Erdogan threatens to unlock refugee floodgates
Austria

Erdogan threatens to unlock refugee floodgates

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Friday to open Turkey's borders to allow migrants to reach the EU, in a move that would tear up a landmark deal that has reduced the flow.

Israel furious as France to label settlement goods
France

Israel furious as France to label settlement goods

Not acceptable, says the Israeli foreign ministry.

Six very different things to do in Paris this Christmas
France

Six very different things to do in Paris this Christmas

Stuck for Christmas plans in Paris?

Bird flu virus now discovered in seagulls in Berlin
Germany

Bird flu virus now discovered in seagulls in Berlin

The aggressive bird flu H5N8 had already spread into several German states, and was detected in Berlin and Brandenburg on Friday.

How a dildo spat is shaking up east German politics
Germany

How a dildo spat is shaking up east German politics

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Saxony has picked a fight with a more mainstream party politician. But it’s not about immigration or foreign policy - it’s about sex toys.

This is how much Germans love (or loath) Merkel
Germany

This is how much Germans love (or loath) Merkel

Her third term in office has been Chancellor Angela Merkel's most controversial by a long shot. Over a year after she opened Germany's borders to refugees, a new data map reveals her popularity over time.

Students turn Swedish viral scream into Trump protest
Sweden

Students turn Swedish viral scream into Trump protest

Notice a viral video of Swedes screaming out of their windows resurfacing in recent weeks? A newer version takes the phenomenon to a different level...

116 women have been murdered in Italy this year. How can Italy tackle gendered violence?
Italy

116 women have been murdered in Italy this year. How can Italy tackle gendered violence?

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we take a look at the problem of gendered violence in Italy, and what the country is doing to tackle it.

Oslo airport to get new Addis Ababa route
Norway

Oslo airport to get new Addis Ababa route

Beginning in March, Ethiopian Airlines will fly passengers from Oslo and Addis Ababa as the first African carrier to offer first direct flight between Norway and the African continent.

Germans would pay more for stranger’s approval than BMW
Germany

Germans would pay more for stranger’s approval than BMW

A new survey of what Germans would pay for "priceless" experiences reveals an interesting glimpse into what they value most.

Couple in dock for rape-murder of Chinese student
Germany

Couple in dock for rape-murder of Chinese student

A German couple went on trial on Friday accused of brutally raping and killing a Chinese student in eastern Germany, in a crime that caused outrage in both countries.

Denmark’s winter will be even colder than you thought
Denmark

Denmark’s winter will be even colder than you thought

At least according to a new long-term forecast for the coming three months.

Paris parking spots pricier than houses in rural France
France

Paris parking spots pricier than houses in rural France

Would you prefer a parking place in Paris or a two-bedroom cottage in western France?

Why French aren’t falling over themselves for Black Friday
France

Why French aren’t falling over themselves for Black Friday

Don't expect shoppers' riots anytime soon in Paris on Black Friday.

Britain’s Economist says ‘No’ to Renzi’s reforms. But why?
Italy

Britain’s Economist says ‘No’ to Renzi’s reforms. But why?

The financial weekly said that Italy needed "far-reaching reforms", but rejected those which Renzi has put on the table.

Lego opens first toy brick factory in China
Denmark

Lego opens first toy brick factory in China

Danish toy giant has opened its first Asian factory.

Germany: Erdogan threat to drop refugee deal ‘not helpful’
Germany

Germany: Erdogan threat to drop refugee deal ‘not helpful’

Germany said "threats" were "not helpful" on the EU-Turkey migrant deal after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned he could drop border controls, allowing a flood of migrants into the bloc.

11 tips on how to behave in an Austrian sauna
Austria

11 tips on how to behave in an Austrian sauna

For Brits and Americans Austria’s spa culture can come as a bit of a surprise - most of the saunas are mixed gender for starters, and swimming costumes are not allowed. For anyone unsure of what to expect or how to behave, here are some pointers.

Foiled Paris terror plot ‘was being directed from abroad’
France

Foiled Paris terror plot ‘was being directed from abroad’

The thwarted plot to attack targets in the Paris region was directed from the Middle East, a French prosecutor has said.

Swedish inmates demand: We want to make Christmas cards
Sweden

Swedish inmates demand: We want to make Christmas cards

Inmates at Salberga high security prison near Västerås are unhappy because they don't think they have enough arts and crafts.

Hate speech cases soar in Austria
Austria

Hate speech cases soar in Austria

Incidents of hate speech, particularly on the internet, have reached a record high in Austria.

‘No Islamist link’ in French missionary home murder
France

‘No Islamist link’ in French missionary home murder

Knife attack not believed to be a terrorist murder.

No, Corona tycoon did NOT leave fortune to Spanish villagers
Spain

No, Corona tycoon did NOT leave fortune to Spanish villagers

Did the Corona beer billionaire leave his fortune to be divided among every villager in a sleepy hamlet in northern Spain? Well, not exactly.

No Bonds please! German spies can be fired for affairs
Germany

No Bonds please! German spies can be fired for affairs

A spy in Germany's foreign secret service lost a compensation claim on Thursday, after he was sacked for becoming intimate with a woman he met while on assignment.

