Some of these official government warnings from both countries might have you scratching your head, writes Katie Warren.
UPDATED: Four suspected jihadists were arrested in the Paris region on Wednesday over concerns at least one was planning a terror attack in the French capital.
Pupils and parents at the Humboldt-Gymnasium in Cologne have accused police of being too slow to react after a huge fight at the school involving 200 people led to students being hospitalized.
Moliere will be turning in his grave. The spoken French language has never sounded so English, according to a new study and experts
Germany leaped and bounded up the scale of happiness, surpassing the comparatively gloomy Brits for the first time in the UN report on Wednesday.
The car bomb that killed a 43-year-old man in Berlin on Tuesday morning was revenge for a drug deal turned sour, Bild newspaper reports.
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A second doctor has been charged in France over the death of a British mum in a maternity ward in south west France. An anaesthetist who admitted downing vodka on the night, has also been charged.
Fleeing war and seeking safety, refugees are three times more likely than most people to suffer from schizophrenia.
The figures represent a pick-up in the flow of migrants attempting to reach Italy via Libya.
At least 70 percent of the food sold in shops or served up in restaurants must be traditional Tuscan fare.
UPDATED: A rare Viking language is getting a revival after local politicians agreed to build a new preschool in the forest community that still uses it.
Adventurous souls from around the world come to Lofoten, where they can ski and surf in the same day.
Eurostar's CEO has hinted that a direct line from Bordeaux to London could be on the way.
According to a new report only three nationalities are happier than Norwegians.
Retired Danish ship inspector Flemming Thue Jensen told the Copenhagen City Court on Wednesday that he can clearly recall clear details of the 1990 ferry disaster that claimed 159 lives.
Germany banned a neo-Nazi group called the "White Wolves Terror Crew" on Wednesday after police targeted its members in dawn raids in ten states.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that a Brussels summit this week would offer the European Union its first "real chance" to resolve the refugee crisis.
Police believe the Moldovan gang was helped by a museum security guard.
They can't all be going to London, can they?
Fifa "wants that money back and we are determined to get it no matter how long it takes" says new Fifa boss Gianni Infantino.
German state rail operator Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) announced Wednesday that it posted a heavy loss in 2015, its first in 12 years.
Using only mobile phone footage, the film tells the story of refugees as they flee their countries and make their way to Germany.
Denmark snatches happiness top spot away from Switzerland in latest survey.
Austria’s new asylum cap declared ‘unlawful and unconstitutional’ by the head of the country’s Constitutional Court.
The figure shows a marked rise from 2014.
Less than two percent of Spanish fathers choose to take the ten weeks offered in place of their partners.
Currently, rape victims in Germany must demonstrate that they not only verbally declined sex, but also physically resisted. On Wednesday, the government took a big step to change that.
Austrian teacher sues the church after receiving comments about her good looks and then being sacked after she remarried following a divorce.
All is once again right in the world as Denmark is back on top of the international happiness rankings.
But here's why you shouldn't worry.
Part dragon, part hobbit cave, who would live in a house like this?
A German team is one of the final five teams in Google's space race project. But can they make it all the way to the moon?
Sweden has cemented its reputation as one of the most connected countries on the planet, with super speedy fibre-optic broadband use on the rise nationwide.
Belgian police are still hunting two suspects after a counter-terror raid in Brussels on Tuesday led to a shoot-out.
It's "International Courtesy at the Wheel" week in France, and it's time French drivers changed their behaviour.
Thirty complaints have been launched against the €17.50 fee imposed for public broadcasters.
A cross discovered by an amateur Danish archaeologist may date from before Christianity is thought to have reached Denmark.
Could the two million British expats who have lived abroad for over 15 years, including tens of thousands in Spain, finally get a say in the Brexit referendum?
Swiss man presented a fake diplomatic identity card when questioned about driving 200,000 franc Bentley without licence plates.
Police whistleblowers accuse supervisors of using state-funded border inspections as a cover to take their friends on hunting trips.
The deadly reptile was found by two supermarket staff as they unpacked a box of bananas.
The man was charged with defamation and inciting ethnic hatred on Facebook.
Austrian volunteer arrested in connection to dangerous river crossing undertaking by thousands of refugees, three of whom died in the process.
Mother who left her daughter in a car in scorching temperatures will not be punished.
Former SS leader Heinrich Himmler took thousands of books from the Norwegian Order of Freemasons as part of his obsession with witch hunts.
The PSV Eindhoven fans "taunted the beggars like animals" while they looked on and laughed.
Could the two million British expats who have lived abroad for over 15 years, including thousands in Italy, finally get a say in the Brexit referendum?
Some believe Giulio Regeni was killed by elements of the Egyptian security services.
Rifts and tensions are starting to bruise the far-left party's image of watertight unity.
Ahmed Dawabsha, who lost his entire family in a firebombing, is set to meet his hero, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Could the 2 million British expats who have lived abroad for over 15 years, including tens of thousands in France, finally get a say in the Brexit referendum?
A branch of the hard right AfD party compared their own experiences of hostility to the treatment of Jewish people during the Second World War.
"I will destroy you in the press and you know I can do it."
A WHO report shows that Danish children aged 11 to 13 are the least overweight among countries surveyed, but they are also among the worst at socializing with their peers.
Programme aims to prevent cheating athletes who "got away with it" in London and Beijing from competing in Rio.
"Albania cannot cope with a wave of migrants by itself."
UPDATED: Terrorist makes his first public statements in four years on Wednesday.
One gunman was killed and four officers, including a French policewoman were injured, but who were counter-terrorism investigators looking for in Tuesday's raid?
The Swedes are apparently pretty good at making babies.
Sweden's Minister for Employment, Ylva Johansson, tells The Local readers that most employers are "positive to newcomers", but admits "discrimination" remains a key problem.
A closer look at the French cardinal accused of covering up sex abuse by priests.
After spending one third of her life so far on her thesis, she'll be relieved it's finally over.
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Can you think of any other reasons?