Paediatrician locked up for abusing kids as young as four
Germany

Paediatrician locked up for abusing kids as young as four

A German court Thursday sentenced a paediatrician to more than 13 years in jail followed by indefinite preventive detention for sexually abusing 21 boys as young as four.

What were a Russian sub and bombers doing near France?
France

What were a Russian sub and bombers doing near France?

First it was bomber aircraft, and now there are claims a Russian nuclear sub has been lurking deep in the waters not far from the French coast.

Leaked Isis files on German jihadists likely genuine: police
Germany

Leaked Isis files on German jihadists likely genuine: police

Leaked documents containing names, birth dates and phone numbers of Isis members are very likely to be genuine, German federal police said on Thursday.

Sweden’s ‘Doctor Anal’ loses his medical licence
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘Doctor Anal’ loses his medical licence

Get ready to read about some pretty unconventional medical methods.

‘Homophobic’ Italian bishops curtail release of gay film
Italy

‘Homophobic’ Italian bishops curtail release of gay film

The Bishops' Film Evaluation Commission branded the film "not advised, unusable and scabrous."

ETH Zurich named top non-UK university in Europe
Switzerland

ETH Zurich named top non-UK university in Europe

The Swiss federal technology institute is the only establishment outside the UK to place in the top five of the prestigious Times Higher Education's European rankings.

Modern slavery in France: The harsh reality that’s ignored
France

Modern slavery in France: The harsh reality that’s ignored

People are still living as slaves in France, says a damning new report.

Italy fears EU’s Tunisian olive oil ruling will help fakes thrive
Italy

Italy fears EU’s Tunisian olive oil ruling will help fakes thrive

The EU on Thursday removed customs duty on Tunisian olive oil imports, something Italian producers say will harm their business and flood the market with counterfeits.

How to sound just like a Berliner in ten easy steps
Germany

How to sound just like a Berliner in ten easy steps

Berliners are famously impatient with newcomers. So if you use a bit of local jargon, you might just win their respect - or you could end up looking like an idiot. But it's good to know the Berlin dialect anyway.

Paris is world’s ‘fifth most expensive city’ to live in
France

Paris is world’s ‘fifth most expensive city’ to live in

This might not come as a surprise to those paying €800 a month to live in a shoe box and €10 to have a beer on a café terrace.

Zara launches ‘gender fluid’ collection and people hate it
Spain

Zara launches ‘gender fluid’ collection and people hate it

The Spanish fashion giant has launched a unisex range of clothing, but not everyone is happy about it.

Strong men in the 19th century Prater
Austria

Strong men in the 19th century Prater

A new exhibition at Wien Museum is showcasing photos from Vienna's famous Prater fairground since 1766.

Three Norwegians test positive for Zika virus
Norway

Three Norwegians test positive for Zika virus

The positive results include at least one pregnant woman.

Germany teaches refugees about the birds and the bees
Germany

Germany teaches refugees about the birds and the bees

For refugees, landing in a new environment can be tough: new language, new laws, new people. The German government is particularly concerned about one subject: sex.

Hero dog saves drowning man in southern Spain… with bark
Spain

Hero dog saves drowning man in southern Spain… with bark

Somebody give that dog a bone!

Norwegians are the world’s second ‘most literate’ people
Norway

Norwegians are the world’s second ‘most literate’ people

Norwegians have the second best literacy in the world according to a Nordic-dominated ranking that follows years of research by US academics.

‘Nothing indicates Viola Beach crash driver was depressed’
Sweden

‘Nothing indicates Viola Beach crash driver was depressed’

UPDATED: A police officer has told a Swedish newspaper that he does not believe UK band Viola Beach's fatal bridge crash was a suicide attempt.

French government agrees to meet student union leaders
France

French government agrees to meet student union leaders

The French PM has agreed to listen to students' concerns.

Danes are among the ‘most literate’ people on the planet
Denmark

Danes are among the ‘most literate’ people on the planet

Danes have the fourth best literacy in the world according to a Nordic-dominated ranking that follows years of research by US academics.

Two Norway universities among Europe’s top 100
Norway

Two Norway universities among Europe’s top 100

Two Norwegian universities have places within Europe’s top 100 after the Times Higher Education published its European University Top 200 Rankings.

Italy fears 150k migrants could land as Balkan route closes
Italy

Italy fears 150k migrants could land as Balkan route closes

The Balkan route's closure could see Italy dealing with the EU's migrant crisis on two separate fronts.

