One gunman killed in raid linked to Paris terror attacks
France

One gunman killed in raid linked to Paris terror attacks

One gunman killed and two others are believed to be on the run after counter-terrorist raid by French and Belgian police in Brussels.

Five dark drug secrets from oh-so-proper Germany
Germany

Five dark drug secrets from oh-so-proper Germany

If you've been to a club in Berlin or Munich, you know Germans aren't shy about indulging in illegal pleasures. Here are five dark German drug secrets you didn't know about.

Spain’s ruling conservatives submerged in graft scandals
Spain

Spain’s ruling conservatives submerged in graft scandals

Yet more scandal has been heaped on Spain's conservative politicans.

Puglia fears potential refugee influx will deter tourists
Italy

Puglia fears potential refugee influx will deter tourists

“The situation is calm right now, but if it does reach significant proportions it will severely hurt tourism.”

Western firms tested drugs on East Germans in Cold War
Germany

Western firms tested drugs on East Germans in Cold War

For three decades Western drug companies carried out hundreds of tests on East Germans before selling their products at home, a new report reveals.

Crime queen lashes out at ‘toyboy’ lover critics
Sweden

Crime queen lashes out at ‘toyboy’ lover critics

Sweden's bestselling female writer Camilla Läckberg, 41, has told fans she's fed up with people questioning her relationship with a younger man.

Farmers crack own record with ‘world’s biggest egg’
Germany

Farmers crack own record with ‘world’s biggest egg’

Two weeks ago, a German chicken-farming couple thought themselves lucky when they discovered a sizeable 184-gram egg - until their hen laid an even bigger one.

French named best baby-makers in all of Europe
France

French named best baby-makers in all of Europe

The French are apparently really good at making babies, not letting neither a stagnating economy or record-high unemployment come in the way of them topping Europe's birth rate statistics.

Dream come true? Wine flows from Bern fountain
Switzerland

Dream come true? Wine flows from Bern fountain

For the first time since 1848, one of Bern's historic fountains is providing thirsty residents with wine.

Spain set for a soggy start to Easter holidays
Spain

Spain set for a soggy start to Easter holidays

Spain's national weather agency has confirmed it probably won't be a sunny Semana Santa.

Danish PM vows to take on radical imams
Denmark

Danish PM vows to take on radical imams

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said on Tuesday that Denmark needs a plan to combat religious fundamentalism.

Italian surgeons remove 15kg tumour from woman’s breast
Italy

Italian surgeons remove 15kg tumour from woman’s breast

"In 35 years I've never seen a tumour like it."

Zurich nightclub bans photos to protect privacy
Switzerland

Zurich nightclub bans photos to protect privacy

"Photos have no place in a club," argues one Zurich nightclub.

Spain mulls ‘no kill bullfights’ in nod to animal rights
Spain

Spain mulls ‘no kill bullfights’ in nod to animal rights

Might animal rights activists be pacified if the bull is spared death in the ring?

Five ways the Syrian conflict has changed Germany
Germany

Five ways the Syrian conflict has changed Germany

It's been five years since bloody civil war erupted in Syria, driving millions of refugees abroad, many to Germany. The Local looks at ways the ongoing conflict has impacted the Bundesrepublik.

Former Swedish PM set to become US banker
Sweden

Former Swedish PM set to become US banker

Fredrik Reinfeldt has been appointed as a senior advisor to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

French cancer docs blast greed of drugs companies
France

French cancer docs blast greed of drugs companies

A group of French cancer specialists have attacked the "obscene profits" of the pharmaceutical industry, who are holding sick patients to ransom.

Oops! Accidental shot chat ends with accidental shot
Norway

Oops! Accidental shot chat ends with accidental shot

The shot tore through one officer's pants.

Spaniard jailed over Facebook ‘joke’ about killing fascists
Spain

Spaniard jailed over Facebook ‘joke’ about killing fascists

The Spaniard wrote that "killing fascists" was his favourite sport.

Geeky thieves steal fantasy cards worth thousands
Switzerland

Geeky thieves steal fantasy cards worth thousands

The police described the robbery as "amateurish".

Energy firms: Merkel stole our assets with nuclear shutdown
Germany

Energy firms: Merkel stole our assets with nuclear shutdown

Three energy giants want Germany's top court to rule that the shut down of nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster five years ago was an expropriation of their assets.

