Holocaust re-education slated for prosecutors
Austria

Holocaust re-education slated for prosecutors

Budding Austrian judges and prosecutors will be required to take World War II history lessons, the justice ministry said on Friday, after a controversial ruling sparked outrage among Holocaust survivors.

Refugee jumps to his death from moving train

Refugee jumps to his death from moving train

A 17-year-old refugee from Egypt leapt to his death from a train outside Munich on Friday morning after police found him carrying an Austrian deportation order.

Merkel accused of cynicism on refugee route closure
Germany

Merkel accused of cynicism on refugee route closure

Germany's Angela Merkel has protested the closure of the Balkans refugee route -- but critics accuse her government of hypocrisy, as Berlin also tries to reduce the influx.

Police seize 88 tonnes of contraband tobacco in Spain
Spain

Police seize 88 tonnes of contraband tobacco in Spain

The equivalent of eight million packets of cigarettes with a street value of €14 million has been seized in a record-breaking haul.

Couple convicted for helping Syrian refugees to Sweden
Sweden

Couple convicted for helping Syrian refugees to Sweden

An activist and her husband helped a Syrian family who were travelling to Sweden, the court heard.

Italian Alpine tunnel advances just 50cm a day
Italy

Italian Alpine tunnel advances just 50cm a day

A project to build a road tunnel between northern Italy and France has advanced just 130 meters since work began in November 2013.

No space for Allah as German unis close prayer rooms
Germany

No space for Allah as German unis close prayer rooms

Three leading German universities have closed down pray rooms used by Muslims, sparking accusations they are singling Muslims out for unfair treatment.

Spain fears flood of refugees with closure of Balkan route
Spain

Spain fears flood of refugees with closure of Balkan route

Spain's acting interior minister said new smuggling routes across the western Mediterranean could open up.

Danish activist convicted for helping migrants to Sweden
Denmark

Danish activist convicted for helping migrants to Sweden

A Danish author and child rights' activist was on Friday convicted of people smuggling for helping a Syrian family get to Sweden.

France to open first centre for deradicalization amid anger
France

France to open first centre for deradicalization amid anger

The first centre aimed at treating young people who have fallen under the spell of extremist Islam is to open in France, but worried locals don’t want it in their backyard.

Swedish minister defends neighbours’ loud sex act
Sweden

Swedish minister defends neighbours’ loud sex act

Sweden's health minister Gabriel Wikström has told The Local why he's more worried about Swedes having less sex than loud sex.

Paris bookshop to print books on demand ‘in minutes’
France

Paris bookshop to print books on demand ‘in minutes’

Welcome to the bookshop where a robot takes your order.

‘Brexit will hurt and Sweden needs to be ready for it’
Sweden

‘Brexit will hurt and Sweden needs to be ready for it’

Sweden risks being badly hurt by Brexit and needs to prepare for the worst, a Stockholm trade group says.

Norway wants to combat ‘asylum shopping’
Norway

Norway wants to combat ‘asylum shopping’

The integration minister brushed off criticism of her asylum proposals and said Norway is a too "attractive" destination for would-be refugees.

Secrets of Swedish startups: When at first you don’t succeed
Sweden

Secrets of Swedish startups: When at first you don’t succeed

Try and try (and try) again. We asked Swedish startups how they've become so successful.

Will Paris’s mega leisure complex ever happen?
France

Will Paris’s mega leisure complex ever happen?

Take a look at what Europe's most state-of-the-art leisure complex would look like - if it ever goes ahead.

Plans for 8 minute transport from Bratislava to Vienna
Austria

Plans for 8 minute transport from Bratislava to Vienna

A transport system straight out of a science fiction film that would cut train rides between Vienna and Bratislava down to just eight minutes could soon be a reality.

Cold callers banned from annoying Italians on a Sunday
Italy

Cold callers banned from annoying Italians on a Sunday

Phew...

Spain’s ‘seduction guru’ faces  backlash over macho moves
Spain

Spain’s ‘seduction guru’ faces backlash over macho moves

A Spanish "seduction coach" is accused of promoting sexual harassment.

‘She makes me feel like I haven’t lost my home’
Sweden

‘She makes me feel like I haven’t lost my home’

There are no shortage of horror stories about the ongoing war in Syria and the hardships faced by those who’ve fled. But amidst the tragedy, there are also stories like that of Elina and Mohammed, which are filled with love and hope.

