Precautions taken as bird flu spreads
Austria

Precautions taken as bird flu spreads

Austrian Health authorities ordered on Thursday poultry farmers to keep all birds inside starting next week in an attempt to restrict the spread of bird flu.

Drug traffickers dump hashish worth €4.7m into Bay of Gibraltar during high-speed boat chase
Spain

Drug traffickers dump hashish worth €4.7m into Bay of Gibraltar during high-speed boat chase

Spanish and Gibraltarian police on Thursday recovered hashish worth nearly five million dollars that was thrown into the Bay of Gibraltar by drug traffickers to escape a high-speed chase.

Activists slam German EU man’s new job after ‘racist’ remarks
Germany

Activists slam German EU man’s new job after ‘racist’ remarks

Rights groups said Thursday that Germany's EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger was unfit to run the human resources portfolio because of his divisive record of "racist, sexist and homophobic" remarks.

Man injured after trash blows up in Gothenburg
Sweden

Man injured after trash blows up in Gothenburg

The man was injured in both legs while throwing out rubbish in Gothenburg.

Teddy bears with real animal fur cause outrage in France
France

Teddy bears with real animal fur cause outrage in France

A French company has come under fire for making teddy bears with real animal fur.

Terrorism in Italy: Low threat level, but a rise in radicalization
Italy

Terrorism in Italy: Low threat level, but a rise in radicalization

Here's what a government-appointed panel had to say about the terror threat in Italy.

Pope to quake victims: Rebuild hearts as well as homes
Italy

Pope to quake victims: Rebuild hearts as well as homes

Eight babies from Amatrice will be baptized in the Sistine Chapel.

Swede buys eggs from supermarket, hatches chick
Sweden

Swede buys eggs from supermarket, hatches chick

"I bought a six-pack of eggs which I put into an incubator machine, after 21 days, Olle appeared!"

Ban on rocket fireworks proposed in Sweden after New Year’s chaos
Sweden

Ban on rocket fireworks proposed in Sweden after New Year’s chaos

Instances of fireworks being directed towards the public and emergency services have sparked debate in Sweden since New Year.

North Sea islanders gifted late Christmas surprise by storm Axel
Germany

North Sea islanders gifted late Christmas surprise by storm Axel

A cargo ship on its way from China to Bremen lost some of its freight in heavy storms on Wednesday - to the delight of children on the island of Langeoog.

Bird flu outbreak forces France to launch mass duck cull
France

Bird flu outbreak forces France to launch mass duck cull

Authorities in south-west France began a cull of hundreds of thousands of ducks Thursday as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of a virulent strain of bird flu sweeping Europe.

Denmark struggles to come to grips with its slave past
Denmark

Denmark struggles to come to grips with its slave past

This year marks the centennial of Denmark's sale of the Danish West Indies and the milestone has some asking if the nation should issue a formal apology for its role in the slave trade.

No Breitbart, a Muslim mob didn’t set fire to Germany’s oldest church
Germany

No Breitbart, a Muslim mob didn’t set fire to Germany’s oldest church

Journalists have condemned a report by Breitbart news that claimed a mob of 1,000 men had attacked police and set fire to a church, calling the article a distortion of facts.

BMW launches first augmented reality dealerships
Germany

BMW launches first augmented reality dealerships

BMW customers will be able to view the luxury carmaker's hybrid and electric BMWi cars with augmented reality technology in a world first for car dealerships from Thursday, the manufacturer said.

Ecuador sends report on Assange questioning to Sweden
Sweden

Ecuador sends report on Assange questioning to Sweden

Ecuadorian authorities have sent to Sweden the results of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's questioning on rape allegations at their embassy in London.

Here comes the cold: Eastern France tipped to reach -15C
France

Here comes the cold: Eastern France tipped to reach -15C

Turn the heating up.

Italian region mulls introducing four-day working week
Italy

Italian region mulls introducing four-day working week

Could this be the solution to Italy's high unemployment?

How police knew of Amri’s terror plans, but still couldn’t stop him
Germany

How police knew of Amri’s terror plans, but still couldn’t stop him

One of the tragedies of the Berlin Christmas market terror attack is that, in hindsight, it seems to have been so preventable. But putting the terrorist behind bars wasn't so simple.

Six things they don’t tell you about the snow in Sweden
Sweden

Six things they don’t tell you about the snow in Sweden

The snowplough alarm clock and other snow-related things they never tell you before moving to Sweden.

Brrr! Italy’s in for a freezing, snowy long weekend
Italy

Brrr! Italy’s in for a freezing, snowy long weekend

Brace yourselves.

Obama reveals he wants to work for… Spotify?
Sweden

Obama reveals he wants to work for… Spotify?

Barack Obama may be leaving the White House, but it looks like he's got his future all planned out.

Queso mistaken identity: Cordoba police find cocaine stashed in cheese
Spain

Queso mistaken identity: Cordoba police find cocaine stashed in cheese

Police in Cordoba arrested a man caught walking down the street with a stash of cocaine hidden inside a large cheese.

Chile helps France in case of missing Japanese student
France

Chile helps France in case of missing Japanese student

A Chilean is suspected of murdering the Japanese woman in eastern France.

Why Danish women are seeking abortions in Norway
Denmark

Why Danish women are seeking abortions in Norway

Women who don't want twins have turned their eyes to Norway, where abortion laws allow the reduction of one or more healthy foetuses.

Iconic Christmas tree in front of Vienna’s Rathaus taken down
Austria

Iconic Christmas tree in front of Vienna’s Rathaus taken down

Vienna's town hall (Rathaus) has signified the end of the holiday season by taking down its giant Christmas tree.

