Interview with Natascha Kampusch 10 years later
Austria

Interview with Natascha Kampusch 10 years later

Ten years ago this month, Natascha Kampusch escaped from the man who had abducted her as a child eight years earlier. But as the Austrian told AFP, freedom has not been all easy.

Luxury Berlin hotel denies erasing Israel from phonebook
Germany

Luxury Berlin hotel denies erasing Israel from phonebook

French filmaker Claude Lanzmann has claimed that a luxury hotel in Berlin deliberately leaves the Israeli dialling code out of its directory for the sake of its Arab clients.

Researchers row over number of Cold War border deaths
Germany

Researchers row over number of Cold War border deaths

A new report suggests the number of deaths along the Cold War East German border is much higher than prior estimates. But there are still doubts about the true figure.

Asylum home evacuated over safety concerns
Sweden

Asylum home evacuated over safety concerns

A total of 131 asylum seekers are being moved from their accommodation in Sweden.

Nudist photobombs French minister’s publicity parade
France

Nudist photobombs French minister’s publicity parade

France's economy minister has become the "butt" of the jokes after he was photographed sharing a glance with a naked man.

Düsseldorf loses patience as Pokémon shuts down bridge
Germany

Düsseldorf loses patience as Pokémon shuts down bridge

The city of Düsseldorf has pleaded with the makers of Pokémon Go to shut down gaming locations on a bridge which has become so packed by players that traffic has been blocked off.

Travel in France: How to avoid getting your passport pinched
France

Travel in France: How to avoid getting your passport pinched

Don't become a statistic. Be aware of these common pickpocketing ploys to keep your passports safe.

Germany mulls stripping citizenship from jihadists
Germany

Germany mulls stripping citizenship from jihadists

Dual nationals who fight for a terror group should be stripped of their German citizenship, the Interior Minister said Thursday.

Woman has diarrhoea, steals underwear
Sweden

Woman has diarrhoea, steals underwear

Gets fined.

Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen ends year with a whimper
Denmark

Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen ends year with a whimper

Maker of high-end consumer electronics has been losing money for years.

Russian scientist shoots and kills polar bear in Norway
Norway

Russian scientist shoots and kills polar bear in Norway

The scientist’s actions on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard are under investigation by local authorities.

Revealed: The pickpocket scams to be aware of in Spain
Spain

Revealed: The pickpocket scams to be aware of in Spain

Don't become a statistic. Be aware of these common pickpocketing ploys to keep your passports safe.

Turkey attachés in Greece ‘fled to Italy’ after failed coup
Italy

Turkey attachés in Greece ‘fled to Italy’ after failed coup

Two Turkish military attachés posted in Greece fled to Italy at the weekend following last month's failed coup, Turkey's top diplomat said on Thursday, saying Ankara was working to track them down.

How France battles to keep French alive at Olympics
France

How France battles to keep French alive at Olympics

Turns out it's serious work to keep the French language alive at the Olympic games.

Indian man on honeymoon in Italy…without his wife
Italy

Indian man on honeymoon in Italy…without his wife

Over the past few days, an Indian newlywed has taken in the sights of Milan, Pisa and romantic Venice as part of his honeymoon, but there’s just one thing missing: his wife.

August temperatures dip to coldest level in 25 years
Germany

August temperatures dip to coldest level in 25 years

...but the good news is the coldest weather is behind us for now.

Airbnb paid French tax man just ‘€70,000’
France

Airbnb paid French tax man just ‘€70,000’

Online house rental giant Airbnb might be worth €27 billion but the company only paid €70,000 in tax in France last year, according to reports in the French press.

Almost all VW cars sold since 1995 have this security flaw
Germany

Almost all VW cars sold since 1995 have this security flaw

Researchers from Germany and the UK have found that some 100 million cars worldwide have a security flaw vulnerable to hacking.

Swiss resolve spat with French over info exchange

Swiss resolve spat with French over info exchange

The two countries reach an agreement over an issue that has prevented 200 new employees from being able to start work at Geneva airport.

Amnesty fears for child migrants at Italian border

Amnesty fears for child migrants at Italian border

Amnesty International is worried about reports that child migrants arriving at the Swiss-Italian border are being prevented from joining family in Switzerland.

Teacher fired for endangering children sues old bosses
Austria

Teacher fired for endangering children sues old bosses

Teacher fire for leading children across dangerous railway crossing brings case against city of Vienna for unfair dismissal.

Renzi under fire over ‘special forces in Libya’
Italy

Renzi under fire over ‘special forces in Libya’

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under fire on Thursday for reportedly sending special forces to help the fight against the Islamic State group in Libya without proper clearance from parliament.

France urges members of the public to take in refugees
France

France urges members of the public to take in refugees

There's not enough room in the asylum centres, so the French government is asking for help.

Swedish footballer left in tears by national anthem debate
Sweden

Swedish footballer left in tears by national anthem debate

Should footballers be forced to sing the national anthem before a match?

Fears of more blazes after French bushfires tamed
France

Fears of more blazes after French bushfires tamed

Just as firefighters have controlled fires in southern France, authorities are warning for new blazes.

Body kept in morgue for years amid inheritance squabble
Italy

Body kept in morgue for years amid inheritance squabble

There is no possibility of burying the body until a family dispute is resolved.

Concerns of teen prostitution at Danish asylum centre
Denmark

Concerns of teen prostitution at Danish asylum centre

Staff at Center Sandholm, Denmark's largest asylum centre, have suspicions that young refugee boys are being prostituted.