Berlin techno grandpa hopes to hit wildest party in USA
Germany

Berlin techno grandpa hopes to hit wildest party in USA

Bernhard Enste is a legend on the Berlin techno scene - he's 67 and still hits the capital's most unhinged clubs. Now he wants to go to Burning Man, a seven-day rave in the Nevada desert.

Go Green! Where to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Spain
Spain

Go Green! Where to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Spain

Deck yourself in green, don a Guinness hat and find your way to your nearest Irish pub. March 17th is St Patrick's Day!

Wolf explosion in Liguria leads to calls for cull
Italy

Wolf explosion in Liguria leads to calls for cull

An "explosion" in the wolf population is proving very costly for Liguria.

Vienna gets its first English language photo school
Austria

Vienna gets its first English language photo school

A photo school has become the first place in Vienna to offer regular courses in English for hobby photographers.

Italian artist redefines cultural landscape of Bolzano
Italy

Italian artist redefines cultural landscape of Bolzano

Is Bolzano set to eclipse Florence as an art hub?

Eight reasons Swiss-French is better than French-French
Switzerland

Eight reasons Swiss-French is better than French-French

Love the French language? Then you'll love Swiss-French.

‘You’ve completely failed’ angry Macedonia tells Berlin
Germany

‘You’ve completely failed’ angry Macedonia tells Berlin

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov on Friday angrily charged that his country had been forced to "pay for the mistakes" of the EU amid the record migrant influx.

‘Make a law to protect breastfeeding in public’
Sweden

‘Make a law to protect breastfeeding in public’

Mothers who breastfeed in public should be given legal protection against people who tell them to cover up, a new group argues.

Vienna taxi driver could be serial sexual assaulter
Austria

Vienna taxi driver could be serial sexual assaulter

Two other victims of a Vienna taxi driver suspected of sexual assault have come forward in the past few days.

Barça chiefs off the hook over Neymar transfer fraud case
Spain

Barça chiefs off the hook over Neymar transfer fraud case

The football club claims its chiefs are no longer defendants in the case involving the transfer of the Brazilian striker.

VIDEO: British pop band unite with German trash orchestra
Germany

VIDEO: British pop band unite with German trash orchestra

When British synth-pop duo Hurts teamed up with Germany’s most popular late night entertainer - they gave 'trash music' a new and brilliant meaning.

‘We won’t forget you’: Madrid mourns victims of train bombs
Spain

‘We won’t forget you’: Madrid mourns victims of train bombs

Memorials were held on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist atrocity that claimed 191 lives.

Japanese tour guides decide to clean up Paris
France

Japanese tour guides decide to clean up Paris

Clearly not impressed with the way locals have failed to keep Paris clean, Japanese tour guides in the French capital are taking matters into the own hands in a bid to boost visitor numbers.

Benzema free to play for France despite sex-tape probe
France

Benzema free to play for France despite sex-tape probe

Could Karim Benzema really play for France at this summer's European Championships?

Gunman ‘joked’ with alleged helpers after attacks
Denmark

Gunman ‘joked’ with alleged helpers after attacks

Video footage shown on trial's first day appeared to show the Copenhagen gunman joking with his alleged accomplices and reenacting one of his shootings.

How this homeless Brit is helping Rome’s destitute
Italy

How this homeless Brit is helping Rome’s destitute

"Our main aim is to show kindness and generosity to people."

WW2 soldiers exhumed from garden of 92-year-old
Austria

WW2 soldiers exhumed from garden of 92-year-old

A 92-year-old woman who helped to bury 30 Red Army soldiers in her back garden in 1945 has had her ‘last wish’ of exhuming the bodies of the soldiers granted this week.

Mafia-themed pasta sauce and coffee ‘an insult’ to Italy
Italy

Mafia-themed pasta sauce and coffee ‘an insult’ to Italy

Mafia-themed food products are marketed around the globe and have nothing to do with Italy.

How Fukushima catalyzed Germany’s energy revolution
Germany

How Fukushima catalyzed Germany’s energy revolution

Lauded by some as a model for the world, but heavily criticized by others, Germany's phase out of nuclear power still faces major challenges, five years after the Fukushima disaster that prompted it.

Bern backs harsher sentence for homegrown terrorists
Switzerland

Bern backs harsher sentence for homegrown terrorists

Swiss citizens who engage in terrorist activities abroad should get a minimum of ten years in prison, says parliament.

