Marine Le Pen set to lose EU parliament immunity over ‘shameful’ Isis terror tweets
France

Marine Le Pen set to lose EU parliament immunity over ‘shameful’ Isis terror tweets

Le Pen's tweets included a photo of the decapitated body of US reporter James Foley.

Battle begins to stop ‘fake news’ from impacting the French presidential election
France

Battle begins to stop ‘fake news’ from impacting the French presidential election

The battle is on to prevent fake news on Facebook influencing the French election. But will it really work?

Danish man on trial for ordering sexual abuse of 346 children
Denmark

Danish man on trial for ordering sexual abuse of 346 children

A 70-year-old man went on trial in Copenhagen on Tuesday accused of ordering the rape or sexual abuse of 346 Filipino children.

Norway parliament turns down third gender ‘hen’
Norway

Norway parliament turns down third gender ‘hen’

Norway’s parliament has rejected a proposal to bring in a third gender category with the gender-neutral personal pronoun ‘hen’.

Norway oil fund gains €50bn euros in ‘Trump rally’
Norway

Norway oil fund gains €50bn euros in ‘Trump rally’

Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, notched up huge gains in 2016, as it reaped the benefits of the 'Trump rally'.

Spring likely delayed in Germany, despite warm February
Germany

Spring likely delayed in Germany, despite warm February

Don't take off your scarf just yet - Germany might not enjoy springlike weather until April, with a chance of snow in March, say meteorologists.

Fifth woman attacked by acid-throwing cyclist in Berlin
Germany

Fifth woman attacked by acid-throwing cyclist in Berlin

A Berlin woman reported being attacked this week by a cyclist who threw acid in her face - the fifth such case in the capital city since December.

French high school girls nicknamed ‘the lionesses’ held over suspected terror plot
France

French high school girls nicknamed ‘the lionesses’ held over suspected terror plot

The girls were in a group called "The Lionesses" that had terror links.

In stats: Deadly violence in Sweden in the 2000s
Sweden

In stats: Deadly violence in Sweden in the 2000s

The number of women killed by their partner or ex-partner has gone down.

How infighting has left far-right AfD sweating with elections on horizon
Germany

How infighting has left far-right AfD sweating with elections on horizon

With seven months until German elections, support for the right-wing populist AfD party has slipped from highs seen during the mass migrant influx to single digits in the polls, alarming its divided leadership.

Germany moves closer to password-free WiFi for all
Germany

Germany moves closer to password-free WiFi for all

The German government is taking steps to encourage Germans to share their WiFi connections, so that the country can finally catch up to rivals in the race towards universal digitalization.

In landmark ruling, Italy recognizes gay couple as dads to surrogate babies
Italy

In landmark ruling, Italy recognizes gay couple as dads to surrogate babies

The ruling is the first of its kind in Italy.

Spain’s largest maze is about to open. And it’s the perfect place to lose your mother-in-law
Spain

Spain’s largest maze is about to open. And it’s the perfect place to lose your mother-in-law

Forest ranger creates Spain's largest labyrinth in Cantabria.

Granny murder suspect arrested after killing two police officers
Germany

Granny murder suspect arrested after killing two police officers

A young man in Brandenburg was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly killed his grandmother, fled police, and then fatally ran over two officers with a stolen car.

Ryanair builds up Frankfurt flights in challenge to Lufthansa
Germany

Ryanair builds up Frankfurt flights in challenge to Lufthansa

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair on Tuesday said it will expand routes from Germany's Frankfurt airport in future, but warned of challenges ahead for the airline industry from Brexit.

France stumped by mystery of missing family
France

France stumped by mystery of missing family

A murder probe has been opened after the family went missing two weeks ago.

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France stumped by mystery of missing family

A murder probe has been opened after the family went missing two weeks ago.

Climate experts urge Germans to ‘give up cars’ for Lent
Germany

Climate experts urge Germans to ‘give up cars’ for Lent

For years German cities have suffered under the effects of polluted air, mainly caused by diesel cars. But now that it's nearly the Christian season of abstaining before Easter, experts have a novel solution.

Norwegian customs get a Kinder surprise
Norway

Norwegian customs get a Kinder surprise

When customs officials at Bergen airport looked inside a box of chocolate bars carried by a 59-year-old Spanish man, they found all was not as it seemed.

Bordeaux to Paris high speed line inaugurated (but it’s not quite ready)
France

Bordeaux to Paris high speed line inaugurated (but it’s not quite ready)

Paris to Bordeaux in two hours... coming very soon.

UN experts: In Germany there are ‘no-go’ areas for black people
Germany

UN experts: In Germany there are ‘no-go’ areas for black people

When 'no-go' areas are mentioned in Germany, it is usually in connection with foreign mafia families. But a UN fact-finding team have warned there are areas black men fear to enter.

Friends found dead after lethal drinking game and flatmates arrested
Spain

Friends found dead after lethal drinking game and flatmates arrested

Two friends were found to have drunk themselves to death after matching each other drink for drink at their local bar in northern Spain. Then their friends were arrested for allowing it to happen.

Basel’s amazing Fasnacht: How to survive Switzerland’s biggest carnival
Switzerland

Basel’s amazing Fasnacht: How to survive Switzerland’s biggest carnival

Switzerland's most famous Fasnacht (carnival) is in full swing. Here's how to make the most of it.

Taking family vacations like native Swedes: Bringing our B-team to a Championship game
Sweden

Taking family vacations like native Swedes: Bringing our B-team to a Championship game

Learning to holiday like the locals comes with a sometimes very specific set of challenges, writer Victoria Martínez has learned.