How moving to Berlin inspired me to go vegan
Germany

How moving to Berlin inspired me to go vegan

Portuguese food writer Inês David always had an uncomfortable relationship with food. Moving to Berlin gave her control over her eating habits and turned cooking into her passion.

Migrants rejected by France ‘to be deported from Italy’
Italy

Migrants rejected by France ‘to be deported from Italy’

Friday saw chaotic scenes in Ventimiglia as migrants plunged into the sea by the rocky shoals at the border posting in desperate attempts to get into France.

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Austria
Austria

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Austria

How to get the most out of the Perseid meteor shower in Austria.

It’s snowing in August and the Swedes are super excited
Sweden

It’s snowing in August and the Swedes are super excited

This is what it looks like in parts of Sweden today.

US drunk driving killer found in Spain after 3 years on run
Spain

US drunk driving killer found in Spain after 3 years on run

A chance encounter in a bus station in Almeria has ended a three year man hunt.

Immigrants create 1.3 million jobs in Germany: report
Germany

Immigrants create 1.3 million jobs in Germany: report

A new report shows how immigrants and their children are becoming a more powerful job-creating force in Germany.

‘To boycott France is to surrender to terrorists’
France

‘To boycott France is to surrender to terrorists’

Readers send out a rallying call for visitors to France not to give in to terrorists by cancelling their trips.

Report: Geneva is Swiss capital of car theft
Switzerland

Report: Geneva is Swiss capital of car theft

The rate of car theft in the canton of Geneva is six times higher than the Swiss national average, according to a new report.

‘Sweden makes me feel like I’ve been born again’
Sweden

‘Sweden makes me feel like I’ve been born again’

After two years in Sweden Mazen Albitar has shed layers of his old Syrian identity and feels he’s on his way to becoming more Swedish than the Swedes themselves. He tells The Local Voices why he thinks the country deserves more respect than it gets from some fellow newcomers.

Murder victim identified in Austria after 23 years
Austria

Murder victim identified in Austria after 23 years

A body of a murdered woman found in Austria 23 years ago has finally been identified after the case was re-examined last year using new forensic technology.

Four of ten immigrant children in Norway live in poverty
Norway

Four of ten immigrant children in Norway live in poverty

A new report shows that 36 percent of immigrant children live in poverty in Norway today, compared to just five percent of children with Norwegian parents.

Italy sacks council in Sicilian ‘Godfather’ town
Italy

Italy sacks council in Sicilian ‘Godfather’ town

Corleone was the birthplace of Bernardo Provenzano and Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the mobsters who emerged from a bloody turf war in the 1980s as the undisputed bosses of Cosa Nostra.

Spain wins first Olympic gold in Rio with 200m butterfly
Spain

Spain wins first Olympic gold in Rio with 200m butterfly

Mireia Belmonte-Garcia won Spain's first gold of the Rio Olympics by just three hundredths of a second.

Milan Duomo ups security after tourist spends the night
Italy

Milan Duomo ups security after tourist spends the night

Security staff had locked up the Duomo while the American tourist was in the toilet.

Two Scandinavian flights to Brussels receive bomb threats

Two Scandinavian flights to Brussels receive bomb threats

The SAS flights from Stockholm Arlanda and Oslo Gardermoen to Belgium landed safely after being informed of bomb threats while in the air.

Spain’s PP to vote on rival’s proposals to end deadlock
Spain

Spain’s PP to vote on rival’s proposals to end deadlock

Will the PP decide to accept conditions set by centrist upstart grouping Ciudadanos in exchange for helping it form a minority government?

Denmark delays queen’s state visit to Turkey
Denmark

Denmark delays queen’s state visit to Turkey

The Danish Foreign Ministry has announced that Queen Margrethe’s planned visit to Turkey has been delayed due to that country’s state of emergency.

Britain’s May takes holiday in Switzerland
Switzerland

Britain’s May takes holiday in Switzerland

And her 'neutral' choice has not been lost on the British media.

Horses get scarred refugee children back in the saddle
Austria

Horses get scarred refugee children back in the saddle

Horses and art therapy helps to cheer up refugee children who have gone through tough times.

Hingis splits with winning doubles partner
Switzerland

Hingis splits with winning doubles partner

The Swiss veteran tennis star and her partner Sania Mirza of India are the world's top ranked doubles team.

Swiss cycling champ wins time-trial gold in Rio
Switzerland

Swiss cycling champ wins time-trial gold in Rio

Fabian Cancellara reclaimed the Olympic cycling time-trial title for Switzerland.

Ecuador says Sweden can interview Assange in London
Sweden

Ecuador says Sweden can interview Assange in London

Ecuador said on Wednesday it will let Swedish officials interview Julian Assange at its embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been sheltering since June 2012.

Coach set free in Swedish football cup groping case
Sweden

Coach set free in Swedish football cup groping case

The 36-year-old soccer coach jailed for 'groping' three teenage girls at Sweden’s Gothia Cup youth football tournament has been set free by an appeals court.

IN PICTURES: Wildfires ravage south of France
France

IN PICTURES: Wildfires ravage south of France

The bush fires north of Marseille have created some pretty frightening images.

Hundreds flee homes as bush fires rage in southern France
France

Hundreds flee homes as bush fires rage in southern France

Firefighters were battling to bring bush fires under control on the outskirts of Marseille.

Five unmissable music events in Sweden this week
Sweden

Five unmissable music events in Sweden this week

In Sweden for the next few days? Lucky you, because some of the biggest music events in the country are taking place.