Serial Paris rapist snared as he prepared to attack again
France

Serial Paris rapist snared as he prepared to attack again

A man suspected of following two women home from a Paris Metro station before raping them in their own homes has been arrested by police, who believe he was just about to strike again.

Culture minister: ‘We need to be brave and take risks’
Sweden

Culture minister: ‘We need to be brave and take risks’

Alice Bah Kuhnke, Sweden’s Minister of Culture, stressed the importance of civil society organizations in helping to integrate the recent influx of refugees, adding that state agencies and organizations also need to “take risks”.

Two Italian jihadists named on leaked Isis list
Italy

Two Italian jihadists named on leaked Isis list

One was a rapper who lived in Brescia.

Danish man had a thing for masturbating at Burger King
Denmark

Danish man had a thing for masturbating at Burger King

He pleasured himself in his car while waiting for his Whopper twice in the span of one week.

These are Denmark’s top ten undiscovered startups
Denmark

These are Denmark’s top ten undiscovered startups

Meet the Danish companies growing under the radar.

Lockdown at US embassy as man calls ‘revenge for Osama’
Germany

Lockdown at US embassy as man calls ‘revenge for Osama’

Police closed off Pariser Platz in central Berlin on Friday morning after a man placed a suitcase in front of the US embassy, demanding revenge for Osama bin Laden.

The Germans who named America – and then regretted it
Germany

The Germans who named America – and then regretted it

If it wasn't for these two young German mapmakers, who knows what people in the "New World" would be calling themselves?

Obama scolds Sarkozy over Libya mission
France

Obama scolds Sarkozy over Libya mission

Obama blasts ex-French president and current British Prime Minister over Libya intervention.

Second baby switch at Austrian hospital
Austria

Second baby switch at Austrian hospital

Two mothers who had just given birth were handed the wrong newborn babies by mistake in the second baby-switching incident to hit the Graz hospital.

Surprise as Swedish business queen steps down from helm
Sweden

Surprise as Swedish business queen steps down from helm

Cristina Stenbeck's announcement sent shockwaves through the Swedish business community on Friday.

Mother and daughter jailed for revenge killing of politician
Spain

Mother and daughter jailed for revenge killing of politician

Mother and daughter jailed for 22 and 20 years respectively for the "revenge murder" of a conservative politician.

Sweden to halt border checks – for two weeks
Sweden

Sweden to halt border checks – for two weeks

Asylum seekers will have a good chance of getting over the border and into Sweden this summer.

24-year-old woman arrested over Madrid cyclist hit and run
Spain

24-year-old woman arrested over Madrid cyclist hit and run

Police have confirmed that a 24-year-old woman has been arrested over the death of cyclist Javier Vela Rodríguez.

Half-dressed Iraqi vet saves injured from burning plane
Germany

Half-dressed Iraqi vet saves injured from burning plane

When a private jet crashed shortly after take-off on Thursday, an Iraqi veterinarian living in a nearby refugee shelter ran to the rescue - dressed only in boxer shorts and a T-shirt.

Hollande rules out scrapping divisive labour reforms
France

Hollande rules out scrapping divisive labour reforms

It can be improved but it won't be scrapped, said the French president.

Singer claims Bataclan attack was inside job
France

Singer claims Bataclan attack was inside job

Eagles of Death Metal singer suggests Bataclan attackers had people on the inside.

Scandi ‘Doctor Anal’ loses his medical licence

Scandi ‘Doctor Anal’ loses his medical licence

Doctor's controversial methods have run afoul of authorities in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

World’s biggest cruise ship takes to the seas for first time
France

World’s biggest cruise ship takes to the seas for first time

It's longer than the Eiffel Tower and it set sail from France for the first time.

EU ‘must take 6k refugees a month’ from Italy and Greece
Italy

EU ‘must take 6k refugees a month’ from Italy and Greece

Only 885 people have been moved to other EU states following a relocation agreement last September.

‘Hell on Earth’: Norwegian teens play refugees for a day
Norway

‘Hell on Earth’: Norwegian teens play refugees for a day

"We're very lucky," well-off teens said after a day walking in the shoes of refugees.

21 UberPOP drivers convicted in Sweden
Sweden

21 UberPOP drivers convicted in Sweden

21 drivers for the US car-sharing service have been found guilty of driving taxis illegally in Sweden’s two biggest cities.