IN PICS: Winter bites in France
France

IN PICS: Winter bites in France

France is in the middle of a cold snap - and here's what the country looks like.

‘I’m an American and I was racially profiled in Berlin 23 times’
Germany

‘I’m an American and I was racially profiled in Berlin 23 times’

American journalist Sandhya Kambhampati was stopped by police 23 times within her first nine months of living in Berlin. Now she's investigating racial profiling in Germany - and is looking for others to share experiences.

Ten golden rules for visiting France’s Languedoc region
France

Ten golden rules for visiting France’s Languedoc region

Read this before visiting the Languedoc, says local expat Joanna Munro.

East German landlords ‘stop renting to politicians, fearing attacks’
Germany

East German landlords ‘stop renting to politicians, fearing attacks’

Politicians from Die Linke (the Left Party) and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are struggling to find homes and office space in the febrile political atmosphere of eastern Germany, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Real Madrid to keep Ronaldo fresh by not playing him
Spain

Real Madrid to keep Ronaldo fresh by not playing him

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he will continue to periodically leave out four-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo to keep the Portuguese fresh for the business end of the season.

Donald Trump’s foreign policies will be good for France, says Marine Le Pen
France

Donald Trump’s foreign policies will be good for France, says Marine Le Pen

Le Pen reckons Trump is good for France but says she won't be subjugated to either the US president or Russia's Vladimir Putin, if she is elected president.

Fire on Paris-Brussels line halts rail services
France

Fire on Paris-Brussels line halts rail services

The train's engine reportedly caught fire.

Tourists stranded in Swedish Arctic as trains axed again
Sweden

Tourists stranded in Swedish Arctic as trains axed again

As many as 70 tourists have been stranded in Arctic Lapland in temperatures below -30C, after Sweden’s national train company SJ cancelled a string of trains due to excess cold.

Police seize 100kg of explosives from teen ‘plotting right-wing attack’
Germany

Police seize 100kg of explosives from teen ‘plotting right-wing attack’

Police are investigating a teen suspected of plotting a right-wing attack in Kaiserslautern with another man, seizing more than 100kg of explosive materials from his home on Friday.

French rapper releases music video filmed in jail
France

French rapper releases music video filmed in jail

A French rapper has released a music video using footage filmed during his time in jail last year, angering prison authorities who threatened to take legal action over the clip on Friday.

Five arrests made after arson at refugee home
Germany

Five arrests made after arson at refugee home

After dozens of people were injured in a fire at a refugee home near Paderborn, western Germany, five residents of the home have been arrested.

Germany shivers in coldest winter night so far
Germany

Germany shivers in coldest winter night so far

The country experienced its coldest winter night on Thursday as the mercury dropped to -26C in some places - the coldest it has been in the 2016-17 season.

Italy boat migrant numbers surge 20% in 2016
Italy

Italy boat migrant numbers surge 20% in 2016

Italy saw a record 181,000 migrants arriving on its shores on boats from northern Africa in 2016, EU border agency Frontex said on Friday.

France issues more weather warnings as temperatures plummet
France

France issues more weather warnings as temperatures plummet

Most of northern France is on alert.

10 unusual things you’ll notice when you first arrive in Munich
Germany

10 unusual things you’ll notice when you first arrive in Munich

If you visit Munich from a bigger city, you can't help falling in love with its old-school Bavarian charm. But be prepared to fork out €5 for a dry panino.

Police suspect Norway asylum centre fire was arson
Norway

Police suspect Norway asylum centre fire was arson

Twenty-eight underage asylum seekers were evacuated but no one was hurt.

Three seriously injured in bus crash at Frankfurt airport
Germany

Three seriously injured in bus crash at Frankfurt airport

A bus carrying dozens of Lufthansa passengers collided with another vehicle at Frankfurt airport on Friday, seriously injuring at least three people.

Polar bear to switch Danish zoos after ‘divorce’
Denmark

Polar bear to switch Danish zoos after ‘divorce’

Poor Ivan the polar bear. His female partner Noel had lost all interest in him, leading to lonely and sad times at the Copenhagen Zoo.

Poll shows majority of Germans feel safe despite Berlin attack
Germany

Poll shows majority of Germans feel safe despite Berlin attack

The majority of Germans feel safe and well-protected from terrorism, according to a new poll conducted after the Berlin Christmas market attack.

