Top Paris label sacks agency over ‘sadistic’ abuse of models
France

Top Paris label sacks agency over ‘sadistic’ abuse of models

Fashion brand Balenciaga said on Wednesday it had sacked its casting agency amid a furore over the "sadistic" mistreatment of models at Paris fashion week.

Man suspected of spying on Tibetans in Sweden on behalf of China
Sweden

Man suspected of spying on Tibetans in Sweden on behalf of China

A man suspected of spying on Tibetan refugees in Sweden on behalf of China has been remanded in custody.

French artist rocked by his week inside boulder (surrounded by excrement)
France

French artist rocked by his week inside boulder (surrounded by excrement)

Surely just another week at the office for France's most extreme artist

Fillon is down but he’s far from out, this is France remember
France

Fillon is down but he’s far from out, this is France remember

Don't rule François Fillon out just yet. He still has reason to hope.

Three Spanish architects win Pritzker Prize
Spain

Three Spanish architects win Pritzker Prize

Three architects based in Catalonia have been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize.

Germany worried about scaring Europe with big military budget
Germany

Germany worried about scaring Europe with big military budget

Germany on Wednesday agreed that it needs to invest more in defence, but questioned whether Europe would accept Berlin raising its spending by tens of billions of euros to the NATO target of two percent of national output.

Italy examines claims that officials sold visas to risky buyers
Italy

Italy examines claims that officials sold visas to risky buyers

Italy has launched a probe into the suspected sale of visas at a consulate in Iraq.

Man fined €1,500 for peeing on Berlin Holocaust Memorial
Germany

Man fined €1,500 for peeing on Berlin Holocaust Memorial

A young man was fined for desecrating the Holocaust Memorial, which he said he was too drunk to recognize.

‘I will not give in’: Angry Fillon to face charges but won’t quit French presidential race
France

‘I will not give in’: Angry Fillon to face charges but won’t quit French presidential race

The centre-right candidate François Fillon confirmed he is to be charged over the fake jobs scandal but vowed not to stand aside.

Norway approves pre-natal blood tests to detect Down syndrome
Norway

Norway approves pre-natal blood tests to detect Down syndrome

Norway on Wednesday approved the use of blood tests to detect Down syndrome in unborn babies. Critics have slammed the decision, saying the tests could lead to more women choosing to abort.

Police dispute US journalist’s claim he was escorted out of Rinkeby
Sweden

Police dispute US journalist’s claim he was escorted out of Rinkeby

UPDATED: Police have disputed a US journalist's claim that he was escorted out of a Stockholm suburb.

Two statues rescued from Isis are back in Syria after Italy restoration
Italy

Two statues rescued from Isis are back in Syria after Italy restoration

"What the Islamic State has destroyed, we have rebuilt," said one of the restorers.

Bag ban at Cologne cathedral leaves visitors seething
Germany

Bag ban at Cologne cathedral leaves visitors seething

Authorities at Germany's most iconic church brought in a ban on bags for security reasons on Wednesday. But visitors arriving from the adjacent train station are far from pleased.

One of these women could be Germany’s first female astronaut
Germany

One of these women could be Germany’s first female astronaut

The search for Germany's first ever female astronaut has narrowed down the competition to six women out of more than 400 applicants. Who will be the first Frau in space?

French Property of the Week – 900-year-old Knights Templar house in Dordogne (with a massive garden)
France

French Property of the Week – 900-year-old Knights Templar house in Dordogne (with a massive garden)

Looking to move to the Dordogne, like extremely old buildings and enormous gardens? This is for you.

New route between Sweden and Denmark announced
Denmark

New route between Sweden and Denmark announced

Good news for anyone in the Øresund region this summer: a new route between Sweden and Denmark is set to open, as a ferry designed to carry cyclists between the two bike-mad nations is trialled during the warmer months.

The Fillon Fight: A timeline of the extraordinary fake jobs scandal
France

The Fillon Fight: A timeline of the extraordinary fake jobs scandal

No one can accuse François Fillon of not being up for the fight. But is he risking too much?

What’s on in Spain: Ten great things to do in March
Spain

What’s on in Spain: Ten great things to do in March

Whether it's a trip to see the tongue-in-cheek send-up of politicians at Las Fallas before a spectacular flaming finale in Valencia or slogging your way around the Barcelona marathon, there is plenty going on across Spain during March.

Dane confesses to ordering mass child sex abuse
Denmark

Dane confesses to ordering mass child sex abuse

A retired Dane accused of ordering the sexual abuse of 346 children in the Philippines on Wednesday told the Copenhagen court he did it to help the victims out with money.

New route between Sweden and Denmark announced
Sweden

New route between Sweden and Denmark announced

Good news for anyone travelling in the Öresund region this summer.

Barcelona Mobile World Congress: Phonemakers chase niche markets with toughest phones ever
Spain

Barcelona Mobile World Congress: Phonemakers chase niche markets with toughest phones ever

Phones rugged enough to survive falling from the sky or resistant to foaming hand soap - just some of the special features mobile phonemakers are offering to appeal to niche markets.

