Scandal in Alcalá: Striptease staged at town hall retirement party
Spain

Scandal in Alcalá: Striptease staged at town hall retirement party

Office parties can get a little out of hand, but council workers in Alcalá de Henares have found themselves in hot water after calling in a stripper to perform at a party for a retiring colleague.

Wind turbines ‘as big as the Eiffel Tower’ to be tested in Denmark
Denmark

Wind turbines ‘as big as the Eiffel Tower’ to be tested in Denmark

Wind power in Denmark is set to go even larger after politicians agreed to extend test centres for wind turbines.

Self-proclaimed ‘King of Germany’ jailed for embezzling €1 million
Germany

Self-proclaimed ‘King of Germany’ jailed for embezzling €1 million

A court on Wednesday sentenced Peter Fitzek, the self-declared "King of Germany", to jail for setting up an illegal bank and embezzling up €1.3 million of deposits.

Up to four skiers feared dead after Austria avalanche
Austria

Up to four skiers feared dead after Austria avalanche

Three bodies have been recovered so far.

Snowden won’t be invited to Germany after all
Germany

Snowden won’t be invited to Germany after all

One of Germany's highest courts ruled in November that the government should invite US whistleblower Edward Snowden to Berlin for questioning. But the court made a U-turn in a ruling published Wednesday.

Why this flying Frenchman is so fed up he wants to flee France
France

Why this flying Frenchman is so fed up he wants to flee France

Rules are rules.

Tired of cheating in sport? This Swedish football club bans its own players for diving
Sweden

Tired of cheating in sport? This Swedish football club bans its own players for diving

A Swedish club now takes the bold stance of suspending its own players if they are caught diving, in an effort to fight cheating.

Man who killed student Tugce to be deported to Serbia
Germany

Man who killed student Tugce to be deported to Serbia

The ongoing legal battle has come to an end over whether to deport the man who fatally struck a young woman in a case that shook millions across Germany.

Swedish government wants new tax on airline tickets
Sweden

Swedish government wants new tax on airline tickets

Sweden's government plans to propose a controversial tax on airline tickets to compensate for the lack of VAT on international flights and the low price airlines pay for greenhouse gas emissions.

France rolls out colour-coded food labels to help public improve diet
France

France rolls out colour-coded food labels to help public improve diet

Want to eat healthier? Avoid the red!

Ten percent of Norwegian children live in low income homes
Norway

Ten percent of Norwegian children live in low income homes

The number of children living in families classed as ‘low income’ reached a level of one on ten in 2015, according to Statistics Norway.

Three men charged over Uppsala ‘Facebook rape video’
Sweden

Three men charged over Uppsala ‘Facebook rape video’

Three men are to face trial in Sweden in connection with the alleged rape of a woman in an Uppsala apartment which was live streamed on Facebook.

Germany is ‘best country for international students’, above UK
Germany

Germany is ‘best country for international students’, above UK

A ranking of European countries based on their attractiveness for foreign students released on Wednesday handed Germany the top spot.

The first homes for quake homeless just arrived in Amatrice
Italy

The first homes for quake homeless just arrived in Amatrice

The first of the temporary accommodation buildings arrived on Wednesday - but some residents protested at the slow pace of recovery efforts.

Five-time World Player of the Year is now a Swede
Sweden

Five-time World Player of the Year is now a Swede

Sweden can now call a footballing legend one of its own.

Nato implores Austria and Turkey to kiss and make up
Austria

Nato implores Austria and Turkey to kiss and make up

Nato urged Turkey and Austria Wednesday to settle a dispute over Ankara's EU membership bid, which has led Turkey to block cooperation with the alliance's partner countries.

Prisoner stages 10 hour protest on roof of Barcelona jail
Spain

Prisoner stages 10 hour protest on roof of Barcelona jail

A 21-year-old inmate staged a dramatic protest on the rooftops of the prison where he is serving a 20-year-sentence, claiming he is innocent.