EU demands Egypt cooperate on death of Italian student
Italy

EU demands Egypt cooperate on death of Italian student

Italian student Giulio Regeni was tortured and killed in Egypt in February.

Three Danish universities among Europe’s top 100
Denmark

Three Danish universities among Europe’s top 100

Two are within the top 50.

Switzerland makes top six in world literacy study
Switzerland

Switzerland makes top six in world literacy study

Switzerland beaten only by Nordic countries in study analyzing literate behaviour and resources.

Costa del stink: Rubbish piles up in Malaga bin men strike
Spain

Costa del stink: Rubbish piles up in Malaga bin men strike

Four thousand tonnes of rubbish have already accumulated on the city's streets, and residents are getting fed up of the stench.

German unis offer ‘best deal’ for foreign students in Europe
Germany

German unis offer ‘best deal’ for foreign students in Europe

A new report shows that German universities are second only to the UK in terms of quality - and that they also beat out their British rivals in cost, lack of red tape and easier visa regulations.

Italy’s youth jobless rate falls for first time since 2007
Italy

Italy’s youth jobless rate falls for first time since 2007

The overall unemployment rate for the year also marked its first drop since 2007.

Four on trial for helping Copenhagen gunman
Denmark

Four on trial for helping Copenhagen gunman

UPDATED: Four men went on trial in Denmark on Thursday accused of helping the gunman behind twin attacks on a Copenhagen synagogue and a free speech event last year that left two people dead.

Spain’s first baby born to Zika infected mother given all clear
Spain

Spain’s first baby born to Zika infected mother given all clear

Spain has seen the first birth to a mother infected with Zika and so far the newborn seems unaffected by the head shrinking virus.

Swedish unis ‘punch above weight’ in Europe
Sweden

Swedish unis ‘punch above weight’ in Europe

Eleven of Sweden's top universities are among the 200 best in Europe, according to a prestigious ranking.

One in five Parisians ‘has had over 30 sexual partners’
France

One in five Parisians ‘has had over 30 sexual partners’

A new survey suggests Paris really does deserve the unofficial title of the City of (making) Love. Or at least, certain parts of the city do.

Snake show: Rome embraces history’s wiliest beast
Italy

Snake show: Rome embraces history’s wiliest beast

The show will also feature a costume worn by Elizabeth Taylor in "Cleopatra".

‘He’s the boss and they use him perfectly’
Sweden

‘He’s the boss and they use him perfectly’

Sweden's outspoken top striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had high praise from Chelsea's manager, but refused to say whether he's planning a move to the Premier League.

Are these the nicest places in France to live?
France

Are these the nicest places in France to live?

Forget Paris or Brittany. These towns and villages are the best places in France to live, if their names are anything to go by.

Putin is trying to destabilize Germany, spy chiefs warn
Germany

Putin is trying to destabilize Germany, spy chiefs warn

In a secret meeting with German politicians, the heads of the country’s two top intelligence services warned that Moscow is deliberately trying to create unrest in Germany, Bild reports.

Skeleton of death cult suicide victim found
Austria

Skeleton of death cult suicide victim found

A skeleton found in Upper Austria is thought to belong to a woman who took part in a death cult suicide last year.

Policeman exploits asylum seeker in sex-for-favours case
Switzerland

Policeman exploits asylum seeker in sex-for-favours case

The 63-year-old, a policeman at the time, demanded sexual favours from an asylum seeker in exchange for promising to help him.

Islamists set ransom deadline for kidnapped Norwegian
Norway

Islamists set ransom deadline for kidnapped Norwegian

Militants released a video on Thursday saying that a Norwegian marina manager and his fellow captives would be killed in a month if a ransom is not paid.

Future snowless winters will cost Norway dearly
Norway

Future snowless winters will cost Norway dearly

Warmer winters will not only have a major impact on Norwegians' hearts and souls, it will also be a huge blow to the national economy a new report warns.

Outrage: taxi swerves to avoid fallen biker but then drives on
Spain

Outrage: taxi swerves to avoid fallen biker but then drives on

The taxi drove past the biker, who was lying unconscious in the road, and continued its journey.

Swedes are among ‘most literate’ people on the planet
Sweden

Swedes are among ‘most literate’ people on the planet

Swedes have the fifth best literacy in the world, but their Nordic neighbours are claiming the top four spots in a new ranking.

