Restaurant suffers backlash for throwing out veiled woman
Germany

Restaurant suffers backlash for throwing out veiled woman

A restaurant owner in western Germany has been accused on social media of racism after he threw a Muslim woman wearing a niqab out of his establishment.

Conservative leader leaves party amid corruption probe
Spain

Conservative leader leaves party amid corruption probe

A veteran conservative politician and long-time former mayor of Valencia said she is leaving her Popular Party (PP) amid a corruption investigation, but has insisted she will keep her seat in the Spanish Senate.

Sweden to launch new national equality authority
Sweden

Sweden to launch new national equality authority

A new national strategy on violence against women is also being worked on.

IN PICS: Labour law protests turn violent across France
France

IN PICS: Labour law protests turn violent across France

Deja-vu? Protests against labour reforms in cities across France once again turned ugly on Thursday with violent clashes between some protesters and police in Paris and other cities.

Teachers in Spain among the highest paid worldwide
Spain

Teachers in Spain among the highest paid worldwide

A new report shows Spanish teachers start off earning more than in most countries worldwide. But their pay increases don't quite keep up with the rest over time.

French group releases rabbit video to urge angora ban
France

French group releases rabbit video to urge angora ban

New video shows the suffering of rabbits raised just for their Angora wool.

Norway offers to scrap Swede’s Utøya memorial
Sweden

Norway offers to scrap Swede’s Utøya memorial

A Swedish artist's controversial memorial to the victims of the Utøya massacre may be replaced by the Norwegian government.

10 grammar mistakes Germans keep making in their own language
Germany

10 grammar mistakes Germans keep making in their own language

Take revenge for all the times your German friends laughed at you for mixing up “der, die, das”.

Sex tape woman’s suicide sparks Italian soul searching
Italy

Sex tape woman’s suicide sparks Italian soul searching

An Italian woman whose sex tape went viral has killed herself, sparking a debate in Italy about the right to be forgotten.

Don’t miss: Sweden’s last blast of summer
Sweden

Don’t miss: Sweden’s last blast of summer

Sweden, cold? Not this week.

WTF France: What’s with the French and dubbing films?
France

WTF France: What’s with the French and dubbing films?

Why are the French so obsessed with dubbing film and TV, asks Paris-based comedian Paul Taylor.

Man freed after French police stop him 10cm inside Spain

Man freed after French police stop him 10cm inside Spain

What’s in a few cm? Well the difference between being free and being locked up in a detention centre for one lucky Moroccan man.

Sweden’s military gets special gender handbook
Sweden

Sweden’s military gets special gender handbook

The book is meant to help improve military operations.

AfD’s Petry bashes ‘Mutti Merkel’ over childlessness
Germany

AfD’s Petry bashes ‘Mutti Merkel’ over childlessness

“Kids help you see beyond your own periphery. And that’s what Merkel doesn’t do,” the AfD leader said.

Will Christiania become a mass surveillance zone?
Denmark

Will Christiania become a mass surveillance zone?

In what's being called a "turning point" in the enclave's history, residents have agreed to allow police to set up cameras along Pusher Street.

Norway offers to scrap contentious Utøya memorial
Norway

Norway offers to scrap contentious Utøya memorial

The Norwegian government has offered to change designs but local residents have rejected the offer.

Swedish beach plot for sale for just one krona
Sweden

Swedish beach plot for sale for just one krona

So why does nobody want to buy it?

Explosion on Bali boat kills Austrian woman
Austria

Explosion on Bali boat kills Austrian woman

An explosion on a tourist boat off the Indonesian island of Bali has killed two women, one of whom is Austrian, and injured at least 14 other people.

Far-right and refugees in mass fight in east German town
Germany

Far-right and refugees in mass fight in east German town

In an eastern German town which has become synonymous with xenophobia, police broke up a fight between 80 locals and 20 refugees on Wednesday.

‘Patriotic’ French baby names: The latest crazy row in France
France

‘Patriotic’ French baby names: The latest crazy row in France

What's the most patriotic name for a French baby girl these days? Marine perhaps?

Caretaker abandons 90-yr-old granny in bar to go to fiesta
Spain

Caretaker abandons 90-yr-old granny in bar to go to fiesta

The caretaker of a 90-year-old woman in a wheelchair left her at a bar to go attend a party in Valencia, police report.

Anti-migrant AfD eyes big gains even in hip Berlin
Germany

Anti-migrant AfD eyes big gains even in hip Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces the threat of fresh gains by the right-wing populist AfD party in Berlin state elections Sunday, as discontent rises over her welcome to refugees.

235,000 migrants poised to make crossing to Italy
Italy

235,000 migrants poised to make crossing to Italy

Around 235,000 people currently in Libya are waiting to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, a UN official has said.

Austria Pokemon player sniffs out pot garden
Austria

Austria Pokemon player sniffs out pot garden

The Pokemon Go craze hits a new high after a player in Austria stumbles across an illegal cannabis garden.

Steinmeier makes first visit to war-torn east Ukraine
Germany

Steinmeier makes first visit to war-torn east Ukraine

The German and French foreign ministers on Thursday made their first visit to Ukraine's war-torn east since the beginning of the conflict between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in April 2014.

Why Denmark could be the next ‘right to die’ battleground
Denmark

Why Denmark could be the next ‘right to die’ battleground

The conviction of a 78-year-old man who helped his 71-year-old wife die has sparked a new debate on active euthanasia and an overwhelming majority of Danes are in favour of it.

