France extends state of emergency to end of July
France

France extends state of emergency to end of July

France will extend the state of emergency to cover the Euro 2016 football tournament and the Tour de France.

Two-thirds of Germans want Merkel out at next election
Germany

Two-thirds of Germans want Merkel out at next election

A poll published on Tuesday shows that just under two-thirds of Germans do not want Chancellor Angela Merkel to run for office again in elections next year.

Italy’s civil unions bill gets put to a final confidence vote
Italy

Italy’s civil unions bill gets put to a final confidence vote

The final vote comes as Italy stood out among its Western European counterparts for its relatively poor gay rights in a new report.

French is the world’s ‘second favourite language to learn’
France

French is the world’s ‘second favourite language to learn’

The Germans may have a more powerful economy than the French, but their language trails a long way behind.

Majority of Christian refugees suffer abuse in homes: report
Germany

Majority of Christian refugees suffer abuse in homes: report

Most Christian refugees in Germany have come in for abuse or harassment in refugee homes, a new report has found.

Guards ‘reject’ migrants from Eurovision fan zone
Sweden

Guards ‘reject’ migrants from Eurovision fan zone

It seems not everyone is welcome in Stockholm's Eurovision fan park.

Sweden slides down Europe’s ‘gay friendly’ rankings
Sweden

Sweden slides down Europe’s ‘gay friendly’ rankings

The Nordic country has fallen from fourth to twelfth place in a review of how LGBTI people experience human rights across the continent.

‘No evidence’ Munich attacker linked to terrorism: police
Germany

‘No evidence’ Munich attacker linked to terrorism: police

There is no evidence that a man arrested for an early-morning knife attack outside Munich is linked to terrorist individuals or organizations, police said on Tuesday afternoon.

Spain hailed as ‘model’ nation for gay rights in Europe
Spain

Spain hailed as ‘model’ nation for gay rights in Europe

Spain may not lead countries like Germany or France when it comes to the economy, but it certainly comes up trumps on LGBT rights.

Report: Swiss lag behind Europe on gay rights
Switzerland

Report: Swiss lag behind Europe on gay rights

Switzerland has a dismal record when it comes to gay rights, according to a new report.

Germany ‘scared’ to take lead on gay rights: report
Germany

Germany ‘scared’ to take lead on gay rights: report

A new report shows how Germany continues to fall behind its counterparts on gay rights, which may be due to its "lack of strong leadership".

Lawyers: Assange’s texts may cast doubt on sex claims
Sweden

Lawyers: Assange’s texts may cast doubt on sex claims

Text messages sent between Julian Assange and the woman he's accused of raping need to be made public, his lawyers have argued.

Undetonated WW2 bomb uncovered in Norway
Norway

Undetonated WW2 bomb uncovered in Norway

Military official said the bomb was probably aimed at the fleeing Norwegian royal family.

Berlin to beef up German military after years of cuts
Germany

Berlin to beef up German military after years of cuts

The Defence Ministry is to add thousands of new soldiers to its ranks and increase spending by billions. But will it be enough to satisfy the Americans and NATO allies?

Court rejects Erdogan’s challenge against Bild boss
Germany

Court rejects Erdogan’s challenge against Bild boss

A German court on Tuesday threw out a bid by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for an injunction against the boss of German media giant Axel Springer in a widening row over free speech.

Two kitesurfers swept away by strong currents off Tarifa
Spain

Two kitesurfers swept away by strong currents off Tarifa

A man and a woman drowned after being dragged out to sea by strong currents on Sunday evening off a popular kitesurfing beach in southern Spain.

Ranieri focuses on Foxes but would ‘love’ Italy job one day
Italy

Ranieri focuses on Foxes but would ‘love’ Italy job one day

"I would love it. And Leicester's blue shirts are already quite similar to those of Italy."

French supermarkets to test colour-coded ‘nutrition logos’
France

French supermarkets to test colour-coded ‘nutrition logos’

Colour-coded health labels. This could really work.

Denmark to scrap green energy tariff
Denmark

Denmark to scrap green energy tariff

Denmark's green transition will no longer be financed through residents' energy bills, the government said on Tuesday.

