Doubts cast over alleged Facebook court case
Austria

Doubts cast over alleged Facebook court case

After a perfect storm of elements combining candid childhood photos, Facebook and a generational dispute between family members led to the story of an alleged court case going viral, doubts have been raised by several investigators over the veracity of the original story.

All you need to know about France’s hunting season
France

All you need to know about France’s hunting season

Love it or hate it, France's hunting season has begun. Here's what you need to know.

Spanish woman denied classes over her hijab
Spain

Spanish woman denied classes over her hijab

The 22-year-old who is supposed to be studying in Valencia has been told she cannot come to classes without first removing her headscarf.

Gender aware Swedish TV gives kids’ trucks a sex swap
Sweden

Gender aware Swedish TV gives kids’ trucks a sex swap

Sweden’s public service TV company is making its children’s shows less sexist - by changing the sex of trucks and planes.

Per-student spending in Germany drops drastically
Germany

Per-student spending in Germany drops drastically

A report presented by the OECD in Berlin on Thursday gave Germany good marks in comparison with other countries for its educational standards, but there were still some negative headlines.

DB wants to arm conductors with pepper spray, martial arts
Germany

DB wants to arm conductors with pepper spray, martial arts

Deutsche Bahn is increasing measures to protect its employees from hate, and violence.

Study: Yoga helping Swedish inmates one pose at a time
Sweden

Study: Yoga helping Swedish inmates one pose at a time

Yoga has led to fewer conflicts and improved behaviour at Swedish prisons, according to a new study.

Berlin mulls plan for magnetic levitation train to new airport
Germany

Berlin mulls plan for magnetic levitation train to new airport

Officials in the capital city are considering a suggestion to build a magnetic levitation - or maglev - train to the long-delayed new BER airport.

Ten must-see sites for France’s Heritage Days 2016
France

Ten must-see sites for France’s Heritage Days 2016

Fancy getting a sneak peek behind the usually closed doors at the Elysée Palace or the world's oldest basketball court?

Drink-driving tourist held in Spain after killing policeman
Spain

Drink-driving tourist held in Spain after killing policeman

The woman was four times over the drink drive limit when the accident happened on Mallorca, authorities said.

Denmark’s rebel poet Hassan gets prison for shooting
Denmark

Denmark’s rebel poet Hassan gets prison for shooting

Yahya Hassan, the 20-year-old celebrity poet and one-time political candidate, was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for shooting a 17-year-old in the foot.

Watch this fox steal the ball right in front of Swedish golfer
Sweden

Watch this fox steal the ball right in front of Swedish golfer

Is it a birdie? Is it an eagle? No, it's a fox!

Hollande says France ‘can’t be alone’ on EU defence
France

Hollande says France ‘can’t be alone’ on EU defence

We can take the lead on European defence, but we won't do it alone, says French President Francois Hollande.

Cardinal Schönborn defends ‘Islamic conquest’ warning
Austria

Cardinal Schönborn defends ‘Islamic conquest’ warning

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has sought to clarify a recent controversial statement he made during a church festival, in which he suggested that Europe risks falling victim to an “Islamic conquest”.

Outraged Paris police told to pay their own speeding fines
France

Outraged Paris police told to pay their own speeding fines

"So should we chase the criminals by Metro or Velib?" ask irate police.

Elderly Brit rescued from apartment in Spain
Spain

Elderly Brit rescued from apartment in Spain

The man had collapsed in his Alicante apartment and spent days without food and water.

Turkey detains 4 over alleged threat to German embassy
Germany

Turkey detains 4 over alleged threat to German embassy

Turkish authorities detained four people as part of an investigation into a possible threat to the German and British embassies, Turkish state-run media reported on Friday.

Sex whilst driving ends painfully for young lovers
Austria

Sex whilst driving ends painfully for young lovers

A pair of red-faced lovers have ended up in hospital after engaging in some frisky foreplay whilst driving through the Waldviertel - and crashing their car.

