Lufthansa pilots call full-scale strike for Wednesday
Germany

Lufthansa pilots call full-scale strike for Wednesday

The pilots union Cockpit announced on Monday that pilots intend to ground the entire Lufthansa fleet in a dispute over wages. Meanwhile Eurowings is to be hit by strikes on Tuesday.

Fillon vs Juppé: How French presidential rivals square up
France

Fillon vs Juppé: How French presidential rivals square up

From Islam to the economy

Stockholm second best in Europe for startups
Sweden

Stockholm second best in Europe for startups

Swedish capital Stockholm has been ranked among the finest cities in Europe for digital entrepreneurs in a new study, beating 58 other cities and trailing only one.

Spain’s Banco Popular axes over 2,600 jobs
Spain

Spain’s Banco Popular axes over 2,600 jobs

Spain's struggling Banco Popular has slashed over 2,600 jobs, about 18 percent of its workforce, in the latest round of cost cutting by a Spanish lender.

Drunk drives into oncoming traffic with car wheel missing
Spain

Drunk drives into oncoming traffic with car wheel missing

Police in Catalonia detained a woman after she was caught driving drunk along the wrong side of a motorway in a car missing one of its front wheels.

‘Swedes are stylish: you need to dress well if you want to fit in’
Sweden

‘Swedes are stylish: you need to dress well if you want to fit in’

Once you’ve put down some roots in the icy north you soon notice that Swedes are pretty snappy dressers — and newcomers would do well to up their style game if they want to slot in, says Deepak Kamboj, a management consultant from India.

Why Salzburg is Austria’s most inspiring city
Austria

Why Salzburg is Austria’s most inspiring city

The small city close to the border with Germany was named Austria’s most inspiring place to visit in a recent report. What is it that makes it so special?

Sweden to ditch tax on solar energy in renewables push
Sweden

Sweden to ditch tax on solar energy in renewables push

Sweden is set to ditch taxes on its production of solar energy in 2017 in a bid to run entirely on renewable energy by 2040, the government said on Monday.

Bear taken to disco in Brittany and internet gets very angry
France

Bear taken to disco in Brittany and internet gets very angry

The appearance of a bear in chains in a nightclub in Brittany, western France has sparked a grizzly reaction online.

Men call Sweden’s mansplain hotline for mansplaining tips
Sweden

Men call Sweden’s mansplain hotline for mansplaining tips

The hotline, launched last week by Swedish trade union Unionen, has attracted global media attention.

High court: Snowden must come to Berlin
Germany

High court: Snowden must come to Berlin

The Federal Court of Justice has ruled that the government must bring US whistleblower Edward Snowden to Berlin to answer parliamentary questions on the NSA, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

French Alps ski resort named world’s best once again
France

French Alps ski resort named world’s best once again

Only one place to go in the Alps if you want an "unforgettable" skiing holiday.

Germany expects ‘week of Spring’ as sun shines again
Germany

Germany expects ‘week of Spring’ as sun shines again

Germany is experiencing a touch of Spring this week. Temperatures might even get as high as 17 degrees in parts of the country on Tuesday.

‘Does anyone understand why Merkel wants to run again?’
Germany

‘Does anyone understand why Merkel wants to run again?’

Many Germans may support Chancellor Angela Merkel, but few voiced open enthusiasm when she declared she wants to stay in power - and commentators are asking whether she will offer fresh ideas or is a leader past her zenith.

Fermented fish attack leaves Swedish flower shop in a stink
Sweden

Fermented fish attack leaves Swedish flower shop in a stink

An unfortunate Karlstad flower shop has been sabotaged by vandals who threw surströmming (Swedish fermented herring) in through a broken window.

Firms behind Berlin airport offered million-euro bonuses
Germany

Firms behind Berlin airport offered million-euro bonuses

The bosses of Berlin’s new international airport have been criticized for offering bonuses to the companies building the long-delayed and over-budget project.

