Spain records its first victim of ‘devil’s breath’ zombie drug
Spain

Spain records its first victim of ‘devil’s breath’ zombie drug

Doctors have recorded the first ever proven case in Spain of a person being drugged with a powerful substance dubbed "devil's breath" that turns victims into "zombies" devoid of free will and memory.

Swedish politician quizzed in bodyguard mortgage probe
Sweden

Swedish politician quizzed in bodyguard mortgage probe

Sweden's former national coordinator against violent extremism is suspected of misrepresenting her bodyguard's salary to help him secure a mortgage.

Paris mayor dreams of seeing athletes swim in the Seine
France

Paris mayor dreams of seeing athletes swim in the Seine

But only after a rigorous clean-up operation, she admits.

Italy’s Fertility Day campaign slammed as ‘racist’
Italy

Italy’s Fertility Day campaign slammed as ‘racist’

The second reiteration of the government baby-making campaign hasn't gone down any better than the first...

Want a fat state pension at 37? Join the Social Democrats
Germany

Want a fat state pension at 37? Join the Social Democrats

Berliners have reacted with disbelief after the mayor's head spokeswoman was placed on a temporary retirement plan of €6,385 per month - and at the ripe old age of 37.

Woman forced to give birth after failed abortion
Sweden

Woman forced to give birth after failed abortion

A woman gave birth at a Swedish hospital after she had an abortion but turned out to still be pregnant months later.

You’ll never really be German until you try these 10 weird foods
Germany

You’ll never really be German until you try these 10 weird foods

What to do when your German in-laws serve you a plate of dark and slimy Grünkohl?

All you need to know about France’s wine harvest
France

All you need to know about France’s wine harvest

France's annual grape harvest has begun! Here's what you need to know the long-standing tradition.

Zara owner Inditex profits rise as quick-trend model pays off
Spain

Zara owner Inditex profits rise as quick-trend model pays off

Zara-owner Inditex posted a rise in first-half profits on Wednesday thanks to a well-honed business model allowing the Spanish group to beat rivals in whisking new trends to the shop racks.

Police arrest Syrian refugee, 16, over Isis links
Germany

Police arrest Syrian refugee, 16, over Isis links

A 16-year-old Syrian refugee has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of having ties to the Isis jihadist group, officials said Wednesday, describing him as a "serious threat".

Leader of anti-refugee Pegida becomes ‘refugee’ in Africa
Germany

Leader of anti-refugee Pegida becomes ‘refugee’ in Africa

He has infamously referred to refugees as "cattle" and "scum", but now Pegida leader Lutz Bachmann might feel some sympathy, after "persecution" has forced him to flee to the Spanish colonial remnant of Tenerife off the coast of West Africa.

Why this Russian developer is committed to helping refugees – with tech
Sweden

Why this Russian developer is committed to helping refugees – with tech

The driving force behind 25-year-old Vitali Poluzhnikov's work is simple: “I am a newcomer myself, so I'm trying to help other newcomers," he says.

Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany: govt
Germany

Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany: govt

Growing xenophobia and right-wing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany, the government warned Wednesday, voicing fears over the impact of a series of attacks against refugees in the region.

Watch this Nordic Viking ship sail into New York

Watch this Nordic Viking ship sail into New York

The world's largest Viking dragon ship in modern times is moored in New York this week.

Austrian election set for early December after ‘gluegate’
Austria

Austrian election set for early December after ‘gluegate’

Austria's parliament has approved December 4th as the new date for the presidential election re-run in a scandal-ridden race.

Italian teens are Europe’s biggest smokers
Italy

Italian teens are Europe’s biggest smokers

Almost two in five Italian schoolkids are 'habitual' smokers, a new survey shows.

VIDEO: See Norway’s PM ride around on a rubbish truck
Norway

VIDEO: See Norway’s PM ride around on a rubbish truck

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has posted a video to Facebook showing her performing some rather unusual work in the name of green energy.

