France makes UN push for Aleppo observers
France

France makes UN push for Aleppo observers

France has sought Russian backing to allow international observers to be deployed to Aleppo and urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid.

Paris v rats: The battle to keep rodents underground
France

Paris v rats: The battle to keep rodents underground

Gazing upward to take in the majesty of the Eiffel Tower, visitors to Paris may be astonished to learn that a vicious war, pitting Man against Rat, is unfolding at their feet.

New long-haul flights on the cards for Nordic travellers

New long-haul flights on the cards for Nordic travellers

Plans to expand Scandinavia's busiest airport could create more than a dozen new long-haul routes for Danes and southern Swedes.

Taliban leader tries (and fails) to get asylum in Germany
Germany

Taliban leader tries (and fails) to get asylum in Germany

A few weeks ago an Afghan man flew into Frankfurt Airport with his family and applied for asylum. An investigation revealed he was in fact a senior member of the Taliban, Spiegel reports.

‘Snack-dealing’ schoolboy given suspension… and a scholarship
Italy

‘Snack-dealing’ schoolboy given suspension… and a scholarship

Should students be praised or punished for making a profit on the playground?

Zlatan is the only one: Mourinho
Sweden

Zlatan is the only one: Mourinho

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has performed so well that he has made himself virtually undroppable this season according to manager José Mourinho.

Miss France: Are we really still doing this?
France

Miss France: Are we really still doing this?

OPINION: Why, oh why are we still getting excited about Miss France?

Travel: The top ten festive spots to visit in Rome
Italy

Travel: The top ten festive spots to visit in Rome

At Christmas time, there's no place in Rome.

This is what Facebook moderators in Germany have to deal with
Germany

This is what Facebook moderators in Germany have to deal with

They aren’t supposed to talk to the press, or German authorities, but Berliners employed to delete content on Facebook have told the Süddeutsche Zeitung about their traumatizing work.

Here’s where it’s going to snow in Sweden at Christmas
Sweden

Here’s where it’s going to snow in Sweden at Christmas

The weather forecast you've been waiting for.

What do Parisians think of the pollution nightmare?
France

What do Parisians think of the pollution nightmare?

Do Parisians care?

Seven truly Swiss Christmas gifts to give this year
Switzerland

Seven truly Swiss Christmas gifts to give this year

Give a little piece of Switzerland to your family and friends.

Stockholm’s Silver Screen: ’The sky’s the limit’
Sweden

Stockholm’s Silver Screen: ’The sky’s the limit’

Stockholm is becoming a more and more popular place for international film production. Here's why.

The Danish word of the year is….
Denmark

The Danish word of the year is….

Hygge was a contender for the English word of the year, but what was the Danish word that best captured the spirit of 2016?

‘Each child counts’: the importance of all-day school
Germany

‘Each child counts’: the importance of all-day school

All-day schooling is not a given in Germany. Except at Phorms. Find out how they go the extra mile to provide revolutionary education and support for their students.

Bomb scare at Vienna’s Rathausplatz Christmas market a false alarm
Austria

Bomb scare at Vienna’s Rathausplatz Christmas market a false alarm

A 48-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday at the Christmas market on Vienna’s Rathausplatz after witnesses heard him saying he had a bomb.

One dead after ‘deliberate’ blaze at migrant workers’ centre in Paris
France

One dead after ‘deliberate’ blaze at migrant workers’ centre in Paris

Early signs suggest the fire was no accident.

German comedy among favourites to win foreign language Oscar
Germany

German comedy among favourites to win foreign language Oscar

Bittersweet comedy Toni Erdmann has been put on the shortlist for the best foreign language film at the 2017 Oscars - the latest recognition for the German film.

Norwegian biathlon champ: ‘Make clear example’ out of doping Russians
Norway

Norwegian biathlon champ: ‘Make clear example’ out of doping Russians

Olympic biathlon champion Martin Fourcade of France has threatened to lead a boycott of the sport's World Cup series unless the international federation takes tough action against Russian doping.

Rome Five Star Movement mayor apologizes after aide’s arrest
Italy

Rome Five Star Movement mayor apologizes after aide’s arrest

The populist party, currently neck-and-neck with the Democrats in the polls, suffered a setback when the Rome mayor's top aide was arrested over corruption.