Crisis at Sweden’s state watchdog claims third scalp
Sweden

Crisis at Sweden’s state watchdog claims third scalp

All three of Sweden's Auditors General have now resigned following a scandal sparked by a daily newspaper's investigation.

French mayor slips up in bid to take dog poo DNA
France

French mayor slips up in bid to take dog poo DNA

A French court has rejected a mayor's efforts to introduce a dog poo DNA scheme for tracking down offenders.

Women warned over Swiss foot fetishist’s porn videos
Switzerland

Women warned over Swiss foot fetishist’s porn videos

A foot fetishist from the canton of Graubünden has been secretly filming women’s feet and posting the videos on a porn site, according to reports.

Women-led flotilla sails from Barcelona to Gaza Strip
Spain

Women-led flotilla sails from Barcelona to Gaza Strip

Some 20 women of different nationalities set sail for the Gaza Strip from Barcelona on Wednesday evening, in the latest attempt to break a crippling blockade imposed by Israel.

Newspaper reveals terror attackers’ chats with Isis
Germany

Newspaper reveals terror attackers’ chats with Isis

In July two men carried out terror attacks in northern Bavaria within the space of a week. The Süddeutsche Zeitung has published the chilling contents of chats it reports the men had with the Isis terror group.

Two dead after glider crashes into Swiss forest
Switzerland

Two dead after glider crashes into Swiss forest

The glider crashed into a field in the Swiss Jura, killing its two passengers.

Big shake-up at top of crisis-hit Italian bank
Italy

Big shake-up at top of crisis-hit Italian bank

Can a new CEO and chairman help the oldest bank in the world raise new capital?

Paris mum gives birth to baby girl in back seat of taxi
France

Paris mum gives birth to baby girl in back seat of taxi

A taxi driver, a trainee cop, and a heavily pregnant woman get in a cab...

The phrases you’ll need to survive at work in Italy
Italy

The phrases you’ll need to survive at work in Italy

Living and working in Italy is a dream come true for many, but the language barrier can make the transition daunting. Here are the vital phrases you'll need in an Italian office.

PST: Every fifth extremist in Norway is a Muslim convert
Norway

PST: Every fifth extremist in Norway is a Muslim convert

A new report from the Norwegian Security Service has mapped the backgrounds of extremists.

Swiss September so far is hottest since 1911
Switzerland

Swiss September so far is hottest since 1911

Switzerland has experienced the hottest first half of September for more than a hundred years.

Mussolini tattoo gets Di Canio fired by TV channel
Italy

Mussolini tattoo gets Di Canio fired by TV channel

Paolo Di Canio was Wednesday removed from his role as a Sky Italia presenter after one of his tattoos alluding to Benito Mussolini stirred up a flurry of protest on social media.

‘What I mean when I say: I came here to blow myself up’
Sweden

‘What I mean when I say: I came here to blow myself up’

Why are you here? And why did you choose Sweden? These are the questions Abdulalim Alkatea from Syria keeps hearing. Here he gives his honest answers and wishes to be heard.

France’s EDF gets green light for UK nuclear power plant
France

France’s EDF gets green light for UK nuclear power plant

UK informs France that controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will go ahead after all, albeit with increased security measures.

Man jailed in Austria for murdering wife in Syria
Austria

Man jailed in Austria for murdering wife in Syria

An Austrian court has sentenced a Syrian man to life in jail for murdering his wife in his homeland in 2011.

Spain’s Doñana wetlands going dry, WWF warns
Spain

Spain’s Doñana wetlands going dry, WWF warns

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is warning that one of Europe*s most important wetland reserves only receives a fifth of the water it needs.

Sarkozy comes out of the closet as a climate skeptic
France

Sarkozy comes out of the closet as a climate skeptic

Presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy reckons that climate change is not caused by man and that the world has far bigger problems on its hands than global warming.

Adblock Plus launches ‘Acceptable Ads’ service
Germany

Adblock Plus launches ‘Acceptable Ads’ service

The German firm behind Adblock Plus, the adblocker software, on Wednesday announced the launch of a service of "Acceptable Ads" for content publishers.

Danish central bank warns country at full employment
Denmark

Danish central bank warns country at full employment

Denmark must find ways of expanding its labour force to avoid harmful effects on the economy, the central bank said.

81-year-old convicted of vandalizing neighbours’ cars
Switzerland

81-year-old convicted of vandalizing neighbours’ cars

The pensioner caused damage to the tune of 13,000 francs

Swedish Telia offered to settle Uzbekistan probe
Sweden

Swedish Telia offered to settle Uzbekistan probe

US and Dutch authorities have reportedly asked Telia to pay a settlement figure of $1.4 billion linked to a probe into alleged dodgy deals.

Flights cancelled in France as labour reform strikes return
France

Flights cancelled in France as labour reform strikes return

Thought the strikes and protests were over? Not quite.

In pictures: Stockholm office turned into mini apartment
Sweden

In pictures: Stockholm office turned into mini apartment

Decorator Tommy Doverdalen tells Houzz.se's Amanda Strömberg about how he turned a small office into a stylish apartment in Stockholm.

Could immigrants save Sweden’s rural towns?
Sweden

Could immigrants save Sweden’s rural towns?

Rural Sweden could have lost up to a third of its working age population by 2030 as more and more people move to the city, according to a new report.

Five unmissable artsy events across Sweden this week
Sweden

Five unmissable artsy events across Sweden this week

Start planning your weekend with this guide to the best things happening up and down the country.