French election: Macron the likely punchbag as candidates face off on TV
France

French election: Macron the likely punchbag as candidates face off on TV

Emmanuel Macron will likely face blows from left and right in tonight's historic live TV debate.

Bochum hopes to be Germany’s ‘fastest city’ for internet
Germany

Bochum hopes to be Germany’s ‘fastest city’ for internet

The western city of Bochum is aiming to become a pioneer for Germany in high-speed internet, promising nearly all residents lightning speed rates by the end of 2018.

Pet goldfish forming shoals and starving out Munich’s native species
Germany

Pet goldfish forming shoals and starving out Munich’s native species

Pet goldfish let out into the wild in and around Munich are quickly forming into shoals and starving out the indigenous fish.

Turkey arrests three people ‘linked to Berlin truck attack’
Germany

Turkey arrests three people ‘linked to Berlin truck attack’

Turkish authorities have detained three people linked to last year's deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market, local media reported Monday, saying the suspects were headed to Europe.

Danish government to drop plans to reduce criminal minimum age
Denmark

Danish government to drop plans to reduce criminal minimum age

The Danish government is set to drop plans to try children as young as 12 years of age in a special youth court for minors.

Here’s how happy the Swedes are, according to this report
Sweden

Here’s how happy the Swedes are, according to this report

Swedes are (still) among the world's ten happiest nations, according to the new edition of an annual report which this year shows a power shift among the Scandinavian countries.

OPINION: Stop the hysteria, Le Pen won’t win… at least not this year
France

OPINION: Stop the hysteria, Le Pen won’t win… at least not this year

Marine Le Pen won't win the French presidency in 2017. But 2022 might be a different matter altogether.

Macchiarini’s seventh transplant patient dies

Macchiarini’s seventh transplant patient dies

A seventh patient of Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, who was fired from a Swedish university over accusations of misconduct, has died.

Italian TV show labels Eastern European women ‘always sexy and perfect housewives’. Cue uproar
Italy

Italian TV show labels Eastern European women ‘always sexy and perfect housewives’. Cue uproar

UPDATED: An Italian TV show has been cancelled after an episode suggesting Eastern Europe women were "always sexy" and "forgive cheating".

Steinmeier takes over from Gauck as Germany’s President
Germany

Steinmeier takes over from Gauck as Germany’s President

It was no presidential weather in Berlin, but grey and wet. However the old and new Heads of State were in good spirits as the German Presidency was officially handed over on Sunday.

Braunschweig: The German city that deserves to be put on the map
Germany

Braunschweig: The German city that deserves to be put on the map

Even people in Berlin haven't heard of this north German town less than three hours away. But it has a lot to offer, including better paid teaching jobs than in the capital, says Canadian writer Shelley Pascual.

Catania launches Mount Etna security probe after explosion that injured ten
Italy

Catania launches Mount Etna security probe after explosion that injured ten

Ten people were injured after a volcanic explosion at the Sicily volcano.

Unravelling the mystery of the Berlin acid attacker
Germany

Unravelling the mystery of the Berlin acid attacker

Berlin has been puzzling over a series of cases in which six unrelated women were attacked at night by a man on a bike, at least four of whom were sprayed with battery acid. But what would move someone to commit such a crime against random strangers?

What’s the state of health of the French language in 2017?
France

What’s the state of health of the French language in 2017?

For French language day, we take a look at what's next for the French language.

Pope begs forgiveness for Church role in Rwanda genocide
Italy

Pope begs forgiveness for Church role in Rwanda genocide

Several Catholic priests as well as nuns and brothers were charged with participating in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that killed around 800,000 people.

Denmark summons Turkish envoy over informant fears
Denmark

Denmark summons Turkish envoy over informant fears

Denmark’s foreign minister Anders Samuelsen is seeking clarification from the Turkish government after Danish citizens of Turkish extraction said they were concerned about being denounced to the Turkish government for treason.

Mediterranean interior ministers meet to discuss migration flows
Italy

Mediterranean interior ministers meet to discuss migration flows

The ministers discussed plans to ramp up efforts to curb migration from Libya.

France is about to make bicycle helmets compulsory for kids
France

France is about to make bicycle helmets compulsory for kids

If you've got kids in France who like to cycle - get them a helmet ASAP.

Police urgently hunt Belgian man over murder of Berlin artist
Germany

Police urgently hunt Belgian man over murder of Berlin artist

After an artist was found stabbed to death in her own home in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, police have released photos of her suspected murderer.

Switzerland has first summer day… in March
Switzerland

Switzerland has first summer day… in March

Temperatures in the Swiss canton of Ticino reached 25.2 degrees on Sunday, making it the first ‘summer’ day of the year... and it's only just spring.

‘I don’t want independence, I’m Spanish’: Thousands rally in Barcelona
Spain

‘I don’t want independence, I’m Spanish’: Thousands rally in Barcelona

The demonstrators gathered to oppose a push for a referendum on Catalan independence.

Catalonia asks Spanish government for independence referendum (again)
Spain

Catalonia asks Spanish government for independence referendum (again)

Catalonia's separatist government on Sunday again urged Spain's central government to let it hold a legal referendum on independence like the one Scotland staged in 2014 with London's approval.

Viral photo of locals helping firefighters ‘shows positive side’ of Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Viral photo of locals helping firefighters ‘shows positive side’ of Stockholm suburb

A Tensta resident who photographed locals freeing a fire engine stuck in the mud has told The Local the viral picture is more representative of the suburb than reports of crime and stone throwing.