300-year-old Valais hotel destroyed by fire
Switzerland

300-year-old Valais hotel destroyed by fire

A hotel in the village of Fiesch in the canton of Valais was completely destroyed by a fire on Thursday morning.

Why foreign women are seeking abortions in Norway
Norway

Why foreign women are seeking abortions in Norway

Women who don't want twins have turned their eyes to Norway, where abortion laws allow the reduction of one or more healthy foetuses.

Swedes get stuck for hours on a freezing train in -40C, shrug it off
Sweden

Swedes get stuck for hours on a freezing train in -40C, shrug it off

"My god, it's nothing to get stressed about."

Yes, housing construction in Stockholm is booming
Sweden

Yes, housing construction in Stockholm is booming

Find out just how many new homes will be built in Stockholm in the coming years.

Man charged 34,000 Euros for driving without a license in Zurich
Austria

Man charged 34,000 Euros for driving without a license in Zurich

An Austrian electrician learned the hard way not to drive in Switzerland without a licence, with a hard kick to the wallet.

‘Heroic’ French farmer faces jail for helping migrants across Italian border
Italy

‘Heroic’ French farmer faces jail for helping migrants across Italian border

While some call him a hero, he risks five years in jail.

Organ donation: rule change in France highlights issues in Swiss system
Switzerland

Organ donation: rule change in France highlights issues in Swiss system

Should Switzerland follow France’s lead and change its organ donation system to ‘presumed consent’?

Norwegian set a new passenger record in 2016
Norway

Norwegian set a new passenger record in 2016

Nearly 30 million travellers used the budget carrier last year.

Storm ‘Axel’ drops polar freeze over Austria
Austria

Storm ‘Axel’ drops polar freeze over Austria

Austria's first storm of 2017 has left behind the first portion of its impact and promises more in the coming days.

Police catch Sarkozy cycling on wrong side of the road
France

Police catch Sarkozy cycling on wrong side of the road

Local police said they gave Sarkozy no special treatment.

Storm Axel brings worst Baltic Sea flooding in decade
Germany

Storm Axel brings worst Baltic Sea flooding in decade

Flooded streets and basements, cars underwater, dams overwhelmed - storm Axel brought great damage to parts of the Baltic coast on Wednesday, but no injuries.

Swiss army helps win battle against forest fires
Switzerland

Swiss army helps win battle against forest fires

Over a week since a huge forest fire broke out in the canton of Graubünden the situation is finally under control.

Can France’s ‘right to disconnect’ change life for workers?
France

Can France’s ‘right to disconnect’ change life for workers?

France now has a law that will allow employees to "switch off" after hours. But can the law actually lead a fightback?

‘Sicilian Stonehenge’ discovered by amateur archaeologists
Italy

‘Sicilian Stonehenge’ discovered by amateur archaeologists

One of the archaeologists said that finding a prehistoric sundial in his hometown "makes me very emotional".

Spain’s jobless queue shrinks in 2016 (but most new jobs are precarious)
Spain

Spain’s jobless queue shrinks in 2016 (but most new jobs are precarious)

Spain's jobless queue shrank sharply last year, dropping by 9.5 percent, the labour ministry said Wednesday, as unemployment continues to recede from the record highs seen during the 2013 crisis.

IN PHOTOS: 100-year flood hits Denmark
Denmark

IN PHOTOS: 100-year flood hits Denmark

Water levels in parts of Denmark reached up to 177cm above normal on Thursday morning after a predicted winter storm swept through the nation.

American billionaire ‘buys historic Burgundy vineyard’
France

American billionaire ‘buys historic Burgundy vineyard’

US sports billionaire Stanley Kroenke has added a French vineyard to his empire, according to reports.

Witchcraft and prostitution: The plight of Nigerian girls seeking new life in Spain
Spain

Witchcraft and prostitution: The plight of Nigerian girls seeking new life in Spain

Spanish police have told of the ordeals suffered by a group of Nigerian women at the hands of a people trafficking gang in Spain.

Tragic end for migrants who thought they’d reached Italy
Italy

Tragic end for migrants who thought they’d reached Italy

After several days at sea the migrants spotted land, thinking it was Italy. Several drowned trying to swim ashore. But when the survivors reached dry land they found they were still in Libya.

Investigators suspect Berlin attacker had contacts in Switzerland
Switzerland

Investigators suspect Berlin attacker had contacts in Switzerland

Swiss prosecutors have opened a probe into connections and contacts the suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack may have had in Switzerland.

Armed guards to patrol Sweden’s nuclear sites
Sweden

Armed guards to patrol Sweden’s nuclear sites

Security officers guarding Sweden's three power plants are to carry firearms from February onwards.

Police hunt suspects who beat up firefighters at New Year
Germany

Police hunt suspects who beat up firefighters at New Year

Police in a Lower Saxony are searching for suspects who allegedly attacked and beat up firefighters as they tried to respond to an emergency over New Year.

30 of Sweden’s favourite inspirational images of homes
Sweden

30 of Sweden’s favourite inspirational images of homes

Houzz.se's Cajsa Carlson rounds up their 30 most-saved images of Swedish homes from 2016.

This is how cold it is in Sweden today
Sweden

This is how cold it is in Sweden today

One village has reportedly even broken the cold weather record for the season.

Seven events to tick off your Sweden bucket list in 2017
Sweden

Seven events to tick off your Sweden bucket list in 2017

Which are the don't-miss events for a real Swedish experience in 2017? We've listed seven of them.