Ex-IMF chief found guilty of embezzlement will NOT go to jail
Spain

Ex-IMF chief found guilty of embezzlement will NOT go to jail

Spain's anti-corruption prosecutor on Friday allowed former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato to remain free and without judicial supervision despite a jail sentence of four years and six months for embezzlement.

French air traffic control strike set to hit scores of flights next week
France

French air traffic control strike set to hit scores of flights next week

French air traffic controllers are at it again.

Debate rages in Sweden over Muslim Brotherhood report
Sweden

Debate rages in Sweden over Muslim Brotherhood report

A Swedish report on the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country has sparked debate, with a number of researchers disputing its conclusions.

Ryanair settles landmark Norway ‘slave contract’ case with ex-stewardess
Norway

Ryanair settles landmark Norway ‘slave contract’ case with ex-stewardess

Ryanair has settled a landmark case with an ex-air stewardess in Norway who described the company's working conditions like being on a "slave contract".

‘Brexit bargaining chips’ – French in UK vs Brits in France
France

‘Brexit bargaining chips’ – French in UK vs Brits in France

Where do they live, what do they do and how much do they contribute?

Brits in Europe blast UK government for snubbing them over Brexit

Brits in Europe blast UK government for snubbing them over Brexit

Brits in Europe say they're being ignored by their own government.

Here’s where to get Sweden’s best coffee
Sweden

Here’s where to get Sweden’s best coffee

Good news if you're in Gothenburg or the south of Sweden: some of Sweden's best coffee is in your region, according to experts.

Venice could disappear within 100 years, climate study warns
Italy

Venice could disappear within 100 years, climate study warns

33 other areas of Italy are also at risk.

Merkel plans US meeting with Trump in mid-March
Germany

Merkel plans US meeting with Trump in mid-March

Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to hold her first meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington on March 14, a German government source told AFP Friday.

Merkel announces new migration deal on trip to Tunisia
Germany

Merkel announces new migration deal on trip to Tunisia

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a new agreement with Tunisia on tackling illegal migration during a visit Friday, following tensions over the case of the Tunisian suspect in the Berlin market attack.

German President ‘very worried’ about Trump and US-EU legacy
Germany

German President ‘very worried’ about Trump and US-EU legacy

Outgoing President Joachim Gauck criticized US President Donald Trump in an interview on Friday, saying the American leader is calling into question what the US and Europe have worked towards together.

Why Turkey is so furious with Germany… and not for the first time
Germany

Why Turkey is so furious with Germany… and not for the first time

Ankara has gone ballistic at Berlin once again, but what is all the fuss about this time?

Southern France warned for fierce winds and snow
France

Southern France warned for fierce winds and snow

You can forget about spring for now.

The complete A to Z of food in France, according to famed American chef David Lebovitz
France

The complete A to Z of food in France, according to famed American chef David Lebovitz

Bon appétit.

Sweden’s national rail operator challenges gender norms in new ad
Sweden

Sweden’s national rail operator challenges gender norms in new ad

The ad is starting to gather steam on YouTube with more than 125,000 views in a few days.

Milan is the new Holland: The Italian city is getting a massive tulip field
Italy

Milan is the new Holland: The Italian city is getting a massive tulip field

Best of all, visitors can take the tulips home to keep.

Germany rejected 27,000 foreigners’ job offers last year: report
Germany

Germany rejected 27,000 foreigners’ job offers last year: report

Americans and other non-EU citizens who already have job offers in Germany must also have their positions approved by the government. But 27,000 were not so lucky last year, according to a new report.

‘Why I walked across Italy dressed as Spiderman to help quake survivors’
Italy

‘Why I walked across Italy dressed as Spiderman to help quake survivors’

The Italian activist had a message for Amatrice's children and for Italy's government.

Sweden to the White House: okay guys, let’s talk
Sweden

Sweden to the White House: okay guys, let’s talk

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström was to hold a telephone meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday afternoon, newspaper Aftonbladet reported, citing unnamed sources.

