Nine dead in shooting rampage in Munich
Germany

Nine dead in shooting rampage in Munich

Nine people are dead after "at least one person" went on a shooting spree in a Munich shopping centre on Friday evening. An attacker is believed to be among the dead.

Stockholm Pokémon hunter impaled on metal fence spike
Sweden

Stockholm Pokémon hunter impaled on metal fence spike

He tried to climb a fence to find more Pokémon.

Why was Nice ordered to delete CCTV images of attack?
France

Why was Nice ordered to delete CCTV images of attack?

The fact that city authorities in Nice were asked to delete images of the truck attack has only given weight to those criticizing the government.

Thirteen free and easy ways to learn French
France

Thirteen free and easy ways to learn French

Struggling to learn French? Here are some free and easy ways to help you conquer the language once and for all.

German Turkish community split by unrest after coup plot
Germany

German Turkish community split by unrest after coup plot

Hatred between supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and those opposed to him has exploded on social media in Germany in the wake of a failed coup attempt last Friday.

Why Milan could be Europe’s post-Brexit financial hub
Italy

Why Milan could be Europe’s post-Brexit financial hub

Milan has also joined the race among European cities to pick up the post-Brexit spoils should London’s financial institutions choose to shift their operations elsewhere. But is it a viable contender?

Stag party bungee jump prank goes viral in Spain
Spain

Stag party bungee jump prank goes viral in Spain

A group of friends made this stag think he was going bungee-jumping on his last night of freedom... but they had an entirely different plan in mind.

When Alicia Vikander taught us to put our pen in the bottle
Sweden

When Alicia Vikander taught us to put our pen in the bottle

We're not even sure if that's a euphemism or not.

IOC reports more doping failures pre-Rio
Switzerland

IOC reports more doping failures pre-Rio

The International Olympic Committee reports 45 new doping failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Germany stresses defence of Baltics after Trump comments
Germany

Germany stresses defence of Baltics after Trump comments

Germany on Friday stressed its promise to protect its NATO allies after White House hopeful Donald Trump called the commitment into question.

Three quarters of Germans fear terror attack ‘soon’
Germany

Three quarters of Germans fear terror attack ‘soon’

The figure has shot up from 69 percent just two weeks ago.

Spain pays €300m each year in pensions… to dead people
Spain

Spain pays €300m each year in pensions… to dead people

Almost 30,000 Spaniards continue to receive a state pension despite the fact that they have died.

Starving stork is unexpected customer at pharmacy
Germany

Starving stork is unexpected customer at pharmacy

Was it on a mission to deliver the morning-after pill instead of babies?

Anti-drugs campaign is Scientology in disguise: spies
Germany

Anti-drugs campaign is Scientology in disguise: spies

The controversial church is considered an "anti-constitutional sect" in Germany.

Denmark slammed for sending lesbians to Uganda
Denmark

Denmark slammed for sending lesbians to Uganda

Denmark’s decision to deny asylum to three lesbians and send them back to their home country of Uganda has been criticized by an LGBT group.

Free peeing on Autobahn must be legal right: Left Party
Germany

Free peeing on Autobahn must be legal right: Left Party

The Left Party, Germany’s official opposition, has discovered the key to winning votes in next year’s federal election - making motorway toilets free for all.

Muslim man fired for not shaking women’s hands
Sweden

Muslim man fired for not shaking women’s hands

A man is suing a local council in Sweden after he lost his job for refusing to shake hands with female colleagues.

France to supply Iraq artillery as it steps up fight against Isis
France

France to supply Iraq artillery as it steps up fight against Isis

France is stepping up its battle against Isis in the Middle East.

Catalan separatists overtake ‘remainers’ for the first time
Spain

Catalan separatists overtake ‘remainers’ for the first time

For the first time ever, the number of people in favour of an independent Catalonia has surpassed the number of those against.

Denmark’s heat wave to continue into next week
Denmark

Denmark’s heat wave to continue into next week

The long-awaited summer warmth that finally returned to Denmark this week will be sticking around for awhile, meteorologists said on Friday.