Neo-Nazi group jailed for terror attack plans against refugees
Germany

Neo-Nazi group jailed for terror attack plans against refugees

A court on Wednesday sentenced members of a neo-Nazi group to up to five years in prison for forming a "terror organisation" that planned to attack a home for asylum seekers.

Could crowdfunding help solve Sweden’s housing woes?
Sweden

Could crowdfunding help solve Sweden’s housing woes?

A new crowdfunding campaign hopes to help solve Sweden's housing issues as well as its urban-rural divide.

Sicily blackmailers threatened to destroy 230 bottles of fine wine
Italy

Sicily blackmailers threatened to destroy 230 bottles of fine wine

The thieves made off with over 200 bottles of wine, worth a total of €40,000.

Controversy after German town gifted giant Karl Marx statue by China
Germany

Controversy after German town gifted giant Karl Marx statue by China

The southwestern town of Trier - and birthplace of Karl Marx - has stirred up controversy after accepting a gift from China to commemorate the 200th birthday of the famed German philosopher.

Norway hit by spike in gonorrhoea cases
Norway

Norway hit by spike in gonorrhoea cases

Prevalence of the sexually transmitted gonorrhoea infection has increased fivefold in Norway over the last ten years, according to a new study.

Naples police uncover mafia links to university, museum, and crematorium
Italy

Naples police uncover mafia links to university, museum, and crematorium

Dozens of Neapolitan politicians and businessmen were detained on Wednesday as part of the sting.

Assange report translated for Swedish prosecutors
Sweden

Assange report translated for Swedish prosecutors

Swedish prosecutors have received a translation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's interrogation four months after he was questioned on a rape allegation.

Swastika tweeted from Swedish university Twitter account in massive hacker attack
Sweden

Swastika tweeted from Swedish university Twitter account in massive hacker attack

A Swedish university's English-language Twitter account was one of several targeted in a cyber attack.

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France

Pro-Erdogan hackers take over high profile French Twitter accounts

Bordeaux mayor and former presidential candidate Alain Juppé was among those hacked.

This Rome Metro map shows you your nearest daycare centre
Italy

This Rome Metro map shows you your nearest daycare centre

Useful for parents!

The pros and cons of starting your own business in Switzerland
Switzerland

The pros and cons of starting your own business in Switzerland

Thinking of creating a startup? Here’s what it’s like.

Denmark opposition party wants to offer Brits ‘unconditional’ EU citizenship
Denmark

Denmark opposition party wants to offer Brits ‘unconditional’ EU citizenship

Opposition party leader Morten Østergaard of the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) Party says he want Brits to have EU citizenship after Brexit without any demands on the part of the EU.

German media giant’s account tweets out swastika in apparent Turkish hack
Germany

German media giant’s account tweets out swastika in apparent Turkish hack

Amid an escalating row between Berlin and Ankara, Die Welt newspaper was among thousands of Twitter users hacked on Wednesday in an apparent anti-German, pro-Turkish attack.

‘A man of 65 can have a child, and yet they question a woman: why?’
Spain

‘A man of 65 can have a child, and yet they question a woman: why?’

Spain’s oldest new mother has spoken out to answer her critics and justify her decision to give birth to twins at the age of 64.

Swiss bidder pays record 160,100 francs for licence plate
Switzerland

Swiss bidder pays record 160,100 francs for licence plate

The winning bid broke the previous Swiss record of 135,000 francs.

Only 10 percent of Swedes like Donald Trump: poll
Sweden

Only 10 percent of Swedes like Donald Trump: poll

A new survey asked Swedes what they think of the US President.

Stockholm’s skyline is about to change dramatically
Sweden

Stockholm’s skyline is about to change dramatically

You’re about to see Stockholm like you’ve never seen it before.

Florence mayor talks new mosques and veil ban in historic meeting
Italy

Florence mayor talks new mosques and veil ban in historic meeting

Currently, Florence's 30,000-strong Muslim community hold Friday prayers in a 400-metre squared former garage.

