Sweden advised to bring conscription back in 2018
Sweden

Sweden advised to bring conscription back in 2018

Young men and women could be made to fill in questionnaires for recruitment to the Armed Forces as early as next year, according to a new proposal.

Denmark falls in international student satisfaction rank
Denmark

Denmark falls in international student satisfaction rank

UPDATED: Nordic nations once again dominated the annual International Student Satisfaction Awards.

Train evacuated as passenger flips out during ticket check
Germany

Train evacuated as passenger flips out during ticket check

A regional train was evacuated in Leipzig on Wednesday after a passenger became aggressive during a ticket inspection.

Italy ‘held naval manoeuvres with Iran’ in strategic strait
Italy

Italy ‘held naval manoeuvres with Iran’ in strategic strait

The Italian ambassador called the port call "a positive sign".

Man arrested in Wuppertal as part of Spanish Isis raids
Germany

Man arrested in Wuppertal as part of Spanish Isis raids

Police have arrested five suspected members of an Isis cell in Spain, Belgium and Germany that spread propaganda for the group online, the Spanish interior ministry said Wednesday.

Oslo court denies Snowden no-extradition pledge
Norway

Oslo court denies Snowden no-extradition pledge

UPDATED: Whistleblower reacts to court's decision to refuse to pledge safe passage.

Paying for sex in France: New law has been ‘catastrophic’
France

Paying for sex in France: New law has been ‘catastrophic’

Prostitutes say new law to fine clients has been "catastrophic" but support groups say it "works well".

Nationalists suspend aide after Russia propaganda claim
Sweden

Nationalists suspend aide after Russia propaganda claim

His suspension comes only days after another of the party's political secretaries resigned amid controversy over a property deal in Russia.

British mother arrested for leaving child to party till dawn
Spain

British mother arrested for leaving child to party till dawn

A British mother has been arrested in Mallorca after leaving her child alone overnight in a hotel while she went clubbing till dawn.

Germans cut home energy usage by six percent in a year
Germany

Germans cut home energy usage by six percent in a year

The Energiewende is the German government's ambitious policy of drastically reducing carbon emissions. New figures show one remarkable success.

Only in France: ‘Drive slowly – grape juice on the roads’
France

Only in France: ‘Drive slowly – grape juice on the roads’

You know you're in France when...

How a Swedish teacher is tackling racism through Facebook
Sweden

How a Swedish teacher is tackling racism through Facebook

Olle Linton, a teacher from Stockholm, founded a Facebook community to help teachers deal with racism in schools. He tells The Local Voices how it works, and why it's so important.

Northern Italian region approves ‘anti-mosque’ laws
Italy

Northern Italian region approves ‘anti-mosque’ laws

Similar laws in other regions have been scrapped for being anti-constitutional.

Merkel party MP under fire for using Nazi propaganda term
Germany

Merkel party MP under fire for using Nazi propaganda term

A member of Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party is in hot water after tweeting over the weekend a Nazi propaganda term in her criticism of the country’s refugee policies.

France gives lift off to tough new drone laws
France

France gives lift off to tough new drone laws

Time to crack down on drones, say French lawmakers.

Bienvenue en France: France cuts red tape for UK firms
France

Bienvenue en France: France cuts red tape for UK firms

France is ready to roll out the red carpet for UK firms quitting Britain because of Brexit fears.

Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Sweden

Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish

Struggling to learn Swedish? There are a few ways to make it easier. Here are seven tips from the experts.

Two dead in Swiss army helicopter crash
Switzerland

Two dead in Swiss army helicopter crash

Two people died and one other was injured when a helicopter crashed on the Gotthard pass in the Swiss alps on Wednesday.

Bern wants Swiss women to work longer
Switzerland

Bern wants Swiss women to work longer

The lower house of parliament has voted to extend women's retirement age by one year to 65.

Here’s how much Sweden’s highest-earning authors make
Sweden

Here’s how much Sweden’s highest-earning authors make

From Nordic Noir to a hundred-year-old man (and one called Ove), Sweden's authors had a good year in 2015.

Former nuns to get civil union in northern Italy
Italy

Former nuns to get civil union in northern Italy

The nuns fell in love during a mission, and will get their civil union on Thursday.

