Hounded over Merkel selfie, Syrian refugee sues Facebook
Germany

Hounded over Merkel selfie, Syrian refugee sues Facebook

A Syrian refugee whose selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been repeatedly manipulated to link him to violent jihad, took Facebook to court Monday for spreading defamatory fake news.

François Fillon fights back: ‘My wife’s salary was perfectly justified’
France

François Fillon fights back: ‘My wife’s salary was perfectly justified’

Presidential candidate François Fillon came out of his corner with gloves off in a much-hyped press conference on Monday in which attempted to bury the "fake jobs" scandal by apologizing to the French people.

German govt seeks ‘drug dealers’ to help distribute medical weed
Germany

German govt seeks ‘drug dealers’ to help distribute medical weed

As Germany gets ready to implement a new medical marijuana law, the government apparently needs some drug experts to help with its distribution system.

It’s skiing time in southern Sweden as snow moves in
Sweden

It’s skiing time in southern Sweden as snow moves in

Take out your warm jacket and maybe even your skis. With snow in the south, and extreme temperatures in the north, it's going to be a cold week in Sweden.

Dortmund fans ‘shame football’ with attacks on families before match
Germany

Dortmund fans ‘shame football’ with attacks on families before match

In scenes which have shocked German football, fans of Borussia Dortmund attacked opposition supporters and police with stones at the weekend, while banners were held up in the stadium inciting violence and murder.

Social Democrats leap ahead of Merkel’s party in new poll
Germany

Social Democrats leap ahead of Merkel’s party in new poll

The Social Democrats could be pose a threat to Angela Merkel in September's election as they made a "historic leap" in support in one poll, and even overtook her conservative Union parties in another.

Assange demands Sweden and UK ‘restore his liberty’
Sweden

Assange demands Sweden and UK ‘restore his liberty’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made a renewed plea on Monday for Sweden and Britain to respect a United Nations panel ruling that said he was being arbitrarily detained.

UK tourists visiting France ‘face having to pay mobile roaming charges after Brexit’
France

UK tourists visiting France ‘face having to pay mobile roaming charges after Brexit’

Will Brexit mean bigger mobile phone bills for Brits travelling to France?

French police under fire again after cop charged with raping suspect with baton
France

French police under fire again after cop charged with raping suspect with baton

Four officers charged over violent arrest of suspect, during which he was allegedly sexually assaulted.

Snus as likely to cause type 2 diabetes as smoking, Swedes warned
Sweden

Snus as likely to cause type 2 diabetes as smoking, Swedes warned

Snus is often seen by Swedes as a healthier alternative to smoking, but a new study shows it's just as likely to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

German states delay Afghan deportations due to security fears: report
Germany

German states delay Afghan deportations due to security fears: report

Several German states are reportedly halting or considering halting deportations of failed asylum seekers to Afghanistan due to the worsening security situation, according to German media reports on Monday.

Artur Mas: How a technocrat became a martyr for Catalan independence
Spain

Artur Mas: How a technocrat became a martyr for Catalan independence

Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas was not always a nationalist. But his decision to devote his political life to gaining independence from Spain ultimately landed him on the wrong side of the law.

Is François Fillon about to face his moment of truth (and offer some payback)?
France

Is François Fillon about to face his moment of truth (and offer some payback)?

Is Fillon ready for his mea culpa and will he pay the money back in a bid to rescue his campaign?

Denmark faces week of sub-zero temps but it will feel even colder than it is
Denmark

Denmark faces week of sub-zero temps but it will feel even colder than it is

Monday may not have seemed particularly warm with temperatures hovering around the 1-3C mark throughout most of the country, but it may very well turn out to be the balmiest day of the week.

Majority of Germans think AfD are an extreme right party: survey
Germany

Majority of Germans think AfD are an extreme right party: survey

A new survey by YouGov shows that almost two thirds of Germans consider the Alternative for Germany (AfD) to be an "extreme right" party.

World of naturism split over Austrian presidency
Austria

World of naturism split over Austrian presidency

The Austrian president of the International Naturism Federation (INF) has been asked to step down from her post after accusations that she has not done enough to promote the benefits of nudity to the wider public.

Russian cold front heading for Berlin with temperatures down to -10C
Germany

Russian cold front heading for Berlin with temperatures down to -10C

The mercury is about to drop once again in Berlin and surrounding east Germany, bringing temperatures down to as low as -10C, meteorologists said on Monday.

A third of young Swedes have studied abroad: survey
Sweden

A third of young Swedes have studied abroad: survey

It seems the world's third best non-native English speakers are putting their skills to good use.

Brexit battle: Paris sends raiding party to London to seduce bankers
France

Brexit battle: Paris sends raiding party to London to seduce bankers

Paris sends team across Channel in the hope of returning with Brexit business.

‘Siberia of Switzerland’ too warm for cold festival
Switzerland

‘Siberia of Switzerland’ too warm for cold festival

Around 1,500 people attended the annual Fête du Froid (cold festival) in La Brévine on Saturday, despite the fact that the relatively mild weather caused many of its planned attractions to be cancelled.

Police under fire for telling refugees to stay away from Carnival
Germany

Police under fire for telling refugees to stay away from Carnival

Law enforcement in North Rhine-Westphalia have come in for strong criticism after they sent a letter to refugee homes, telling them to keep refugees away from Karneval celebrations.

