Austria reinforces barrier to Turkish EU membership
Austria

Austria reinforces barrier to Turkish EU membership

The EU said Tuesday it would open no new areas in Turkey's membership talks in the "prevailing circumstances" because of concerns about Ankara's post-coup crackdown.

Swedish district court convicts knife-wielding ‘creepy clown’
Sweden

Swedish district court convicts knife-wielding ‘creepy clown’

A 16-year-old teen who put on a clown mask and threatened people with a knife has been sentenced – the first conviction in Sweden linked to the autumn's 'creepy clown craze'.

French not required? These are the languages you need to work in France
France

French not required? These are the languages you need to work in France

French companies are increasingly willing to employ people who don't speak French, and German-speakers are finding themselves in demand, according to new figures.

What it’s like to be homeless during Germany’s winter
Germany

What it’s like to be homeless during Germany’s winter

Hundreds of thousands of people in Germany don't have a home - and during the winter, cold weather and illness can put them in life-threatening situations.

EasyJet reveals 16 new routes from French airports
France

EasyJet reveals 16 new routes from French airports

... And three go to London.

More than 1,000 Brits apply for Swedish passports after Brexit
Sweden

More than 1,000 Brits apply for Swedish passports after Brexit

But they may face waits of over a year for citizenship, The Local has been told.

Five Catalans who burned photos of Spanish king arrested
Spain

Five Catalans who burned photos of Spanish king arrested

Spanish police have arrested five Catalan independence activists for allegedly burning photos of King Felipe VI.

‘Cannibal cop’ convicted of killing ‘willing victim’ in retrial
Germany

‘Cannibal cop’ convicted of killing ‘willing victim’ in retrial

A former police officer convicted of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists and chopping him up in an S&M chamber was convicted again on Tuesday in a re-trial.

Chinese woman ‘found stabbed to death’ in central Paris flat
France

Chinese woman ‘found stabbed to death’ in central Paris flat

A 39-year-old Chinese woman has been found dead in a central Paris apartment, according to reports.

Opinion: Think ‘fake news’ can’t endanger lives in Germany? Think again
Germany

Opinion: Think ‘fake news’ can’t endanger lives in Germany? Think again

Perhaps US-style conspiracy theories such as "pizzagate" aren't so common in Germany. But insidious lies are still turning people to violent crime, argues Christina Lee.

Italy PM: Events in Syria will define EU-Russia relations
Italy

Italy PM: Events in Syria will define EU-Russia relations

New PM Paolo Gentiloni also said he saw the Donald Trump-led United States as his top ally on the global stage.

How to wish Pope Francis a happy 80th birthday
Italy

How to wish Pope Francis a happy 80th birthday

Want to wish Pope Francis many happy returns on his 80th birthday this week?

Greenland says Denmark’s ‘arrogance’ threatens commonwealth
Denmark

Greenland says Denmark’s ‘arrogance’ threatens commonwealth

The Greenlandic government has struck out against the “arrogance” of Copenhagen in ignoring Greenland’s wishes to be more self-governing.

Mob assaults asylum seekers and chases them through streets
Germany

Mob assaults asylum seekers and chases them through streets

Police are calling for witnesses after three asylum seekers were attacked and chased through the streets of a small town in Thuringia by 15 Germans at the weekend.

Eiffel Tower closed: workers strike over ‘botched’ paint job plan
France

Eiffel Tower closed: workers strike over ‘botched’ paint job plan

Visitors are being turned away from the Eiffel Tower as workers strike over a planned paint job.

Fiaker horse carriages apply for UNESCO status
Austria

Fiaker horse carriages apply for UNESCO status

The drivers of Vienna’s famous fiaker, the horse-drawn carriages for hire in the city centre, have applied for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status - in a bid to protect what they say is a tradition under threat.

Italy court jails migrant shipwreck captain for 18 years
Italy

Italy court jails migrant shipwreck captain for 18 years

Up to 900 people died when the boat sank, making it the Mediterranean's worst disaster since World War II.

