Article 50: The fight against Brexit starts now, say Brits in France
France

Article 50: The fight against Brexit starts now, say Brits in France

"It's not over yet," say defiant British citizens living in France, who have vowed to step up the fight against Brexit.

Woman gets jail term for tweets as critics worry about free speech in Spain
Spain

Woman gets jail term for tweets as critics worry about free speech in Spain

A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced a young woman to jail for posting jokes on Twitter about the 1973 assassination of a senior figure in the Franco dictatorship.

Brexit: Spain opens help desk for its citizens living in the UK
Spain

Brexit: Spain opens help desk for its citizens living in the UK

Spain opened a help desk at its embassy in London on Wednesday to answer questions from Spaniards living in Britain about the effects of Brexit on their lives.

Norway arrests 40 young people in organised crime raid
Norway

Norway arrests 40 young people in organised crime raid

Police have arrested dozens of people, mostly between the ages of 16-20, in a series of raids on schools and homes near Oslo.

Why French Socialist support is giving Macron a major headache
France

Why French Socialist support is giving Macron a major headache

Emmanuel Macron must be trembling at the prospect of President François Hollande giving him his backing.

Tenth of Hanover’s population faces evacuation after bomb find
Germany

Tenth of Hanover’s population faces evacuation after bomb find

One of the biggest evacuations in post-war history could be about to take place in Hanover, after police have found several Second World War bombs in the capital of Lower Saxony.

Merkel rejects May’s call for parallel talks on EU-UK ties
Germany

Merkel rejects May’s call for parallel talks on EU-UK ties

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday rejected British PM Theresa May's call for negotiations on the UK's exit from the European Union to run in parallel with talks on defining their future relationship.

The do’s and don’ts of getting a divorce in France (from someone who’s done it)
France

The do’s and don’ts of getting a divorce in France (from someone who’s done it)

Given that everyone is talking about divorce today...

Swede accidentally receives Vladimir Putin’s mail
Sweden

Swede accidentally receives Vladimir Putin’s mail

Trelleborg in southern Sweden is a long way from Moscow, but a letter addressed to Russia's President still ended up there.

This is what German men really think about gender equality
Germany

This is what German men really think about gender equality

The German Family Affairs Ministry on Wednesday released a report on "male perspectives" of gender equality. Here are some things the report reveals.

World’s tallest cable car to go into retirement after 50-year career
Germany

World’s tallest cable car to go into retirement after 50-year career

The world-famous cable car taking tourists up to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, is to be taken down and replaced by a more modern transport system.

Danish scientists go back to school
Denmark

Danish scientists go back to school

The annual Danish Science Festival takes place next month, with 600 science orientated events and more than 75,000 people taking part.

Muslim parents take kids out of Berlin nursery after discovering teacher is gay
Germany

Muslim parents take kids out of Berlin nursery after discovering teacher is gay

A protest by Muslim parents against a gay man looking after their children at a kindergarten has led to a public debate in the liberal capital city.

Sweden’s Prime Minister wants ‘good solution’ post-Brexit for mobile UK and EU citizens
Sweden

Sweden’s Prime Minister wants ‘good solution’ post-Brexit for mobile UK and EU citizens

Sweden's PM Stefan Löfven has commented on the UK triggering Article 50 to formally initiate the Brexit process.

French ‘human hen’ artist has a crack at hatching eggs
France

French ‘human hen’ artist has a crack at hatching eggs

Just in time for Easter?

146 migrants feared missing after boat capsizes in Med
Italy

146 migrants feared missing after boat capsizes in Med

About 146 migrants are feared missing after their boat capsized after leaving Libya, according to a Gambian man who was rescued following the disaster, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Wednesday.

Southern Norway sees 20 degree temperature drop in two days
Norway

Southern Norway sees 20 degree temperature drop in two days

The Norwegian spring has turned suddenly back into winter with a sharp fall in temperature.

These 10 apps are essential for making the most of Berlin
Germany

These 10 apps are essential for making the most of Berlin

The German capital is a weird and wonderful place full of surprise and adventure. These ten apps will help you make the most of it.

Italian foreign minister warns against punishing the UK in Brexit talks
Italy

Italian foreign minister warns against punishing the UK in Brexit talks

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano warned against punishing the UK in Brexit negotiation talks.

Funding boost won’t save Swedish maternity ward which inspired ‘car birth’ course
Sweden

Funding boost won’t save Swedish maternity ward which inspired ‘car birth’ course

A promised funding boost to the maternity sector from the government will not be enough to reopen a closed maternity ward in northern Sweden that sparked major protests.

Paris bans sexist ads from billboards around the capital
France

Paris bans sexist ads from billboards around the capital

Paris decides to say non to all sexist adverts after recent complaints.

Bob Dylan to receive Nobel Prize this weekend
Sweden

Bob Dylan to receive Nobel Prize this weekend

Bob Dylan will receive his Nobel Literature Prize this weekend in Sweden, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy which hands out the prize has confirmed.

Half of rejected Denmark asylum applications ‘contained falsehoods’: report
Denmark

Half of rejected Denmark asylum applications ‘contained falsehoods’: report

A review of 500 rejected asylum applications from 2016 showed that 284 did not tell the complete truth, according to a review.

Doctor faces Swiss court for cutting off boy’s penis during circumcision
Switzerland

Doctor faces Swiss court for cutting off boy’s penis during circumcision

A doctor in Geneva is on trial accused of causing serious bodily harm through negligence after he severed a four-year-old boy’s penis during a circumcision operation.

OPINION: I feel betrayed by the UK over Article 50. Will Sweden offer hope?
Sweden

OPINION: I feel betrayed by the UK over Article 50. Will Sweden offer hope?

