Vienna philharmonic heard around the world
Austria

Vienna philharmonic heard around the world

The Vienna Philharmonic rung in 2017 with its famed New Year's Concert on Sunday under the baton of the orchestra's youngest-ever conductor, charismatic Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel.

Op ed: New Year ruminations and firework impressions
Austria

Op ed: New Year ruminations and firework impressions

Standing on a rooftop watching the New Year being rung in in Vienna every year is an amazing experience, but the only problem is that every year it seems to try and outdo itself with the volume of fireworks being released.

Swedes baffle star with Ivanhoe and pizza tradition
Sweden

Swedes baffle star with Ivanhoe and pizza tradition

The New Zealand actor Sam Neill has expressed his confusion at Sweden’s inexplicable obsession with his otherwise forgotten 1982 historical drama, Ivanhoe.

1,100 migrants storm border fence at Spain’s Ceuta enclave
Spain

1,100 migrants storm border fence at Spain’s Ceuta enclave

More than 1,000 migrants tried to jump a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Sunday in a violent assault that saw one officer lose an eye, local authorities said.

Heroes of Nice attack rewarded with Legion d’Honneur
France

Heroes of Nice attack rewarded with Legion d’Honneur

A cyclist and motor scooter driver who tried to halt the rampage of the truck driver who mowed down 86 people in Nice last year have been decorated with France's highest award.

Sweden rejects less than a quarter of asylum seekers
Sweden

Sweden rejects less than a quarter of asylum seekers

Sweden’s Migration Agency accepted 77 percent of the record 112,000 asylum claims it processed in 2016, it has revealed in its end of year figures.

Italian policeman injured in far-right bookshop blast
Italy

Italian policeman injured in far-right bookshop blast

A police explosives expert was seriously injured on Sunday when a device placed outside a far-right bookshop in the central Italian city of Florence blew up, police said.

Swedish police brave rockets, grenade and axeman on NYE
Sweden

Swedish police brave rockets, grenade and axeman on NYE

Swedish police faced a hand grenade attack, youths hurling rockets and powerful bangers at them, and an axe attacker in an unusually busy New Year’s Eve.

Switzerland marks driest December in 150 years
Switzerland

Switzerland marks driest December in 150 years

Switzerland has just experienced its driest December in more than 150 years and one of its driest months on record, meteorologists said on Saturday.

Europe parties ring in New Year despite terror jitters

Europe parties ring in New Year despite terror jitters

Millions of people around Europe shrugged off terror jitters to ring in 2017 in style.

Hollande to visit French troops in Iraq
France

Hollande to visit French troops in Iraq

President Francois Hollande said he would on Monday visit French troops fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, as he warned that the terrorist threat within France was still live.