Syrian man arrested in Sweden for war crimes
Sweden

Syrian man arrested in Sweden for war crimes

A 45-year-old Syrian man with a Swedish residency permit has been arrested for alleged war crimes in northern Syria.

Did German politician help smuggle stranded refugees?
Germany

Did German politician help smuggle stranded refugees?

A leaflet has been found in the refugee camp in the Greek town of Idomeni drawing out an illegal crossing into Macedonia. The mysterious signature underneath shows the name of a former German minister.

‘Hope of an end in sight’ for Syria war: UN talks
Switzerland

‘Hope of an end in sight’ for Syria war: UN talks

The announcement comes ahead of the fifth anniversary of the start of the conflict.

Austria’s far-right party lead anti-refugee demo
Austria

Austria’s far-right party lead anti-refugee demo

Police arrested two people in clashes yesterday between the anti-refugee protest led by the far-right Freedom Party and a counter-demonstration.

Posh Parisians in open revolt over new homeless shelter
France

Posh Parisians in open revolt over new homeless shelter

This time it's the Paris bourgoisie who are in open rebellion against a plan to build a homeless shelter in their very plush backyard, writes Louise Nordstrom.

One in three Swedish trains delayed in 2015
Sweden

One in three Swedish trains delayed in 2015

Thought Swedes were always punctual and efficient? Prepare to have your illusions shattered.

Minister Ylva Johansson answers questions from newcomers
Sweden

Minister Ylva Johansson answers questions from newcomers

See what Sweden’s Minister for Employment, Social Democrat Ylva Johansson, has to say when faced with questions about integration from both newcomers and Swedes.

Fury as Berlusconi says Rome mayor job ‘is not for mums’
Italy

Fury as Berlusconi says Rome mayor job ‘is not for mums’

“It's clear to everybody that a mother can't do that job.”

New Swiss centre hopes to tackle obesity ‘epidemic’
Switzerland

New Swiss centre hopes to tackle obesity ‘epidemic’

Almost 890,000 Swiss people suffer from obesity.

Ever wondered how dirty the Stockholm tube is?
Sweden

Ever wondered how dirty the Stockholm tube is?

Every time you take the metro, you're getting cosy with millions of microorganisms. Ever wanted to get to know them?

Skis, lycra and Ikea: 3.8m hits but is this video really funny?

Skis, lycra and Ikea: 3.8m hits but is this video really funny?

UPDATED: A video of a Swede and a Norwegian attempting to cross country ski inside Ikea has sent social media sites into meltdown. Are you jumping on the bandwagon? (or should that be ski lift?)

Italy coach Conte to leave after Euro 2016: Federation
Italy

Italy coach Conte to leave after Euro 2016: Federation

The move comes less than two years after Antonio Conte took over as Italy's national team coach.

Driver has lucky escape in crash
Austria

Driver has lucky escape in crash

A driver in Austria had a lucky escape after he was almost impaled on a pole that smashed through his windscreen and stopped within inches of his head.

Danish Game of Thrones star fights for refugees
Denmark

Danish Game of Thrones star fights for refugees

Danish heartthrob Nikolaj Coster-Waldau takes a break from sword play to help raise awareness and bring aid to the millions of refugees displaced across the world.

‘Gluten free’ Zara shirt pulled after causing offence in Spain
Spain

‘Gluten free’ Zara shirt pulled after causing offence in Spain

The slogan 'Are you gluten free?' emblazoned across a T-shirt isn't just a crime against fashion. It has caused offence for an entirely different reason.

13 convicted in Denmark’s largest human trafficking case
Denmark

13 convicted in Denmark’s largest human trafficking case

Upwards of 1,000 Romanians were deceived into coming to Denmark for jobs.

Explosion under car killed convicted Berlin drug dealer
Germany

Explosion under car killed convicted Berlin drug dealer

Police say that an explosive device placed under the car killed a Berlin man as he was driving in the west of the city on Tuesday morning.

Gucci to give honeymoon rights to newlywed gay staff
Italy

Gucci to give honeymoon rights to newlywed gay staff

Gay staff may now get the same 14-day paid honeymoon entitlement as straight employees.