Forced military service for school dropouts in France?
France

Forced military service for school dropouts in France?

Conscripts would learn to "get up early, respect discipline and even speak French".

Here’s where the happiest Danes live
Denmark

Here’s where the happiest Danes live

The happiest people amongst the happiest people.

Honeymooning Spaniard killed in Bali boat blast
Spain

Honeymooning Spaniard killed in Bali boat blast

The woman had been on honeymoon on the Indonesian holiday islan with her husband.

Austrian police seek mysterious ‘Goldfinger’ sprayer
Austria

Austrian police seek mysterious ‘Goldfinger’ sprayer

Police in the town of Klosterneuburg , just north of Vienna, are investigating a mysterious spray painter who has been turning the town’s fire hydrants gold.

School book recalled in presidential vote fiasco
Austria

School book recalled in presidential vote fiasco

An Austrian publisher has said it will withdraw a newly printed school book that lists Alexander Van der Bellen as the country's current president.

Cannabis sales at German pharmacies almost double
Germany

Cannabis sales at German pharmacies almost double

Cannabis is only allowed in Germany for select cases of serious illness, but this year the amount of legally-bought weed has shot up as politicians hope to pass a medical marijuana law.

Take a look inside France’s newest high-speed train
France

Take a look inside France’s newest high-speed train

Forty new high-speed trains are soon to hit the tracks in France, and they look pretty impressive indeed.

Spanish man digs up Civil War bomb during fossil hunt
Spain

Spanish man digs up Civil War bomb during fossil hunt

The undetonated shell was too old for bomb technicians to move.

Former Italian president Ciampi dies at 95
Italy

Former Italian president Ciampi dies at 95

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was president, prime minister and governor of the central bank - and was instrumental in getting Italy to join the euro.

Norway says no to burqa ban in nation’s schools
Norway

Norway says no to burqa ban in nation’s schools

Integration minister says there will be no ban unless the Labour Party clarifies its stance.

Germans’ favourite European country? Easy: Germany
Germany

Germans’ favourite European country? Easy: Germany

In a representative survey of German citizens, 47 percent named one country as particularly close to their hearts. The second favourite was behind by a country mile.

Geneva airport bomb hoaxer faces 90,000-franc bill
Switzerland

Geneva airport bomb hoaxer faces 90,000-franc bill

The Frenchwoman claimed there was a bomb at the airport in an act of revenge against her husband's lover.

Scammers cash in on quake with fake t-shirts
Italy

Scammers cash in on quake with fake t-shirts

Scammers have been cashing in on last month’s Italian earthquake by selling t-shirts and falsely claiming that the proceeds would be donated to helping people stricken by the disaster, which killed 291 people.

Paris Opera perks: Bosses rebuked over €100k taxi bill
France

Paris Opera perks: Bosses rebuked over €100k taxi bill

Directors at the Paris Opera might have to walk home in future.

French teachers given ‘alarm bracelets’ over terror fears
France

French teachers given ‘alarm bracelets’ over terror fears

Could this move in southern France be a glimpse into the future of life at all French schools?

Spain slammed for refugee crisis ‘failure’
Spain

Spain slammed for refugee crisis ‘failure’

Only one percent of the 15,000 refugees the country committed to take in as part of an EU redistribution plan have arrived.

How Oktoberfest security has tightened after July attacks
Germany

How Oktoberfest security has tightened after July attacks

While visitors are getting ready to raise their beer glasses, police at the world's biggest beer festival are stepping up security.

Bautzen tightens rules for refugees after far-right clash
Germany

Bautzen tightens rules for refugees after far-right clash

Violence broke out this week between refugees and members of the far-right scene in Bautzen, Saxony. Now local officials have imposed restrictions on the young refugees living there.