Eight current French-language musicians you need to hear
France

Eight current French-language musicians you need to hear

Looking to get into some current French-language music? Well, here are eight great acts to choose from, writes Emily Handley.

Swedish public bath to introduce gender neutral day
Sweden

Swedish public bath to introduce gender neutral day

A public bath in Malmö will soon permit mixed-gender nude bathing as well as provide gender neutral changing facilities on one day a month.

For sale: Iconic Madrid landmark on the market for €272 million
Spain

For sale: Iconic Madrid landmark on the market for €272 million

China's property-to-entertainment conglomerate Wanda said it will sell a landmark building in Madrid due to political and market uncertainties in Spain.

Lufthansa and pilots call in mediation over wage spat
Germany

Lufthansa and pilots call in mediation over wage spat

Pilots at German air giant Lufthansa said on Friday they would join arbitration over a long-running pay dispute that has hobbled the company with repeated strikes.

Fake news on Facebook leads to death threats for Norwegian party leader
Norway

Fake news on Facebook leads to death threats for Norwegian party leader

But those behind the posts say that the MP doesn't get the "difference between ‘fake news’ and satire”.

Wife murderer found dead after Vienna manhunt
Austria

Wife murderer found dead after Vienna manhunt

A Serbian man stabbed his wife to death on Thursday and then hung himself in a relative’s garden, police in Vienna said.

Afghan boy who made Messi shirt out of plastic bag finally meets his hero
Spain

Afghan boy who made Messi shirt out of plastic bag finally meets his hero

The photograph of the impoverished six-year-old proudly wearing a homemade Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag touched hearts the world over.

It’s official: Switzerland defies referendum and won’t impose EU immigration controls
Switzerland

It’s official: Switzerland defies referendum and won’t impose EU immigration controls

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has denounced Switzerland’s “capitulation” on immigration as parliament confirms its ‘light’ solution to the February 2014 anti-immigration referendum.

Swedish curmudgeon makes Oscar shortlist
Sweden

Swedish curmudgeon makes Oscar shortlist

He drives a Saab, yells at cats and may win an Academy Award next year.

Yes, Bavaria just confirmed every cliché we have about it
Germany

Yes, Bavaria just confirmed every cliché we have about it

When polling firm YouGov asked 1,000 Germans when they thought it was acceptable to start drinking they got fairly sober results, except in one southern state.

BMPS eyes small savers’ help to save Italy’s oldest bank
Italy

BMPS eyes small savers’ help to save Italy’s oldest bank

It's a last-ditch effort to raise fresh capital for Italy's third-largest bank.

Swiss Christmas meal proves a health hazard
Switzerland

Swiss Christmas meal proves a health hazard

Celebrating Christmas in Switzerland can be a risky business...

Hidden Picassos: Court upholds guilty verdict for French couple
France

Hidden Picassos: Court upholds guilty verdict for French couple

A French court on Friday upheld the two-year suspended sentences of Pablo Picasso's former electrician and his wife, who kept 271 of his artworks stashed in their garage for almost 40 years.

French museum worker sold stolen fossils on eBay
France

French museum worker sold stolen fossils on eBay

If you've seen cheap relics online lately...

US fines Italian bank $235 million for laundering violations
Italy

US fines Italian bank $235 million for laundering violations

The bank "seriously compromised the security of the international financial system", the US regulator claims.

Swiss space firm declared bankrupt
Switzerland

Swiss space firm declared bankrupt

Swiss Space Systems (S3), a space technology firm whose CEO was violently attacked earlier this year, has been declared bankrupt.

Frosty German words and sayings to use this winter
Austria

Frosty German words and sayings to use this winter

As the cold, dark days of winter descend, you shouldn't just be content with the basics like "mir ist kalt". Here are a few expressions that'll really impress your Austrian friends!

What I learned at the Nobel Week Dialogue
Sweden

What I learned at the Nobel Week Dialogue

Ivanna Read, an SI NFGL member studying a Master in Strategic Communication at Lund University, attended the Nobel Week Dialogue about food and sustainability. Here are the highlights.

Danish post-war drama makes Oscar shortlist
Denmark

Danish post-war drama makes Oscar shortlist

Can 'Under sandet' emerge as the victor at next year's Academy Awards?

French court rejects Benzema request to drop sextape case
France

French court rejects Benzema request to drop sextape case

A French court on Friday rejected a request from Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema to drop the investigation into alleged blackmail over a sextape featuring international teammate Mathieu Valbuena, a lawyer said.

