French told to avoid 185 cosmetic products
France

French told to avoid 185 cosmetic products

Products from brands like L'Oréal and Nivea were among those on the blacklist.

Spain’s Socialists struggle to form pact for government
Spain

Spain’s Socialists struggle to form pact for government

Spain's Socialists are holding negotiations with other parties in a last ditch attempt to form a government.

Could it be…? Swedes cheer arrival of spring
Sweden

Could it be…? Swedes cheer arrival of spring

What's that yellow thing in the sky?

Firefighters flummoxed as fire strikes on home turf
Germany

Firefighters flummoxed as fire strikes on home turf

Firefighters in northwest Germany looked on helplessly as they arrived to find their own station ablaze on Monday.

Munich Airport streaks ahead of Berlin with driverless trains
Germany

Munich Airport streaks ahead of Berlin with driverless trains

On Monday, Munich Airport unveiled its swanky new driverless trains - further humiliating Berlin with its serially derailed attempts to build an air hub of its own.

Soldiers of Odin expand Norway patrols
Norway

Soldiers of Odin expand Norway patrols

Self-proclaimed 'patriots' took to the streets in at least three Norwegian cities over the weekned.

Benidorm’s Sticky Vicky, 72, retires from sexy magic show
Spain

Benidorm’s Sticky Vicky, 72, retires from sexy magic show

If you haven’t heard of Sticky Vicky then that can only mean one thing: you haven’t been to Benidorm.

Man trashes parliament cameras with baseball bat
Austria

Man trashes parliament cameras with baseball bat

A man armed with a baseball bat managed to get into Vienna’s parliament building on Monday afternoon and smash two surveillance cameras.

Tourists in their millions are ‘wearing out Pompeii’
Italy

Tourists in their millions are ‘wearing out Pompeii’

Tourists on cruises are being advised to change their itineraries and check out lesser-known archaeological sites.

Assange lawyers ask Sweden to drop warrant
Sweden

Assange lawyers ask Sweden to drop warrant

Lawyer: "We want them to retry the decision and overrule it."

Calais migrants face eviction, but ‘have nowhere to go’
France

Calais migrants face eviction, but ‘have nowhere to go’

Up to as many as 3,000 refugees and migrants are facing expulsion from part of the "Jungle" - but where will France accommodate them?

Ski town plagued by dog poo on the pistes
Austria

Ski town plagued by dog poo on the pistes

A ski town in the heart of the Salzburg Alps has declared war on dog poo after complaints that ski-tourers who like to ski with their dogs are letting the animals run free and do their business on ski pistes.

Italy’s Renzi ‘hungry’ for change in Europe
Italy

Italy’s Renzi ‘hungry’ for change in Europe

"Never, in any European country, have so many reforms been carried out in such a short period."

Swedes: eating less beef is key to meeting climate targets
Sweden

Swedes: eating less beef is key to meeting climate targets

Want to save the environment? Give up on your steaks and burgers, say Swedish experts.

Suspect in stepbrother shooting released
Austria

Suspect in stepbrother shooting released

A banker suspected of killing his stepbrother by shooting him in the head in an apartment in Vienna’s upmarket 18th district last September has been released from pre-trial custody.

Second shooting since Christmas in Berlin-Wedding
Germany

Second shooting since Christmas in Berlin-Wedding

A gunfight between two men in the north Berlin district of Wedding left one seriously wounded and the other on the run on Sunday night.

France’s first ‘Stop’ cam nails 500 rogue drivers in one day
France

France’s first ‘Stop’ cam nails 500 rogue drivers in one day

France's notorious "Stop" signs could be backed up with cameras in future, meaning drivers might actually have to stop.

Man jailed over Stockholm subway attack on mum
Sweden

Man jailed over Stockholm subway attack on mum

He gets two months in prison for an assault that shocked readers worldwide.

Denmark just took a major step to eliminate food waste
Denmark

Denmark just took a major step to eliminate food waste

With 700,000 tonnes of food thrown away each year, a new Copenhagen shop selling discounted surplus food is hailed as a step in the right direction.

Umberto Eco’s final book to be released on Friday
Italy

Umberto Eco’s final book to be released on Friday

The book will be released just one week after the Italian literary superstar's death.

Paris celebrates with stunning time lapse video of city
France

Paris celebrates with stunning time lapse video of city

Everyone loves a time lapse video, especially one of the City of Light in all it's glory.

Blackmailer targets Swiss sex club clients
Switzerland

Blackmailer targets Swiss sex club clients

Anonymous letter writer claims to have photos of customers in clubs.

Couple arrested in Spain over graveyard ‘voodoo’ love ritual
Spain

Couple arrested in Spain over graveyard ‘voodoo’ love ritual

Sometimes it can be difficult getting over a relationship but desecrating a grave isn't the answer.

Here’s how much you’ll pay for fare-dodging in Rome
Italy

Here’s how much you’ll pay for fare-dodging in Rome

An estimated 20 percent of all passengers travel on the city's buses and trains without a ticket.

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Sweden

March 3: The debate on climate change and migration – where are we after Paris?

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Swiss permafrost warmer than ever before: report
Switzerland

Swiss permafrost warmer than ever before: report

Temperatures are "exceptionally high" says monitoring organization.

Tears of joy as refugee family reunited with cat in Norway
Norway

Tears of joy as refugee family reunited with cat in Norway

See the heartwarming moment a refugee family is reunited with their cat in Norway.

Five stats that prove just how much Sweden is changing
Sweden

Five stats that prove just how much Sweden is changing

From immigration patterns to divorce rates, these new figures on life in Sweden might surprise you.

