Swedish military told to look out for foreign spies
Sweden

Swedish military told to look out for foreign spies

Sweden's military has urged staff to stay alert as more and more incidents that could be linked to suspected espionage are emerging across the country, report Swedish media.

Foreign state ‘aims hack attack’ against top politicians
Germany

Foreign state ‘aims hack attack’ against top politicians

Several German political parties were the target of hacker attacks over the summer, with a foreign government suspected to be behind them, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

Swedish PM: ‘Important US doesn’t isolate itself’
Sweden

Swedish PM: ‘Important US doesn’t isolate itself’

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven has praised US president Barack Obama ahead of Tuesday's leaders' summit in New York on refugees.

Court denies German man’s fatherhood of nine embryos
Germany

Court denies German man’s fatherhood of nine embryos

A German court has prevented a man from attaining fatherhood over embryos stored in a Californian surrogacy clinic.

Do pupils in France suffer from too many holidays?
France

Do pupils in France suffer from too many holidays?

French primary school pupils would benefit from fewer holidays, says the author of an OECD report, but is France ready to chop its sacrosanct summer break?

Swedish high school calls police on dressed-up cowboy
Sweden

Swedish high school calls police on dressed-up cowboy

A high school in southern Sweden went into total lockdown after an armed man was spotted in the area.

French prisons’ crisis: Plans for 16,000 more beds
France

French prisons’ crisis: Plans for 16,000 more beds

Will 16,000 extra prison beds solve the urgent problem of overcrowding in French prisons?

World’s first hydrogen train to go into service in Germany
Germany

World’s first hydrogen train to go into service in Germany

Germany is set to host the world's first zero-emission, hydrogen passenger train when it gets into gear next year.

Can Danish technology save us from airport security hell?
Denmark

Can Danish technology save us from airport security hell?

A Danish company thinks it can essentially eliminate airport security queues with its scannable ‘intelligent trolley’.

Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
Spain

Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve

The headless corpse of the alpha male of a herd of reintroduced European bison was found by park rangers on Friday and others show signs of poisoning.

Bayern Munich coach Ancelotti: club is ‘like family’
Germany

Bayern Munich coach Ancelotti: club is ‘like family’

Ahead of Wednesday's top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash at home to Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti says he has found a true 'family' at the Bavarian giants.

Pope says we should be ashamed of war
Italy

Pope says we should be ashamed of war

The Pope is meeting world religious leaders in Assisi, Italy, to call for an end to war.

Lufthansa signs joint venture with Air China
Germany

Lufthansa signs joint venture with Air China

German airline Lufthansa and Air China said on Tuesday they had signed a deal to jointly operate all the groups' connections between Europe and China.

German official charged with spying on Sikhs for India
Germany

German official charged with spying on Sikhs for India

A German immigration official has been arrested and charged with espionage for an Indian secret service for allegedly spying on members of the Sikh religion, prosecutors said Tuesday.

New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Spain

New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca

An attempt to finally solve one of Spain’s most enduring mysteries is underway as archaoeologists try for a third time to locate the remains of the nation’s most celebrated modern poet and playwright.

Hen-baiting fox was a drunk and naked Swede
Sweden

Hen-baiting fox was a drunk and naked Swede

Why did the chicken cross the road? It was chased by an inebriated Swede in the nude.

IN PICS: Pilot lands private plane on French highway
France

IN PICS: Pilot lands private plane on French highway

The pilot of a private plane has had a lucky escape in southern France after walking away from an emergency landing on a highway.

One in five Germans now has immigrant background
Germany

One in five Germans now has immigrant background

A new microcensus shows that more than one-fifth of all Germans have some sort of 'immigrant background' - a record high for the Bundesrepublik.

Eight arrested over links to Nice truck attacker
France

Eight arrested over links to Nice truck attacker

Eight more people have been arrested in connection with the Bastille Day attacks in Nice.

Two bulls drop dead after head-on collision in bullring
Spain

Two bulls drop dead after head-on collision in bullring

Spectators were stunned when the two animals, each weighing around half a tonne dropped to the ground dead after charging headfirst into each other ahead of a bullfight.

Merkel praised for admitting refugee policy mistakes
Germany

Merkel praised for admitting refugee policy mistakes

Angela Merkel has endured a torrid time of it of late, facing harsh criticism from her own allies over her refugee policy. But a mea culpa offered on Monday won the Chancellor praise.

Swiss-EU negotiations resume but no deal yet
Switzerland

Swiss-EU negotiations resume but no deal yet

The Swiss president, Johann Schneider-Ammann, met with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Zurich on Monday.

What Paris teen pranksters risk after false terror alarm
France

What Paris teen pranksters risk after false terror alarm

UPDATED: These three high school students risk prison and a potentially hefty fine.

Norway man posed as girl on Facebook to exploit 60 boys
Norway

Norway man posed as girl on Facebook to exploit 60 boys

Police believe a Tromsø man used the internet to sexually exploit around 60 children and abused some of them in real life.

