Austria backs down on Brenner Pass border checks

Austria backs down on Brenner Pass border checks

Austria said Friday it would no longer seek to resume controversial checks on its frontier with Italy after tougher measures by Rome have led to a huge drop in migrant numbers.

Christian Kern: no more normal service
Austria

Christian Kern: no more normal service

Christian Kern, set to be Austria's new chancellor, fixed the national rail company. Now he has to get the government and his party back on track -- and put the brakes on the far-right.

Why elderly Swede isn’t the world’s oldest woman
Sweden

Why elderly Swede isn’t the world’s oldest woman

The 118-year-old Swede who climbed out the window and actually disappeared...

‘I want to be the first Syrian to participate in Eurovision’
Sweden

‘I want to be the first Syrian to participate in Eurovision’

The Local Voices spoke to Syrian comic Mahmoud Bitar about what he thinks of Sweden’s biggest event of the year - the Eurovision Song Contest - and found out why he wants to represent the country next year.

Poem by hipster hero angers Barcelona police
Spain

Poem by hipster hero angers Barcelona police

It's not often that poetry gets discussed this much by police.

Paris faces poignant Friday 13th six months after attacks
France

Paris faces poignant Friday 13th six months after attacks

It's been exactly six months since terrorists killed 130 people in Paris, and while the city may have changed and the wounds are still unhealed, the Parisians will be out en force tonight, writes Oliver Gee.

Germany slashes late-night noise rules for Euro 2016
Germany

Germany slashes late-night noise rules for Euro 2016

Get ready for football fans screaming long into the night: Euro season is almost upon us.

Italy is now Europe’s top spot for refugee arrivals
Italy

Italy is now Europe’s top spot for refugee arrivals

Italy saw three times as many arrivals than Greece in April.

Police seize weapons ‘en route to Swedish militants’
Sweden

Police seize weapons ‘en route to Swedish militants’

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling weapons to radical Islamists in Sweden, Bosnian Serb authorities said on Friday.

French Riviera mega-mansion faces being bulldozed
France

French Riviera mega-mansion faces being bulldozed

These are the troubles of building without permission on the French Riviera.

Man arrested in Aargau quadruple murder case
Switzerland

Man arrested in Aargau quadruple murder case

A 33-year-old man is arrested over the brutal murder of four people in Rupperswil last December.

It’s OK to call a politician a ‘Nazi’: Italian judge
Italy

It’s OK to call a politician a ‘Nazi’: Italian judge

The comment made by a rival politician was legal, the judge said, because it seemed to refer to the "early policies of the [Nazi] movement".

Russia blamed for hacking attacks on Merkel and MPs
Germany

Russia blamed for hacking attacks on Merkel and MPs

Germany's domestic secret service said Friday it had evidence that Russia was behind a series of cyber attacks, including one that targeted the Bundestag (German parliament) last year.

Tough gig: Danish PM to try to match Obama’s mic skills
Denmark

Tough gig: Danish PM to try to match Obama’s mic skills

Can Lars Løkke Rasmussen hang with the 'comedian-in-chief' when the two men give speeches at Friday's state dinner?

Is this Spanish football kit the strangest ever?
Spain

Is this Spanish football kit the strangest ever?

Spain has a long tradition of unlikely football kits but does this one take the cake?

Rail boss Kern chosen as Austria’s new chancellor
Austria

Rail boss Kern chosen as Austria’s new chancellor

Austria's Social Democrats have decided to appoint national railways boss Christian Kern as the country's chancellor following Werner Faymann's resignation, the interim head of the party said on Friday.

Terror ‘prank’ causes chaos at Madrid cinema
Spain

Terror ‘prank’ causes chaos at Madrid cinema

Filmgoers were terrified when hooded individuals stormed into a cinema screaming "Allahu Akbar".

Norway newspaper calls for end of monarchy
Norway

Norway newspaper calls for end of monarchy

"The sun is now setting on the monarchy” and a "constitutional evolution" is needed, Stavanger Aftenblad says.

Why this Swedish restaurant charges women less than men
Sweden

Why this Swedish restaurant charges women less than men

Should women get better lunch deals because of the gender pay gap?