Missing cat returns home after NINE years
Sweden

Missing cat returns home after NINE years

Jack Norheim never thought he would ever see his cat again after the pet disappeared from his family's home near Skellefteå in 2008. But then he suddenly got an unexpected phone call.

Swiss carnival group creates burkini-themed float in ‘message of hope’
Switzerland

Swiss carnival group creates burkini-themed float in ‘message of hope’

A group participating in this weekend’s Brandons de Payerne carnival intend to wear burkinis and parade alongside a float designed as a swimming pool.

‘1,200 Europeans will die early’ due to manipulated VW cars
Germany

‘1,200 Europeans will die early’ due to manipulated VW cars

Pollution from 2.6 million Volkswagen cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015, manipulated to seem less polluting than they were, will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, a study into the health impacts of the fraud said Friday.

Amnesty slams Denmark for transgender discrimination
Denmark

Amnesty slams Denmark for transgender discrimination

Rights group Amnesty International has slammed Denmark for discriminating against its transgender population, forcing them to undergo psychological evaluations in decisions about their bodies despite law changes aimed at protecting them.

Oslo university quits collaboration to assess age of asylum-seeking minors
Norway

Oslo university quits collaboration to assess age of asylum-seeking minors

The University of Oslo has decided to bow out of its collaboration with Norwegian authorities to assess the age of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, citing ethical reasons.

Entire baptism party ‘congas’ out of restaurant and speeds off without paying
Spain

Entire baptism party ‘congas’ out of restaurant and speeds off without paying

Some 120 diners celebrating a baptism at a restaurant in northwestern Spain last weekend upped sticks just before dessert was served and ran off without paying.

Bomb threat in south German town after Turkish rally cancelled
Germany

Bomb threat in south German town after Turkish rally cancelled

A small southwest German town said it had received a bomb threat on Friday, a day after blocking a rally by Turkey's justice minister to promote a referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Down’s Syndrome woman to present weather on French TV after winning hearts
France

Down’s Syndrome woman to present weather on French TV after winning hearts

Mélanie can do it!

The Swedish towns where women dominate men
Sweden

The Swedish towns where women dominate men

...in the population make-up, we mean.

Man who threatened to kill cows loses high court appeal
Switzerland

Man who threatened to kill cows loses high court appeal

A man has been found guilty by Switzerland’s highest court of threatening behaviour and violating the law on weapons after he threatened to kill a farmer’s cows.

Doctors rejoice as Germany kicks off medical marijuana prescriptions
Germany

Doctors rejoice as Germany kicks off medical marijuana prescriptions

Marijuana is the most-consumed illegal drug in Germany, but as of this month cannabis now has expanded medical and legal allowances. And this makes doctors as well as patients happy.

Fillon’s big gamble looks like political suicide as Juppé waits in the wings
France

Fillon’s big gamble looks like political suicide as Juppé waits in the wings

How long can Fillon survive as his allies and supporters desert him?

An Italian woman was forced to go to 23 hospitals to have an abortion
Italy

An Italian woman was forced to go to 23 hospitals to have an abortion

In Italy, most doctors refuse to carry out abortions on moral grounds.

Paying it forward: How the Linköping Network is changing the world
Sweden

Paying it forward: How the Linköping Network is changing the world

You don't have to do something massive to make the world a better place. You can start small. NFGL members in Linköping share their projects, and advice for future potential NFGL scholarship students.

Moroccan man sparked panic on a train in Catalonia with fake bomb threat
Spain

Moroccan man sparked panic on a train in Catalonia with fake bomb threat

The man was travelling on a high-speed train between Barcelona and Girona when he reportedly began shouting in French and Arabic that he was carrying a bomb.

Two dead after huge blaze at southern Italian migrant camp
Italy

Two dead after huge blaze at southern Italian migrant camp

Two migrants died in a fire at a migrant camp in Foggia, southern Italy, on Thursday night.

Danish envoy summoned by Iran over Copenhagen embassy attack
Denmark

Danish envoy summoned by Iran over Copenhagen embassy attack

Denmark’s ambassador to Iran has been summoned by the foreign ministry in Tehran after at least six people broke into its diplomatic mission in Copenhagen, taking down the Islamic Republic’s flag and putting up offensive placards.