Lovesick football fan to blame for mass brawl in Linz
Austria

Lovesick football fan to blame for mass brawl in Linz

A football fan jilted by an ex-lover is thought to have started a fight between football supporters and a group of asylum seekers earlier this month in Linz.

New AfD Berlin senator: Nazi civilian killings were ‘legal’
Germany

New AfD Berlin senator: Nazi civilian killings were ‘legal’

The AfD party admitted this week that one of their newest elected politicians was once part of an extremist group. And his Facebook posts reveal more about his troubling thoughts on the Nazis.

Spain’s Banco Popular to axe 3,000 jobs in cost cutting plan
Spain

Spain’s Banco Popular to axe 3,000 jobs in cost cutting plan

Spain's struggling Banco Popular plans to axe up to 3,000 jobs, about a fifth of its workforce, in the latest round of cost cutting by a Spanish lender.

Several Germans trapped in Turkey since coup attempt
Germany

Several Germans trapped in Turkey since coup attempt

At least six German citizens suspected of supporting a failed coup attempt in July have been banned from leaving Turkey by the government in Ankara, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

Bern debates raising health insurance excess
Switzerland

Bern debates raising health insurance excess

A higher minimum deductible could help reduce the cost of premiums, feel some politicians.

Italian police fund hotel stay for homeless mum and kids
Italy

Italian police fund hotel stay for homeless mum and kids

A heartwarming gesture.

The top spots around France according to Airbnb visitors
France

The top spots around France according to Airbnb visitors

Here are the most popular countryside options in France for a holiday, according to Airbnb.

Burning body found on roadside in Sweden
Sweden

Burning body found on roadside in Sweden

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found burning on the roadside in rural Sweden.

Austrian far-right leader publishes drugs test
Austria

Austrian far-right leader publishes drugs test

The head of Austria's popular far-right Freedom Party, long subject to allegations he takes illegal drugs, has published results of tests that he said show he is clean.

Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
Spain

Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?

We may all believe that we are complex individuals but Spanish researchers have worked out that most people fit into one of four personality types.

Stockholmers hunt killer badger after hipster cat attack
Sweden

Stockholmers hunt killer badger after hipster cat attack

A badger that attacked a cat on Stockholm's hipster island Södermalm is now due to be captured and killed.

Granada swimming pool in hot water over burkini ban
Spain

Granada swimming pool in hot water over burkini ban

A sports centre in Granada has come under fire after it emerged that three women were banned from using the swimming pool because they were wearing burkinis.

7 reasons you should join Sweden’s ‘a-kassa’
Sweden

7 reasons you should join Sweden’s ‘a-kassa’

Perhaps you have a “collective agreement” at work. Maybe you’re a member of a union. But have you joined an a-kassa?

Expats who come to France see jump in quality of life
France

Expats who come to France see jump in quality of life

A global survey of expats has concluded what many foreigners in France probably already knew: "their quality of life has improved". We want to know how exactly.

Danish museum forced to pay Elvis Presley heirs
Denmark

Danish museum forced to pay Elvis Presley heirs

A Randers museum will have to fork over 500,000 kroner ($75,000, €67,000) to the estate of American icon Elvis Presley.

Rome mayor ditches bid to host 2024 Olympics
Italy

Rome mayor ditches bid to host 2024 Olympics

Rome's mayor made the official announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

Swedes rally to protect arson-prone yule goat
Sweden

Swedes rally to protect arson-prone yule goat

How Swedes are trying to make sure Gävle's iconic Christmas goat survives its 50th anniversary without getting torched.

Majority of over 50s consider assisted suicide
Switzerland

Majority of over 50s consider assisted suicide

Two thirds of the over 50s in German-speaking Switzerland have considered resorting to euthanasia to end their lives when the time comes, according to a survey.

France forces motorbike and scooter riders to wear gloves
France

France forces motorbike and scooter riders to wear gloves

Riding a motorbike or scooter in France? Wear gloves or risk penalties.

