Was Francois Fillon the target of a foiled election terror plot?
France

Was Francois Fillon the target of a foiled election terror plot?

Francois Fillon was the target of a foiled terorr attack in France, according to unconfirmed reports.

14 furry fugitives from Cologne petting zoo run amok through city
Germany

14 furry fugitives from Cologne petting zoo run amok through city

Fourteen animals including a llama and a pony escaped from a petting zoo on Tuesday, leading to a mad scramble by officers and zoo workers to round them all up.

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria on solo trip in Japan
Sweden

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria on solo trip in Japan

Crown Princess Victoria has kicked off a four-day tour of Japan to discuss sustainability.

Danish municipality uses drivers’ Bluetooth to solve traffic issues
Denmark

Danish municipality uses drivers’ Bluetooth to solve traffic issues

Thanks to years of collecting traffic data from drivers' mobile devices, Aarhus municipality in Denmark can now see the effects on road traffic of construction projects, roadwork, traffic accidents and faulty traffic lights.

Coach accused of assaulting boys dating back at least a decade
Sweden

Coach accused of assaulting boys dating back at least a decade

A sports coach in Sweden faces trial on 100 counts of alleged crimes against a dozen teenage boys, including taping their mouths shut and filming them.

Top budget restaurants in Oslo
Norway

Top budget restaurants in Oslo

Want to eat out without breaking the bank? There are plenty of good options for budget-conscious travellers in Oslo. Most of them you will find in the east of the city, but not exclusively, says our travel editor Marie Peyre.

18-karat gold crown found in baggage at Düsseldorf airport
Germany

18-karat gold crown found in baggage at Düsseldorf airport

Drugs, luxury watches, protected animals - customs agents are used to preventing illegal items from crossing borders. But this one might just be the "king" of all attempted smuggles.

Spanish police boost security ahead of Bayern-Real Madrid match
Spain

Spanish police boost security ahead of Bayern-Real Madrid match

Some 1,800 police officers will be deployed to the streets of the Spanish capital for Real Madrid's Champions League match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, city hall said.

Here comes the snow: France braces for freezing week
France

Here comes the snow: France braces for freezing week

France isn't quite done with winter yet, apparently.

Police break up international online child porn network
Spain

Police break up international online child porn network

At least 38 suspects have been arrested in an international police operation against a major network that distributed child pornography material via WhatsApp.

Brits in France set to miss out on having a vote in another UK election
France

Brits in France set to miss out on having a vote in another UK election

Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to hold a snap general election on June 8th means British voters who have been in France for over 15 years will once again be denied their say, after being promised they would have a vote.

Macron camp gets the jitters just days before French election
France

Macron camp gets the jitters just days before French election

Emmanuel Macron may be a frontrunner in the polls, but he is playing a fragile game and his supporters can feel it.

14 German towns with hilarious literal translations
Germany

14 German towns with hilarious literal translations

Some of these quaint, wholesome villages have rather indecent-sounding names.

‘Defend the city’: Naples launches website to combat slander
Italy

‘Defend the city’: Naples launches website to combat slander

If you don't have anything nice to say about Naples, don't say anything at all - otherwise you could face legal action.

Five key points about the 2017 spring budget
Sweden

Five key points about the 2017 spring budget

Some of the talking points in the Swedish government's new spring budget proposal.

Driverless Norwegian public transport can create jobs: minister
Norway

Driverless Norwegian public transport can create jobs: minister

A parliamentary proposal that could lead the way to automated public transport in Norway could be in place within the next few months.

France’s ‘affordable’ libertine campsite in Dordogne proves an instant hit
France

France’s ‘affordable’ libertine campsite in Dordogne proves an instant hit

Fancy some extra-marital spice with your camping weekend?

Austrian leaders say Turkey’s EU membership prospects are ‘buried’
Austria

Austrian leaders say Turkey’s EU membership prospects are ‘buried’

Austrian leaders said the European Union should end talks over Turkey's 30-year-old bid to join its ranks after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a controversial referendum on gaining further powers.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy called to tesitfy in corruption trial
Spain

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy called to tesitfy in corruption trial

One of Spain's top criminal courts on Tuesday called Mariano Rajoy to the bar to testify as a witness in a major corruption trial, a first for him as prime minister.

How music is keeping one southern Italian dialect alive
Italy

How music is keeping one southern Italian dialect alive

Italy's Griko dialects are classed as endangered by the European Union and Unesco. But could folk music be the secret to keeping them alive?

IN PICTURES: Easter celebrations and festivals across Italy
Italy

IN PICTURES: Easter celebrations and festivals across Italy

In Italy, the Easter weekend means a variety of traditions and curious festivals up and down the country. Here's what they looked like.

Number of poor people in Denmark ‘doubled’ since 2002: report
Denmark

Number of poor people in Denmark ‘doubled’ since 2002: report

More and more people are living in poverty in Denmark, according to a new report.

One in 11 taxpayers fall within Germany’s highest tax bracket
Germany

One in 11 taxpayers fall within Germany’s highest tax bracket

A new study shows that one in 11 workers in Germany fall within the country's top tax bracket - and it's not just very high earners who face big burdens.