Munich woman lay dead in flat for two years before being found
Germany

Munich woman lay dead in flat for two years before being found

A 91-year-old woman was discovered dead in her apartment over the weekend - but police say she had passed away in 2015.

Swiss restaurant offers insect cooking classes using homegrown weevils
Switzerland

Swiss restaurant offers insect cooking classes using homegrown weevils

Grasshopper falafel anyone?

France opens summer train tickets bonanza including seats on new TGV lines
France

France opens summer train tickets bonanza including seats on new TGV lines

Looking to travel in France this summer? Get your tickets today.

Audi headquarters raided by police over emissions cheating scandal
Germany

Audi headquarters raided by police over emissions cheating scandal

German media reported on Wednesday that a police raid had been launched on Audi offices in connection with the so-called dieselgate emissions cheating scandal.

Spanish police show off MASSIVE haul of seized weapons
Spain

Spanish police show off MASSIVE haul of seized weapons

Spanish police on Tuesday released images of over 10,000 seized weapons, including anti-aircraft guns, they said were destined to be sold to organised crime groups and terrorist organisations.

Germany threatens to ban Turkish politicians from entering country
Germany

Germany threatens to ban Turkish politicians from entering country

Angela Merkel's chief of staff warned Turkey on Wednesday that Germany is prepared to stop Turkish politicians from entering the country, in light of provocative rhetoric from Ankara.

Barcelona team announces superconductivity breakthrough that could revolutionize renewable energy
Spain

Barcelona team announces superconductivity breakthrough that could revolutionize renewable energy

European researchers have developed a cheaper and more efficient superconducting tape which could one day be used to double the potency of wind turbines.

Down’s Syndrome Frenchwoman realises dream by presenting TV weather show
France

Down’s Syndrome Frenchwoman realises dream by presenting TV weather show

Mélanie's dream had always been to be a weather presenter on TV - and that dream became a reality after her social media campaign went viral.

Draining Paris rat race prompts city’s ‘forgotten’ rodent-hunters to strike
France

Draining Paris rat race prompts city’s ‘forgotten’ rodent-hunters to strike

The rat-catchers of Paris are angry.

Coffee is about to get more expensive in Rome
Italy

Coffee is about to get more expensive in Rome

The news might leave a bitter taste in coffee lovers' mouths.

Danish minister sparks controversy with Facebook cake post to celebrate 50th immigration curb
Denmark

Danish minister sparks controversy with Facebook cake post to celebrate 50th immigration curb

Danish integration minister Inger Støjberg baked up a storm on social media by posting a photo in which she posed with a cake to celebrate her 50th law change restricting immigration.

Fifa museum not under threat of closure, says its director
Switzerland

Fifa museum not under threat of closure, says its director

Jobs are being slashed at the 140 million franc museum in an attempt to make it 'sustainable'.

Swiss to extradite woman over alleged murder of boy in Bosnian war
Switzerland

Swiss to extradite woman over alleged murder of boy in Bosnian war

Elfeta Veseli is suspected of killing a 12-year-old Serb.

French probe opened into Emmanuel Macron’s Las Vegas trip
France

French probe opened into Emmanuel Macron’s Las Vegas trip

After Fillon and Le Pen, is Emmanuel Macron going to end up in hot water with the law?

Warning as strong winds set to batter Sweden
Sweden

Warning as strong winds set to batter Sweden

Meteorologists have issued a weather warning for harsh winds in southern Sweden and mountainous areas in the north.

11 tough-love ways to integrate in Sweden
Sweden

11 tough-love ways to integrate in Sweden

A tough-love guide to integration in Sweden, from someone who has been there, and done that.

Discovery of 1.6 BILLION-year-old fossils could change what you know about life on Earth
Sweden

Discovery of 1.6 BILLION-year-old fossils could change what you know about life on Earth

Swedish researchers in India have found what may be the oldest plant-like life discovered on Earth: 1.6 billion years.