Italy’s new PM ‘ready’ to intervene to save ailing banks
Italy

Italy’s new PM ‘ready’ to intervene to save ailing banks

"We have to guarantee the stability of the banks and citizens' savings."

Merkel wants to extend Russia sanctions over Ukraine
Germany

Merkel wants to extend Russia sanctions over Ukraine

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday they favour extending EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict, ahead of a Brussels summit that will discuss the issue.

Man sentenced for threatening Norwegian royals and PM
Norway

Man sentenced for threatening Norwegian royals and PM

A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Tuesday for threatening the Norwegian royal family, Prime Minister Erna Solberg and others.

Seven FREE things to do in Paris this Christmas season
France

Seven FREE things to do in Paris this Christmas season

On a tight budget in Paris?

Israel officials snub Swedish foreign minister
Sweden

Israel officials snub Swedish foreign minister

No Israeli officials will meet Sweden's foreign minister during her trip to the region, a spokesman has said.

An entire Swedish village could soon be left isolated
Sweden

An entire Swedish village could soon be left isolated

Plans to demolish an old railway bridge could leave a village in northern Sweden isolated by removing the only road in and out.

Calais Jungle ‘anti-migrant’ wall completed – two months after camp was cleared
France

Calais Jungle ‘anti-migrant’ wall completed – two months after camp was cleared

The great wall of Calais is complete.

Gulf state groups are ‘supporting Salafists in Germany’: report
Germany

Gulf state groups are ‘supporting Salafists in Germany’: report

Three major German news outlets have reported that religious groups from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have been increasingly supporting Salafists in Germany, raising concerns among intelligence agencies.

Former anti-ETA militant turned Isis backer held in Spain
Spain

Former anti-ETA militant turned Isis backer held in Spain

A former member of Spain's GAL death squads which targeted ETA separatists in the 1980s has been arrested for allegedly disseminating propaganda for the Islamic State group.

German investors don’t flinch in face of European worries
Germany

German investors don’t flinch in face of European worries

Not even the threat of a banking crisis in Italy knocked investor confidence.

Baker makes Swedish Lucia buns using her own breast milk
Sweden

Baker makes Swedish Lucia buns using her own breast milk

Breast milk is not usually an ingredient in Swedish Lucia saffron buns. But one food blogger has gone viral after she made and ate the traditional pastries using her own milk.

10 unmissable places in Austria to visit this winter
Austria

10 unmissable places in Austria to visit this winter

Austria is undeniably beautiful in the summer months but it’s in the winter that its varied landscapes and historic towns and cities can be really spectacular.

Dining in Paris: Five tips for dealing with Parisian waiters
France

Dining in Paris: Five tips for dealing with Parisian waiters

Here's how to act like a local in a Paris restaurant, according to the man who wrote the book on the subject.

SAS considers establishing bases outside of Scandinavia

SAS considers establishing bases outside of Scandinavia

The airline said it needs to look at all possible ways to save money.

Spanish princess dons reindeer jumper in royal Christmas card
Spain

Spanish princess dons reindeer jumper in royal Christmas card

The 11-year-old Princess Leonor takes centre stage wearing a seasonal jumper in the family snap that is this year’s greeting card from Spain’s Royal Palace.

New Swiss map shows no-fly zones for drones
Switzerland

New Swiss map shows no-fly zones for drones

The Swiss Federal Aviation Office (BAZL) has created a new interactive map to show drone operators where they may legally fly.

Conservative politicians want ‘fake news’ to be criminal offence
Germany

Conservative politicians want ‘fake news’ to be criminal offence

Fearing media manipulation in next year's national election, conservative Union politicians are calling for "fake news" to be a criminal offence.

Super-fast TGV train hits the rails, slashing journey times
France

Super-fast TGV train hits the rails, slashing journey times

TGV trains that will cut more than an hour off the journey from Paris to Bordeaux have entered service.

Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out: report
Germany

Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out: report

The number of employed refugees in Germany will exceed those out of work within the next two years, according to a new report.

