Climate change worries halt Vienna airport’s third runway
Austria

Climate change worries halt Vienna airport’s third runway

A court has blocked Vienna airport's plans for a third runway saying it would have resulted in greater greenhouse gas emissions, in a verdict described by lawyers as a first.

‘French first’: This is what a ‘President Marine Le Pen’ has in mind for France
France

‘French first’: This is what a ‘President Marine Le Pen’ has in mind for France

A look at some of the more controversial plans Marine Le Pen has for France, if she is elected.

Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda dies aged 91
Sweden

Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda dies aged 91

Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda, whose superb vocal control made him a star on the international opera scene for half a century, has died at 91.

Looking for work? These are the hottest jobs in Sweden right now
Sweden

Looking for work? These are the hottest jobs in Sweden right now

Finding a job can be tricky in Sweden, but here are the top professions in 2017.

How German guns often end up in child soldiers’ hands
Germany

How German guns often end up in child soldiers’ hands

A report by the German Alliance for Child Soldiers and other non-profits on Thursday shows that child soldiers in multiple countries often end up using German-made arms.

Why Mourinho is convinced Zlatan is staying
Sweden

Why Mourinho is convinced Zlatan is staying

Manchester United manager José Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to remain at Old Trafford next season despite speculation linking the Swedish striker with one last big-money transfer.

How a shared crate of beer ended in a bitter legal battle over an Audi
Germany

How a shared crate of beer ended in a bitter legal battle over an Audi

A woman in North Rhine-Westphalia has taken her friend to court, demanding a share of a car he won from a bottle of beer.

Calling a police officer ‘dude’ is a punishable offence in Austria
Austria

Calling a police officer ‘dude’ is a punishable offence in Austria

An Austrian football fan learnt the hard way that it’s not the done thing to be too familiar with a police officer.

Ex-PP officials and businessmen cronies jailed in corruption case
Spain

Ex-PP officials and businessmen cronies jailed in corruption case

Several former officials from Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) and businessmen close to the grouping were sentenced from three to 13 years in jail, in what is only part of a wider corruption scandal.

France retains crown as world’s top tourist destination
France

France retains crown as world’s top tourist destination

... despite the efforts of jihadists.

Six jailed over murder of woman in Dalarna
Sweden

Six jailed over murder of woman in Dalarna

Six people were on Friday sentenced to jail in connection with the murder of a 61-year-old woman.

French counter-terror police ‘foil planned suicide attack at Paris tourist spot’
France

French counter-terror police ‘foil planned suicide attack at Paris tourist spot’

French police have foiled another planned terror attack in France.

Police launch dawn terror raid based on fake Facebook profile
Germany

Police launch dawn terror raid based on fake Facebook profile

A man in a small north German town got the shock of his life on Friday morning when special forces stormed his apartment. But their suspicion he was planning a terror attack was a little misplaced.

OPINION: Working in Spain – EU citizens still need to jump through hoops
Spain

OPINION: Working in Spain – EU citizens still need to jump through hoops

The EU needs to get its act together, writes Sara Berg, a Swede in Catalonia.

Gut hospitalized after crashing out of World Cup in training
Switzerland

Gut hospitalized after crashing out of World Cup in training

But her Swiss teammates Wendy Holdener and Michell Gisin take gold and silver in world alpine combined.

World ski champ Johaug suspended 13 months for doping
Norway

World ski champ Johaug suspended 13 months for doping

The Norwegian Sports Confederation on Friday suspended cross-country skier Therese Johaug for 13 months after she tested positive for steroids, the ski federation said.

La Liga have not carried out any doping tests on footballers for an entire year
Spain

La Liga have not carried out any doping tests on footballers for an entire year

The World Anti-Doping Agency expressed "alarm" on Friday after it emerged no binding drug testing has taken place in football by Spanish anti-doping authorities for nearly a year.

French court rules it’s OK to ‘publicly promote infidelity’
France

French court rules it’s OK to ‘publicly promote infidelity’

And that it’s legal for extra-marital affairs websites to publicly promote their "infidelity services".

Denmark files terrorism charge against 16-year-old girl
Denmark

Denmark files terrorism charge against 16-year-old girl

Muslim convert becomes the first female to ever be charged under Danish terror laws.

Why we’ve switched off comments under articles
Germany

Why we’ve switched off comments under articles

Our community means a lot us, and we have plenty of other options for anyone who wants to comment on stories (see below), but for a couple of main reasons we have decided to switch off comments under articles.

French farmer vows to keep helping migrants despite €3,000 fine
France

French farmer vows to keep helping migrants despite €3,000 fine

"It has to be done... families are suffering," the farmer said.

KitKat pizzas hit Spain for Valentine’s Day and these pictures show the death of love
Spain

KitKat pizzas hit Spain for Valentine’s Day and these pictures show the death of love

A new kind of pizza has been launched in Spain and it has divided the nation.

Will the Swiss back simpler naturalization for 3rd gen immigrants?
Switzerland

Will the Swiss back simpler naturalization for 3rd gen immigrants?

The Swiss people will go to the polls this Sunday, February 12th, to have their say on whether third generation immigrants should have access to a simpler citizenship application process.

Foul-mouthed Swedes rile English-speaking Eurovision fans
Sweden

Foul-mouthed Swedes rile English-speaking Eurovision fans

The repeated use of a coarse English swearword in Sweden's usually family friendly Eurovision qualifiers, broadcast live on prime time television, has incensed immigrant and native viewers alike.

Why this was a great week for thrill seekers in Denmark
Denmark

Why this was a great week for thrill seekers in Denmark

Two new water parks and a major upgrade at Tivoli.