In the wake of the UK triggering Article 50 to begin the process of leaving the EU, Tomas Spragg Nilsson explains why he feels betrayed as a Brit living in Sweden.

Britain’s Prince Charles to visit earthquake-hit Amatrice
Italy

Britain’s Prince Charles to visit earthquake-hit Amatrice

The prince and his wife Camilla arrive in Florence on Friday for a five-day visit which culminates with a meeting with Pope Francis and President Sergio Mattarella.

‘Almighty pressure’: How Germans think Brexit talks should be handled
Germany

‘Almighty pressure’: How Germans think Brexit talks should be handled

The Local took to the streets of Berlin to gauge the public mood as Brexit talks with the UK are set to begin.

Berlin’s transit firm won’t stop trolling this far-right AfD politician
Germany

Berlin’s transit firm won’t stop trolling this far-right AfD politician

Berlin's transportation company keeps reminding a Berlin politician from the anti-immigrant AfD party how immigrants actually help him, in a not so subtle way.

Dubai princess gifts lakeside French town one million dollars
France

Dubai princess gifts lakeside French town one million dollars

The small lakeside town of Excenevex, which lies on the French border with Switzerland is set to receive a $1 million donation from a Dubai princess.

Uber downfall splits Danish politicians
Denmark

Uber downfall splits Danish politicians

Danish politicians both lamented and revelled in the demise of ride-sharing app Uber after it announced Tuesday that it was withdrawing its operations in the country.

Premiere date for The Bridge final season revealed
Sweden

Premiere date for The Bridge final season revealed

We now know when viewers will first get to lay eyes on the final chapter in Saga Norén's story.

Swiss government’s EU-friendly immigration plan likely to avoid referendum challenge
Switzerland

Swiss government’s EU-friendly immigration plan likely to avoid referendum challenge

A bid to launch a referendum to challenge the government’s implementation of the 2014 anti-immigration initiative is likely to fail.

UK risks having ‘same relationship to EU as Tunisia’
Germany

UK risks having ‘same relationship to EU as Tunisia’

A board member of the German Federal Bank warned on Wednesday that Britain will only have "third country" status if it chooses to pursue a "hard Brexit."

Macron earns backing from Valls but vows to ‘renew faces’ in French politics
France

Macron earns backing from Valls but vows to ‘renew faces’ in French politics

Emmanuel Macron gets the nod from former Socialist PM Manuel Valls, but says he won't be giving him a job if he is elected president.

UN rights panel urges Italy to ensure access to safe abortions
Italy

UN rights panel urges Italy to ensure access to safe abortions

The UN committee on Tuesday said it was “concerned for the difficulty of access to legal abortions” and therefore “the significant number of back-street abortions”.

The Rock fears hard Brexit, but Gibraltarians have seen worse
Spain

The Rock fears hard Brexit, but Gibraltarians have seen worse

Gibraltarians voted by 96 percent to remain in the European Union but as Brexit looms, they say their attachment to the United Kingdom still prevails, unlike some in Scotland who would rather remain in the bloc.

Parents cannot name child ‘J’ says Zurich court
Switzerland

Parents cannot name child ‘J’ says Zurich court

The couple wished to give their daughter the unique middle name.

Brits on the Costa del Sol ‘worried and anxious’ as UK triggers Brexit
Spain

Brits on the Costa del Sol ‘worried and anxious’ as UK triggers Brexit

The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union last June, British pensioner David Frost noticed his left leg was severely swollen.

Italian police foil plot to steal Ferrari’s body for ransom
Italy

Italian police foil plot to steal Ferrari’s body for ransom

The plan was to steal the mortal remains of the racing driver and demand money from his family for the body's safe return.

Sweden still doesn’t know if Bob Dylan will give a Nobel talk
Sweden

Sweden still doesn’t know if Bob Dylan will give a Nobel talk

Sweden is still in suspense as to when - and whether - Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan will hold the traditional lecture given by prize winners.

Who is Penelope Fillon, the Welsh woman who was at the centre of a political scandal in France?
France

Who is Penelope Fillon, the Welsh woman who was at the centre of a political scandal in France?

A profile of the Welsh woman Penelope Fillon, who could be the next First Lady but is currently at the centre of a political storm in France.

Fillon’s wife Penelope charged over fake job scandal
France

Fillon’s wife Penelope charged over fake job scandal

Another blow for the Fillon campaign.

Paris snubs French-Swiss company over Trump’s border wall

Paris snubs French-Swiss company over Trump’s border wall

LafargeHolcim will no longer be working on Paris Plages after it said it would be prepared to supply cement for Trump's US-Mexico border wall.

Wawrinka loses in Miami as Federer battles through to quarters
Switzerland

Wawrinka loses in Miami as Federer battles through to quarters

Top seed Stan Wawrinka crashed out of the Miami Open on Tuesday falling 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to German young gun Alexander Zverev.

Will Brexit negotiators guarantee our rights to a full English breakfast?
Germany

Will Brexit negotiators guarantee our rights to a full English breakfast?

Frankfurt resident and British expat Garreth Brooke is concerned about maintaining his supply of baked beans and HP sauce after Brexit.

55 reasons why everyone should visit Sweden
Sweden

55 reasons why everyone should visit Sweden

Alex Waltner, the editor of travel blog Swedish Nomad, lists 55 reasons why everyone should visit Sweden at least once in their life.

Sweden mourns death of UN expert in DRC
Sweden

Sweden mourns death of UN expert in DRC

A Swedish aid worker who was abducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found dead, the Foreign Ministry and the United Nations confirmed on Wednesday.