Austrians are stupid and racist, suggests Google
Austria

Austrians are stupid and racist, suggests Google

A look at some of the most common search terms starting with the phrase ‘Österreicher sind…’ reveals that Google users do not think too highly of Austrians.

Green Party councillor fined for not clearing up rubbish
Switzerland

Green Party councillor fined for not clearing up rubbish

The Green politician faced environmental problems in his own back yard - literally.

Growing sex abuse scandal rocks French Catholic Church
France

Growing sex abuse scandal rocks French Catholic Church

The sex abuse cover-up scandal engulfing the Catholic Church deepens in France.

Train strike threatens Easter travel chaos across Spain
Spain

Train strike threatens Easter travel chaos across Spain

Train workers have called a stoppage on the day much of Spain heads off for an Easter break.

Swedish bunker woman wants tougher sentence for captor
Sweden

Swedish bunker woman wants tougher sentence for captor

The victim of a bizarre plot to keep her locked up in a secret bunker in southern Sweden says her captor's 10 year sentence is not enough.

Teen girl douses man in acid after he denied her a smoke
Germany

Teen girl douses man in acid after he denied her a smoke

A 16-year-old girl asked a middle-aged man for a cigarette. But when he said 'no', she responded brutally.

Danish activist and infant child detained in Bahrain
Denmark

Danish activist and infant child detained in Bahrain

The Danish Foreign Ministry is closely eyeing the latest arrest in a prominent activist family.

France has highest (number of) teen cannabis smokers
France

France has highest (number of) teen cannabis smokers

France is hardly chilled out when it comes to laws on smoking pot, but they don't seem to be stopping 15-year-olds from getting high.

Inmates create dating profile for Josef Fritzl
Austria

Inmates create dating profile for Josef Fritzl

Josef Fritzl has been beaten up by fellow inmates, who also reportedly set up a fake online dating profile for him.

Environment behind 1/4 of deaths globally: WHO
Switzerland

Environment behind 1/4 of deaths globally: WHO

"If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young," warned the organization's head.

Italy’s Campari to buy Grand Marnier for €684 million
Italy

Italy’s Campari to buy Grand Marnier for €684 million

The company is capitalizing on the revival of "classic cocktails".

Paris welcomes back Le Petit Cambodge after terror attacks
France

Paris welcomes back Le Petit Cambodge after terror attacks

One of trendy Paris's most popular restaurants is back, four months after the terror attacks.

Breivik makes Nazi salute as civil trial begins
Norway

Breivik makes Nazi salute as civil trial begins

UPDATED: As mass murderer's suit against the state got underway on Tuesday, he greeted the makeshift courtroom with a Nazi salute.

Pegida leader faces trial for calling refugees ‘scum’
Germany

Pegida leader faces trial for calling refugees ‘scum’

The founder of Germany's xenophobic and anti-Islam group Pegida has been summoned to court on hate speech charges for describing refugees as "cattle" and "scum", a court in Dresden said Monday.

Police look for Gothenburg knife attacker still at large
Sweden

Police look for Gothenburg knife attacker still at large

Police were on Tuesday morning still looking for a knifeman suspected of attacking two men in Gothenburg.

How Switzerland shaped London’s youngest hotelier
Switzerland

How Switzerland shaped London’s youngest hotelier

“Switzerland is just the best place to grow up.”

Italy offers to help Egypt probe Giulio Regeni murder
Italy

Italy offers to help Egypt probe Giulio Regeni murder

Giulio Regeni's badly mutilated body was found in Cairo at the end of January.

Paris auction porters ‘pilfered 250 tonnes of valuables’
France

Paris auction porters ‘pilfered 250 tonnes of valuables’

Antiques, jewels, artworks, nothing was spared, not even a Chagall painting.

Ivory Coast massacre ‘was symbolic attack on France’
France

Ivory Coast massacre ‘was symbolic attack on France’

The carnage at the Ivory Coast resort that left four French among the 18 dead was really just another attack on France.

Swedish politicians back Clinton and shun Trump
Sweden

Swedish politicians back Clinton and shun Trump

Sweden's top politicians on Donald Trump? They're not impressed.

‘Why we should back foreign entrepreneurs in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Why we should back foreign entrepreneurs in Sweden’

What should Sweden do to boost its foreign workforce?