Here’s what connects Merkel with Hollywood’s biggest stars
Germany

Here’s what connects Merkel with Hollywood’s biggest stars

Who knew Merkel had so many glamorous friends?

France’s first centre for deradicalization stands empty five months after opening
France

France’s first centre for deradicalization stands empty five months after opening

That's despite the fact that France is home to over 8,000 radicalized and potentially dangerous Islamists.

Vegan’s protest leads town hall to ban kids’ song about fox being shot
Germany

Vegan’s protest leads town hall to ban kids’ song about fox being shot

A small town in Hesse has removed a children's song about a fox stealing a goose from its repertoire of town hall bell melodies, after a vegan resident became quite upset.

Profits boost makes 2016 ‘a very good year’ for Swiss insurer
Switzerland

Profits boost makes 2016 ‘a very good year’ for Swiss insurer

Zurich Insurance's net profit amounted to $3.2 billion last year.

Canard Enchainé: The French newspaper that’s kept its bite for 100 years
France

Canard Enchainé: The French newspaper that’s kept its bite for 100 years

The satirical newspaper has kept France on its toes for a century.

€490 per head… and other key figures about France’s 616 Michelin-starred restaurants
France

€490 per head… and other key figures about France’s 616 Michelin-starred restaurants

Where's the nearest Michelin-starred restaurant for you?

Muslim teacher wins €9,000 in Berlin discrimination case
Germany

Muslim teacher wins €9,000 in Berlin discrimination case

The Muslim woman won an appeal before a Berlin-Brandenburg court on Thursday, and is set to receive nearly €9,000 after she was rejected from a teaching job due to her headscarf.

Living and studying in Jönköping: one student’s reflections
Sweden

Living and studying in Jönköping: one student’s reflections

This week we take a closer look atl iving in Jönköping. NFGL member Anup Banerjee shares his reflections on what it's like to live in the city.

WATCH: Spain’s message to President Trump
Spain

WATCH: Spain’s message to President Trump

The most important thing you need to know about Spain, Mr President, is that we are not Mexicans.

Why you should lose your shoes like a Swede
Sweden

Why you should lose your shoes like a Swede

Should we all follow in the shoeless footsteps of Swedes and take our shoes off indoors, asks Gothenburg-based English teacher David Ashby.

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France

Why eating at Michelin’s top restaurants in Paris just really isn’t worth it

Are Michelin-star restaurants in Paris really worth it?

Denmark to co-host women’s conference after Trump’s anti-abortion move
Denmark

Denmark to co-host women’s conference after Trump’s anti-abortion move

An international conference to raise money for charities providing access to safe abortion will be held in Brussels in March in response to President Donald Trump's gag on US funding.

Russian TV: Norway is in the midst of a vegetable crisis. Norway: Uh, no we’re not.
Norway

Russian TV: Norway is in the midst of a vegetable crisis. Norway: Uh, no we’re not.

According to Russia’s Channel One, the nation’s largest broadcaster, a vegetable shortage has Norwegians stores limiting the number of veggies customers can buy.

Two trains evacuated in Swedish cities after bomb threats
Sweden

Two trains evacuated in Swedish cities after bomb threats

Two trains in Gothenburg and Södertälje, near Stockholm, were evacuated after receiving bomb threats on Thursday.

Refugee rights groups criticize plans for faster deportations
Germany

Refugee rights groups criticize plans for faster deportations

Federal and state governments want to significantly expand and accelerate deportations of rejected asylum seekers, but human rights organizations oppose the plans.

No one buys more organic food than the Danes: report
Denmark

No one buys more organic food than the Danes: report

A new international report highlights just how popular organic food has become in Denmark.

French police conclude ‘anal rape’ of suspect with cop’s truncheon was an accident
France

French police conclude ‘anal rape’ of suspect with cop’s truncheon was an accident

No proof to show French police officer intentionally inserted his truncheon into a suspect's anus, initial report concludes.

Why now is the right time to buy a property in Spain
Spain

Why now is the right time to buy a property in Spain

Spain is the second-best country for first-time buyers, according to a new report.

Germany moves 100 tonnes of its gold from New York to Frankfurt
Germany

Germany moves 100 tonnes of its gold from New York to Frankfurt

Germany's central bank said on Thursday it sped up the process of bringing its gold home from foreign vaults in 2016, moving more than 200 tonnes from New York and Paris.