Twelve reasons why you’ll love working in France
France

Twelve reasons why you’ll love working in France

There are a lot more perks to working in France than you might think.

Are these Sweden’s 12 prettiest towns?
Sweden

Are these Sweden’s 12 prettiest towns?

A Swedish travel news site has listed the country's 12 most beautiful towns and cities. Do you agree with their picks?

Life lessons from a dancer: Ohad Naharin
Sweden

Life lessons from a dancer: Ohad Naharin

Israeli dancer and choreographer Ohad Naharin is also known as Mr. Gaga - the creator of "gaga movement". But what is it - and how can it affect your perspective on life? Ohad Naharin came to Stockholm to explain.

French police foil new terror plot after seven arrested
France

French police foil new terror plot after seven arrested

The French government reveals another terror plot has been foiled in France.

Fascists salute Franco on 41st anniversary of his death
Spain

Fascists salute Franco on 41st anniversary of his death

Sunday marked the 41st anniversary of the death of General Francisco Franco and far right supporters nostalgic for the dictatorship took to the streets.

Revealed: Swedes expected to work longest in Europe
Sweden

Revealed: Swedes expected to work longest in Europe

Workers can expect to spend a decade more in the labour market in Sweden than in Italy, according to a new survey.

Swedish paper criticized for ‘anti-Semitic’ Trump cartoon
Sweden

Swedish paper criticized for ‘anti-Semitic’ Trump cartoon

Dagens Nyheter admits that publishing a cartoon featuring Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and US President-elect Donald Trump being carried by figures like a KKK member and an Orthodox Jew was 'a mistake'.

This is what is really inside your Döner kebab
Germany

This is what is really inside your Döner kebab

A new study reveals what is really inside that greasy treat we buy at the end of a night out - and the vast majority doesn’t even qualify as Döner meat.

Danish PM invites support parties into government
Denmark

Danish PM invites support parties into government

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on Monday welcomed the leaders of the Liberal Alliance and the Conservatives to his official residence to discuss the creation of a new three-party coalition government.

Ten Swiss Christmas markets you must visit this year
Switzerland

Ten Swiss Christmas markets you must visit this year

You’ve sipped vin chaud in Montreux and glugged Glühwein in Basel – this year try these Christmas markets instead.

South eastern France on alert as storms lash the region
France

South eastern France on alert as storms lash the region

UPDATED: More weather alerts as the storms get worse.

Pedestrians catch child after balcony fall
Austria

Pedestrians catch child after balcony fall

A five-year-old girl from Innsbruck miraculously survived a ten-metre fall from a roof terrace with no serious injuries - thanks to two quick-thinking pedestrians.

Swiss choc master creates donkey’s milk chocolate
Switzerland

Swiss choc master creates donkey’s milk chocolate

A chocolate maker in Morges has produced the country’s first ever chocolate made from donkey’s milk.

Germans are Europeans most immune to populism: study
Germany

Germans are Europeans most immune to populism: study

According to new research by polling firm YouGov, of the larger European countries, Germany is by far the least prone to populism.

Key found with body solved Tyrol murder mystery
Austria

Key found with body solved Tyrol murder mystery

Police have solved the mystery of a body found in Tyrol earlier this month - the victim was a Greek man who was murdered by a fellow Greek who was having an affair with his wife.

Here’s what Denmark’s new budget means for foreigners
Denmark

Here’s what Denmark’s new budget means for foreigners

Hint: it's not good.

How robots could shape Germany’s political future
Germany

How robots could shape Germany’s political future

"Social Bots" were the sinister cyber friend in the US elections who didn't actually exist. Could they also shape how Germans vote next year?

This Italian chef makes miniature worlds out of pastry
Italy

This Italian chef makes miniature worlds out of pastry

These pictures will make you want to play with your food.

Villagers vote on second Swiss national park
Switzerland

Villagers vote on second Swiss national park

Should Switzerland get a second national par?

