Attacks on migrant homes double in Austria
Austria

Attacks on migrant homes double in Austria

Austria recorded a sharp rise in attacks against migrant shelters last year, with 49 cases that mostly went unsolved compared to 25 in 2015, authorities said Friday.

Germany on collision course with US ahead of Nato summit
Germany

Germany on collision course with US ahead of Nato summit

Germany Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel isn’t mincing his words. The pugnacious politician has called a Nato defence spending target being pushed by the US “completely unrealistic” for Germany.

Eviction season opens in France as ‘winter truce’ is called off
France

Eviction season opens in France as ‘winter truce’ is called off

Bailiffs in France can now move in to evict tenants who have been protected by the winter truce over the last few months.

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France

Five myths to explain why French lovers fail to live up to expectations

Frenchman are not all that they are cracked up to be, apparently.

Swedish and Norwegian newspapers ditch April Fools’ due to fake news

Swedish and Norwegian newspapers ditch April Fools’ due to fake news

"Because of debates about the media's credibility being connected to fake news, we didn't want to do it this year."

What you need to know when you download music in Germany
Germany

What you need to know when you download music in Germany

The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) on Thursday came to an important ruling on illegal downloads that has consequences not just for those who break the law.

Trial of man accused of terrorism for Malmö Islamic centre fire begins
Sweden

Trial of man accused of terrorism for Malmö Islamic centre fire begins

The trial of a Syrian man charged with terror offences over a fire started at a Malmö community centre is under way in the southern Swedish city.

Graffiti vandals damage Kentridge Rome frieze
Italy

Graffiti vandals damage Kentridge Rome frieze

A giant frieze depicting the history of Rome on the walls lining the River Tiber has been damaged by graffiti writers, to the dismay of its creator, William Kentridge.

How my Orvieto intermezzo left me hooked enough to stay
Italy

How my Orvieto intermezzo left me hooked enough to stay

Forget the touristy chaos of Rome and Florence, and smoggy Milan. There’s a hilltop gem within Italy’s ‘green heart’ which is, quite possibly, the best place in the country to live.

New internship programme helps foreigners enter Swedish job market
Sweden

New internship programme helps foreigners enter Swedish job market

You’re studying/have studied in Sweden. You’ve fallen in love with the country. Of course, the next step, in order to stay, is to find a job. But how do you go about this? Well, to start off with, there's a new internship programme in town...

Austria says it will take Germany to court over autobahn ‘foreigner tolls’

Austria says it will take Germany to court over autobahn ‘foreigner tolls’

Germany's upper house of parliament on Friday approved a controversial law imposing tolls on the country's famous autobahns (motorways), in the face of objections from neighbouring countries who say it discriminates against foreign drivers.

What changes about life in France from April 2017
France

What changes about life in France from April 2017

Life in France is changing ever so slightly, stay up to date here.

Spain will have veto over Gibraltar in Brexit talks
Spain

Spain will have veto over Gibraltar in Brexit talks

In what was widely hailed as a victory for Spain, the EU said Spain must have a say over whether any deal after Brexit applies to the British territory of Gibraltar.

OPINION: Please France, don’t make the same mistake we did in the US
France

OPINION: Please France, don’t make the same mistake we did in the US

"Rise above populism and demonstrate that France can be the champion of a better humanity."

Stockholm venue suspends club nights due to repeated sexual assaults
Sweden

Stockholm venue suspends club nights due to repeated sexual assaults

"We are working on finding a solution that allows us to protect our guests while continuing to be an open, democratic, warm venue."

Denmark to reduce English-language student numbers
Denmark

Denmark to reduce English-language student numbers

Too many students leave Denmark after completing study programmes taught in English, says education minister Søren Pind, who has promised to cut down admissions to English-language programmes.

Convince us James Blunt isn’t awful if you want a job, Swedish company demands
Sweden

Convince us James Blunt isn’t awful if you want a job, Swedish company demands

"We're going to have a three person jury. Everyone hates James Blunt equally."

‘Trump declares war on the Vespa’: Alarm in Italy over US trade plans
Italy

‘Trump declares war on the Vespa’: Alarm in Italy over US trade plans

Italy on Friday voiced alarm over Donald Trump's plans to target imports responsible for the US trade deficit, amid fears products like Vespa scooters could be hit by punitive duties.

Spanish parliament to probe illegal funding claims against ruling party
Spain

Spanish parliament to probe illegal funding claims against ruling party

Spain's parliament will probe the alleged illegal funding of the conservative Popular Party (PP), an accusation that has long plagued Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's party without ever being proven.

Norway PM to China to seal reconciliation
Norway

Norway PM to China to seal reconciliation

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will travel to China next week for talks with top leaders, her office said Friday, a visit expected to seal the two countries' reconciliation after a deep freeze.

Explosion in family home in Dortmund rips apart block of flats
Germany

Explosion in family home in Dortmund rips apart block of flats

A huge explosion in Dortmund has destroyed three stories of a family apartment building, leaving it at risk of collapsing.