Foodora Vienna: Be green and stay fit, while feeding the city’s busiest
Austria

Foodora Vienna: Be green and stay fit, while feeding the city’s busiest

Live in the capital? Looking to earn extra cash? Wondering how to stay fit? Learn about life as a Foodora delivery driver and apply today!

Oprah reported to have sold Klimt painting for $150m
Austria

Oprah reported to have sold Klimt painting for $150m

American talk show host and billionaire entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey reportedly sold a Gustav Klimt painting for $150 million (€140.45m) in one of the biggest private art deals of 2016, according to a source who spoke to Bloomberg.

Why now’s the time to buy a home in Switzerland
Switzerland

Why now’s the time to buy a home in Switzerland

Switzerland is among the five best countries for first-time buyers, according to a new report.

Teen troublemaker arrested after death threats against foreign minister
Austria

Teen troublemaker arrested after death threats against foreign minister

A Chechen teenager has been arrested by special forces police in Vienna after making death threats on social media sites against the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.

Italy recovers record €19 billion from tax evasion in 2016
Italy

Italy recovers record €19 billion from tax evasion in 2016

The amount is up on the €14.9 billion in unpaid tax recovered in 2015.

Pope reveals anti-stress secrets – and it’s not prozac
Italy

Pope reveals anti-stress secrets – and it’s not prozac

The 80-year-old says his secret for dealing with stress is to write down all his problems in letters to Saint Joseph.

Flamanville fiasco: The story of France’s nuclear calamity
France

Flamanville fiasco: The story of France’s nuclear calamity

France’s world renowned prowess in the nuclear industry is being seriously undermined by its efforts to build a flagship nuclear reactor at Flamanville. The explosion on Thursday is just the latest incident at the plant in what is fast becoming a costly calamity.

Trouble-hit French nuclear plant rocked by explosion
France

Trouble-hit French nuclear plant rocked by explosion

A nuclear plant in northern France was rocked by an explosion on Thursday that left several injured, reports say.

Green group wants energy referendum cancelled over alleged campaign lies
Switzerland

Green group wants energy referendum cancelled over alleged campaign lies

Can a Swiss referendum be invalidated if one side is proved to be telling untruths?

Linz train station partially evacuated after pepper spray attack
Austria

Linz train station partially evacuated after pepper spray attack

Police were called to the main train station in the Austrian city of Linz on Wednesday after somebody sprayed pepper spray in a McDonald’s branch.

New location proposed for contentious Utøya memorial
Norway

New location proposed for contentious Utøya memorial

The youth wing of Norway’s Labour Party (AUF) and a support group for the families of Utøya victims have proposed moving the controversial ‘Memory Wound' memorial in order to avoid a legal battle.

How Germany’s record trade surplus could fuel US friction with Trump
Germany

How Germany’s record trade surplus could fuel US friction with Trump

Germany's latest record trade surplus announced on Thursday may be a point of pride for some, but experts warn the imbalance is doing more harm than good as grumbling grows in the Trump White House.

Journalist avoids jail over human smuggling
Sweden

Journalist avoids jail over human smuggling

A journalist and his colleagues have avoided jail for helping a Syrian boy flee to Sweden.

Paris: Eiffel Tower to be secured by huge bulletproof wall of glass
France

Paris: Eiffel Tower to be secured by huge bulletproof wall of glass

Building walls is clearly in fashion these days.

Italian restorers fix Palmyra artefacts destroyed by Isis
Italy

Italian restorers fix Palmyra artefacts destroyed by Isis

After a complex cross-border mission, the two funerary busts are now temporarily in the hands of restorers in Rome.

Sweden shivers in Arctic ice blast: here’s how cold it is
Sweden

Sweden shivers in Arctic ice blast: here’s how cold it is

Woollen mittens are your best friends.

Two arrested in Göttingen suspected of ‘imminent terror plot’
Germany

Two arrested in Göttingen suspected of ‘imminent terror plot’

Police in the Lower Saxon university town of Göttingen arrested two men suspected of plotting a terror attack, officials reported on Thursday.

No, there wasn’t a ‘huge explosion’ on the Paris Metro, but there was an electrical fault
France

No, there wasn’t a ‘huge explosion’ on the Paris Metro, but there was an electrical fault

While there was fire on the Paris Metro, that started with a bang, it wasn't an explosion, as reported in the British press.

