Renzi announces resignation after heavy referendum defeat
Italy

Renzi announces resignation after heavy referendum defeat

As it became clear he had suffered a resounding defeat in the vote on which he'd staked his future, Renzi said "my government ends here."

Italy’s Renzi ‘to make statement around midnight’
Italy

Italy’s Renzi ‘to make statement around midnight’

Italian PM Matteo Renzi will reportedly make a public statement at midnight, an hour after polls close in Italy's referendum.

Swedish Lucia advert sparks love and hate online
Sweden

Swedish Lucia advert sparks love and hate online

An advert for Sweden’s Åhléns has unleashed a heated online debate after the department store chain unveiled a new campaign featuring a dark-skinned child, whose gender wasn’t obvious to all, dressed as a Lucia.

Profile of Austria’s new president Van der Bellen
Austria

Profile of Austria’s new president Van der Bellen

Fans affectionately call him "the professor" -- and in the end Alexander Van der Bellen gave a lesson in election campaigning by fighting off the far-right to become Austria's new president.

Ikea founder Kamprad suffers broken hip
Sweden

Ikea founder Kamprad suffers broken hip

Ninety-year-old Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has suffered from a broken hip, which temporarily resulted in him being hospitalised, but is now in good recovery, his assistant said on Sunday. He may have to skip the traditional Ikea Christmas celebrations in his native Älmhult though.

FPÖ concedes defeat as Van der Bellen clear winner
Austria

FPÖ concedes defeat as Van der Bellen clear winner

Austria's Freedom Party conceded defeat Sunday in its bid to elect Europe's first far-right president, as projections showed its candidate Norbert Hofer lagging behind in a bitterly fought election re-run.

Massive turnout as Italy referendum battle enters final hours
Italy

Massive turnout as Italy referendum battle enters final hours

UPDATED: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is hoping for a last-minute turnaround in voter sentiment.

Van der Bellen has won election as Austria’s new president
Austria

Van der Bellen has won election as Austria’s new president

In a long and hard-fought election battle which dragged on months longer than normal, and which drew significant international interest, the far-right candidate, Norbert Hofer, appears to have lost his bid to be president, according to exit polls.

VW bosses forced to pay back private jet costs
Germany

VW bosses forced to pay back private jet costs

Bosses at troubled German auto giant Volkswagen have been forced to pay the company back millions of euros for flights on its private jets, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday.

Spain rescues 92 migrants off southern coast
Spain

Spain rescues 92 migrants off southern coast

Spanish authorities said 92 migrants travelling in five makeshift boats were rescued off Spain's coast on Saturday, as an increasing number of migrants seek to reach Europe via the country.

Madrid homeless dine out… for free
Spain

Madrid homeless dine out… for free

It is early evening at a restaurant in central Madrid and Jose Silva sits down for a meal of rice, meatballs and vegetables as waiters flit from one table to another.

French minister defends Castro’s rights record
France

French minister defends Castro’s rights record

French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, defended the late communist leader's human rights record on Saturday, questioning whether the regime imprisons dissidents.

Budget deal saves Norwegian government
Norway

Budget deal saves Norwegian government

Norway's right-wing government narrowly avoided collapse Saturday after a last-minute deal was agreed in negotiations for the 2017 budget, which had threatened to bring down the ruling coalition.

French teen charged over police fire bomb attack
France

French teen charged over police fire bomb attack

A 17-year-old boy has been charged and held in connection with an attack on French police by youths who threw Molotov cocktails at officers, leaving two with severe burns, prosecutors said Saturday.

Germany arrests Marxist militant ‘leader’
Germany

Germany arrests Marxist militant ‘leader’

A radical Marxist suspected of belonging to a left-wing extremist group accused of terrorism by Turkey has been arrested in Germany, judicial sources said on Saturday.

Spanish seek to recover properties seized in Cuba
Spain

Spanish seek to recover properties seized in Cuba

When Arturo Gonzalez's father fled Cuba half a century ago all he could take with him on the flight to Madrid was a suitcase with his clothes -- and his glasses.

Afghan teen arrested over German murder-rape
Germany

Afghan teen arrested over German murder-rape

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said Saturday.

France upholds prison term for Rwanda genocide convict
France

France upholds prison term for Rwanda genocide convict

A French court on Saturday upheld a 25 year prison sentence handed to a former Rwandan intelligence agent jailed in France's first trial over the African country's 1994 genocide.

What are Swedish values? Many Swedes are unsure
Sweden

What are Swedish values? Many Swedes are unsure

Although perhaps one of the hottest potatoes in the Swedish political debate right now, many Swedes still find it hard to pinpoint exactly what Swedish values are, a new study shows.

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France

Isis jihadist linked to French plot arrested in Morocco

A suspected Islamic State group jihadist who delivered instructions to a cell planning to carry out an attack in France has been arrested in Morocco, authorities said Saturday.

Former Green vies for Austria’s presidency
Austria

Former Green vies for Austria’s presidency

Fans affectionally call him "the professor" or "Sascha", a nickname for Alexander that nods to his Russian roots, while his critics decry him as a "green dictator".

Polls open to elect Austria’s next president
Austria

Polls open to elect Austria’s next president

Austrians returned to the polls on Sunday in a bitterly fought marathon election, which could propel the European Union's first far-right president to power and boost the anti-establishment tide sweeping many countries.

Behind the mask of the ‘nice guy’
Austria

Behind the mask of the ‘nice guy’

Austria's Norbert Hofer likes to come across as Mr. Nice Guy but if he wins Sunday's election, he will become the EU's first far-right president.