Turkey angry after Erdogan is told he can’t campaign in Austria
Austria

Turkey angry after Erdogan is told he can’t campaign in Austria

Turkey has slammed Austria's "double standard" and "irresponsible" approach to potential campaigning by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the EU member state ahead of April's referendum.

Fake news is altering perceptions of facts, Swedish survey shows
Sweden

Fake news is altering perceptions of facts, Swedish survey shows

"It's worrying if we can't agree on basic facts."

This is how much German military spending has grown over time
Germany

This is how much German military spending has grown over time

Germany has been upping its defence spending since 2008. But if it seriously wants to hit the NATO target of two percent of GDP, it still has a long way to go.

Geneva march organizers ask women to leave work early to protest gender pay gap
Switzerland

Geneva march organizers ask women to leave work early to protest gender pay gap

The women's walkout on March 8th, International Women’s Day, aims to highlight the gender pay gap in the country.

17 dialect words you’ll need to know to survive in southern Sweden
Sweden

17 dialect words you’ll need to know to survive in southern Sweden

Struggling to understand Sweden's southern 'skånska' accent? Here's our guide to some of the regional words.

France in suspense after Fillon cancels key campaign event at last minute
France

France in suspense after Fillon cancels key campaign event at last minute

Under-fire presidential candidate François Fillon cancels key campaign event and will speak to the press at midday. Is he about to throw the towel in or come out fighting once again?

Breivik’s isolation ‘not inhumane’, Norway appeals court rules
Norway

Breivik’s isolation ‘not inhumane’, Norway appeals court rules

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has not been treated "inhumanely" by being held in isolation in prison, an Oslo appeals court ruled on Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling.

Norwegian county ‘failed to protect 90 percent of children’ under its watch
Norway

Norwegian county ‘failed to protect 90 percent of children’ under its watch

The Norwegian Child Welfare Services is under fire again.

Bern calls for witnesses as police investigate violent protests
Switzerland

Bern calls for witnesses as police investigate violent protests

Bern cantonal police have opened an investigation after a series of demonstrations in the Swiss capital last week turned violent.

Police seize anti-trans campaign bus declaring ‘boys have penises’
Spain

Police seize anti-trans campaign bus declaring ‘boys have penises’

Madrid council ordered the seizure of a campaign bus launched by an ultra-conservative group that was emblazoned with the slogan: "Boys have penises. Girls have vaginas. Don’t be fooled."

Swedish studio to develop huge new Avatar game
Sweden

Swedish studio to develop huge new Avatar game

Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time. A Swedish studio is now developing a game based on it.

Italy cuts sentence for CIA agent who kidnapped imam
Italy

Italy cuts sentence for CIA agent who kidnapped imam

Italy's president granted the CIA agent a partial pardon.

Man convicted of attempted murder claims compensation over Geneva prison conditions
Switzerland

Man convicted of attempted murder claims compensation over Geneva prison conditions

He is claiming 22,250 francs in damages for being held in a cell at the Champ-Dollon prison in Geneva that was judged too small.

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France

What changes in France from March 2017

It's a new month and that means small but potentially significant changes to your life in France.

Berlin calls in Turkish envoy over jailed German journalist
Germany

Berlin calls in Turkish envoy over jailed German journalist

Germany's foreign ministry on Tuesday called in Turkey's ambassador to protest Ankara's provisional detention of a German journalist on terrorism-related charges.

Crossing the Channel is more popular than ever as Eurotunnel hails its best year
France

Crossing the Channel is more popular than ever as Eurotunnel hails its best year

Crossing the Channel is more popular than ever despite Brexit and ongoing terror fears.

VIDEO: French policeman ‘accidentally fires his gun’ during Hollande’s speech
France

VIDEO: French policeman ‘accidentally fires his gun’ during Hollande’s speech

A French military policeman accidentally fired his weapon during a speech by French President François Hollande on Tuesday leaving two injured, and the president a little shaken.

Wawrinka suffers first-round exit in Dubai
Switzerland

Wawrinka suffers first-round exit in Dubai

Stan Wawrinka was sensationally dumped out of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday as his form collapsed following an early 4-1 lead.

Moving to Italy: Four tech tools to ease the transition
Italy

Moving to Italy: Four tech tools to ease the transition

A tech blogger shares her favourite tools for making the transition to a new city easier.

Spanish court rejects bid to exhume Franco
Spain

Spanish court rejects bid to exhume Franco

Spain's Supreme Court has rejected a request to exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from a mausoleum near Madrid and rebury them elsewhere.

Sweden: We need international doctors
Sweden

Sweden: We need international doctors

Sweden has more doctors now than in 2009, according to a new report. But the country needs even more, experts say.

Three dead after falling through ice in southern Sweden
Sweden

Three dead after falling through ice in southern Sweden

A search and rescue operation was launched when the men did not return home after a day out on the ice.