Austrian police raid Kazakh biathlon team’s hotel rooms
Austria

Austrian police raid Kazakh biathlon team’s hotel rooms

Austrian police raided the hotel rooms of Kazakhstan’s national biathlon team late on Wednesday, seizing medical equipment, drugs and cellphones ahead of a world championships competition in Hochfilzen.

High-profile Italians join fight against fake news
Italy

High-profile Italians join fight against fake news

Francesco Totti and 8,000 overs have signed Laura Boldrini's petition against bogus news.

This is where the flu has been hitting Germany hardest
Germany

This is where the flu has been hitting Germany hardest

In the first week of February alone, 14,000 new cases of influenza were confirmed in Germany, bringing the total since October up to 43,000, while there have been more than 100 deaths.

Hamburg court bans large parts of poem insulting Erdogan
Germany

Hamburg court bans large parts of poem insulting Erdogan

A Hamburg court Friday barred a TV comedian from reciting in full his so-called "defamatory poem" against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which sparked a diplomatic row last year.

Brain surgeon sues Austrian Airlines over folding-tray finger injury
Austria

Brain surgeon sues Austrian Airlines over folding-tray finger injury

An Australian brain surgeon whose little finger got stuck in an Austrian Airline plane's fold-out tray table is suing over his resulting physical and psychological injuries.

SVP MP: ‘Swiss government should not employ foreigners from abroad’
Switzerland

SVP MP: ‘Swiss government should not employ foreigners from abroad’

The Swiss government should set an example by refusing to recruit people from abroad to work in the federal administration, a politician has said.

Vienna gets its first Bitcoin digital currency ‘bank’
Austria

Vienna gets its first Bitcoin digital currency ‘bank’

The Austrian capital Vienna has its first 'Bitcoin bank', located on the popular Mariahilfer Strasse shopping street. Customers can exchange cash for Bitcoin, and find out information about the digital currency.

This is how Twitter reacted to Germany’s ‘bleh’ Eurovision pick
Germany

This is how Twitter reacted to Germany’s ‘bleh’ Eurovision pick

Germany selected 25-year-old Isabella Levina Lueen as its contestant for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. But not everyone was so thrilled by the choice.

The 28 surefire signs that your child is definitely French
France

The 28 surefire signs that your child is definitely French

Do you suspect your child has turned French?

Switzerland installs first high alpine electric car charging point
Switzerland

Switzerland installs first high alpine electric car charging point

Electric cars can now recharge at 1,900m on an alpine pass.

Bern considers flower topped urinals for eco-friendly street peeing
Switzerland

Bern considers flower topped urinals for eco-friendly street peeing

The Swiss capital is impressed by eco-urinals currently being trialled in Paris.

Norway extends border controls through May
Norway

Norway extends border controls through May

Norway has extended temporary border controls that have been in place since November 2015 for at least another three months.

Europe feels pinch as Spain’s vegetable fields suffer
Spain

Europe feels pinch as Spain’s vegetable fields suffer

Vegetable lovers across Europe have been making hard choices this winter after storms battered fields in southeast Spain, the continent's main fruit and vegetable patch.

Neo-Nazi given 8 years’ jail for torching refugee shelter
Germany

Neo-Nazi given 8 years’ jail for torching refugee shelter

A German neo-Nazi was sentenced to eight years jail Thursday for an arson attack on a sports hall that had been designated to house refugees.

Pompeii shows a Roman smooch for Valentine’s Day
Italy

Pompeii shows a Roman smooch for Valentine’s Day

The lava may have cooled 2,000 years ago but Pompeii is a hot destination this Valentine's day with a special opening of the exceptionally preserved House of the Chaste Lovers.

Italy PM says Brexit talks need not be ‘destructive’
Italy

Italy PM says Brexit talks need not be ‘destructive’

"There is absolutely no point in having a destructive negotiation between the EU and the UK."

RECIPE: How to make a Swedish prawn sandwich
Sweden

RECIPE: How to make a Swedish prawn sandwich

In only 25 minutes you can make yourself this delicious prawn sandwich, called 'räksmörgås'. Food writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe.

Paris suburbs: Locals blame ‘aggressive’ cops as tensions simmer
France

Paris suburbs: Locals blame ‘aggressive’ cops as tensions simmer

The locals in the Paris suburbs say police are aggressive and violent, but police say they are victims too.

Danish mother convicted of stabbing her nine-year-old daughter to death
Denmark

Danish mother convicted of stabbing her nine-year-old daughter to death

A 28-year-old woman was on Thursday sentenced to indefinite detention in a psychiatric institution for killing her nine-year-old daughter.

Swiss star Federer warned off deep-fried Mars bars ahead of first Scottish visit
Switzerland

Swiss star Federer warned off deep-fried Mars bars ahead of first Scottish visit

Scot Andy Murray offers important advice for Federer before he visits Glasgow later this year...

Train bomb scare was false alarm
Sweden

Train bomb scare was false alarm

Police found no dangerous objects when searching two trains that ground to a halt on Thursday after receiving bomb threats.

Santé! Cognac leads record year of alcohol exports for France
France

Santé! Cognac leads record year of alcohol exports for France

Move aside, wine.

Penelopegate: Fillon calls for an end to ‘illegal’ probe
France

Penelopegate: Fillon calls for an end to ‘illegal’ probe

The probe "completely tramples democratic principles", said Fillon.

‘The loss of Hans Rosling is keenly felt at a time when fake news is rife’
Sweden

‘The loss of Hans Rosling is keenly felt at a time when fake news is rife’

Keith Morris of Cardiff Metropolitan University remembers late Swedish health professor Hans Rosling in this piece first published by The Conversation.