Property prices around 39 percent higher than six years ago
Austria

Property prices around 39 percent higher than six years ago

Property prices in Austria have risen by an average of 39 percent since 2010, according to the ImmoDEX 2016 real estate report.

Meet the Swedish internet vigilantes fighting hate online
Sweden

Meet the Swedish internet vigilantes fighting hate online

A group launched to fight trolls, fake news and racism in social media has more than 60,000 members less than a year after its launch. The Local speaks to one of the people behind the project.

Ticino fights back after speeding German shrugs off Swiss prison sentence
Switzerland

Ticino fights back after speeding German shrugs off Swiss prison sentence

A minister in the canton of Ticino has vowed to put a German man behind bars after he laughed off a Swiss court judgement sentencing him to a year in prison for driving at 200km/hr through the Gotthard road tunnel.

Pisa plans to add a huge ferris wheel next to its tower
Italy

Pisa plans to add a huge ferris wheel next to its tower

Some locals aren't happy about the idea.

Austria’s security council meets to discuss case against Airbus
Austria

Austria’s security council meets to discuss case against Airbus

Austria’s national security council is meeting on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in the Eurofighter case.

Protesters block Roskilde Airport to stop Afghan deportation
Denmark

Protesters block Roskilde Airport to stop Afghan deportation

Around 50 pro-refugee activists have blocked the entrance at Denmark’s Roskilde Airport to prevent the expulsion of ten rejected Afghan asylum seekers.

Berlin truck attacker’s mosque banned amid major police raid
Germany

Berlin truck attacker’s mosque banned amid major police raid

A Berlin mosque attended by the young Tunisian who attacked a Christmas market in December has shut its doors and been banned, as police on Tuesday launched a major raid against the capital's Islamist scene.

Report: asylum seekers in Switzerland are too restricted
Switzerland

Report: asylum seekers in Switzerland are too restricted

Certain measures limiting the freedom of movement of asylum seekers in Switzerland are too restrictive and violate their fundamental rights, according to a new report.

Teenager electrocuted in prank at train station in Catalonia
Spain

Teenager electrocuted in prank at train station in Catalonia

A French 15-year-old boy died after touching overhead electricity cables when messing about with a group of friends at Les Borges del Camp station near Tarragona.

VIDEO: Mount Etna is erupting and it looks spectacular
Italy

VIDEO: Mount Etna is erupting and it looks spectacular

Sicily's Mount Etna started erupting on Monday night with fountains of lava providing a spectacular show.

Dishwasher made partner at famous Danish restaurant
Denmark

Dishwasher made partner at famous Danish restaurant

A dishwasher from the Gambia has been made a co-owner at Copenhagen’s Noma, one of the best restaurants in the world.

It’s an Obama-nation! French voters demand former US president take charge of France
France

It’s an Obama-nation! French voters demand former US president take charge of France

Have you seen the campaign posters?

Turkish suspect identified in Vienna airport cyber attack
Austria

Turkish suspect identified in Vienna airport cyber attack

An investigation into a failed cyber attack on Vienna airport has found that the main suspect is based in the US.

Discover Spain’s breathtaking national parks
Spain

Discover Spain’s breathtaking national parks

From mountain ranges and volcanic landscapes to wetlands and ancient forests, Spain boasts a total of 15 national parks just waiting to be explored.

France in ‘climate of near civil war’, says angry Fillon
France

France in ‘climate of near civil war’, says angry Fillon

Francois Fillon says France is seeing "a climate near civil war".

Commuters in Rome spend six days a year in traffic jams
Italy

Commuters in Rome spend six days a year in traffic jams

Ever felt like you spend too long stuck in traffic? Turns out you're not imagining it.

Israel opens corruption probe on purchase of German submarines
Germany

Israel opens corruption probe on purchase of German submarines

Israel's justice ministry said on Monday it had launched an investigation into alleged corruption surrounding a submarine deal which reportedly involves people close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Man found dead on roof of train travelling from Italy to Switzerland

Man found dead on roof of train travelling from Italy to Switzerland

An unidentified man was found dead on the roof of a train carriage in the canton of Ticino on Monday evening.

IN PICTURES: Dunkirk – France’s craziest carnival
France

IN PICTURES: Dunkirk – France’s craziest carnival

Where crowds ask to be pelted with herring...

Turkey jails German journalist on terrorism charges
Germany

Turkey jails German journalist on terrorism charges

A court in Istanbul on Monday ordered provisional detention for a correspondent of the German newspaper Die Welt, a move that drew a stern rebuke from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Revealed: These are the best beaches in Italy
Italy

Revealed: These are the best beaches in Italy

OK, so it might not be beach weather just yet - but it's never too early to start planning for summer.

Uefa warns US travel ban could scupper 2026 World Cup hopes
Switzerland

Uefa warns US travel ban could scupper 2026 World Cup hopes

President Donald Trump's controversial travel restrictions 'will not help' the US to become the 2026 host.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly responds to Nils Bildt mystery
Sweden

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly responds to Nils Bildt mystery

American show The O'Reilly Factor says criticism directed at it for billing an unknown Swede as a Swedish defence and national security advisor is valid.

‘Do not buy into the lies spread about Sweden’
Sweden

‘Do not buy into the lies spread about Sweden’

OPINION: Neil Shipley, originally from the UK, writes about why he is proud to call himself Swedish.