Paris to commit €145 million to win 2024 Olympics bid
France

Paris to commit €145 million to win 2024 Olympics bid

Paris is prepared to spend big to ensure it wins the right to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Danish priest admits sexually abusing young girl
Denmark

Danish priest admits sexually abusing young girl

A 46-year-old priest admitted in court to having sex with a girl who was just 12 years old at the time but denied abusing a boy of the same age.

WhatsApp warned for passing user phonebooks to Facebook
Germany

WhatsApp warned for passing user phonebooks to Facebook

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) has threatened legal action against WhatsApp for passing on user information such as telephone numbers to Facebook, which new user terms permit it to do.

Murder-suicide suspected as Berlin politician found dead
Germany

Murder-suicide suspected as Berlin politician found dead

UPDATE: Police are investigating whether a Berlin politician killed another man and then himself after the Pirate party lawmaker was found dead.

Six key points: What you need to know about the budget
Sweden

Six key points: What you need to know about the budget

The Swedish government's budget proposal for 2017, in a handy list.

Kurz asks Isis survivor to be OSCE ambassador
Austria

Kurz asks Isis survivor to be OSCE ambassador

Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has invited a Yazidi woman who was forced to be a sex slave for the so-called Islamic State to be a “Goodwill Ambassador” for the OSCE.

Swedish budget: Integration, climate change and equality
Sweden

Swedish budget: Integration, climate change and equality

Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson has presented the Swedish government's new budget proposal for 2017, which it predicts to be the last running on a deficit.

Norway files terror recruitment charges for first time
Norway

Norway files terror recruitment charges for first time

Ubaydullah Hussain, an Islamist who has had numerous run-ins with the law, is the first person in Norway to be officially charged with recruiting terrorists.

Muslim pupils must shake hands – ‘no ifs and buts’
Switzerland

Muslim pupils must shake hands – ‘no ifs and buts’

The Muslim schoolboys at the centre of a furore over handshaking earlier this year have had their appeal quashed.

‘After graduating my goal is to make this world a better place’
Sweden

‘After graduating my goal is to make this world a better place’

Enes Lukac has always admired Sweden for the safety and acceptance it offers for transgender people. But, as Enes discovered through studies and internships here in Sweden, the system is far from perfect for LGBT asylum seekers. Enes tells SI News about transfeminist activism both in Serbia and Sweden, and hopes to make the world a better place.

New quake strikes central Italy disaster area
Italy

New quake strikes central Italy disaster area

A new earthquake has struck the area of central Italy devastated by a major quake last month.

Unloved Hollande named ‘World Statesman of the Year’
France

Unloved Hollande named ‘World Statesman of the Year’

Not even picking up a prestigious-sounding award can prevent the French president’s popularity ratings from plummeting.

Frenchman blasts ‘Nazi-Zealand’ after four-day hitch-hike fail
France

Frenchman blasts ‘Nazi-Zealand’ after four-day hitch-hike fail

A French hitchhiker who flew into a rage after spending four days unsuccessfully trying to thumb a ride out of a small New Zealand town pleaded guilty to criminal damage on Tuesday.

France urged to put CCTV in abattoirs after shock videos
France

France urged to put CCTV in abattoirs after shock videos

Could CCTV cameras stop animal cruelty in French slaughterhouses?

DF’er charged with racism for saying foreigners ‘steal, rape and kill’
Denmark

DF’er charged with racism for saying foreigners ‘steal, rape and kill’

A rabid anti-immigration speech from a member of the Danish People’s Party (DF) will be investigated by police as a possible violation of Denmark’s racism law.

Mother leaves toddler son alone in car to go clubbing
Switzerland

Mother leaves toddler son alone in car to go clubbing

A mother is facing charges of neglect after leaving her toddler son alone in a parked car in Schaffhausen while she went to a nightclub.

Trial of ‘mentally disturbed’ killer driver begins in Graz
Austria

Trial of ‘mentally disturbed’ killer driver begins in Graz

The trial has begun of a man who drove his 4x4 into a crowd of pedestrians in the Austrian city of Graz last year - killing three people.

Four arrested for car fires in Malmö
Sweden

Four arrested for car fires in Malmö

Police in the city apprehended four men suspected of causing vehicle blazes after a calmer night compared to the rapid burst of fires last weekend.

Two Italians snatched in Libya: foreign ministry
Italy

Two Italians snatched in Libya: foreign ministry

The two Italians work at Ghat airport near the Algerian border.

Migrant numbers in Calais Jungle ‘jump 12 percent’
France

Migrant numbers in Calais Jungle ‘jump 12 percent’

The French government has promised to dismantle it, but the number of migrants in the Calais Jungle just keeps growing.

Swedish PM: No ‘direct’ Russian threat to Sweden
Sweden

Swedish PM: No ‘direct’ Russian threat to Sweden

An increased military threat is not behind Sweden's decision to station troops on a Baltic Sea island, Stefan Löfven says.

‘It’s not that I’m good, it’s that your husband is bad’
Sweden

‘It’s not that I’m good, it’s that your husband is bad’

This Swedish blogger has a message for dads who aren't pulling their weight with the kids.