Geneva to host new Syria peace talks this month
Switzerland

Geneva to host new Syria peace talks this month

A new round of talks aimed at ending the war in Syria will begin in Geneva on March 14th and will last no longer than ten days, the UN mediator said on Wednesday.

Three reasons why PSG must beat Chelsea (but might not)
France

Three reasons why PSG must beat Chelsea (but might not)

The team from the French capital simply have to win.

Victims of East German doping to get €10 million aid
Germany

Victims of East German doping to get €10 million aid

Hundreds of former athletes suffer from ailments as a direct result of being forced to take performance-enhancing drugs by the former East German government.

Woman hid child in bag on Air France flight to Paris
France

Woman hid child in bag on Air France flight to Paris

It is not clear how the woman managed to get the bag past airport controls.

Turning Japanese: Barcelona looks east for stadium revamp
Spain

Turning Japanese: Barcelona looks east for stadium revamp

A Japanese architecture firm has won the contract to renovate the Barça stadium.

Firemen free Munich man’s penis from 13 metal rings
Germany

Firemen free Munich man’s penis from 13 metal rings

He probably didn't want to last THAT long: after four days of wearing 13 metal rings on his penis, a man took help from the Munich fire department to be freed from his misery.

Swedish billionaire ‘buys all his clothes at flea markets’
Sweden

Swedish billionaire ‘buys all his clothes at flea markets’

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad's outfit is apparently so cheap it could almost be from Ikea.

France, the country of ‘eternal deadlock’ resists reforms
France

France, the country of ‘eternal deadlock’ resists reforms

With a national rail strike and street protests against labour reforms, France really is getting back to normal, but some wish it would change.

French protest to show their anger against labour reforms
France

French protest to show their anger against labour reforms

Labour reforms just do not go down well in France, with nationwide protests to take place on Wednesday.

It’s getting cheaper to rent a flat in France
France

It’s getting cheaper to rent a flat in France

Good news for anyone who rents their apartment in France, even those of us in Paris.

Italy says Isis has 5,000 fighters in Libya
Italy

Italy says Isis has 5,000 fighters in Libya

"The government will not be dragged into a pointless adventure that would be potentially dangerous for our national security."

Swedish footballers fly the flag for gay rights
Sweden

Swedish footballers fly the flag for gay rights

This football team are the first in Sweden to wear the iconic Pride flag on their match jerseys.

Mystery Danish train heroes praised for bravery
Denmark

Mystery Danish train heroes praised for bravery

In two separate incidents in recent weeks, Danes reacted quickly to stop train-related tragedies, leading to public searches for the everyday heroes.

Worst return for Norway’s wealth fund in years
Norway

Worst return for Norway’s wealth fund in years

"2016 may mark a shift in the history of the fund."

Green energy policies bring power giant to €7 billion loss
Germany

Green energy policies bring power giant to €7 billion loss

German power giant E.ON on Wednesday said it booked a €7.0 billion net loss in 2015 and warned that "the course ahead will be tougher and longer than anticipated".

Government rejects plea for beaver damage compensation
Switzerland

Government rejects plea for beaver damage compensation

Swiss beavers cause an estimated one million francs a year of damage.

Sweden’s Volvo calls for joint effort to boost green tech
Sweden

Sweden’s Volvo calls for joint effort to boost green tech

Swedish carmaker Volvo has urged the world to work together in the shift towards electric cars.

Italy’s immigrants financing 600,000 pensioners: report
Italy

Italy’s immigrants financing 600,000 pensioners: report

Italy's non-EU immigrants are helping prop up its ageing population.

Switzerland takes step towards adoption equality
Switzerland

Switzerland takes step towards adoption equality

Gay people in registered civil partnerships could be granted the right to adopt their partner’s children.

Treasure-filled tomb of Etruscan ‘princess’ unearthed
Italy

Treasure-filled tomb of Etruscan ‘princess’ unearthed

Archaeologists faced a race against time to stop looters from getting to the tomb in Lazio first.

‘No ransom paid’ to free Italian hostages in Libya
Italy

‘No ransom paid’ to free Italian hostages in Libya

The men had been held captive since last July.

Hair salon told to protect burglars from hair bleach
Austria

Hair salon told to protect burglars from hair bleach

An Austrian hairdresser has been told to reduce the number of peroxide hair dyes in her salon in case they injure a burglar in a break in.

Violent hate crime doubled in 2015 in Berlin: report
Germany

Violent hate crime doubled in 2015 in Berlin: report

The number of attacks motivated by anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination nearly doubled in the capital city in 2015, hate crime monitoring groups report.

Widower sues over pornstar wife’s fatal fifth boob job
Germany

Widower sues over pornstar wife’s fatal fifth boob job

Pornstar "Sexy Cora" was only 23-years-old when she went to have her fifth breast enlargement. The operation proved fatal and now her husband is suing the clinic that performed it.

Police helicopter hunts three armed robbers
Sweden

Police helicopter hunts three armed robbers

Swedish police are hunting for three men who robbed a jewellery store at gunpoint in Stockholm.

This is what happened when Spain restored ancient castle
Spain

This is what happened when Spain restored ancient castle

A botched building project has gone viral in Spain, as people mock the less-than-lovingly restored Moorish castle.

Hit-and-run driver kills cyclist on Madrid shared bike scheme
Spain

Hit-and-run driver kills cyclist on Madrid shared bike scheme

The death has raised concerns over the safety of cyclists on Madrid's roads.

Bologna schools told to reinstate Easter blessings
Italy

Bologna schools told to reinstate Easter blessings

The Ministry of Education intervened following a ban.