‘Sweden is heaven for refugee journalists’
Sweden

‘Sweden is heaven for refugee journalists’

Sweden is known for high rankings in press freedom surveys - but how does it feel to be a refugee journalist living and working here?

Bern tells foreigners ‘integrate or lose permit’
Switzerland

Bern tells foreigners ‘integrate or lose permit’

Foreigners should only receive a permanent residence permit if they are well integrated in Swiss society, say MPs debating reforms to the country’s foreigners law.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or for the fourth time
Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or for the fourth time

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or award for the fourth time.

Trump slams Denmark’s new fighter jets
Denmark

Trump slams Denmark’s new fighter jets

Denmark decided on the F-35 after a multi-year debate but the incoming US president says the "program and cost is out of control".

UniCredit to slash jobs and seek €13bn from investors
Italy

UniCredit to slash jobs and seek €13bn from investors

14,000 jobs will be slashed at Italy's biggest bank as the country's banking crisis rumbles on.

Spanish court annuls Airbnb fine over ‘illegal’ holiday lets
Spain

Spanish court annuls Airbnb fine over ‘illegal’ holiday lets

A Spanish court has annulled a fine of €30,000 imposed by the regional government of Catalonia on Airbnb for advertising lodgings that did not have permits to host tourists.

Vienna Conservatory professor’s prized violin stolen on train
Austria

Vienna Conservatory professor’s prized violin stolen on train

A renowned violinist who teaches at the Vienna Conservatory has been left devastated after his cherished violin, worth more than 1.5 million francs ($1.47m), was stolen on a train passing through Geneva.

Swiss parliament reaches agreement on EU immigration
Switzerland

Swiss parliament reaches agreement on EU immigration

But its solution bears little resemblance to the text of the anti-immigration initiative voted for by the public in 2014.

Verdict expected in deadly shipwreck trial
Italy

Verdict expected in deadly shipwreck trial

Prosecutors have called for the alleged captain of a migrant boat to serve 18 years for the manslaughter of up to 900 people.

France launches first cyber-warfare unit to take on hackers
France

France launches first cyber-warfare unit to take on hackers

France announced its first cyber-warfare army unit on Monday, aimed at increasing the country's hacking skills as concerns grow in Europe and the United States about Russian capabilities.

Italy ‘optimistic’ as new cabinet sworn in
Italy

Italy ‘optimistic’ as new cabinet sworn in

"I won't deny there are difficulties, but the government will get to work immediately," said Italy's new PM Paolo Gentiloni.

Meet the key figures in Italy’s new government
Italy

Meet the key figures in Italy’s new government

Who are the main players in Italy's 64th post-war government?

Lufthansa plane to Frankfurt makes emergency landing after bomb threat
Germany

Lufthansa plane to Frankfurt makes emergency landing after bomb threat

A Lufthansa airplane headed to Frankfurt from Texas on Monday made an emergency landing in New York after receiving a bomb threat.

Tesla settles lawsuit with angry Norway motorists
Norway

Tesla settles lawsuit with angry Norway motorists

The US automaker has reached an agreement with car owners dissatisfied because their electric cars didn't accelerate as quickly as promised.

North African name ‘still hurts job chances’ in France
France

North African name ‘still hurts job chances’ in France

Some companies prefer candidates with French-sounding names, a survey has found.

Swedish regions told to be more prepared for war
Sweden

Swedish regions told to be more prepared for war

The country's Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has told municipalities they need to be more ready to meet the threat of war and other crisis situations.

Ten crazy Christmas decorations you’d only find in Italy
Italy

Ten crazy Christmas decorations you’d only find in Italy

Because if you don't decorate your tree with Nutella, you're doing it wrong.

More than half of Sweden’s kids are too inactive: study
Sweden

More than half of Sweden’s kids are too inactive: study

Sweden has a reputation for being health-conscious, but researchers say that more than half of its kids are too inactive.

Opinion: It’s time to make exercise at work compulsory
Sweden

Opinion: It’s time to make exercise at work compulsory

Swedish health blogger Malin Nylén argues that it's time for companies to make it compulsory for their employees to exercise during working hours.