Italy suspends raising migrant wreck amid bad weather
Italy

Italy suspends raising migrant wreck amid bad weather

A project to raise the wreck in order to identify the victims trapped inside got underway on Monday.

Five football facts about Sweden ahead of Euro 2016
Sweden

Five football facts about Sweden ahead of Euro 2016

Here's what you need to know about Sweden coach Erik Hamrén's blue-and-yellow side.

Paris airports call for back up at police passport checks
France

Paris airports call for back up at police passport checks

Hopefully this means shorter queues at the passport desk at Charles de Gaulle airport this summer.

Mum hides 1.5kg of cocaine under baby
Austria

Mum hides 1.5kg of cocaine under baby

A mother suspected of hiding 1.5 kilograms of cocaine under her four-week-old baby in a pushchair was arrested in Vienna on Thursday following a tip off to police.

Jilted admirer shocks woman with tattoo… of her face
Switzerland

Jilted admirer shocks woman with tattoo… of her face

A Zurich woman is considering legal action against an admirer who tattooed a picture of her face on his arm.

Poisonous viper bites six-year-old in Austria
Austria

Poisonous viper bites six-year-old in Austria

A seven year old boy was rushed to hospital on Thursday after being bitten by a poisonous snake in Austria.

Meet the expats making a career out of Italian food
Italy

Meet the expats making a career out of Italian food

These three women are truly living the dream.

Two Italy suspects freed in terror threat ‘blunder’
Italy

Two Italy suspects freed in terror threat ‘blunder’

Prosecutors had earlier said that the men were part of a cell planning "imminent attacks" on Italy and the UK.

Fan fined €150 for calling gay football referee ‘fag’
Spain

Fan fined €150 for calling gay football referee ‘fag’

A man who told Spain's only openly gay football referee to "stick that goal up your arse" has received a fine of just €150 ($170).

Jail term for Jewish teacher who invented Isis attack
France

Jail term for Jewish teacher who invented Isis attack

A Jewish teacher in France, who faked being the victim of an anti-Semitic Isis attack has received a six-month suspended sentence.

Why France might not be too sad to see Ibrahimovic go
France

Why France might not be too sad to see Ibrahimovic go

Many in France might not miss Zlatan, because he earned (and said) too much.

German MPs vote to block North African asylum claims
Germany

German MPs vote to block North African asylum claims

German MPs voted on Friday to classify Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria as "safe countries of origin" – meaning that asylum applications will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.

Swiss taxi drivers to protest against Uber once again
Switzerland

Swiss taxi drivers to protest against Uber once again

Taxi drivers across Switzerland will stage a mass demonstration against rival Uber next Tuesday.

EU likely to ‘divorce’ UK if Brexit happens
Austria

EU likely to ‘divorce’ UK if Brexit happens

There would be no option of the UK getting access to the EU's common market if they voted to leave in the EU referendum, an Austrian politician suggested last night.

‘Staying single is why I’m the world’s oldest person’
Italy

‘Staying single is why I’m the world’s oldest person’

Emma Morano puts her 116 years down to the two raw eggs she eats a day and 'staying single'.

Austria’s disputed asylum law passes final political hurdle
Austria

Austria’s disputed asylum law passes final political hurdle

Austria’s controversial asylum law that allows the government to turn away most asylum seekers at the border in emergency circumstances has passed the final hurdle in the parliamentary system.

Police snap parrot going at 1.5 times speed limit
Germany

Police snap parrot going at 1.5 times speed limit

Police in Zweibrücken in western Germany were puzzled when their speed trap was set off although no cars were on the road. But they were even more surprised to see what had triggered it.

Denmark and Europe: the importance of the long view
Denmark

Denmark and Europe: the importance of the long view

Medieval scholar Alastair Matthews wonders if border controls are a sign that we are forgetting our cultural past.

Swedish Greens vote in their new co-leaders
Sweden

Swedish Greens vote in their new co-leaders

UPDATED: The Swedish Green Party has officially voted in Isabella Lövin and Gustav Fridolin as their future co-leaders.