IN PICS: Welcome to Switzerland, where fondue and sausages are sold in vending machines
Switzerland

IN PICS: Welcome to Switzerland, where fondue and sausages are sold in vending machines

Missed the shops? Fancy a fondue at 4am? No problem! There’s bound to be just the vending machine for you in Switzerland.

Nine good reasons to make Oviedo your next city break
Spain

Nine good reasons to make Oviedo your next city break

The northern city of Oviedo in Asturias remains one of the lesser explored of all the country's regional capitals. Here are some very reasons why that should change.

Remembering Hans Rosling: some personal reflections
Sweden

Remembering Hans Rosling: some personal reflections

David Landes of SI News shares some memorable moments from a 2015 interview with Hans Rosling, who died this week aged 68.

In pictures: Magical sun halo lights up sky in northern Sweden
Sweden

In pictures: Magical sun halo lights up sky in northern Sweden

A sun halo or a portal to another world?

Under 18s in France are now allowed to watch REAL sex scenes at the cinema
France

Under 18s in France are now allowed to watch REAL sex scenes at the cinema

Are real sex scenes in films more shocking than simulated ones? Not in France.

Could this be the end for Pablo Iglesias?
Spain

Could this be the end for Pablo Iglesias?

Spain's far-left party Podemos is gearing for a heated weekend congress that could unseat its leader Pablo Iglesias, as power struggles rage so intensely that some have denounced a purge.

Trudeau to meet Merkel, EU to discuss controversial trade deal
Germany

Trudeau to meet Merkel, EU to discuss controversial trade deal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to Europe next week to about the controversial CETA trade deal.

Pope aide Pell hits out at ‘anti-religion’ agendas
Italy

Pope aide Pell hits out at ‘anti-religion’ agendas

George Pell, the country's most senior Catholic cleric, was interviewed in Rome by Australian police last October over historical sex assault claims.

VW still says it didn’t know of emissions scam before, after ex-boss said it did
Germany

VW still says it didn’t know of emissions scam before, after ex-boss said it did

Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations by former boss Ferdinand Piech who reportedly said the German car giant was aware of the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scam well before the scandal broke.

Italy unveils plan to better integrate fewer migrants
Italy

Italy unveils plan to better integrate fewer migrants

Asylum seekers will also be asked to earn their keep by working with little or no pay on civic projects, such as maintaining parks, giving language classes or helping the Red Cross.

Inter Milan invites French ‘police rape victim’ to match
Italy

Inter Milan invites French ‘police rape victim’ to match

The case of 22-year-old Theo, who was allegedly sodomised with a baton while being arrested last week, has sparked outrage in France.

Sweden challenges Trump on abortion
Sweden

Sweden challenges Trump on abortion

Sweden is one of the countries that will hold a meeting in Brussels this spring to kick-start a funding campaign to challenge President Donald Trump's global anti-abortion 'gag rule'.

VIDEO: Hilarious ad campaign asks suntanned locals to help pasty Danes
Denmark

VIDEO: Hilarious ad campaign asks suntanned locals to help pasty Danes

The locals in popular southern holiday destinations have been called on to protect the "delicate skin" of the sun-starved Danes.

World War Two explosives found in Bern apartment block
Switzerland

World War Two explosives found in Bern apartment block

The Swiss army was called to an apartment block in Bern on Wednesday after two World War Two grenades were found in the loft.

Germany voices ‘concern’ over Russia’s conviction of opposition leader
Germany

Germany voices ‘concern’ over Russia’s conviction of opposition leader

Germany voiced "concern" after a Russian court on Wednesday convicted opposition leader Alexei Navalny of embezzlement and gave him a suspended five-year sentence.

Driverless cars planned for French-German border crossing

Driverless cars planned for French-German border crossing

Could your next trip to Germany be in a driverless vehicle?

Ten must-see places within reach of Rome
Italy

Ten must-see places within reach of Rome

Rome has a lot to offer, but if you want a break from the city, there's a treasure trove of towns within easy reach.

Paris: Louvre machete attacker denies Isis connection
France

Paris: Louvre machete attacker denies Isis connection

The man said that he acted on his own.

Commuters greeted by train information outage on snowy morning in Denmark
Denmark

Commuters greeted by train information outage on snowy morning in Denmark

For those who commute to work by train, Thursday morning’s heavy snow accumulation was accompanied by another major headache.

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction
Sweden

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Uppsala University's Dominika Polanska looks inside Sweden's housing crisis.