“Heil Hofer!” image punished in court verdict
Austria

“Heil Hofer!” image punished in court verdict

The far-right candidate in Austria's upcoming presidential election won 1,000 euros ($1,120) in damages Friday from a man who posted a fake image of him with a Hitler moustache on social media.

Austrian Railways invests in sleeper trains
Austria

Austrian Railways invests in sleeper trains

Germany's Deutsche Bahn is scrapping its sleeper trains but it's not quite the end of the line for fans of night-time journeys, thanks to a deal announced with Austrian Railways.

Germany closer to blocking EU citizens’ ‘welfare tourism’
Germany

Germany closer to blocking EU citizens’ ‘welfare tourism’

The German government wants to stop citizens of other EU countries, particularly from eastern Europe, from moving to Germany just for its benefits.

5-year-old hospitalized in racist attack in east Germany
Germany

5-year-old hospitalized in racist attack in east Germany

A small boy has ended up in hospital in the town of Merseburg, Saxony-Anhalt, after two armed men attacked his home.

British pensioners in France hit hard by sinking pound
France

British pensioners in France hit hard by sinking pound

"It like we're being mocked for living in Europe," one pensioner said.

Santos says Nobel ‘a great stimulus’ in quest for peace
Norway

Santos says Nobel ‘a great stimulus’ in quest for peace

President Juan Manuel Santos said on Friday that Colombia was "very, very" close to ending decades of war and that receiving the Nobel Peace Prize would be "a great stimulus" to that end.

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France

Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?

The x-rated crop circle/ giant garlic is designed to arouse the locals.

Police send backup to Gotland after reported rape fuels anger
Sweden

Police send backup to Gotland after reported rape fuels anger

Sweden's national police have sent backup to the island of Gotland following unrest sparked by the release of five men who were arrested on suspicion of raping a woman.

Berlin does not rule out Russia sanctions over Syria
Germany

Berlin does not rule out Russia sanctions over Syria

The German government on Friday said it would not rule out backing possible sanctions against Russia over its aerial bombardment of Aleppo, as the United States mulled new embargo against the Syrian regime.

Merkel heads to Africa with eye on stemming migrant flow
Germany

Merkel heads to Africa with eye on stemming migrant flow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel embarks Sunday on a visit to three African countries before hosting leaders from Chad and Nigeria for talks in Berlin, as she seeks ways to stem a migrant influx to Europe.

Phew! Pickpocketing in Italy has declined significantly
Italy

Phew! Pickpocketing in Italy has declined significantly

The latest Interior Ministry crime figures should provoke a sigh of relief from tourists and those living in Italy.

Neo-Nazi cell ‘spied on Berlin synagogue to plot attack’
Germany

Neo-Nazi cell ‘spied on Berlin synagogue to plot attack’

Statements from a police officer in 2000 reveal that the NSU terrorist group may also have been active in Berlin, and appeared to be scouting out a major synagogue to attack.

Hells Angels boss murder threatens rise in gang warfare
Germany

Hells Angels boss murder threatens rise in gang warfare

Aygün Mucuk, a leader of a Hells Angels biker gang, was found with bullet wounds in his body in central Germany on Friday morning.

Britain to allow ALL citizens living abroad the right to vote

Britain to allow ALL citizens living abroad the right to vote

Finally the unpopular 15-year rule is to be scrapped and British voters will get a "vote for life".

Nobel peace prize: five key quotes
Norway

Nobel peace prize: five key quotes

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end Latin America's longest conflict.

‘We teach critical doing, not just thinking’
Sweden

‘We teach critical doing, not just thinking’

This week we put Malmö University in the spotlight. Pro Vice Chancellor Cecilia Christersson tells us about what makes the university special - and why critical thinking is just one side of an important coin.

Rome’s central train station gets a new artisanal food market
Italy

Rome’s central train station gets a new artisanal food market

Train station snacks: Overpriced, unhealthy and underwhelming? Not any more, as Rome launches a new food market in Termini station, offering high quality local food.

France questions role of Geneva free port
Switzerland

France questions role of Geneva free port

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has called on the Group of 20 to prevent the use of so-called free ports in the sale of stolen art to fund terrorism.

Nordea’s Dutch merger offer rejected: report
Sweden

Nordea’s Dutch merger offer rejected: report

The Dutch government has rejected an offer by Scandinavian banking giant Nordea to merge with The Netherlands' third largest bank ABN Amro, Dutch newspapers reported on Friday.

East Germany – 10 things you never knew about the GDR
Germany

East Germany – 10 things you never knew about the GDR

October 7th is the anniversary of the GDR's formation. Here are 10 fascinating nuggets of trivia to impress your friends!