How to show solidarity with France? Don’t cancel your trip
France

How to show solidarity with France? Don’t cancel your trip

The best way to show fraternity with France after the latest terror attack is not on Facebook or Twitter, but by coming to visit.

Swiss pilots: don’t hunt Pokémon from the air
Switzerland

Swiss pilots: don’t hunt Pokémon from the air

The Swiss civil aviation office hears reports of people playing the popular new game from helicopters.

Swedish bus driver who hit asylum seeker: ‘I’m not racist’
Sweden

Swedish bus driver who hit asylum seeker: ‘I’m not racist’

A Swedish bus driver caught on camera beating and kicking an asylum seeker has for the first time spoken to media.

Ekberg wannabe says Trevi dip was a ‘homage to Rome’
Italy

Ekberg wannabe says Trevi dip was a ‘homage to Rome’

“I love Rome, I love Fellini and I love Ekberg – I’ve had so many comments on my Facebook page saying I look very much like her.”

Venice to build new bridge in memory of Bataclan victim
Italy

Venice to build new bridge in memory of Bataclan victim

Venice, the so-called 'city of bridges', is set to build one more, in honour of the only Italian victim of last November's Paris terrorist attacks.

Newspaper sellers attacked with iron bar in Vienna
Austria

Newspaper sellers attacked with iron bar in Vienna

Three newspaper sellers in Vienna were assaulted by attackers with an iron bar in two separate incidents that took place over one evening this week.

Man kicked off Norwegian flight over ‘Isis tattoo’
Norway

Man kicked off Norwegian flight over ‘Isis tattoo’

A Norwegian flight from Sweden was delayed after it was claimed that one of the passengers had an Isis flag tattooed on his arm.

‘Nelson’ the black swan found dead in Montreux
Switzerland

‘Nelson’ the black swan found dead in Montreux

The non-native swan caused a media storm earlier this month.

Bank takes new €50 note on Austrian-wide tour
Austria

Bank takes new €50 note on Austrian-wide tour

Forget Beyonce or Muse - this is the tour you want to make sure you catch in 2016.

Childless households are the new normal in Spain
Spain

Childless households are the new normal in Spain

Spain is in the middle of a never-before-seen demographic shift.

Zoo animals enjoy ice lollies to cool off in Spain’s heatwave
Spain

Zoo animals enjoy ice lollies to cool off in Spain’s heatwave

Vegetable ice cream, fruit lollies and for the carnivores among them, generous helpings of frozen meat, this is how zoo animals across Spain have kept their cool this week.

Norway PM: ‘Time does not heal all wounds’
Norway

Norway PM: ‘Time does not heal all wounds’

Norwegian PM Erna Solberg addressed the nation on Friday as Norway marked the fifth anniversary of a right-wing fanatic’s hateful terrorist attack.

German trains need better protection from attacks: police
Germany

German trains need better protection from attacks: police

Trains are a soft spot in the German security system which terrorists are likely to target unless necessary steps are taken, federal investigators warn.

Zurich school threatened over links to Erdogan opponent
Switzerland

Zurich school threatened over links to Erdogan opponent

School targeted over claims it is associated with Fethullah Gulen.

Austrian switched at birth unlikely to meet ‘real’ parents
Austria

Austrian switched at birth unlikely to meet ‘real’ parents

An Austrian who may have been switched at birth is unlikely to ever meet her birth parents after a call for hundreds of women to come forward and be tested failed to find another switched baby.

More work makes you sick: Danish study
Denmark

More work makes you sick: Danish study

A study that followed Danish workers for 12 years found that when companies enjoy an uptick in business, their employees pay for it with their well-being.

Italy fears ‘Calais-style’ camps as migrant backlog worsens
Italy

Italy fears ‘Calais-style’ camps as migrant backlog worsens

Italy is scrambling to find extra places for incoming migrants amid fears the failure of a European relocation plan may result in mass encampments.