France forces through labour bill without lawmakers vote
France

France forces through labour bill without lawmakers vote

The French government declined to seek parliamentary approval for its unpopular labour laws bill

Austria may soon join Europe for a winter coffee outside
Austria

Austria may soon join Europe for a winter coffee outside

Vienna cafe goers could soon enjoy their ‘Melange’ in the fresh air all year round if new rules are adopted this month allowing customers to sit on tables on the pavements in winter.

Italian artist sells contentious Adolf Hitler statue for €15m
Italy

Italian artist sells contentious Adolf Hitler statue for €15m

The work, entitled 'Him', shows a young Adolf Hitler kneeling in prayer.

Zug to let residents pay bills using bitcoin
Switzerland

Zug to let residents pay bills using bitcoin

From July residents of the central Swiss city will be able to pay for public services in the digital currency.

Berlin had Cameron over a barrel, claim Brexit camp
Germany

Berlin had Cameron over a barrel, claim Brexit camp

An ex-British minister has claimed Berlin could "veto everything" in David Cameron's concessions he won from the EU last year - and torpedoed a central demand.

Norway to ‘Panama Papers’ names: Turn yourselves in
Norway

Norway to ‘Panama Papers’ names: Turn yourselves in

Nearly 100 Norwegian addresses can be found in the Panama Papers database and authorities are offering a deal to those who step forward now.

Austrian beauty spot at risk from urinating tourists
Austria

Austrian beauty spot at risk from urinating tourists

The Grüner See -- known as Austria's most beautiful spot -- is at risk of losing the clear emerald-green waters that gave it its name due to warmer weather coupled with years of tourists urinating in the lake.

Makers of Gauloises cigs fight France on plain packets
France

Makers of Gauloises cigs fight France on plain packets

Gauloises is our brand and we have the right to use it, tobacco giant says.

Podemos teams up with far-left party in election alliance
Spain

Podemos teams up with far-left party in election alliance

Spain´s two far-left parties have formed an alliance ahead of the June 26th elections.

Afghan held over ‘terror attack plots in Italy, UK and France’
Italy

Afghan held over ‘terror attack plots in Italy, UK and France’

UPDATED: A second Afghan has was also arrested for alleged people trafficking while warrants have been issued for three others.

Much of southern Spain on flood alert as storms rage on
Spain

Much of southern Spain on flood alert as storms rage on

Some 17 litres fell on Malaga airport in just one hour on Monday.

Housing shortage could ‘hold back growth’ for Sweden
Sweden

Housing shortage could ‘hold back growth’ for Sweden

Sweden's complex housing market is causing recruiters a major headache, according to a new report on the country's economic prospects.

Austrian climber survives 800 metre mountain fall
Austria

Austrian climber survives 800 metre mountain fall

A climber survives a 800 metre fall off a mountain in Austria, in what rescue services describe as a 'miracle'.

Thirteen American soldiers arrested over Italy bar brawl
Italy

Thirteen American soldiers arrested over Italy bar brawl

The fight involved "American military men and a group of men from Africa".

Swiss basic income vote: what you need to know
Switzerland

Swiss basic income vote: what you need to know

On June 5th Switzerland will vote on the introduction of an unconditional basic income (UBI). What could this mean for you?

Supermarkets fined millions in beer price fixing scandal
Germany

Supermarkets fined millions in beer price fixing scandal

Germans have been overpaying for their beer for years, after supermarkets inflated prices on major labels such as Beck’s and Franziskaner.

French female politicians slam ‘impunity’ of lustful colleagues
France

French female politicians slam ‘impunity’ of lustful colleagues

Female French politicians have united in a call for an end to impunity for their male colleagues who think it's fine to sexually harass them.

Migrants still in hospital after failed crossing to Sweden
Sweden

Migrants still in hospital after failed crossing to Sweden

UPDATED: Two of the four men pulled out of the Öresund strait between Sweden and Denmark on Sunday remain in hospital.

Cases of Zika virus on the rise in Switzerland
Switzerland

Cases of Zika virus on the rise in Switzerland

Switzerland has 16 confirmed cases of the Zika virus but the actual number could be far higher.