‘The tech sector should lead the move away from cities’
Sweden

‘The tech sector should lead the move away from cities’

It's time for the urban tech sector to wake up and realize that the future of provincial Sweden is central to the future of Sweden, argues Paul Connolly of Skellefteå-based Hello Future.

Danish security agency blocks book on former director
Denmark

Danish security agency blocks book on former director

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has been granted an injunction to block the release of a book about its former director.

Nine reasons Hollande should stand for re-election
France

Nine reasons Hollande should stand for re-election

Will he? Won't he? Should he... yes of course. Here's why.

Italy’s best pizza is made in a rehab centre
Italy

Italy’s best pizza is made in a rehab centre

Italians make great pizza, but where can you find the very best? According to a national survey, the honour goes to a pizzeria run by residents of a rehab centre...

Saloufest calls time on drunken student parties
Spain

Saloufest calls time on drunken student parties

For more than a decade the Catalan resort of Salou has each spring played host to a week of drunken partying for thousands British students.

Driver trying to discipline teens at time of bus accident
Denmark

Driver trying to discipline teens at time of bus accident

The driver of a busload of 38 teen asylum seekers was trying to discipline his passengers when the vehicle was struck by a lorry on Thursday.

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Sweden

Nov. 3: International Café

(Stockholm University)

Swedish coach Eriksson ‘happy’ if Fake Sheikh jailed
Sweden

Swedish coach Eriksson ‘happy’ if Fake Sheikh jailed

"It was the worst thing that has happened to me in 40 years as a manager."

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Sweden

Oct. 21: A road to peace

(Umeå University)

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Sweden

Oct. 19: How to ace your job interview

(Lund University)

Stag do drunks arrested after scuffle on flight to Spain
Spain

Stag do drunks arrested after scuffle on flight to Spain

A ten-year-old child was hit on the head by a flying bottle as an in flight battle broke out between two drunken stag parties

SVP launch challenge to energy strategy
Switzerland

SVP launch challenge to energy strategy

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) is to challenge the government’s ‘energy strategy 2050’ to a referendum.

Investors go crazy for shares in German renewables firm
Germany

Investors go crazy for shares in German renewables firm

Innogy, the renewables subsidiary of German energy giant RWE, debuted on the Frankfurt stock exchange on Friday with investors snapping up shares in Europe's largest initial public offering in years.

Vienna’s benefits system acts as a ‘magnet for refugees’
Austria

Vienna’s benefits system acts as a ‘magnet for refugees’

Refugees in Austria are increasingly moving to Vienna because other states have reduced the amount of social security benefits asylum seekers can receive.

Swedish MP says joke about Jews was ‘gallows humour’
Sweden

Swedish MP says joke about Jews was ‘gallows humour’

A senior Sweden Democrat MP who was caught on video laughing while telling a story about former 'Nazi' colleagues pretending to assault Jews has defended his comments as 'gallows humour'.

Could Sweden make New Year’s Day kebab pizza day?
Sweden

Could Sweden make New Year’s Day kebab pizza day?

That's what Liberal MP Robert Hannah has suggested with a new motion to the country's parliament.

Merkel’s approval rate surges after hitting 5-year low
Germany

Merkel’s approval rate surges after hitting 5-year low

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approval rating jumped 9 percentage points in a new poll, after she fell to a five-year low last month.

Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
France

Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most

Take a scrumptious look at what the French have just voted as their favourite French dishes.

German Isis mission on hold in latest headache for army
Germany

German Isis mission on hold in latest headache for army

German Tornado reconnaissance jets have been flying missions against terror group Isis in Syria since the start of the year. But a technical defect has grounded the fleet - for the second time.

Thief returns cow bells worth thousands
Switzerland

Thief returns cow bells worth thousands

A repentant thief returns cow bells valued at over 10,000 Swiss francs.

Colombian president wins 2016 Nobel Peace Prize
Norway

Colombian president wins 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

UPDATED: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his "resolute" efforts to end more than five decades of war in his country, despite voters' shock rejection of a historic peace deal.

Syria’s White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Sweden

Syria’s White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward

One of the managers of the White Helmets - Syria's civil defence league - tells The Local Voices how winning the Nobel Peace Prize nomination "would have shown that the international community stand with the desperate people of Syria", but that they are committed to continuing their work, rescuing civilians from rubble and destruction.

Danish experts: Grunting doesn’t help you poop
Denmark

Danish experts: Grunting doesn’t help you poop

One out of three Danes grunts while doing number two but all of that noise is for naught, two medical experts say.

Italian mum tells teacher: Homework is torture, kids need time to play
Italy

Italian mum tells teacher: Homework is torture, kids need time to play

Are Italian schoolkids overworked?

Taxi drivers who transported refugees ‘not people smugglers’
Austria

Taxi drivers who transported refugees ‘not people smugglers’

Taxi drivers and members of the public who picked up refugees who had made it across the Austrian border last summer cannot be prosecuted as people smugglers.

