Two Austrians dead in Pakistan plane crash
Austria

Two Austrians dead in Pakistan plane crash

According to media reports, three foreigners, including two Austrians, were killed in the plane crash in Pakistan on Wednesday.

Start spreading the news: We haven’t seen the last of Matteo Renzi
Italy

Start spreading the news: We haven’t seen the last of Matteo Renzi

Like Frank Sinatra during his extended swansong, Matteo Renzi is saying farewell with no intention of going anywhere.

Renzi resigns, hinting at early elections
Italy

Renzi resigns, hinting at early elections

Matteo Renzi bowed out as Italian prime minister on Wednesday with a combination of jokes, regrets and a strong hint that he wants to lead his party into an early election battle.

Kardashian-shaped squirrel finally freed from Munich manhole cover
Germany

Kardashian-shaped squirrel finally freed from Munich manhole cover

After an almighty effort, a red squirrel has been freed from a manhole cover after its hefty hips got it into a spot of bother.

Merkel urges Germans to stick to facts on refugee crime
Germany

Merkel urges Germans to stick to facts on refugee crime

Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Wednesday that Germany's record refugee influx last year had not led to a surge in violent crime, amid a rash of headline-grabbing cases.

Why making Germans wear bike helmets may actually be harmful
Germany

Why making Germans wear bike helmets may actually be harmful

There are almost as many bikes as people in Germany. That doesn't mean Germans follow basic road safety - like wearing a helmet. But is that such a problem?

French banks are going to hike their charges once again
France

French banks are going to hike their charges once again

Ever thought the bank charges in France were steep? Well they are going to get steeper.

Sweden has the fewest smokers in Europe: EU report
Sweden

Sweden has the fewest smokers in Europe: EU report

New numbers from EU stats office Eurostat suggest the Swedes aren't so keen on smoking compared to their European neighbours.

These German companies have the happiest workers
Germany

These German companies have the happiest workers

Germans picked a new company as the best place to work as last year's winner plummeted down the chart.

Paris suffers travel chaos after Gare du Nord hit by power cut
France

Paris suffers travel chaos after Gare du Nord hit by power cut

Europe's busiest rail station hit by transport chaos as all train services, including the Eurostar, are suspended.

Egypt police quizzed as part of Regeni probe
Italy

Egypt police quizzed as part of Regeni probe

The Cambridge University PhD student disappeared in Cairo in January, and his body was later found bearing signs of torture.

Italy’s Renzi to resign on Wednesday evening
Italy

Italy’s Renzi to resign on Wednesday evening

The PM had been expected to stay on until Friday.

Measure your penis and chat about mental health, young Swedes told
Sweden

Measure your penis and chat about mental health, young Swedes told

A clinic in the south of the country hopes that its new penis measuring tape will convince more young men to visit.

VIDEO: This Swedish insurer speaks your language
Sweden

VIDEO: This Swedish insurer speaks your language

No matter where you're from or what language you speak, insurance company Folksam wants to make sure you get the support you need. Find out how.

Italian Senate approves budget, paving the way for new PM
Italy

Italian Senate approves budget, paving the way for new PM

Renzi had been asked to stay on until the budget was adopted in order to avoid immediate instability.

Original Madame Butterfly opens in Milan, 112 years later
Italy

Original Madame Butterfly opens in Milan, 112 years later

The controversial opera is being performed in its original version for the first time since its 1904 premiere.

Three on trial for jihadist bomb attack on Sikh wedding
Germany

Three on trial for jihadist bomb attack on Sikh wedding

Three teenage boys went on trial in Germany Wednesday, accused of a jihadist bomb attack on an Indian wedding that left a Sikh priest badly wounded.

Ikea announces record profits despite heavier taxes
Sweden

Ikea announces record profits despite heavier taxes

The Swedish furniture giant has announced a record annual net profit for its fiscal year 2015-16.

600 ‘underage’ asylum seekers in Denmark are adults: report
Denmark

600 ‘underage’ asylum seekers in Denmark are adults: report

Roughly three fourths of the asylum applicants who have had their age questioned were determined to be over 18.

Spanish sports minister challenges ‘Football Leaks’ gag order
Spain

Spanish sports minister challenges ‘Football Leaks’ gag order

Spain's sports minister said he was "surprised" by a Spanish judge's decision to seek a gag order on 12 European media outlets that alleged massive football fraud, saying it would "have no effect."