Police clear out ‘2,500’ migrants from Paris camp
France

Police clear out ‘2,500’ migrants from Paris camp

Police in Paris carried out their 26th eviction order on a migrant camp on Friday with 2,500 mainly young men from Syria and east Africa evacuated.

Crime writer in court for failed robbery – just like in his book
Germany

Crime writer in court for failed robbery – just like in his book

Was it research for a novel gone wrong?

‘No clear link’ between trauma and radicalization in refugees
Germany

‘No clear link’ between trauma and radicalization in refugees

A specialist in psychiatric care for migrants has said that there is no known link between trauma and radicalization, after an adolescent refugee attacked train passengers with an axe.

Girl rescued after night spent adrift on surfboard off Spain
Spain

Girl rescued after night spent adrift on surfboard off Spain

The young woman could not beat the strong currents to make it back to shore.

Austria ready for 100km border fence with Hungary
Austria

Austria ready for 100km border fence with Hungary

Austria has finished preparations for building a possible 100 kilometre fence along its eastern border with Hungary.

Hollande tells Brits they can stay but expat worries persist
France

Hollande tells Brits they can stay but expat worries persist

Do President François Hollande's words reassure you?

Violent storms hit Switzerland as planet heats up (again)
Switzerland

Violent storms hit Switzerland as planet heats up (again)

Globally, June 2016 was the hottest month on record.

Italy to start performing civil unions from mid-August
Italy

Italy to start performing civil unions from mid-August

Same-sex couples in Italy will finally have the chance to say “I do” from mid-August onwards, Italy's Interior Ministry announced on Thursday.

Stay out, the water’s filthy! Germs ruin Swedes’ swims
Sweden

Stay out, the water’s filthy! Germs ruin Swedes’ swims

Fancy a dip? If so, you might want to keep your mouth shut.

Italian mayor says sorry for Keita Balde racism
Italy

Italian mayor says sorry for Keita Balde racism

"Sport is about passion, sharing and friendship. I'm sorry to hear, as the mayor and a sportsman, that some people last night embarrassed the whole city and, in particular, the real fans at the stadium."

Spain’s new coach Lopetegui promises ‘evolution’
Spain

Spain’s new coach Lopetegui promises ‘evolution’

Newly named Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has already led Spain's youth teams to international success.

Rescue boats recover 17 migrant bodies off Italy
Italy

Rescue boats recover 17 migrant bodies off Italy

Since 2014, more than 10,000 migrants have died or are feared to have drowned while attempting the perilous journey to Europe by sea.

Man kicked off flight from Sweden over ‘Isis tattoo’
Sweden

Man kicked off flight from Sweden over ‘Isis tattoo’

A flight from Stockholm was delayed on Thursday after it was claimed that one of the passengers had an Isis flag tattooed on his arm.

France takes ‘great step for reform’ as labour laws passed
France

France takes ‘great step for reform’ as labour laws passed

After months of violent street protests and friction between unions and the government, the French parliament has definitively adopted a set of controversial labour reforms.

Italian police find €0.5 million of artefacts in art thieves’ lair
Italy

Italian police find €0.5 million of artefacts in art thieves’ lair

Police in Terno, Campania, uncovered a spectacular hoard of over 200 stolen historical artefacts worth over €0.5 million on Wednesday, inside the lair of a local gang of art thieves.

Pavarotti’s family protest Trump’s use of famous aria
Italy

Pavarotti’s family protest Trump’s use of famous aria

"Nessun Dorma", which became Pavarotti's signature aria and climaxes with the words "Vincero" ("I will win"), has been played often at Trump rallies.

Nice killer planned attack for months with accomplices
France

Nice killer planned attack for months with accomplices

There was no last-minute planning behind the carnage in Nice and the killer was certainly no lone wolf.

In pictures: Are Swedes falling in love with colour at last?
Sweden

In pictures: Are Swedes falling in love with colour at last?

Antonia Wiklund of Houzz.se investigates why the Swedes are abandoning their sleek and clean interior design for vibrant colours.

How to make Swedish cold poached salmon
Sweden

How to make Swedish cold poached salmon

Poached salmon is a Swedish summer classic. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.