Is Spain about to kill off the siesta?
Spain

Is Spain about to kill off the siesta?

Spain is considering abandoning the time zone adopted by Franco to show allegiance to Nazi Germany and reform Spain's long working day.

12-year-old attempted to bomb Christmas market in south Germany: prosecutors
Germany

12-year-old attempted to bomb Christmas market in south Germany: prosecutors

A young boy tried to set off a nail bomb at a Christmas market in Ludwigshafen, but the device failed to detonate, prosecutors have confirmed.

Could it finally be Norway’s turn at the Oscars?
Norway

Could it finally be Norway’s turn at the Oscars?

'Kongens nei' is vying to become the first Norwegian movie to claim the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Anti-plagiarism university head quits after being accused of ‘plagiarism’
Spain

Anti-plagiarism university head quits after being accused of ‘plagiarism’

A Spanish university chancellor has been accused of being a little too keen on "copy and paste".

Finders keepers? Woman finds 50,000 francs on Basel street
Switzerland

Finders keepers? Woman finds 50,000 francs on Basel street

A 22-year-old woman proved her honesty on Tuesday when she found a cash-stuffed envelope on the ground in front of Basel station and handed it in.

Pope Francis hits 80, and he’s not slowing down
Italy

Pope Francis hits 80, and he’s not slowing down

Here's how the pope has reshaped the Catholic church.

‘Americans were target’ of foiled France train attack
France

‘Americans were target’ of foiled France train attack

The Moroccan jihadist accused of attacking a high-speed train in France before he was overpowered by US servicemen has said he was targeting Americans, a source close to the investigation has told AFP.

Berlusconi trial sought over bunga bunga bribes
Italy

Berlusconi trial sought over bunga bunga bribes

The billionaire allegedly bought the silence of witnesses to his notorious parties.

Paris makes public transport free as pollution level soars
France

Paris makes public transport free as pollution level soars

Cough, cough.

Why the Berlin U-Bahn attack video has gone viral
Germany

Why the Berlin U-Bahn attack video has gone viral

A clip of a man kicking a young woman down a flight of stairs in Berlin has spread across the world. But what is it about the video that has drawn so much attention?

Swiss scientists create winged drone that flies like a bird
Switzerland

Swiss scientists create winged drone that flies like a bird

Researchers at Swiss federal technology institute EPFL have mimicked birds to create a drone with 'feathered' wings, making it more agile than ordinary drones.

Football: Sviatchenko the Danish defensive rock for Celtic
Denmark

Football: Sviatchenko the Danish defensive rock for Celtic

Danish international defender Erik Sviatchenko says he is growing into life at Celtic as he makes strides on and off the field.

Girl jumps to escape burning building in Sweden
Sweden

Girl jumps to escape burning building in Sweden

The fire broke out during the early hours of Friday at a housing block in Småland.

Berlin named best city to be gay and single
Germany

Berlin named best city to be gay and single

The travel site GayCities this week announced the winners of its 2016 Best of Gay Cities guide, naming Berlin as the top place to be LGBT and single.

Here’s how happy Swedes are with the services their taxes pay for
Sweden

Here’s how happy Swedes are with the services their taxes pay for

The Swedish Quality Index has provided insight into how satisfied Swedes are with the services their taxes fund – and it turns out they're pretty keen on preschool.

The twelve best Italian Christmas gifts to give this year
Italy

The twelve best Italian Christmas gifts to give this year

How's the Christmas shopping going? Once you've read this, you should be able to tick off everyone on your list.

In pictures: 11 ways to get creative with your Christmas
Sweden

In pictures: 11 ways to get creative with your Christmas

Houzz.se's Siobhan Lam shares her best tips for breathing fresh Christmas spirit into your home.

Recipe: How to make Swedish Christmas rice porridge
Sweden

Recipe: How to make Swedish Christmas rice porridge

With Christmas just around the corner, here is a recipe for traditional Swedish festive rice pudding.

‘Moving to Gothenburg gave me the ultimate work-life balance’
Sweden

‘Moving to Gothenburg gave me the ultimate work-life balance’

Forest strolls. Seaside vistas. And a job at Volvo Cars. Learn how one woman moved with her family to Gothenburg and why stories like hers are becoming increasingly common in west Sweden.