Renzi calls it quits: What next for Italy?
Italy

Renzi calls it quits: What next for Italy?

Will Italy have early elections, and what will become of the defeated Renzi?

Why do the French have such ‘crazy’ and ‘sexy’ movie titles?
France

Why do the French have such ‘crazy’ and ‘sexy’ movie titles?

Ikea vows to redesign ‘sexist’ baby changing signs in Spanish stores
Spain

Ikea vows to redesign ‘sexist’ baby changing signs in Spanish stores

Ikea has promised to redesign its labelling for baby changing facilities at stores across Spain after accusations of “sexism”.

‘Merkel is better than Kohl, but she’s no Adenauer’
Germany

‘Merkel is better than Kohl, but she’s no Adenauer’

A 95-year-old co-founder of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has been to every single one of the party's conferences - and one party leader sticks out for him above the rest.

Fisherman saves capsized duo from frigid Lake Constance
Switzerland

Fisherman saves capsized duo from frigid Lake Constance

A fisherman has described how he rescued a man and his son who spent seven hours in the chilly waters of Lake Constance after their boat capsized.

Assange publishes statement given to prosecutor on rape allegation
Sweden

Assange publishes statement given to prosecutor on rape allegation

The WikiLeaks founder has released a 19 page document detailing the statements he gave to an Ecuadoran prosecutor over a Swedish rape allegation.

New Berlin justice minister wants fare-dodgers to ‘clean up schools’
Germany

New Berlin justice minister wants fare-dodgers to ‘clean up schools’

The designated justice minister for Berlin is pushing to punish fare-dodgers with social work rather than jail time, local media reported this week.

Skydiving Santa brings joy to kids in earthquake town
Italy

Skydiving Santa brings joy to kids in earthquake town

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's a skydiving Santa Claus.

Swedes have Europe’s best chance of surviving heart problems: study
Sweden

Swedes have Europe’s best chance of surviving heart problems: study

The 2016 Euro Heart Index paints a positive picture of cardiovascular care in the Nordic nation.

In pictures: 12 totally Swedish Christmas gingerbread houses
Sweden

In pictures: 12 totally Swedish Christmas gingerbread houses

On the 12th day of Christmas, my Swede gave to me... these 12 incredible gingerbread houses.

Pollution in Paris: What steps to take to breathe easy
France

Pollution in Paris: What steps to take to breathe easy

With levels of air pollution in Paris the worst in ten years there are steps people can take to minimize the potentially harmful impact of the dirty air.

Italians study more than their peers but do worse at school: OECD
Italy

Italians study more than their peers but do worse at school: OECD

A global education survey has highlighted gender and regional disparities in the Italian education system.

Doris Leuthard: ten facts about the new Swiss president
Switzerland

Doris Leuthard: ten facts about the new Swiss president

Doris Leuthard is to be Switzerland’s president in 2017.

Paris is suffering under the ‘dirtiest air in a decade’
France

Paris is suffering under the ‘dirtiest air in a decade’

Paris is having a few very bad air days.

OPINION: A blemish on Denmark’s environmental record
Denmark

OPINION: A blemish on Denmark’s environmental record

A Copenhagen-based environmental economist accuses Denmark of neglecting scientific advice and undermining efforts to combat overfishing.

Saffron, rural Spain’s crisis-beating spice
Spain

Saffron, rural Spain’s crisis-beating spice

On the arid, wind-swept plateau of central Spain, saffron producers are reaping the benefits of a return to favour of the precious spice introduced by Arabs in the Middle Ages.

Merkel’s party wants to stop migrant kids from keeping two passports
Germany

Merkel’s party wants to stop migrant kids from keeping two passports

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party voted on Wednesday that they wanted to require children born in Germany to foreign parents to choose a nationality.

Police seize 2,500kg of cocaine headed for Spain
Spain

Police seize 2,500kg of cocaine headed for Spain

Spanish police busted an international drug smuggling ring, arresting 24 people and seizing 2,575 kg of cocaine on a fishing boat in the Mediterranean.

Revealed: The ‘best companies’ to work for in France
France

Revealed: The ‘best companies’ to work for in France

And lucky you, if you work at Microsoft.

Venetians call for recognition as a ‘minority’
Italy

Venetians call for recognition as a ‘minority’

Some are calling it 'Venexit', as the vote could be the first step towards a referendum on independence for the northern region.