Sweden’s new lethal violence stats for 2016 analyzed
Sweden

Sweden’s new lethal violence stats for 2016 analyzed

The Local analyzes the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention's new stats on lethal violence in the country.

Are French pupils really among the most unruly in the world?
France

Are French pupils really among the most unruly in the world?

Perhaps French schools don't deserve their reputation as factories of discipline?

‘We produce too many oil engineers’: Norwegian engineering student rep
Norway

‘We produce too many oil engineers’: Norwegian engineering student rep

A student leader at one of Norway’s top engineering schools says that too many engineering programmes in Norway are focused on oil.

German unemployment hits record low despite Brexit gloom
Germany

German unemployment hits record low despite Brexit gloom

Unemployment in Germany hit a new record low in March, official data showed Friday, as Europe's largest economy continues to defy economic uncertainty with a strong performance.

These are the German regions where the economy is really booming
Germany

These are the German regions where the economy is really booming

The German economy grew by a healthy 1.9 percent in 2016, as the motor of the European economy purred along. But the areas which really boomed weren’t the expected ones.

Run with a view: ten breathtaking Swiss mountain races
Switzerland

Run with a view: ten breathtaking Swiss mountain races

These challenging but beautiful races are bound to (literally) take your breath away.

Transjura motorway finally finished 30 years after works began
Switzerland

Transjura motorway finally finished 30 years after works began

The A16 motorway across the Jura mountains will finally be completed with the inauguration of the final section on Monday.

Ranieri gets top Rome award for leading Leicester City to victory
Italy

Ranieri gets top Rome award for leading Leicester City to victory

He may have been sacked by Leicester City bosses less than a year after leading the British underdogs to victory in the Premier League, but Claudio Ranieri is still a hero in his home city.

‘Emmanuel Hollande’: Struggling Fillon attacks Macron in massive online slur campaign
France

‘Emmanuel Hollande’: Struggling Fillon attacks Macron in massive online slur campaign

Fillon goes on the attack against Macron whom he has dubbed "Emmanuel Hollande".

Rare happy ending in Mediterranean migrant drama
Italy

Rare happy ending in Mediterranean migrant drama

Most members of a group of 146 migrants reported missing, feared dead, this week in the Mediterranean were rescued and safely brought to Italy, it emerged on Thursday.

Sparkasse banks start charging own customers for withdrawals
Germany

Sparkasse banks start charging own customers for withdrawals

For many foreigners new to Germany, it’s annoying enough to be charged for withdrawing cash at any ATM. But paying to take money out at your own bank seems a step too far.

Frenchman violently attacked in China as Chinese community continue Paris protests
France

Frenchman violently attacked in China as Chinese community continue Paris protests

The knife attack on the French person comes just days after Paris police killed a Chinese man. That killing has prompted four consecutive nights of protest in the French capital.

G7 culture ministers urge end to heritage trafficking
Italy

G7 culture ministers urge end to heritage trafficking

In a joint statement, the G7 ministers called particularly on countries in conflict situations "to identify and ban the trade in stolen cultural artefacts."

Italian police get new superfast Lamborghini
Italy

Italian police get new superfast Lamborghini

It might make speeders think twice about trying to outrun Italy's traffic police: the force was presented on Thursday with a new Lamborghini Huracan.

Denmark set for warmest March day for 27 years
Denmark

Denmark set for warmest March day for 27 years

Temperatures could be as high as 20°C (68°F) in parts of Denmark on Friday. Warm, albeit cloudy, weather is set to continue throughout the weekend.

Russian Foreign Minister mocks Löfven’s ‘childish’ election interference fears
Sweden

Russian Foreign Minister mocks Löfven’s ‘childish’ election interference fears

Sergey Lavrov has labelled Sweden's Prime Minister "childish" for expressing fears over Russian influence in Sweden's election next year.

This March in Switzerland was second warmest on record
Switzerland

This March in Switzerland was second warmest on record

Feels like summer? No wonder...

How a street movement to save the EU is starting in Germany
Germany

How a street movement to save the EU is starting in Germany

Fed up with eurosceptics hogging the headlines and political debate, a growing number of Germans are going on the march to express their fervour for the European Union.

Pet Shop Boys and Tom Jones play Montreux Jazz this summer
Switzerland

Pet Shop Boys and Tom Jones play Montreux Jazz this summer

Brian Wilson, Usher, Solange, Brian Ferry and Youssou N'Dour are also on the bill.

Seven arrested after man shot dead in Malmö
Sweden

Seven arrested after man shot dead in Malmö

Police have arrested seven people in connection with a fatal shooting in Malmö on Thursday evening.

Recipe: Panna cotta with a Swedish rhubarb twist
Sweden

Recipe: Panna cotta with a Swedish rhubarb twist

Try this in season Swedish take on a classic.