Convicted Norwegian hairdresser: ‘The hijab is like an Isis flag’
Norway

Convicted Norwegian hairdresser: ‘The hijab is like an Isis flag’

The Gulating Court of Appeal on Tuesday heard the appeal of a Norwegian hairdresser who was convicted of discrimination for denying service to a Muslim client wearing a headscarf.

Charlie Hebdo marks attack anniversary with black humour
France

Charlie Hebdo marks attack anniversary with black humour

"2017, at last, the light at the end of the tunnel."

How to make the most of Italy’s public holidays in 2017
Italy

How to make the most of Italy’s public holidays in 2017

It's a bumper year for long weekends...

Hurricane force storm brings flood threat to north Germany
Germany

Hurricane force storm brings flood threat to north Germany

On Wednesday the north of Germany is set to be hit by torrential rain and hurricane force winds, as the low pressure "Axel" moves in.

Trial over topless Kate snaps delayed by four months
France

Trial over topless Kate snaps delayed by four months

The trial of six media representatives over the publication of topless photos of Prince William's wife Catherine in France that caused a scandal in Britain was on Tuesday delayed until May.

McDonald’s opens by the Vatican despite protests
Italy

McDonald’s opens by the Vatican despite protests

The latest Italian branch of the fast food chain has caused controversy in Rome, not least from the seven cardinals who live directly above the restaurant.

Take a virtual tour of Stuttgart’s futuristic new train station
Germany

Take a virtual tour of Stuttgart’s futuristic new train station

Stuttgart's snazzy new underground train station is (of course) massively over budget and years behind schedule. But fear not, you can take a virtual tour of it as if it were finished.

How Germans are opting for ready-made meals over Oma’s cooking
Germany

How Germans are opting for ready-made meals over Oma’s cooking

A new study shows that Germans are grabbing for frozen pizzas more often than for home-cooked Schnitzel come dinner time.

Did the Northern Lights cause this weird sound in Sweden?
Sweden

Did the Northern Lights cause this weird sound in Sweden?

The Northern Lights may have caused an odd noise similar to one from the Star Wars movies which was recorded in Sweden, an expert thinks.

British football fans guilty over racism in Paris
France

British football fans guilty over racism in Paris

The four Chelsea fans were handed suspended prison sentences.

Here’s where you’re most likely to get robbed in France
France

Here’s where you’re most likely to get robbed in France

Here are the most crime-ridden parts of France.

These are the safest airlines in Germany
Germany

These are the safest airlines in Germany

Two German airlines are among the safest in Europe, with Lufthansa topping all except the Dutch KLM, according to a new study.

Winter weather to come storming back to Denmark
Denmark

Winter weather to come storming back to Denmark

Powerful winds, sub-zero temperatures and a risk of flooding are what Danes have to look forward to over the next few days.

Drinking costs more, repairs cost less: Sweden’s 2017 law changes
Sweden

Drinking costs more, repairs cost less: Sweden’s 2017 law changes

The turn of the year brings good news for those keen to repair household goods, but bad news for the likes of cinema enthusiasts.

Why there’s never been a better time to find a job in Berlin
Germany

Why there’s never been a better time to find a job in Berlin

The German capital has long been known for its stagnant job market. But that's changing in Berlin and the whole of former East Germany, new figures show.

British mountain climber dies after fall in Norway
Norway

British mountain climber dies after fall in Norway

A British man in his 20s died of injuries he suffered during a fall from the Gaustatoppen mountain in Telemark county on Monday, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

‘Jealous’ Austrian held over false terror accusations
Austria

‘Jealous’ Austrian held over false terror accusations

An Austrian man has been arrested for falsely accusing a Syrian migrant of being a terrorist and sparking a major police operation out of "jealousy", authorities said on Tuesday.

Top French paper dumps political polls as election nears
France

Top French paper dumps political polls as election nears

No more polls for Le Parisien newspaper.

How an Italian fashion tycoon found work-life balance through philosophy
Italy

How an Italian fashion tycoon found work-life balance through philosophy

"We work too much, we're too connected," says the luxury fashion magnate, who bans staff from checking emails outside office hours.

Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
France

Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now

Move over Paris...

Why Brits and Germans can’t get enough of northern Sweden
Sweden

Why Brits and Germans can’t get enough of northern Sweden

The number of British tourists travelling to Sweden's northernmost county has doubled since 2010, according to the regional tourist board. And it's not the only nationality on the increase.

Toulouse ranks as France’s fastest-growing city
France

Toulouse ranks as France’s fastest-growing city

The Pink City is expanding.

Woman dies after falling from Zurich hotel
Switzerland

Woman dies after falling from Zurich hotel

A woman has died after falling 15 metres from a Zurich hotel early on Tuesday morning.

Swedish video of New Year’s fireworks being shot at crowds goes viral
Sweden

Swedish video of New Year’s fireworks being shot at crowds goes viral

The video from this year's celebrations at Möllevångstorget in Malmö has sparked debate.

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ becomes German bestseller year after reprint
Germany

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ becomes German bestseller year after reprint

It has been one year since Adolf Hitler's book could once again be printed in Germany after 70 years off the shelves. Now it has swiftly become a bestseller.