Freezing rain, ice and snow due to hit Sweden
Sweden

Freezing rain, ice and snow due to hit Sweden

'Freezing rain' is about as pleasant as it sounds.

Norwegian teen confesses to schoolyard double murder
Norway

Norwegian teen confesses to schoolyard double murder

A 15-year-old ethnic Norwegian boy has confessed to Monday’s double murder at a primary school in Kristiansand.

Can Denmark’s Lukas Graham beat Adele and Beyoncé for a Grammy?
Denmark

Can Denmark’s Lukas Graham beat Adele and Beyoncé for a Grammy?

The Danish band Lukas Graham, fronted by singer Lukas Forchhammer, will go head-to-head with musical titans like Beyonce and Adele at the 59th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next year.

This is how clichéd the American idea of Germany still is
Germany

This is how clichéd the American idea of Germany still is

Conan O'Brien definitely isn't the worst of US late night show hosts. So why did he release a teaser for his upcoming Berlin special that gets Germany so painfully wrong?

Spain rescues more migrants crossing from Morocco
Spain

Spain rescues more migrants crossing from Morocco

Rescue vessels picked up 64 migrants including 11 women and two children on Tuesday on two boats adrift for a day between Morocco and Spain, the latest such operation, officials said.

France placed on ‘high risk’ alert as bird flu outbreak spreads
France

France placed on ‘high risk’ alert as bird flu outbreak spreads

Bird flu cases are spreading in France and authorities aren't taking any chances.

Journalist who proved electoral flaws convicted of fraud
Switzerland

Journalist who proved electoral flaws convicted of fraud

Reporters without Borders has condemned a Swiss court’s decision to convict a journalist of electoral fraud after he voted twice in order to prove failures in the system.

Real Madrid demand respect for ‘exemplary’ Ronaldo after tax fraud allegations
Spain

Real Madrid demand respect for ‘exemplary’ Ronaldo after tax fraud allegations

Real Madrid has launched a staunch defence of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo, demanding respect for the three-time World Player of the Year amid allegations he hid millions of euros earned from image rights in tax havens.

The winners and losers of Italy’s referendum
Italy

The winners and losers of Italy’s referendum

Well, one loser and several would-be winners...

Obama has called Renzi to thank him for ‘close partnership’
Italy

Obama has called Renzi to thank him for ‘close partnership’

Obama has been one of Renzi's key allies throughout his time in office.

Italy’s senate to vote on 2017 budget on Wednesday
Italy

Italy’s senate to vote on 2017 budget on Wednesday

The vote will then set the wheels in motion for Renzi to officially resign and a new prime minister to be chosen.

Norwegian dead after elephant attack in Malawi
Norway

Norwegian dead after elephant attack in Malawi

A Norwegian man has died from the injuries he sustained in an elephant attack during a safari in Malawi.

‘People are lost’: Voters in France’s ‘Trumplands’ look to far right
France

‘People are lost’: Voters in France’s ‘Trumplands’ look to far right

Voters in deindustrialised eastern France echo the sentiments of those in the "Trumplands" of the US.

Trains between Paris and CDG airport remain suspended
France

Trains between Paris and CDG airport remain suspended

Train services between the centre of Paris and the city's main airport were still not running on Wednesday morning.

Shot Danish police officer dies
Denmark

Shot Danish police officer dies

The 43-year-old officer who was shot at the Copenhagen Vestegn Police station in the western suburb of Albertslund on Tuesday morning has died.

Pollution: Paris makes public transport free for second day
France

Pollution: Paris makes public transport free for second day

Parisians were once again enjoying free public transport for the second day due to a pollution spike. The downside was the smog over the city.

More than 10,000 reindeer killed by cars and trains in five years
Sweden

More than 10,000 reindeer killed by cars and trains in five years

More than 10,000 reindeer have died in traffic accidents in five years, report Sami media.

Five teens charged with raping young boy in Uppsala
Sweden

Five teens charged with raping young boy in Uppsala

Five teenage boys, aged 16-17, are set to face trial over the alleged rape of a child.

Ten things I wish someone had told me before I moved to Sweden
Sweden

Ten things I wish someone had told me before I moved to Sweden

British writer Clement Boateng loves his new life in Sweden. He just wishes someone had warned him about these ten things first...