

French justice minister Christiane Taubira was described as "France's most hated minister", but she was seen as a hero and an icon.

Teen who raped woman in Stockholm on the run
Sweden

Teen who raped woman in Stockholm on the run

A teenage boy who took part in the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in Stockholm has disappeared from the juvenile detention centre where he was staying, reports a Swedish tabloid.

Malmö kicks off first Swedish equality conference
Sweden

Malmö kicks off first Swedish equality conference

Equality is a top priority in Sweden - and this week the country launched its first Equality Conference in Malmö.

Denmark faces backlash over ‘despicable’ ‘jewellery law’
Denmark

Denmark faces backlash over ‘despicable’ ‘jewellery law’

Nazi comparisons, unflattering headlines and a new round of scolding from human rights groups greeted Denmark's passage of a controversial bill.

French surrogate mum ‘defrauded gay couples’
France

French surrogate mum ‘defrauded gay couples’

A French court is trying a woman on charges of defrauding two gay couples who hired her as a surrogate mother, which is illegal in France.

Germany tells Moscow to back off on alleged teen rape
Germany

Germany tells Moscow to back off on alleged teen rape

Germany on Wednesday warned Russia against "exploiting" a murky case involving the alleged rape of a German-Russian teenager in Berlin after Moscow hinted at an official cover-up.

Spanish paraglider dances in the sky with Northern Lights

Spanish paraglider dances in the sky with Northern Lights

Horacio Llorens battled minus-15C temperatures in Norway to embark on the magical flight.

Sweden’s ultra-low interest rate pushes bank online
Sweden

Sweden’s ultra-low interest rate pushes bank online

Can going digital help boost struggling Nordea?

Danish People’s Party: More asylum restrictions coming
Denmark

Danish People’s Party: More asylum restrictions coming

As Denmark deals with a blow to its international image, the anti-immigration Danish People's Party wants more restrictions on asylum and immigration.

Jokes about refugees ‘banned’ during carnival
Austria

Jokes about refugees ‘banned’ during carnival

Jokes about refugees, foreigners, and minorities are out, as are “hurtful attacks on defenceless people, mockery and malice”.

Five crazy Italian festivals nobody should miss
Italy

Five crazy Italian festivals nobody should miss

How many have you been to?

PM: Norway will not seize valuables from migrants
Norway

PM: Norway will not seize valuables from migrants

Erna Solberg says Norway will not follow Denmark in taking cash and valuables from asylum seekers but said that the new arrivals could be made to pay for some services.

Surprise as Fiat Chrysler net profit falls by forty percent
Italy

Surprise as Fiat Chrysler net profit falls by forty percent

The figure was way below analysts' forecasts.

Kremlin propaganda targets Germany’s refugee weak spot
Germany

Kremlin propaganda targets Germany’s refugee weak spot

Experts tell The Local that Russian media's new-found interest in refugee crimes in Germany is part of a Kremlin strategy to strengthen President Vladimir Putin at home and weaken the European Union.

10 English words you’d never guess were really Spanish
Spain

10 English words you’d never guess were really Spanish

How many of these "English" words did you realize came from Spanish?

Uber ordered to pay €1.2 million to French taxi group
France

Uber ordered to pay €1.2 million to French taxi group

Ride-booking service Uber has been ordered to pay €1.2 million ($1.3 million) to a French taxi group, a court has ruled.

Ellie Goulding had close call on frozen lake in Norway
Norway

Ellie Goulding had close call on frozen lake in Norway

How the Grammy nominee's recent trip to Norway nearly ended in disaster.

Vienna city centre area closed off for right-wing ball
Austria

Vienna city centre area closed off for right-wing ball

A large part of Vienna’s first district will be off-bounds to the general public on Friday, with clashes expected between left and right-wing groups on the night of the controversial Akademikerball (Academics Ball).

Millionaire Ibrahimovic given staggering monthly pay rise
France

Millionaire Ibrahimovic given staggering monthly pay rise

Are you sitting down? PSG's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just been handed an eye-watering pay rise that would allow him to a buy a plush flat in Paris every month.

Zlatan’s enormous pay rise will make you cry
Sweden

Zlatan’s enormous pay rise will make you cry

Apparently the Swedish star's pay hike is performance-based.

Doubt cast on reported refugee death in Berlin
Germany

Doubt cast on reported refugee death in Berlin

Reporters and authorities continued to draw a blank on Wednesday in the search for a refugee reported to have died as a result of exposure to the cold while queuing at the Berlin health authority. The volunteer who reported the death is refusing to speak with anyone.

Sweden rekindles New York expat consulate
Sweden

Sweden rekindles New York expat consulate

Swedes living in the US are getting access to a Swedish foreign ministry consulate in New York again, with the centre reopening on Wednesday after a controversial closure in 2009.

Denmark still world’s ‘least corrupt country’
Denmark

Denmark still world’s ‘least corrupt country’

Denmark leads the world for limiting corruption, while neighbouring Sweden has nudged into third place in a major global ranking.

‘Risky drivers’ prompt historic hike in French road deaths
France

‘Risky drivers’ prompt historic hike in French road deaths

For the fist time in 35 years road death tolls in France have increased for the second year in a row and speeding drivers are a big part of the problem.

Rouhani ‘didn’t ask for nude statues to be covered up’
Italy

Rouhani ‘didn’t ask for nude statues to be covered up’

The Iranian President said the story was hyped-up by the media.

Call for longer military service to cope with refugees
Austria

Call for longer military service to cope with refugees

Austria’s new defence minister Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) has said that he wants to extend the length of military service to help the army cope with the influx of refugees and migrants.