Survey: Swiss are optimistic for 2017
Switzerland

Survey: Swiss are optimistic for 2017

Despite the global and domestic difficulties of 2016 the Swiss people are largely satisfied with their lives and optimistic for the year ahead, a new survey has found.

16 sexual assaults reported in Austria after New Year’s Eve celebrations
Austria

16 sexual assaults reported in Austria after New Year’s Eve celebrations

A total of 16 sexual assaults have been reported at New Year's Eve celebrations across Austria, including 11 incidents in the city of Innsbruck in Tyrol.

The small Bavarian village still holding out against recycling
Germany

The small Bavarian village still holding out against recycling

We find ourselves in the year 2017 and all Bavaria is occupied by the Prussians... all of Bavaria? No, one indomitable village still resists, refusing to obey national recycling laws.

Appenzell gunman who shot at police kills himself
Switzerland

Appenzell gunman who shot at police kills himself

A man who shot and injured police officers during a house search on Tuesday morning has killed himself, police have said.

Man arrested on suspicion of killing parents with baseball bat
Austria

Man arrested on suspicion of killing parents with baseball bat

A 48-year-old man has been arrested after an elderly couple were found bludgeoned to death in their home in Lower Austria on Tuesday morning.

France’s most popular baby names revealed
France

France’s most popular baby names revealed

Having a baby? Here are some ideas.

El Corte Inglés has hidden gold ingots inside traditional Roscón cakes
Spain

El Corte Inglés has hidden gold ingots inside traditional Roscón cakes

On January 6th to celebrate Epiphany, Spaniards typically tuck into a Roscón de Reyes, a golden brioche ring decorated with candied fruit.

Swedish royal palace is haunted, Queen Silvia says
Sweden

Swedish royal palace is haunted, Queen Silvia says

Ghosts haunt the halls of Drottningholm, according to Sweden's queen.

France’s far-right irate over ‘Le Pen’ character in new film
France

France’s far-right irate over ‘Le Pen’ character in new film

The film is "scandalous", the National Front say.

Man attempts to cross into Spain smuggled inside suitcase
Spain

Man attempts to cross into Spain smuggled inside suitcase

A Moroccan woman was caught trying to smuggle a 19-year-old man across the border with Spain curled up inside a suitcase.

Bavaria must remain part of Germany, says top court
Germany

Bavaria must remain part of Germany, says top court

No 'Bayxit' for you: A man's attempt to hold a Brexit-style referendum on whether Bavaria should remain in Germany has been rejected by the country's Constitutional Court.

17 experiences to tick off your Swiss bucket list in 2017
Switzerland

17 experiences to tick off your Swiss bucket list in 2017

Make the most of life in Switzerland by trying one of these experiences this year.

Interior Minister plans major overhaul of German security powers
Germany

Interior Minister plans major overhaul of German security powers

Interior minister Thomas de Maizière announced on Tuesday his intention to centralize Germany's security apparatus, pulling a wide range of powers in to Berlin.

Federer wins comeback match in Australia
Switzerland

Federer wins comeback match in Australia

An emotional Roger Federer made an impressive comeback to tennis on Monday with an easy win over Great Britain's Dan Evans at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Fires claim woman’s life and a school in two Norwegian towns
Norway

Fires claim woman’s life and a school in two Norwegian towns

UPDATED: An 80-year-old woman is presumed dead after her house burnt to the ground near Bergen, while a school in the northern city of Evenes was also completely destroyed by fire.

Archers to the rescue in Madrid as boars invade urban areas
Spain

Archers to the rescue in Madrid as boars invade urban areas

Madrid authorities have returned to mediaval methods in a bid to control its wild boar population.

The Moleskine phenomenon: How an enduring love of pen and paper spelt success
Italy

The Moleskine phenomenon: How an enduring love of pen and paper spelt success

The Italian notebook brand has seen a kind of rapid growth not usually seen in the staid world of stationery.

Final tally: 267 injured on New Year’s Eve in Denmark
Denmark

Final tally: 267 injured on New Year’s Eve in Denmark

Three fourths of whom were men.

Not a rickroll, we swear: Pop star Astley to make Danish beer
Denmark

Not a rickroll, we swear: Pop star Astley to make Danish beer

English singer Rick Astley is best known for his 1987 hit song ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ but maybe someday he’ll be remembered for his beer.

Pope Francis urges bishops for ‘zero tolerance’ on sex abuse
Italy

Pope Francis urges bishops for ‘zero tolerance’ on sex abuse

Child sex abuse "is a sin that shames us", the pope said.

Woman, 18, found with gunshot wounds in Malmö
Sweden

Woman, 18, found with gunshot wounds in Malmö

An 18-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after she was found with gunshot wounds in the Rosengård district of Malmö in the early hours of Tuesday.

Police launch probe into Umeå inferno
Sweden

Police launch probe into Umeå inferno

Several buildings have been destroyed in a powerful blaze which raged for almost a day through Umeå in northern Sweden.

‘2016 was a crappy year, but here’s why there’s hope’
Sweden

‘2016 was a crappy year, but here’s why there’s hope’

OPINION: Teysir Subhi writes about why being racially abused on the bus turned out to be the moment that convinced her there is still hope for the world in 2017.