Socialists in open warfare as ex-PM blasts Sanchez
Spain

Socialists in open warfare as ex-PM blasts Sanchez

"I feel frustrated... as if I had been tricked," said ex-PM Felipe Gonzalez of the current Socialist leader.

Lidl’s €2.99 anti-aging cream comes out top in Spain again
Spain

Lidl’s €2.99 anti-aging cream comes out top in Spain again

A face-cream from Lidl supermarket costing just €2.99 has once again been found to be the most effective following research by Spain’s leading consumer organisation.

Govt denies planning bailout for troubled Deutsche Bank
Germany

Govt denies planning bailout for troubled Deutsche Bank

Germany's finance ministry on Wednesday said the government was "not preparing rescue plans" for Deutsche Bank, denying a newspaper report that state aid was being considered for the embattled lender.

VIDEO: Is life on a French café terrace really this bad?
France

VIDEO: Is life on a French café terrace really this bad?

Bird poo, bums and butts: Is life on les terraces really as bad as this?

Earthquake volunteer dies on way home from Amatrice
Italy

Earthquake volunteer dies on way home from Amatrice

The engineer had cut short his summer holiday to assist with the post-earthquake recovery.

The Swedish celebs you really should not google
Sweden

The Swedish celebs you really should not google

These are the world's most dangerous viral Swedish celebrities, according to a new report.

Spanish jihadists arrested for forming terror cell in Europe
Spain

Spanish jihadists arrested for forming terror cell in Europe

Police have arrested five suspected members of an Islamic State cell in Spain, Belgium and Germany that spread propaganda for the group online.

New Copenhagen project will ‘try to change the world’
Denmark

New Copenhagen project will ‘try to change the world’

A new project based in the Copenhagen district of Østerbro was launched this week to give sustainability proponents power in numbers.

Paid social work ‘should help asylum seekers integrate’
Austria

Paid social work ‘should help asylum seekers integrate’

Refugee experts from Austria’s nine states are meeting in Graz today, to discuss how to provide asylum seekers with employment and opportunities for integration through community work.

Sweden named world’s sixth most competitive country
Sweden

Sweden named world’s sixth most competitive country

The country moved up three places in the top ten of the latest edition of the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index.

Munich at high risk of housing bubble: report
Germany

Munich at high risk of housing bubble: report

Considering buying property in Munich? This report might make you think twice.

Norway to go after ‘asylum cheats’
Norway

Norway to go after ‘asylum cheats’

Integration minister vows to revoke permits from those "who have fooled us".

11 things the Swiss get tired of hearing abroad
Switzerland

11 things the Swiss get tired of hearing abroad

Swiss student Lara de Salis, currently studying in the UK, explains why she’s sick of hearing foreigners spouting these old clichés.

After fatal hail storm, south Germany set to see sun
Germany

After fatal hail storm, south Germany set to see sun

A hail storm in southwest Germany on Monday night led to the death of one woman, but forecasters predict a bit more sun in the days to come.

Man hit by tram during fight between Chechens and Turks
Austria

Man hit by tram during fight between Chechens and Turks

A man was seriously injured after being hit by a tram during a mass brawl between a group of Chechens and Turks in Vienna.

Switzerland still world’s ‘most competitive’ nation
Switzerland

Switzerland still world’s ‘most competitive’ nation

Switzerland has topped the World Economic Forum’s annual competitiveness ranking for the eighth consecutive year.

‘Five terror plots thwarted’ on Riviera since Nice attack
France

‘Five terror plots thwarted’ on Riviera since Nice attack

Authorities in Nice say five potentially deadly terror plots on the French Riviera have been foiled since the Bastille Day truck attack in the resort.

Italy tests 3,500 children for TB after doctor diagnosed
Italy

Italy tests 3,500 children for TB after doctor diagnosed

The hospital stressed the tests were a "precautionary and preventative measure".

French firefighters calendar to provoke global palpitations
France

French firefighters calendar to provoke global palpitations

Warning: Some readers may suffer palpitations, sweats or other side-effects when reading this story.

Denmark reverses course on refugee ‘child brides’
Denmark

Denmark reverses course on refugee ‘child brides’

Married couples will be allowed to live together in Danish asylum centres even if one party is underage.