The pope will meet all EU leaders ahead of Rome summit
Italy

The pope will meet all EU leaders ahead of Rome summit

Pope Francis will meet with the leaders of all EU nations at the Vatican on March 24th ahead of the bloc's special summit in Rome, Vatican sources said on Thursday.

Almost 1000 migrants were rescued off Libya on Thursday: Italian coastguard
Italy

Almost 1000 migrants were rescued off Libya on Thursday: Italian coastguard

The numbers attempting to cross the Mediterranean in tough winter conditions are continuing to rise.

Calais bans charities from giving food to migrants near ‘Jungle’ camp
France

Calais bans charities from giving food to migrants near ‘Jungle’ camp

The local mayor said the ban was to prevent "security and waste problems", but charities are outraged.

What you need to know about Alain Juppé, the man who could be called back from the dead
France

What you need to know about Alain Juppé, the man who could be called back from the dead

The most remarkable twist in an unpredictable French election race could actually happen.

Ten reasons why Geneva is a great place to live
Switzerland

Ten reasons why Geneva is a great place to live

Noisy, over-crowded and dull? Not so! One blogger tells The Local about the brighter side of Geneva.

NFGL Report: Slow Fashion in Borås – Sweden’s Humble Fashion Capital
Sweden

NFGL Report: Slow Fashion in Borås – Sweden’s Humble Fashion Capital

Mehmet Murat Dogan from Lund University shares his reflections from last week's NFGL Slow Fashion event in Borås.

Five takeaways from the Barcelona Mobile World Congress
Spain

Five takeaways from the Barcelona Mobile World Congress

The phone industry's largest annual trade fair, the Mobile World Congress which wrapped up in Barcelona on Thursday, was dominated by fast-charging phone batteries, virtual reality and connected objects, from toothbrushes to cars.

Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres given all clear after ‘brain injury’ scare
Spain

Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres given all clear after ‘brain injury’ scare

Spanish football breathed a sigh of relief after a CT scan on Fernando Torres revealed the Atletico Madrid striker suffered no traumatic brain injuries in a sickening on-field clash on Thursday.

Lego honours ‘Women of NASA’ with figures
Denmark

Lego honours ‘Women of NASA’ with figures

Danish toy maker is honouring real-life heroines -- five women pioneers for the US space agency NASA.

Woman found in Swiss lake may have been dead for decades
Switzerland

Woman found in Swiss lake may have been dead for decades

Police are appealing for help to identify the body of a woman pulled out of Lake Brienz in 2014.

Turkey minister cancels Germany trip over rally ban
Germany

Turkey minister cancels Germany trip over rally ban

Turkey's justice minister said Thursday he scrapped a visit to Germany after authorities there blocked a rally promoting a referendum that could expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Is Trump among 2017 Nobel Peace Prize candidates?
Norway

Is Trump among 2017 Nobel Peace Prize candidates?

A near-record 318 people and organisations are in the running for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute said on Thursday, a motley crew believed to include Syria's White Helmets, Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

German poverty ‘hits record high’ despite low unemployment
Germany

German poverty ‘hits record high’ despite low unemployment

A new report claims that more Germans are poor now than at any time since reunification. But some experts have dismissed the numbers as "not serious and stupid".

Guess how many people now pay to use Spotify? Yup, 50 million
Sweden

Guess how many people now pay to use Spotify? Yup, 50 million

Spotify now has 50 million paying subscribers, growing by ten million in less than six months.

Bomb threat: We were stuck on plane for hours, says passenger
Sweden

Bomb threat: We were stuck on plane for hours, says passenger

No hazardous objects have been found on a passenger plane which was evacuated and searched by a bomb squad at Stockholm's Arlada airport.

Recipe: How to make these Swedish ‘mandelflarn’
Sweden

Recipe: How to make these Swedish ‘mandelflarn’

Almond tuiles are tasty, elegant and easy to make. Interested? Then food writer John Duxbury has the perfect recipe for you.