‘Natural Reality’ glasses video mocks tech-obsessed Swedes
Sweden

‘Natural Reality’ glasses video mocks tech-obsessed Swedes

'When I walk forward like this, it's like the branches are coming right at me.'

Swiss theatre docked funds for mocking populist MP
Switzerland

Swiss theatre docked funds for mocking populist MP

Theater Neumarkt’s 2017 grant is slashed after a "voodoo" performance attacking Roger Köppel.

Turkish spy in Bremen plotted murder of 2 Kurds: report
Germany

Turkish spy in Bremen plotted murder of 2 Kurds: report

Two major public broadcasters reported on Friday that a man believed to be a Turkish agent spied on two Kurdish functionaries and plotted to murder them.

Swedish PM: Trump ‘open-minded’ on climate deal
Sweden

Swedish PM: Trump ‘open-minded’ on climate deal

Stefan Löfven has revealed some of the details of his first conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump, and the New Yorker's views on climate change appear to have softened.

German populists on right, and even left, praise Trump
Germany

German populists on right, and even left, praise Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump received an invite to Munich from the arch-conservative leader of Bavaria this week, and even won praise from the leader of the far-left Die Linke (Left Party).

IN PICS: More floods sweep through southern France
France

IN PICS: More floods sweep through southern France

And more weather warnings have been issued.

Norway’s winter is going to be even colder than you thought
Norway

Norway’s winter is going to be even colder than you thought

American meteorologists predict that the Scandinavian winter is going to be even colder than previously thought.

Drones to help Swiss rescue dogs find missing people
Switzerland

Drones to help Swiss rescue dogs find missing people

Switzerland's dog rescue volunteers have teamed up with the Swiss Federation of Civil Drones for the new venture.

One feared dead as storms continue to batter northern Italy
Italy

One feared dead as storms continue to batter northern Italy

Residents have been urged to stay away from the water and many roads and businesses - including the factory where Nutella is made - have been shut due to flooding fears.

Hollande hails slight fall in French jobless rate
France

Hollande hails slight fall in French jobless rate

The fall in the jobless rate won't save his presidency however.

Star architect Norman Foster picked for Prado extension
Spain

Star architect Norman Foster picked for Prado extension

British architecture superstar Norman Foster has been selected to renovate a 17th century building for an extension to Madrid's famous Prado museum.

Rescue plan for Italy’s ailing BMPS bank approved
Italy

Rescue plan for Italy’s ailing BMPS bank approved

Shares in BMPS have fallen by over 80 percent since the start of the year.

Norway’s chess champ Carlsen pulls even with Russian grandmaster
Norway

Norway’s chess champ Carlsen pulls even with Russian grandmaster

Historic showdown now stands at 5-5 after Magnus Carlsen claimed his first victory.

Lufthansa pilots dig heels in, roll strike into Saturday
Germany

Lufthansa pilots dig heels in, roll strike into Saturday

German flagship carrier Lufthansa said it was scrapping 830 flights Friday as its pilots went on strike over wages and the union called for the walkout to be extended into Saturday.

Fiat and Ferrari urge Italians to back Renzi’s reforms
Italy

Fiat and Ferrari urge Italians to back Renzi’s reforms

Will this move help or harm the PM?

Fillon says the future of France is not multicultural
France

Fillon says the future of France is not multicultural

François Fillon says France's identity is its history, its language, its culture.

Onslaught puts Denmark in World Cup driving seat
Denmark

Onslaught puts Denmark in World Cup driving seat

A surprise onslaught from Denmark odd couple Thorbjørn Olesen and Søren Kjeldsen blew the World Cup of Golf wide open Friday during a high-scoring second round of fourball play in Melbourne.

WTO chief: ‘I don’t know what Trump’s trade policies are’
Switzerland

WTO chief: ‘I don’t know what Trump’s trade policies are’

The head of the World Trade Organization said he has received no indication the United States would move to leave the WTO under Donald Trump's administration.

Denmark’s top restaurant fined for hygiene breaches
Denmark

Denmark’s top restaurant fined for hygiene breaches

Geranium chef contends inspection violations were "greatly exaggerated".

Sweden to cull 200,000 poultry after bird flu outbreak
Sweden

Sweden to cull 200,000 poultry after bird flu outbreak

An initial cull of 37,000 birds in Sweden will now increase to 200,000, authorities said on Friday.

In pictures: How do I create a design theme for my home?
Sweden

In pictures: How do I create a design theme for my home?

Having a common style throughout your home creates a peaceful and tidy feel.

Notorious Lars Vilks artwork burned down in Sweden
Sweden

Notorious Lars Vilks artwork burned down in Sweden

Much of the life's work of equally famous and infamous Swedish artist Lars Vilks has been destroyed in a fire.

How to make a Swedish gingerbread house
Sweden

How to make a Swedish gingerbread house

This weekend is the first of Advent which spells the start of the Christmas season in Sweden. Food writer John Duxbury shares his best tips and tricks for how to build a gingerbread house.