2,000-strong protest in Vienna against veil ban
Austria

2,000-strong protest in Vienna against veil ban

Around 2,000 protesters gathered in central Vienna on Saturday to demonstrate against the Austrian government’s plan to ban women from wearing the full-face veil in public places.

Ten surprising things that happened to me after moving to Denmark
Denmark

Ten surprising things that happened to me after moving to Denmark

Relocation expert Melanie Haynes shares ten things she wasn’t prepared for when she joined the Danes.

Police TV: Marketing ploy or a move to greater transparency?
Austria

Police TV: Marketing ploy or a move to greater transparency?

The Vienna police have been criticised for posting a video on their new YouTube channel about their preparation for the controversial Akademikerball on Friday, which attracted some 2,000 left-wing demonstrators.

Italy transfers officers who shot Berlin attacker to ‘secret’ location
Italy

Italy transfers officers who shot Berlin attacker to ‘secret’ location

The men became instant heroes when they stopped and killed Europe's most wanted man.

What is this dolphin doing in the centre of Pisa?
Italy

What is this dolphin doing in the centre of Pisa?

Pisa is a popular destination for tourists and students, but not usually for aquatic mammals. But one intrepid dolphin has bucked that trend.

Police release 20 Chechens after mass arrests in Vienna
Austria

Police release 20 Chechens after mass arrests in Vienna

Austrian police have released 20 out of 22 men of Chechen origin who were arrested with weapons on them on Friday evening in Vienna, according to the Austria Press Agency.

Probe launched into Stockholm police car explosion
Sweden

Probe launched into Stockholm police car explosion

A car owned by a police chief working in Swedish university city Uppsala exploded outside the man's house in Stockholm on Monday morning.

More earthquakes than normal shook Switzerland last year
Switzerland

More earthquakes than normal shook Switzerland last year

Switzerland experienced 880 earthquakes in 2016, slightly more than the 40-year average, according to the Swiss Seismological Service (SED).

Could Norway follow Sweden’s lead and introduce a third gender?

Could Norway follow Sweden’s lead and introduce a third gender?

Labour Party to consider the idea of introducing a gender-neutral pronoun.

France cuts red tape to help disgruntled bank customers
France

France cuts red tape to help disgruntled bank customers

Not happy with your bank in France? Time to change...

Three men die after fire breaks out at Berlin sauna club
Germany

Three men die after fire breaks out at Berlin sauna club

A fire broke out at a sauna club in west Berlin on Sunday evening, tragically costing the lives of three men who were inside at the time.

Your next career: software developer? Switzerland’s first coding academy gives you the chance
Switzerland

Your next career: software developer? Switzerland’s first coding academy gives you the chance

Learn about Propulsion, the innovative new coding academy that’s helping ambitious professionals in Switzerland become in-demand software developers – in only three months.

Sami mark 100 years of annual gathering

Sami mark 100 years of annual gathering

February 6th is Sami National Day, and the 2017 edition is set to be particularly special as it marks the 100th anniversary of the first Sami congress held by Scandinavia’s indigenous people.

Thousands protest as Ex-Catalan president stands trial over independence vote
Spain

Thousands protest as Ex-Catalan president stands trial over independence vote

Thousands of protesters shouting "down with Spain's justice system" turned up Monday in Barcelona at the trial of Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas, accused of civil disobedience for holding an independence referendum in 2014.

EPFL scientist blocked by Trump finally arrives in Boston
Switzerland

EPFL scientist blocked by Trump finally arrives in Boston

Dr Samira Asgari finally arrived in Boston a week after she was banned from entering the US to take up a new job at a Harvard Medical School lab.

Italian rescuers saved 1,500 people in the Med this weekend
Italy

Italian rescuers saved 1,500 people in the Med this weekend

A total of 4,500 people have been pulled to safety since Wednesday.

‘Be inspired by Trump voters’ says Le Pen at campaign launch
France

‘Be inspired by Trump voters’ says Le Pen at campaign launch

Marine Le Pen has launched her presidential campaign.

The pope said abortion is part of a ‘throwaway culture’
Italy

The pope said abortion is part of a ‘throwaway culture’

The pope called for Catholics to pray for unborn babies "threatened by termination".

Denmark seeks harsher punishment for ‘revenge porn’
Denmark

Denmark seeks harsher punishment for ‘revenge porn’

Denmark has introduced a series of measures to curb the sharing of nude pictures or videos of people online without their consent.

What you need to know about this year’s Berlinale film festival
Germany

What you need to know about this year’s Berlinale film festival

The Berlin film festival, one of Europe's top cinema showcases, gets under way Thursday, bringing a parade of stars to its famed red carpet.

Ten reasons to add Palermo, Italy’s cultural capital, to your 2018 bucket list
Italy

Ten reasons to add Palermo, Italy’s cultural capital, to your 2018 bucket list

Palermo is Italy's Capital of Culture for 2018, and there are plenty of reasons to explore the Sicilian city.

Presidential candidate appears by hologram at French election rally
France

Presidential candidate appears by hologram at French election rally

The lead up to the French election just took a step into the future...

‘They say Swedish people are cold, but I’ve found they will gladly help you’
Sweden

‘They say Swedish people are cold, but I’ve found they will gladly help you’

Greta Mabilia is only 22, but the Italian has already started learning the ropes of PR at the same time as studying sustainability in Sweden.