Bardem and Cruz team up again for Pablo Escobar film
Spain

Bardem and Cruz team up again for Pablo Escobar film

Oscar-winning Spanish actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem will begin shooting a movie about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar next month, the married couple's first film together since 2008.

Police shoot dead father who attacked daughter’s abuser
Germany

Police shoot dead father who attacked daughter’s abuser

Berlin police on Tuesday night shot and killed the father of a young girl at a refugee home as he tried to attack a man who allegedly sexually abused his daughter.

Why Paris beach festival could be sand-free in future
France

Why Paris beach festival could be sand-free in future

Is a beach with no sand still a beach?

Ancient Roman coins unearthed at Japanese castle
Italy

Ancient Roman coins unearthed at Japanese castle

How the coins got there is a mystery.

Neo-Nazi crimes on the rise in Austria
Austria

Neo-Nazi crimes on the rise in Austria

Neo-Nazi crimes are on the rise in Austria - particularly in the states of Tyrol and Upper Austria.

Swiss hunting season claims human lives
Switzerland

Swiss hunting season claims human lives

Several hunters have died in accidents over the past few days.

Taking the environmental bite out of salmon fishing
Norway

Taking the environmental bite out of salmon fishing

The Norwegian salmon industry is trying to limit its environmental harm, but there's still a long way to go.

UK files show how Spanish spy tricked Nazis over D-Day
Spain

UK files show how Spanish spy tricked Nazis over D-Day

Secret files released in Britain Wednesday shed new light on how a Spaniard dubbed the greatest double agent of World War II tricked Germany with false intelligence about the D-Day Normandy landings.

Spain parliament OKs probe into govt ‘political police’
Spain

Spain parliament OKs probe into govt ‘political police’

Spanish lawmakers have approved a commission to probe allegations that acting interior minister Jorge Fernandez-Diaz used ministry resources as "political police" against rivals.

TV celebrity criticized for claiming 70 kg is overweight
Germany

TV celebrity criticized for claiming 70 kg is overweight

Model Sophie Thomalla claimed that promoting models who weigh over 70 kg sets as dangerous an example as skinny supermodels.

Italy slashes growth figures ahead of crucial referendum
Italy

Italy slashes growth figures ahead of crucial referendum

Italy's economy has barely grown since 1999 - hitting working and middle class voters hardest. Economists say Italy will struggle to hit even the "prudent" revised targets.

UK files show how Spanish spy tricked Nazis over D-Day
Germany

UK files show how Spanish spy tricked Nazis over D-Day

Secret files released in Britain Wednesday shed new light on how a Spaniard dubbed the greatest double agent of World War II tricked Germany with false intelligence about the D-Day Normandy landings.

Lost without translation: The struggles of Calais migrants
France

Lost without translation: The struggles of Calais migrants

So many languages are spoken in the Calais jungle migrant camp but French is rarely heard.

Italy professor: Students should plagiarize – teachers do
Italy

Italy professor: Students should plagiarize – teachers do

A professor at Italy's oldest university says teachers are granted "impunity" in case of plagiarism.

Paris finally bows to the importance of Oscar Wilde
France

Paris finally bows to the importance of Oscar Wilde

It's taken a while but the French capital is finally paying tribute to the importance of the writer who died in a Paris hotel.

Furious elk mum attacks Swede, breaks his arm
Sweden

Furious elk mum attacks Swede, breaks his arm

It came back and attacked him not once, but twice.

Sacked Fifa executive hits back in Zurich court
Switzerland

Sacked Fifa executive hits back in Zurich court

Fifa's disgraced former secretary general Markus Kattner has begun legal action to challenge his "unjustified" sacking.

Switzerland edges towards nationwide burqa ban
Switzerland

Switzerland edges towards nationwide burqa ban

The Swiss lower house of parliament has narrowly approved the idea.

Report: Stockholm is at risk of a housing bubble
Sweden

Report: Stockholm is at risk of a housing bubble

Stockholmers are the third most likely to experience a housing bubble in their city, according to an international ranking.

Reverse culture shock: the troubles of leaving Sweden
Sweden

Reverse culture shock: the troubles of leaving Sweden

Why is that stranger talking to me in the elevator?!