Frenchmen performed sex acts on horses (for 10 months)
France

Frenchmen performed sex acts on horses (for 10 months)

A horse owner got more than she bargained for after organizing a stakeout to find out who had been breaking in to her stables for the last ten months.

And the favourite dish of French people is…?
France

And the favourite dish of French people is…?

Clue: It has meat in it. And wine.

Doggy freestyle: Swedish pooch catches train by herself
Sweden

Doggy freestyle: Swedish pooch catches train by herself

She didn't have a ticket either.

WhatsApp texts ‘can count as sexual abuse’, court finds
Germany

WhatsApp texts ‘can count as sexual abuse’, court finds

A court ruled that communications through messaging app WhatsApp can constitute sexual abuse.

State-funded Danish Muslim school tells girls not to date
Denmark

State-funded Danish Muslim school tells girls not to date

Private school that receives state support is under fire for its "crazy" outlook on dating.

Mothers returning to work could face the sack
Switzerland

Mothers returning to work could face the sack

One new case a month says workers' union Unia.

Party colleagues ‘stabbing Merkel in back’ over refugees
Germany

Party colleagues ‘stabbing Merkel in back’ over refugees

Chancellor Angela Merkel's party colleagues think criticizing her is a winning strategy for upcoming regional elections.

The insider’s guide to the best wine bars in Barcelona
Spain

The insider’s guide to the best wine bars in Barcelona

Avoid the tourist traps and seek out the best venues to savour local Catalan wines.

Abolishing open borders ‘could cost Germany €235 bn’
Germany

Abolishing open borders ‘could cost Germany €235 bn’

A new study argues that Europe closing its internal borders would be a pricey move.

Italian teen who fled to join Isis ‘wants to come home’
Italy

Italian teen who fled to join Isis ‘wants to come home’

The 19-year-old, who has been in Syria since last July, allegedly told her family: "I'm sorry. I want to come home."

Which cities in Italy have the highest crime rates?
Italy

Which cities in Italy have the highest crime rates?

Which city is worst for vandalism, and where are you most likely to be a victim of pickpocketing? Use these interactive graphs to reveal the picture of crime across the country.

Fifa candidates at odds over financial promises
Switzerland

Fifa candidates at odds over financial promises

Rival candidates for the leadership of Fifa have warned of financial catastrophe if some campaign promises are carried out.

Virtual reality and rolling bots: This is Mobile World Congress
Spain

Virtual reality and rolling bots: This is Mobile World Congress

Tech nerds are swarming across Barcelona as the annual Mobile World Congress gets underway.

Metro strike brings queues and chaos across Barcelona
Spain

Metro strike brings queues and chaos across Barcelona

If you are thinking of taking the metro in Barcelona you might want to think again...

Four men charged with asylum centre rape
Norway

Four men charged with asylum centre rape

The accused and the victim are all asylum seekers who knew each other before coming to Norway.

Terror plotter ‘stopped in France’ months before attacks
France

Terror plotter ‘stopped in France’ months before attacks

What was the most wanted man in France Salah Abdeslam doing in eastern France in July?

Steam train crash injures sixteen party guests
Switzerland

Steam train crash injures sixteen party guests

Vintage train was hired for a private birthday party.

Assad wants to be known as the ‘man who saved Syria’
Spain

Assad wants to be known as the ‘man who saved Syria’

In a rare interview, President Bashar al-Assad said he wants to be remembered as the "man who saved Syria".

Six breathtaking Roman ruins that you’ve never heard of
Italy

Six breathtaking Roman ruins that you’ve never heard of

The Colosseum and Pompeii have been hogging the limelight for too long.

After 26 years, new info on fatal Scandinavian Star fire

After 26 years, new info on fatal Scandinavian Star fire

A Danish ship inspector says the 1990 fire that killed 159 people aboard the Scandinavian Star was deliberately set by crew members.

Off-piste skiers hit by deadly avalanche
Switzerland

Off-piste skiers hit by deadly avalanche

One dead and five injured near Saas-Fee in the canton of Valais.

US sends 5,000 tons of ammunition to Germany
Germany

US sends 5,000 tons of ammunition to Germany

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition?

Were asylum seekers banned from entering a Swedish pub?
Sweden

Were asylum seekers banned from entering a Swedish pub?

A pub in Kalmar has been accused of denying entry to drinkers with a "foreign appearance".

Paris: ‘Miracle’ Metro dog returned to grateful owner
France

Paris: ‘Miracle’ Metro dog returned to grateful owner

Even dogs are able to get through the barriers onto the Paris Metro without needing to show a ticket.

Renzi threatens confidence vote over gay unions
Italy

Renzi threatens confidence vote over gay unions

The civil unions bill is currently stalled in the Italian Senate.

Germany sets two-week ultimatum for EU refugee plan
Germany

Germany sets two-week ultimatum for EU refugee plan

Could Germany act unilaterally if the EU doesn't pull together on the refugee issue over the next two weeks?

Sending so many refugees ‘unacceptable’
Austria

Sending so many refugees ‘unacceptable’

Austria's decision to only accept 80 asylum seekers a day while letting thousands of others transit through sends "the wrong signal" and is "unacceptable", German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Sunday.

Refugees face court for storming Calais ferry
France

Refugees face court for storming Calais ferry

As refugees face court for storming a ferry in Calais French authorities are preparing to move 1,000 migrants out of the "Jungle" camp.

Swedish SAS staff strike keeps flights grounded
Sweden

Swedish SAS staff strike keeps flights grounded

UPDATED: Domestic flights and services to Finland are affected.

‘I love to meet people and tell their stories’
Sweden

‘I love to meet people and tell their stories’

German photographer Caroline Holt explains to The Local why pictures of the whole family together are so important to her.