Why Americans pay more to fly Norwegian
Norway

Why Americans pay more to fly Norwegian

Americans looking to fly to Norway on Norwegian or take a cruise on Hurtigruten are being charged much higher prices than customers in Norway.

Muslim woman attacked and bitten in Vienna
Austria

Muslim woman attacked and bitten in Vienna

The family of a Muslim woman who was attacked in Vienna by an unknown assailant suspect the assault was motivated by Islamophobia.

Paris declares new war on legion of train fare dodgers
France

Paris declares new war on legion of train fare dodgers

Fare evaders cost the Paris transport network a "scandalous" €1 million a day.

Race officially opens to be the next president of France
France

Race officially opens to be the next president of France

It's likely that one of these eight people, or at least one of two of them, will be the next president of France.

Italy gives go-ahead to cyber-bullying law
Italy

Italy gives go-ahead to cyber-bullying law

Under the proposed law, cyber bullies would face up to six years in prison. But critics argue it's a victory for censorship.

Obama thanks Merkel for open refugee policy
Germany

Obama thanks Merkel for open refugee policy

US President Barack Obama made a special thank you to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany on Tuesday at the United Nations, praising her for doing "the right thing".

Falsely-accused Dane accepts settlement from New York
Denmark

Falsely-accused Dane accepts settlement from New York

The Danish man who was cleared of sexual abuse charges reached a compensation agreement on Tuesday that was far below the $7 million he had sought from the State of New York.

Five easy Italian words with a curious history
Italy

Five easy Italian words with a curious history

Where does Italy get its name from? Why do we call our bosses 'Lei'? Here's the weird history between five words all Italian speakers use on a regular basis.

Spanish football chief’s niece killed after kidnap ordeal
Spain

Spanish football chief’s niece killed after kidnap ordeal

A niece of Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has been found dead in Mexico after she was abducted and held for ransom for several days.

Police free man arrested as terror suspect in August
Germany

Police free man arrested as terror suspect in August

A man arrested in August in a town near the Polish border on suspicion of planning a bomb attack on a street festival has been released.

Survey: expats in Switzerland have money but few friends
Switzerland

Survey: expats in Switzerland have money but few friends

Expats in Switzerland have the best earning prospects in the world but among the worst social lives, according to a new survey.

Austrian teenagers among top ‘binge drinkers’ in Europe
Austria

Austrian teenagers among top ‘binge drinkers’ in Europe

Austrian teenagers are prone to binge drinking - according to a European-wide study on alcohol and drug consumption among school children.

Sweden ‘worst in Nordics’ on sexist advertising: report
Sweden

Sweden ‘worst in Nordics’ on sexist advertising: report

A new report has criticized Sweden for being the only Nordic country with no legislation against sexual discrimination in advertising.

IN PICS: Work begins on anti-migrant ‘Great wall of Calais’
France

IN PICS: Work begins on anti-migrant ‘Great wall of Calais’

But will it do what it's intended to do?

Denmark eyes looming skills shortage as economy picks up
Denmark

Denmark eyes looming skills shortage as economy picks up

After a lacklustre recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, Denmark's central bank has warned that the labour market faces a squeeze as unemployment falls, the population ages and young people shun vocational jobs.

Bayer-Monsanto deal ‘danger for our food’: French chefs

Bayer-Monsanto deal ‘danger for our food’: French chefs

Some of France's top chefs on Tuesday denounced the $66-billion takeover of controversial seed firm Monsanto by chemicals giant Bayer as a "danger for our dinner plates".

Sweden named ‘best place in the world for expat families’
Sweden

Sweden named ‘best place in the world for expat families’

Sweden's quality of life for children, childcare and children's health in the country all stood out in a survey in 45 different host nations.

Swedish police to get new terror training
Sweden

Swedish police to get new terror training

10,000 police officers in Sweden will be given additional training and practice on how to deal with terror attacks starting from this autumn.

Why Sweden has been annoying you for years
Sweden

Why Sweden has been annoying you for years

...and you didn't even realize it.