Watch: Costa del Sol hotel swamped in 60-foot geyser
Spain

Watch: Costa del Sol hotel swamped in 60-foot geyser

The burst water pipe caused a "mini-tsunami" through the breakfast buffet of a hotel in Benalmadena.

FACTS: Full list of Nobel Peace Prize recipients
Norway

FACTS: Full list of Nobel Peace Prize recipients

Follow the live stream from Oslo here.

1000s of passengers affected as Tuifly grounds all flights
Germany

1000s of passengers affected as Tuifly grounds all flights

Tuifly and Air Berlin were forced to make sweeping cancellations on Friday after all Tuifly cabin crew and pilots called in sick on short notice.

In pictures: Eight Swedish bloggers’ living rooms
Sweden

In pictures: Eight Swedish bloggers’ living rooms

Are you about to decorate your living room? Houzz.se's Amanda Strömberg gets style tips from some of Sweden's most popular bloggers.

Geneva police to lift ban on bearded officers
Switzerland

Geneva police to lift ban on bearded officers

Canton Geneva police intend to lift a centuries-old ban on officers sporting beards.

Furious Frenchwoman forced to fly to US to get new hands
France

Furious Frenchwoman forced to fly to US to get new hands

A Frenchwoman has been left furious after being forced to fly to the US to get two new hands.

Spanish grandfather kidnaps his own family at gunpoint
Spain

Spanish grandfather kidnaps his own family at gunpoint

A man in southern Spain was arrested for holding his entire family hostage at gunpoint, including his six-month-old grandchild.

Scared Syrian refugees stuck in east Germany mull leaving
Germany

Scared Syrian refugees stuck in east Germany mull leaving

Refugees who have been placed in the eastern state of Saxony are regularly the victims of racist attacks. Some can't take the intimidation any more.

Swiss teenager dies after fall whilst hiking in Austria

Swiss teenager dies after fall whilst hiking in Austria

A 14-year-old Swiss girl has died whilst hiking in Austria's mountainous western state of Vorarlberg.

Murder victim’s family angry as trial suspended
Switzerland

Murder victim’s family angry as trial suspended

The parents of a murdered social therapist react to a court decision to suspend the trial of her suspected killer.

Hollande tells Britain: You must pay the price for Brexit
France

Hollande tells Britain: You must pay the price for Brexit

You can't just leave without paying the price, says the French president.

Denmark considers automatic organ donation
Denmark

Denmark considers automatic organ donation

At the behest of the nation’s health minister, the Danish Council on Ethics will consider whether Danes should be automatically registered as organ donors.

Germany takes step to close pay gap between men, women
Germany

Germany takes step to close pay gap between men, women

Germany is moving to close the pay gap between men and women with a proposed new law agreed in principle by the government's ruling coalition parties Thursday.

Swedish schools use social media to lure students
Sweden

Swedish schools use social media to lure students

Sweden's upper secondary schools are ditching costly traditional advertising in favour of social media campaigns in an effort to attract new students.

The battle of migrant rescue ‘angels’ to save lives
Italy

The battle of migrant rescue ‘angels’ to save lives

"If these people had not been there, we would be talking about hundreds and hundreds of deaths."

Long-delayed trial of aged Auschwitz medic collapses
Germany

Long-delayed trial of aged Auschwitz medic collapses

Germany's trial of a 96-year-old former Nazi medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp has collapsed, a court spokesman said Thursday.

Migrants quit Calais ‘Jungle’ camp as bulldozers await
France

Migrants quit Calais ‘Jungle’ camp as bulldozers await

The numbers of migrants are falling in the Calais Jungle but aid groups say bulldozing homes will only make things worse.

Oddsmakers point to Greek islanders for Nobel Peace Prize
Norway

Oddsmakers point to Greek islanders for Nobel Peace Prize

Syrian rescuers risking all to save war-hit civilians and the brokers of Iran's nuclear deal are among contenders for Friday's Nobel Peace Prize after Colombia's peacemakers fell from pole position.

Cheating Swedish parents to pay back millions in benefits
Sweden

Cheating Swedish parents to pay back millions in benefits

This year more than 1800 parents are suspected of cheating the Swedish state benefit designed for people who need to stay home and look after sick children.

France to dodge recession but outlook looks less rosy
France

France to dodge recession but outlook looks less rosy

France looks likely to avoid going into recession by the sin of its teeth.

Swedish golf ace equals course record in Scotland
Sweden

Swedish golf ace equals course record in Scotland

Reigning Scottish Open champion Alex Norén entered an elite club by equalling the Carnoustie course record on the opening day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

How to make Sweden’s luxurious lobster soup
Sweden

How to make Sweden’s luxurious lobster soup

A Swedish classic, this recipe for lobster soup is perfect for a special occasion.