Eat, shop and make merry at the UNWG Festival Bazaar
Austria

Eat, shop and make merry at the UNWG Festival Bazaar

An annual highlight in Vienna's pre-Christmas social calendar is the United Nations Women's Guild International Festival Bazaar.

Merkel seeks new term ‘to defend democratic values’
Germany

Merkel seeks new term ‘to defend democratic values’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she would seek a fourth term in elections next year to defend democratic principles but that she expected her toughest campaign to date.

Police break up massive Norwegian paedophilia ring
Norway

Police break up massive Norwegian paedophilia ring

Over 50 people charged in one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in the nation’s history.

German murder suspect found in Spain with RIP tattoo clue
Spain

German murder suspect found in Spain with RIP tattoo clue

Spanish police were handed a large clue after discovering the suspect had tattooed the death date of his murdered girlfriend on his arm.

Italy’s top chef threatens to emigrate if ‘No’ side wins referendum
Italy

Italy’s top chef threatens to emigrate if ‘No’ side wins referendum

Italy's top chef and over 80 other celebrities including tenor Andrea Bocelli and Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino backed PM Matteo Renzi's constitutional reform bid on Sunday.

Denmark’s first dementia village welcomes residents
Denmark

Denmark’s first dementia village welcomes residents

Modelled after similar projects in the Netherlands and elsewhere, the Svendborg Dementia Village officially opens on Monday.

Suspect’s date tattoo could be clue in murder of girlfriend
Germany

Suspect’s date tattoo could be clue in murder of girlfriend

Spanish police said Sunday that they have arrested a German fugitive suspected of slitting his girlfriend's throat and have safely recovered the couple's 18-month-old toddler.

Inter snatch last-gasp draw in Milan derby
Italy

Inter snatch last-gasp draw in Milan derby

Ivan Perisic struck a dramatic late leveller to grab a share of the spoils for Inter Milan in an enthralling 2-2 derby draw with AC Milan that saw Suso hit a brace for the hosts.

British navy warns Spanish ship with flares near Gibraltar
Spain

British navy warns Spanish ship with flares near Gibraltar

A British navy patrol boat fired flares to warn off a Spanish ship which entered disputed waters off Gibraltar, the latest in a series of maritime face-offs between the two sides.

HIV in Sweden today is not like it was yesterday
Sweden

HIV in Sweden today is not like it was yesterday

The number of people in Sweden with HIV increases every year, but many misconceptions remain about the disease and how it affects people’s lives.

Woman in coma after man drags her behind car on rope
Germany

Woman in coma after man drags her behind car on rope

A man has been detained by police in northern Germany after he tied a rope around a young woman’s neck and dragged her down the street behind his car.

Norwegian and Russian tied in battle for world chess crown
Norway

Norwegian and Russian tied in battle for world chess crown

Epic battle even after seven matches.

Frenchman gets life for rape and murder of British retiree
France

Frenchman gets life for rape and murder of British retiree

The man said he knows he can be rehabilitated.

Swiss pharma giant buys US sickle cell lab
Switzerland

Swiss pharma giant buys US sickle cell lab

Novartis will buy Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. in a deal costing up to $665 million.

No suspects after shooting in central Gothenburg
Sweden

No suspects after shooting in central Gothenburg

Police have not arrested any suspects after a man was shot in central Gothenburg.

Surprise duo in France’s rightwing primary runoff
France

Surprise duo in France’s rightwing primary runoff

One of these two former prime ministers is widely expected to become France's next leader.

Henrik Larsson fearing for safety after hooligan attack
Sweden

Henrik Larsson fearing for safety after hooligan attack

Swedish football coach Henrik Larsson has said he may be concerned for his safety after hooligans attacked his son.

How homesickness inspired this Indian’s Swedish startup
Sweden

How homesickness inspired this Indian’s Swedish startup

The Local meets Renjith Ramachandran, the founder of Sweden-based Indian expat platform Search Indie.