Radicalization among police a growing concern for France
France

Radicalization among police a growing concern for France

French police are growing increasingly concerned about a rise of fundamentalism among its ranks after a leaked memo revealed a number of cases that rang alarm bells.

Watch the scary moment a Swedish wolf attacks keeper
Sweden

Watch the scary moment a Swedish wolf attacks keeper

Thought wolves were just like big dogs? Think again.

Here’s what the world’s first night ski race will look like
Sweden

Here’s what the world’s first night ski race will look like

You'll need a partner, a head lamp and a ticket to northern Sweden.

’60 percent’ rise in Danish children on antidepressants
Denmark

’60 percent’ rise in Danish children on antidepressants

An international comparison of children's antidepressant use showed that Denmark had the largest increase.

Syrians seeking asylum in Austria sent back to Slovenia
Austria

Syrians seeking asylum in Austria sent back to Slovenia

A Syrian family who claimed asylum in Austria have filed a complaint after authorities dumped them back across the border in Slovenia.

Foreigners ‘scared’ to leave abusive partners: report
Switzerland

Foreigners ‘scared’ to leave abusive partners: report

Foreigners who are victims of domestic abuse fear their permit being withdrawn if they leave.

Zara profits soar as fashion chain takes over the world
Spain

Zara profits soar as fashion chain takes over the world

Expansion plans saw the high street chain open their 7,000th store last year.

Beaver’s Kardashian-sized bum lands him in trouble
Germany

Beaver’s Kardashian-sized bum lands him in trouble

Fire services in Munich were called to the rescue on Tuesday after a beaver’s celebrity-sized rear end got into a spot of bother in the southern city.

Asylum seekers to clean Turin’s streets for free
Italy

Asylum seekers to clean Turin’s streets for free

The refugees will clean around the city for six hours each Saturday.

What Swedish startups are doing right: gender equality
Sweden

What Swedish startups are doing right: gender equality

Sweden is known for its gender equality – and for its cutting-edge tech scene. The country also has a knack for combining the two.

Norwegian raises ticket prices to counter new fee
Norway

Norwegian raises ticket prices to counter new fee

Low-cost airline Norwegian has announced an increase in ticket prices as a result of Norway's new mandatory passenger charge.

Say what? ‘Danes are better skiers than Norwegians’

Say what? ‘Danes are better skiers than Norwegians’

Can it really be true? Are tourists from flat Denmark better and more active skiers than Norwegians?

Sand on the tracks stalls Spain-Saudi desert rail project
Spain

Sand on the tracks stalls Spain-Saudi desert rail project

Spanish firms claim they didn't expect to have to clear the tracks of sand as part of the high speed rail project through the Saudi desert.

Frenchwoman spends big after (thinking) she won lottery
France

Frenchwoman spends big after (thinking) she won lottery

Always, always check your numbers very carefully before getting the cheque book out.

French seize Blatter documents in Paris raid
Switzerland

French seize Blatter documents in Paris raid

Paris authorities search French Football Federation offices after Swiss investigators ask for help.

Austrian mayor defends spending €40,000 on logo
Austria

Austrian mayor defends spending €40,000 on logo

Would you spend €40,000 on this logo?

French football’s HQ raided as part of probe into Blatter
France

French football’s HQ raided as part of probe into Blatter

The probe into Sepp Blatter spreads to Paris.

Swiss watch brand drops tennis ace Sharapova
Switzerland

Swiss watch brand drops tennis ace Sharapova

TAG Heuer chooses not to renew marketing contract after Russian fails doping test.

Islam-critical French play is huge hit in Hamburg
Germany

Islam-critical French play is huge hit in Hamburg

A stage adaptation of French novel "Submission", in which a Muslim president takes power in 2022 France, sold out at its Hamburg premier last weekend.

Denmark stops all adoptions from Ethiopia
Denmark

Denmark stops all adoptions from Ethiopia

Citing "worrying" conditions within the system, Denmark said it would end its cooperation with Ethiopian adoption agencies.

Swiss vow to recover looted funds for Nigeria
Switzerland

Swiss vow to recover looted funds for Nigeria

Nigeria and Switzerland reach an agreement to return public funds stolen by former military ruler Sani Abacha.

Ikea town goes nuts for unexpected Kanye West visit
Sweden

Ikea town goes nuts for unexpected Kanye West visit

Superstar rapper Kanye West has been spotted eating out in Älmhult, after a surprise visit to Ikea's Swedish headquarters in the town.

Police clash with rioters in Venice lagoon showdown
Italy

Police clash with rioters in Venice lagoon showdown

The demo took place Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande signed an agreement to speed up the controversial TAV rail-link project.

Voters set to punish Merkel at key ‘Super Sunday’ election
Germany

Voters set to punish Merkel at key ‘Super Sunday’ election

Angela Merkel's CDU party risks a drubbing at key state elections Sunday as voters punish the German leader for her liberal refugee policy.

France opens serious fraud probe into Volkswagen
France

France opens serious fraud probe into Volkswagen

Volkswagen in more trouble in France.

Restaurant burns to the ground in southern Sweden
Sweden

Restaurant burns to the ground in southern Sweden

UPDATED: A huge fire has gutted a restaurant in Sweden's southernmost town, Trelleborg.

Travel chaos in France as train strike hits rail services
France

Travel chaos in France as train strike hits rail services

Passengers and Paris commuters have been advised to find alternative ways of travel on Wednesday.

Seven novels that will change the way you view Sweden
Sweden

Seven novels that will change the way you view Sweden

There's so much more to Swedish literature than grisly crime novels and Pippi Longstocking.