Detained imam ‘planned terror attack at Rome’s main station’
Italy

Detained imam ‘planned terror attack at Rome’s main station’

The imam and asylum seeker was detained at a refugee centre in Molise.

‘It’s time Rajoy stepped aside’ says senior party member
Spain

‘It’s time Rajoy stepped aside’ says senior party member

Rajoy insists he will stay on as party leader but a 'silent majority' within the PP want him out.

Med school: top minister plagiarized her thesis
Germany

Med school: top minister plagiarized her thesis

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, tipped as a possible successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, plagiarized parts of her thesis but is allowed to keep her doctorate because there was no "deliberate deception".

Norway officers who killed cat cleared of wrongdoing
Norway

Norway officers who killed cat cleared of wrongdoing

The Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs said officers did no wrong in beating an injured cat to death with their batons.

Austria ‘extremely critical’ of EU-Turkey migrant deal
Austria

Austria ‘extremely critical’ of EU-Turkey migrant deal

Austria's interior minister hits out about a proposed deal between the European Union and Turkey on migrants and refugees.

Leaked text chat embarrasses scandal-hit Spanish royals
Spain

Leaked text chat embarrasses scandal-hit Spanish royals

The Spanish queen pledged support to her 'yoga mate' who is embroiled in a bank corruption scandal.

French labour reforms: PM ready to make concessions
France

French labour reforms: PM ready to make concessions

A day after up to 500,000 took to the streets to protest against labour reforms, the French government suggested it was ready to listen.

Prostitute accused of blackmailing priest for €400K
Austria

Prostitute accused of blackmailing priest for €400K

Prostitute accused of blackmailing a priest in Austria for more than €400,000.

French ski instructor and client die in Swiss fall

French ski instructor and client die in Swiss fall

The two men were skiing off-piste in the Franco-Swiss Portes du Soleil area.

German court rules Facebook like button may break law
Germany

German court rules Facebook like button may break law

Facebook 'like' buttons on commercial websites break German law if users are not warned that their personal data is being shared, a court ruled on Wednesday.

Kerry: Denmark ‘front and centre’ in Isis fight
Denmark

Kerry: Denmark ‘front and centre’ in Isis fight

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday praised Denmark for “really making a difference” in the fight against the Islamic State.

London court slams UBS offshore tax schemes
Switzerland

London court slams UBS offshore tax schemes

Schemes were designed to avoid millions in tax.

France won’t ‘automatically’ recognize Palestine state
France

France won’t ‘automatically’ recognize Palestine state

France back tracks on earlier threat to recognise Palestine if talks fail.

Turkey visa deal ‘will set off new refugee wave’
Germany

Turkey visa deal ‘will set off new refugee wave’

Agreeing to a refugee deal with Turkey that offers Ankara visa exemptions will set off a new wave of migration from Kurdish areas of Turkey, Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann said on Thursday.

Swedish pupils could get payout for school stabbings
Sweden

Swedish pupils could get payout for school stabbings

More than 200 school children and teachers have been told they can apply for compensation following the deadly attacks last year.

Shakespeare first to mark 500 years of Venice ghetto
Italy

Shakespeare first to mark 500 years of Venice ghetto

The play will be performed in the "New Ghetto" in July.

Italy coach’s match-fixing trial to begin in April
Italy

Italy coach’s match-fixing trial to begin in April

The trial comes amid rumours the 46-year-old may take over as Chelsea coach.

‘Radicalized’ Frenchman took knives, gas on a Ryanair flight
France

‘Radicalized’ Frenchman took knives, gas on a Ryanair flight

UPDATED: He had knives, a balaclava and a gas bottle in his luggage in the hold.

Ibrahimovic shines as PSG knock out Chelsea
France

Ibrahimovic shines as PSG knock out Chelsea

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the key man as PSG dumped Chelsea out Champions League on Wednesday.

Swedish gold runner joins tennis star in drug scandal
Sweden

Swedish gold runner joins tennis star in drug scandal

UPDATED: Swedish runner Abeba Aregawi has become the latest athlete to test positive for meldonium, the same substance that tennis star Maria Sharapova was caught taking.

Denmark: Germany’s Merkel underestimated refugee crisis
Denmark

Denmark: Germany’s Merkel underestimated refugee crisis

Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen accused the German chancellor of a "too late, too little" response to the refugee crisis.

The five best spots in Sweden to feed your brain for free
Sweden

The five best spots in Sweden to feed your brain for free

Here's our pick of the most entertaining educational experiences across Sweden this week.