Tourists fined €900 for washing feet in Roman fountain
Italy

Tourists fined €900 for washing feet in Roman fountain

One of the tourists told police she would complain at the Danish Embassy.

Hundreds of pacifists march in Bern
Switzerland

Hundreds of pacifists march in Bern

Several hundred people turned up for the 15th annual Easter March in the Swiss capital on Monday to protest against Swiss financing of war.

Memories and images from Stockholm terror attack to be preserved by museum
Sweden

Memories and images from Stockholm terror attack to be preserved by museum

"When an incident like this happens we want to help preserve thoughts, reflections and photographs for the future."

‘The Swedish model can continue to deliver’
Sweden

‘The Swedish model can continue to deliver’

Sweden's finance minister Magdalena Andersson presented the government's spring budget proposal on Tuesday as it upgraded growth forecasts for the next couple of years.

Amatrice mayor tells tourists: ‘Stop taking selfies in quake rubble’
Italy

Amatrice mayor tells tourists: ‘Stop taking selfies in quake rubble’

The mayor said he had personally chased away one group of 'selfie tourists'.

Six photos that show just how cold it was over Easter weekend
Germany

Six photos that show just how cold it was over Easter weekend

Will all the April showers truly bring May flowers?

IN PICS: Ten stunning images of Switzerland in spring
Switzerland

IN PICS: Ten stunning images of Switzerland in spring

Simply beautiful!

‘No EU membership’ for Turkey: Danish politicians
Denmark

‘No EU membership’ for Turkey: Danish politicians

Any talk of Turkey joining the EU is moot after the result of the country’s referendum giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broader powers, say Danish politicians.

‘Give us France back’: Le Pen delights frenzied crowd in Paris with anti-immigration speech
France

‘Give us France back’: Le Pen delights frenzied crowd in Paris with anti-immigration speech

Le Pen gives her most hardline speech yet in which she said "mass immigration has been a tragedy for France."

Reflecting on SI’s RFSL event
Sweden

Reflecting on SI’s RFSL event

The Swedish Insititute held an LGBT event together with RFSL. Seminars at the event covered important and pertinent topics, and provided attendees a safe space to be themselves. Here more about one student's reflections.

My reflection on the LGBTQ rights workshop
Sweden

My reflection on the LGBTQ rights workshop

"Collectively we have the power to fight homophobia, transphobia and any other form of violence against our community"

Turks in Switzerland vote no in Erdogan’s referendum
Switzerland

Turks in Switzerland vote no in Erdogan’s referendum

The Turkish community in Switzerland bucked the trend by voting against a reform to the Turkish constitution in Sunday’s referendum.

Madrid school in sexism row over knitting for girls and football for boys
Spain

Madrid school in sexism row over knitting for girls and football for boys

A school in the Madrid suburb of Alcorcón is being investigated after it emerged that while boys were sent on an extracurricular trip to the Real Madrid stadium, female pupils were offered crochet classes.

Meet Germany’s ‘forgotten’ foreign workers
Germany

Meet Germany’s ‘forgotten’ foreign workers

Long overshadowed by the more numerous and vocal Turkish "guest worker" community, Mozambicans who arrived in Germany decades ago still struggle to assert their rights in their adopted homeland.

Germany warns Turkey not to ‘end the European dream’
Germany

Germany warns Turkey not to ‘end the European dream’

Germany on Monday warned Turkey against further distancing itself from Europe by reinstating the death penalty after a disputed referendum and urged authorities to seek "respectful dialogue" to heal a divided society.

Police question man after fire engulfs Swedish building
Sweden

Police question man after fire engulfs Swedish building

A man arrested near a large blaze at an industrial building in Falkenberg was questioned "once he sobered up," police have explained.

Easter weekend sees record numbers of migrants arrive in Italy
Italy

Easter weekend sees record numbers of migrants arrive in Italy

The bodies of 13 people - including a pregnant woman and an eight-year-old boy - were also recovered during the operations.

Five dead after Swiss plane crashes in Portugal
Switzerland

Five dead after Swiss plane crashes in Portugal

Five people died when a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a supermarket warehouse in the suburbs of Lisbon on Monday, rescue services said.

Refugees have brought this dying Italian village back to life
Italy

Refugees have brought this dying Italian village back to life

In the foothills of the Aspromonte mountains in southern Italy, the silence of a once-dying village is broken by the laughter of a small group of refugees.

Swedish stats icon Hans Rosling awarded posthumous prize by UN
Sweden

Swedish stats icon Hans Rosling awarded posthumous prize by UN

Swedish statistics icon and health professor Hans Rosling has been posthumously honoured with a UN prize in recognition of his creative presentations on global health and poverty.

There’s a light in every window, and other decorating challenges for non-Swedes
Sweden

There’s a light in every window, and other decorating challenges for non-Swedes

Victoria Martínez writes about some of the things you did not realize you would have to invest in when you first moved to Sweden.