‘Legend’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces he will leave PSG

‘Legend’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces he will leave PSG

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on Friday that he would be leaving PSG at the end of the season.

Pop and politics: Sweden’s Eurovision legacy
Sweden

Pop and politics: Sweden’s Eurovision legacy

Swedes love Eurovision - and they've won the contest more often than any other country other than Ireland. Each of the winning songs has become a permanent part of Swedish culture. So what do you know about Sweden's Eurovision history? As the capital of Stockholm gets ready to hose the final showdown on Saturday, we take a look at the Swedish songs that conquered Europe.

Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness
Denmark

Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness

Denmark is set to officially delete the definition of transgender as a mental illness. The move will make Denmark the world’s first health authority to take the step.

Europe’s biggest vegan festival back in Vienna
Austria

Europe’s biggest vegan festival back in Vienna

The biggest vegan festival in Europe is back in Vienna in May, with four days of stalls promoting vegan food, fashion and cosmetic products.

German economy records strongest growth in 2 years
Germany

German economy records strongest growth in 2 years

The German economy, grew more than expected in the first three months of 2016, driven primarily by robust domestic demand.

Switzerland’s Rykka fails to make Eurovision final
Switzerland

Switzerland’s Rykka fails to make Eurovision final

Switzerland’s Eurovision entrant is knocked out in the second semifinal in Stockholm.

Brits: don’t let bumbling councils steal your vote

Brits: don’t let bumbling councils steal your vote

If you're a Brit anxious to have your say in the EU referendum, don't let bumbling bureaucrats deprive you of your rights, says Laura Shields.

French government survives but bigger troubles lie ahead
France

French government survives but bigger troubles lie ahead

The French Socialist government has survived a no-confidence vote but an internal rebellion means further trouble lies ahead.

Berlin: Brexit could trigger new Northern Irish conflict
Germany

Berlin: Brexit could trigger new Northern Irish conflict

Has Germany hired strategists from the Scotland 'No' campaign and started its own Angstprojekt?

Suitcase caused bomb scare at Oslo synagogue
Norway

Suitcase caused bomb scare at Oslo synagogue

UPDATED: A suitcase left outside of an Oslo synagogue led to a large police action on Friday.

Former Iranian dictator’s art collection comes to Berlin
Germany

Former Iranian dictator’s art collection comes to Berlin

Works from one of the world's most prestigious collections of modern art, assembled under the former shah of Iran, will go on show in Berlin late this year.

Italian paedophile priest pays abuse victims’ families €25k
Italy

Italian paedophile priest pays abuse victims’ families €25k

In total he is paying out €125,000.

Geneva exhibition marks 200 years of Frankenstein
Switzerland

Geneva exhibition marks 200 years of Frankenstein

The Martin Bodmer Foundation marks 200 years since Mary Shelley first imagined the ultimate horror story during a visit to Switzerland.

Over 100 held on terror charges in France this year
France

Over 100 held on terror charges in France this year

Over 100 arrests have been made on terror charges in France this year and 17,500 have been refused entry to France.

More than 800 migrants rescued off Sicily coast
Italy

More than 800 migrants rescued off Sicily coast

Some 150 of the migrants were refugees from Syria.

France could love Eurovision, if they stopped doing so badly
France

France could love Eurovision, if they stopped doing so badly

Could France ever really fall in love with Eurovision again? Perhaps if they stopped losing all the time.

Out means out, Germany warns Brexit camp
Germany

Out means out, Germany warns Brexit camp

Britain should not hope to use a "Brexit" to renegotiate a membership deal with the European Union, Germany's finance minister warned Thursday.

Nordics knocked out of Eurovision semi-finals

Nordics knocked out of Eurovision semi-finals

Sweden is the only Nordic country left standing ahead of Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final.

IOC demands probe into Sochi doping allegations
Switzerland

IOC demands probe into Sochi doping allegations

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) has called for an immediate probe into revelations concerning a Russian doping scandal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Gothenburg’s six-hour work day saved from axe
Sweden

Gothenburg’s six-hour work day saved from axe

A trial of shorter days at a nursing home in Gothenburg which was in danger of being scrapped ahead of schedule has been saved at the eleventh hour.