Dense fog causes 50 vehicle motorway pile up
Switzerland

Dense fog causes 50 vehicle motorway pile up

At least 14 people were injured in a motorway collision involving 50 vehicles on the A3 in the canton of Glarus on Friday morning

Norway offers national coach job to FC Copenhagen’s Solbakken: report

Norway offers national coach job to FC Copenhagen’s Solbakken: report

Ståle Solbakken has been offered the job as Norway’s national football coach, newspaper VG reported on Friday.

Fillon to keep pushing Christian faith as election looms
France

Fillon to keep pushing Christian faith as election looms

French presidential frontrunner Francois Fillon said Friday he would continue to stress his Christian faith during campaigning despite criticism from opponents about the use of his religion.

Swedish toyshop ordered to pull ‘sexist’ pirate and angel advert
Sweden

Swedish toyshop ordered to pull ‘sexist’ pirate and angel advert

A Swedish toyshop has been ordered to pull an advert which showed a boy dressed as a pirate and a women as a scantily clad angel wearing suspenders.

‘Intentional’ New Year’s Eve TV blackout remains a mystery
Denmark

‘Intentional’ New Year’s Eve TV blackout remains a mystery

UPDATED: A suspect was released from custody on Friday less than an hour before he was to face charges that he purposely disrupted YouSee’s signal on New Year’s Eve.

US tank brigade arrives in Germany for eastern deployment
Germany

US tank brigade arrives in Germany for eastern deployment

Three years ago the US withdrew their last tank from European soil. But on Friday a tank brigade will start being unloaded in Bremerhaven on its way to NATO's eastern frontier.

Germany plans nationwide e-ticket for all city transport
Germany

Germany plans nationwide e-ticket for all city transport

One ticket to rule them all? The German Transport Minister wants to create an electronic ticket to connect public bus and train services across all cities, bringing Germany into the digital age.

Lack of snow puts visitors off Swiss ski resorts
Switzerland

Lack of snow puts visitors off Swiss ski resorts

Ski resorts in Switzerland have seen a big drop in visitors on the slopes so far this season due to the lack of snow.

Norwegian policeman accused of using his position for sex
Norway

Norwegian policeman accused of using his position for sex

In one case, he tried to start a sexual relationship with a woman who had come to collect her dead husband's ashes.

‘I’m partly to blame for Charlie Hebdo attack’: Ex-French jihadist
France

‘I’m partly to blame for Charlie Hebdo attack’: Ex-French jihadist

A former French jihadist responsible for indoctrinating the gunman who attacked the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris has admitted that he is partly to blame for the violence two years ago.

IS judge ‘gave Swede fake death sentence to steal wife’
Sweden

IS judge ‘gave Swede fake death sentence to steal wife’

An Islamic State judge gave an ethnic Swedish jihadi a fake death sentence simply because he wanted to steal his wife, a former IS lawyer has claimed.

France probes Le Pens over suspected fraud
France

France probes Le Pens over suspected fraud

The far-right National Front is in trouble with the EU.

Switzerland freezes in coldest night of winter so far
Switzerland

Switzerland freezes in coldest night of winter so far

Thursday night to Friday morning in Switzerland was the coldest night of winter to date, with temperatures dropping to nearly minus 30 degrees in some parts of the country, said MeteoNews on Friday.

Opera revisits dark dynamic of Danish film ‘Breaking the Waves’
Denmark

Opera revisits dark dynamic of Danish film ‘Breaking the Waves’

Lars von Trier's bleak and erotic 1996 movie "Breaking the Waves" has become a modern film classic partly because it gives viewers wide freedom to interpret the plot.

Namibian groups sue Germany for alleged genocide
Germany

Namibian groups sue Germany for alleged genocide

Representatives of two indigenous groups have filed a class action suit in New York against Germany, seeking reparations for an alleged genocide of their peoples by German colonial rulers over a century ago in what is now Namibia.

SPD politician under fire for ‘outing’ bank clerk as AfD voter
Germany

SPD politician under fire for ‘outing’ bank clerk as AfD voter

An outspoken young politician from the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has had to defend himself after publishing the professional details of a bank clerk who told him he would vote for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).