Bern argues over passports for 3rd generation foreigners
Switzerland

Bern argues over passports for 3rd generation foreigners

Should it be easier for third generation immigrants – the grandchildren of foreigners residing in Switzerland – to obtain Swiss citizenship?

Swedish court upholds Assange arrest warrant
Sweden

Swedish court upholds Assange arrest warrant

Sweden's Svea Court of Appeals has upheld an arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation dating back to 2010.

Gas blast in Dijon leaves ‘at least nine’ injured
France

Gas blast in Dijon leaves ‘at least nine’ injured

At least nine people have been injured after a gas explosion in a building in Dijon, central France.

WikiLeaks: ‘Embassy stay risks Assange’s mental health’
Sweden

WikiLeaks: ‘Embassy stay risks Assange’s mental health’

WikiLeaks has released medical records claiming its founder Julian Assange's mental health is at risk if he remains in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Sweden’s migration boss Danielsson steps down
Sweden

Sweden’s migration boss Danielsson steps down

The top boss of Sweden's Migration Agency resigned on Friday, a year after last autumn's refugee crisis.

Turn migrant vessels back to Libya: Johnson
Italy

Turn migrant vessels back to Libya: Johnson

Migrant vessels should be turned back towards Libya to take the heat off Italy, British foreign minister Boris Johnson has said.

Spies spotted at Swedish military exercises
Sweden

Spies spotted at Swedish military exercises

Foreign spies were present at an international military exercise in the south of Sweden last month, according to the country’s armed forces.

Paris police clear 1,500 migrants from makeshift camp
France

Paris police clear 1,500 migrants from makeshift camp

Police in Paris carry out latest in many operations to clear migrant camps that have sprung up in the city.

Four Spanish police arrested for drug theft
Spain

Four Spanish police arrested for drug theft

A total of seven men including four police officers allegedly stole cannabis resin from drug traffickers to sell it themselves.

Swiss ‘slave children’ to finally get compensation
Switzerland

Swiss ‘slave children’ to finally get compensation

Victims of abusive work placements have hailed a “historic” decision after parliament voted to award them compensation for their suffering.

Norway’s trade surplus shrinks by two-thirds
Norway

Norway’s trade surplus shrinks by two-thirds

One of the worst results since 1999.

One year on, can Volkswagen leave ‘dieselgate’ behind?
Germany

One year on, can Volkswagen leave ‘dieselgate’ behind?

One year ago, Volkswagen's cheating on emissions tests for millions of its diesel cars erupted into public view, leaving the mammoth carmaker battling an unprecedented crisis.

Swiss traders accused of selling toxic fuel to Africa
Switzerland

Swiss traders accused of selling toxic fuel to Africa

European traders are exploiting weak African fuel standards by selling toxic diesel and gasoline across the continent, a campaign group has said.

Celebs snub Sweden’s global union plan
Sweden

Celebs snub Sweden’s global union plan

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has been asking celebrities, including Meryl Streep, to back his new plan to give unions more influence in global companies. But the endorsements aren't coming.

Boeing challenges Denmark’s choice of fighter jets
Denmark

Boeing challenges Denmark’s choice of fighter jets

The US defence giant accused the Danish government of overseeing a "fundamentally flawed" process.

The best and most creative insults in the Italian language
Italy

The best and most creative insults in the Italian language

Use with caution!

Corsica beach clashes: Five men handed jail sentences
France

Corsica beach clashes: Five men handed jail sentences

Five men have been handed jail sentences for a beach brawl that highlighted and heightened inter-community tensions on France's "island of beauty".

New probe of Denmark’s Dong sale to Goldman Sachs
Denmark

New probe of Denmark’s Dong sale to Goldman Sachs

Denmark's state-controlled Dong Energy says it's was "ready to answer any questions" about claims the government sold a partial stake in the group to the US investment bank too cheaply.

How to make this weird but delicious cheese snack
Sweden

How to make this weird but delicious cheese snack

Cheese marinated in brandy with vanilla. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.