Swede who helps internationals integrate in Sweden named one of 2017’s ‘Young Global Leaders’
Sweden

Swede who helps internationals integrate in Sweden named one of 2017’s ‘Young Global Leaders’

A Swede who founded a company which helps international professionals integrate in Sweden has been named one of 2017's Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Denmark no longer world’s happiest country: report
Denmark

Denmark no longer world’s happiest country: report

Denmark can no longer claim the title of world’s happiest country after being knocked off its perch by Norway – but Danes remain close on the tail of their northern neighbours on the list.

VIDEO: Will riddle of naked man hiding on Paris rooftop ever be solved?
France

VIDEO: Will riddle of naked man hiding on Paris rooftop ever be solved?

Did someone's partner come home unannounced? Or was it someone's parents?

Rome man killed in wild boar-scooter collision
Italy

Rome man killed in wild boar-scooter collision

"Rome has turned into an open-air zoo, with wild animals, pigs and rats going undisturbed in urban areas, putting the safety of citizens in serious danger," said the head of a consumer rights group.

Valais voters oust right-wing politician in ‘defeat for populism’
Switzerland

Valais voters oust right-wing politician in ‘defeat for populism’

Oskar Freysinger, the vice-president of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), who was elected to the Valais government four years ago on a wave of support, lost his seat on Sunday.

Bungling French burglar gets stuck in store window and police have last laugh
France

Bungling French burglar gets stuck in store window and police have last laugh

One too many croissants for this thief...?

Norway named the world’s happiest country
Norway

Norway named the world’s happiest country

A report has named Norway the world’s happiest country for the first time, taking the title from Scandinavian neighbour Denmark.

‘I am both black and white, both American and Swedish’

‘I am both black and white, both American and Swedish’

Jason Diakité – perhaps better known by his rap artist name Timbuktu – has decided to stop being half.

Merkel calls for free trade with Japan after meeting with Trump
Germany

Merkel calls for free trade with Japan after meeting with Trump

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade on Sunday, as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism.

3000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italian coastguard
Italy

3000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italian coastguard

"After some calm days, migrants are arriving in large numbers."

Paris Orly airport attacker ‘was under influence of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis’
France

Paris Orly airport attacker ‘was under influence of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis’

Man who sparked panic at Orly airport had taken drugs and drunk alcohol.

Merkel: Germany could ban Turkish campaign events after Nazi jibes
Germany

Merkel: Germany could ban Turkish campaign events after Nazi jibes

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday warned that Germany could ban future campaign events by Turkish politicians on its soil unless Ankara stopped "Nazi" jibes aimed at Berlin.

Alitalia strike disrupts air travel in Italy
Italy

Alitalia strike disrupts air travel in Italy

Alitalia said two in five of its domestic and international flights are cancelled on Monday.

Priest demands that mafia reveal victims’ burial site
Italy

Priest demands that mafia reveal victims’ burial site

A crusading anti-Mafia priest on Sunday called for the feared organized crime mob to reveal where it has buried the bodies of its numerous victims.

Thousands march for women’s rights in Zurich
Switzerland

Thousands march for women’s rights in Zurich

More than 10,000 people turned out under rainy skies for the Women’s March Zurich on Saturday.

‘I never met mafia bosses’: Juventus president denies organized crime links
Italy

‘I never met mafia bosses’: Juventus president denies organized crime links

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who faces a grilling by an Italian anti-mafia commission, on Saturday angrily denied claims he knowingly met bosses of a feared organized crime group.

20 firefighters battle blaze on boat in Gothenburg harbour
Sweden

20 firefighters battle blaze on boat in Gothenburg harbour

Emergency services battled a blaze on board a boat moored in central Gothenburg which may have gas on board.

Paris sees clashes in protests against police brutality
France

Paris sees clashes in protests against police brutality

Police fired tear gas at hooded demonstrators in Paris on Sunday as thousands marched against "police brutality".

Federer triumphs over Wawrinka in all-Swiss final
Switzerland

Federer triumphs over Wawrinka in all-Swiss final

Roger Federer claimed a record-equalling fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title on Sunday.

Pushing the limit riding Norway’s frozen waves
Norway

Pushing the limit riding Norway’s frozen waves

Veteran former world champion surfer Tom Carroll says Arctic surfing in Norway is a challenge that ‘pushes the limit’.

Swedish PM Löfven warns of fake news concerns ahead of 2018 election
Sweden

Swedish PM Löfven warns of fake news concerns ahead of 2018 election

"This is an issue which is above party politics and positions. It affects the foundations of our society."

‘I always say I’m a west coast girl and people remind me I’m from Sweden’: victory for Swedish golfer in US
Sweden

‘I always say I’m a west coast girl and people remind me I’m from Sweden’: victory for Swedish golfer in US

Swedish golfer Anna Nordqvist claimed a "special" victory at the LGPA Tour's Founder's Cup on Sunday to defeat three former champions and take her first win of 2017.

‘I wanted to show Sweden what India is to me’
Sweden

‘I wanted to show Sweden what India is to me’

Meet the Indian engineer and artist bringing her culture to Sweden.

11 must-have products for expat parents in Sweden
Sweden

11 must-have products for expat parents in Sweden

Sunburns and foot warts and lice, oh my! Here are 11 products every expat parent should keep in their medicine cabinet.