Families in Spain choose to sleep outside after earthquake
Spain

Families in Spain choose to sleep outside after earthquake

People have been sleeping outside in Melilla fearing aftershocks from Monday's 6.3 earthquake, as another quake shook the ground on Wednesday morning.

Italy is (still) one of Europe’s most corrupt countries
Italy

Italy is (still) one of Europe’s most corrupt countries

Italy is now only as corrupt as Senegal.

Ai Weiwei boycotts Denmark over ‘shameless’ migrant bill
Denmark

Ai Weiwei boycotts Denmark over ‘shameless’ migrant bill

Ai Weiwei will close exhibitions in Aarhus and Copenhagen over Denmark's "shameless" decision to seize valuables from refugees.

Italian town bans tax dodgers’ children from playgrounds
Italy

Italian town bans tax dodgers’ children from playgrounds

The unusual measure is among several proposed to try and rake in thousands in unpaid taxes.

Police raid homes of neo-Nazi website founders
Germany

Police raid homes of neo-Nazi website founders

German police raided addresses across the country on Wednesday morning, as they moved to shut down a neo-Nazi internet site.

Switzerland slips in global corruption ranking
Switzerland

Switzerland slips in global corruption ranking

Switzerland ranks seventh in a global ranking of perceived public sector corruption, behind Scandinavian countries, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Swedish tourist got Zika virus on visit to Brazil
Sweden

Swedish tourist got Zika virus on visit to Brazil

It's been revealed a Swedish tourist contracted the Zika virus this summer, before the recent breakout in South America.

Podemos MPs forced to sit at the back… and they’re furious
Spain

Podemos MPs forced to sit at the back… and they’re furious

Spain's new anti-austerity party has expressed outrage after their MPs were allocated the back seats in parliament.

Spain’s Santander bank falls short of expected profit gain
Spain

Spain’s Santander bank falls short of expected profit gain

Europe's biggest bank said on Wednesday that its net profit edged up three percent last year to €5.97 billion ($6.5 billion), held back by provisions.

Currency swings hit Novartis bottom line
Switzerland

Currency swings hit Novartis bottom line

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis notched higher profits in 2015 thanks to asset sales but otherwise saw profits dented by a stronger dollar.

Spain plummets in corruption ranking to among worst in EU
Spain

Spain plummets in corruption ranking to among worst in EU

Spain’s corruption levels have risen in the space of one year, making it one of Europe’s most corrupt countries.

American student found dead in Vienna apartment
Austria

American student found dead in Vienna apartment

A 25-year-old American au pair who was found dead in her apartment in Vienna’s 4th district on Tuesday may have been murdered, police have said.

Federer braces for semifinal clash with Djokovic
Switzerland

Federer braces for semifinal clash with Djokovic

Does ageing Swiss tennis star Roger Federer have it in him to master Serbian rival Novak Djokovic?

Terror row sees France’s justice minister Taubira quit
France

Terror row sees France’s justice minister Taubira quit

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira quit the government on Wednesday in protest saying "sometimes resisting means leaving".

Hollande to welcome Iran’s Rouhani but not for lunch
France

Hollande to welcome Iran’s Rouhani but not for lunch

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani was due in Paris on Wednesday for an historic visit but won't be dining with François Hollande as planned.

Video ‘claims responsibility’ for Swiss woman’s kidnapping
Switzerland

Video ‘claims responsibility’ for Swiss woman’s kidnapping

A news agency says it has received a video purportedly from an Al-Qaeda-linked group claiming responsibility for this month's kidnapping of Swiss woman Beatrice Stockly in northern Mali.

How Norway’s oil wealth will fend off hard times
Norway

How Norway’s oil wealth will fend off hard times

When times get tough, it never hurts to have €700 billion stashed away like Norway does in the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund to cushion the blow of plunging oil prices.

No hope of selling Goebbels love nest, Berlin admits
Germany

No hope of selling Goebbels love nest, Berlin admits

History weighs heavily on the German property market, no more so than at a sprawling lakeside villa that once served as a love nest for Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.

‘Around 40’ shots fired in fight at French refugee camp
France

‘Around 40’ shots fired in fight at French refugee camp

Four refugees were left injured after a shooting during a fight at a squalid refugee camp in northern France on Tuesday.

Sweden is now ‘third least corrupt’ country on the planet
Sweden

Sweden is now ‘third least corrupt’ country on the planet

Denmark leads the world for limiting corruption, while neighbouring Sweden has nudged into third place in a major global ranking.

Debt-laden Italy seals ‘bad loans’ deal with EU
Italy

Debt-laden Italy seals ‘bad loans’ deal with EU

Rome had spent more than a year thrashing out a solution with Brussels.

Danish hospital reports nation’s first Zika virus case
Denmark

Danish hospital reports nation’s first Zika virus case

UPDATED: A Danish tourist who had been in South and Central America has been confirmed to carry the zika virus, one of only a handful of reported cases in Europe.

Roma star says sorry for Mandzukic ‘gypsy’ slur
Italy

Roma star says sorry for Mandzukic ‘gypsy’ slur

De Rossi was reportedly provoked by insults from his Juventus opponent.

Furious French taxi drivers and farmers ramp up protests
France

Furious French taxi drivers and farmers ramp up protests

Wednesday looks like being another day to stay off the roads as French taxi drivers and farmers stepped up their protests.

Splash and sweat: The best pools and spas in Stockholm
Sweden

Splash and sweat: The best pools and spas in Stockholm

Winter temperatures putting you off outdoor exercise? Need a spa to cheer yourself up? Here are our favourite spots to swim and sauna in the Swedish capital.