Kamikaze driver held in Spain for live-streaming at 200 km/h
Spain

Kamikaze driver held in Spain for live-streaming at 200 km/h

The kamikaze driver filmed himself speeding at 200 km/h on a Madrid ring road

Sweden-bound migrants pulled out of Danish waters
Denmark

Sweden-bound migrants pulled out of Danish waters

UPDATED: Four male asylum seekers were pulled out of the Øresund in a large-scale rescue operation involving boats, helicopters and divers.

Is Austria turning blue?
Austria

Is Austria turning blue?

When Austria holds elections – especially presidential ones – coverage hardly makes it into the German news. However, this time, the story was slightly different. Political analyst Dr. Gustav Gressel explains the Austrian political landscape.

British expats: have your say in this historic decision

British expats: have your say in this historic decision

Many Brits abroad have the right to vote on Britain's future in the EU. They should use it, David Lidington, British Europe Minister, writes for The Local.

France ‘to import US shale gas’ despite ban at home
France

France ‘to import US shale gas’ despite ban at home

Should France be importing shale gas from the US, given that it is banned in France for environmental reasons?

Planned Norway asylum centre destroyed by fire
Norway

Planned Norway asylum centre destroyed by fire

Police said it's too early to speculate on the cause of the fire.

Who will be Austria’s new Chancellor?
Austria

Who will be Austria’s new Chancellor?

Austria's centre-left party begins the search today for a new leader and new direction after a sharp drop in support that forced Chancellor Werner Faymann to quit.

Spain’s Civil War victims to be exhumed from Franco’s tomb
Spain

Spain’s Civil War victims to be exhumed from Franco’s tomb

A court has authorised the exhumation of bodies from the Valley of the Fallen, a vast mausoleum where dictator Francisco Franco is buried along with thousands of victims of Spain's civil war.

Credit Suisse suffers first quarter losses
Switzerland

Credit Suisse suffers first quarter losses

Plunging client activity and difficult market conditions sent Switzerland's second largest bank into a net loss of 302 million Swiss francs.

Bloody knife attack shocks sleepy Bavarian town
Germany

Bloody knife attack shocks sleepy Bavarian town

One person has died after a man began stabbing passers-by at a Munich train station early on Tuesday morning.

Denmark can process and issue visas again
Denmark

Denmark can process and issue visas again

Technical failure has left a large backlog of cases, however.

Last chance (for now) to sweat in Swedish sun
Sweden

Last chance (for now) to sweat in Swedish sun

Loving the bikini and barbecue weather? Make the most of it.

Art-loving mafia mobster’s collection in Italy show
Italy

Art-loving mafia mobster’s collection in Italy show

The 77-year old, who is wheelchair-bound, is serving his 16-year jail sentence under house arrest due to his age and health.

Dozens saved as huge refugee home burns to ground
Germany

Dozens saved as huge refugee home burns to ground

A large temporary refugee home in western Germany was completely burned down on Monday night, but a prompt evacuation allowed all the inhabitants to escape unharmed.

Meet Asad, the Afghan teen who asks ‘Where is home?’ in his award-winning debut film
Sweden

Meet Asad, the Afghan teen who asks ‘Where is home?’ in his award-winning debut film

Asad Nazari, a 14-year-old unaccompanied refugee child from Afghanistan, has been in Sweden less than a year but has already picked up a top prize at a recent Stockholm film competition.

UN: ‘breast is best’ so quit promoting baby formula
Switzerland

UN: ‘breast is best’ so quit promoting baby formula

Geneva-based UN agencies warn that laws against the promotion of breast milk substitutes must be tightened to encourage breastfeeding.

Legendary Paris restaurant sells duck press for €40,000
France

Legendary Paris restaurant sells duck press for €40,000

Only in France could a silver plated duck press used to squeeze blood and bone marrow from ducks be sold for €40,000.

Police: ‘Beggars limit access for disabled’
Sweden

Police: ‘Beggars limit access for disabled’

Begging is not illegal in Stockholm but police say those who do it could be breaking 'accessibility' rules by blocking pavements.

Cannes: Will the guns and guards overshadow the glitz?
France

Cannes: Will the guns and guards overshadow the glitz?

Cannes Film Festival has been places on maximum alert due to the risk of a terror attack. Will it be the same?

‘A united Europe benefits both Britain and Sweden’
Sweden

‘A united Europe benefits both Britain and Sweden’

It's time to focus on a united Europe, says the Swedish politician.