French politicians immediately call on voters to block ‘extremist’ Le Pen
France

French politicians immediately call on voters to block ‘extremist’ Le Pen

The usual cry went up on Sunday from politicians of all sides.

Emmanuel Macron is well on course to pull off his ‘crazy gamble’
France

Emmanuel Macron is well on course to pull off his ‘crazy gamble’

The Macron bandwagon rolls on to the second round.

Failure for Fillon: How the one-time hot favourite watched his campaign collapse
France

Failure for Fillon: How the one-time hot favourite watched his campaign collapse

Where did it all go wrong?

RESULTS: Full breakdown of how France voted in the first round
France

RESULTS: Full breakdown of how France voted in the first round

This interactive map gives an in-depth breakdown of voting patterns across France in the first round of the presidential election.

Swedish anti-terror measures to get political backing
Sweden

Swedish anti-terror measures to get political backing

Sweden’s government and conservative opposition agree that the country must bolster its defences against terrorism.

Does the French presidential election hold one last surprise?
France

Does the French presidential election hold one last surprise?

Voters are going to the polls for the first round of what's been an incredibly unpredictable race for the Elysée. It's been full of shocks already but are we in for one last surprise?

Spain’s Canary Islands battle slick after ferry accident
Spain

Spain’s Canary Islands battle slick after ferry accident

Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier.

Fascist salutes as Franco minister is buried in Spain
Spain

Fascist salutes as Franco minister is buried in Spain

Mourners raised their arms in a fascist salute as one of the last ministers to serve under former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, Jose Utrera Molina, was buried Saturday.

Man stabbed on board Swedish train
Sweden

Man stabbed on board Swedish train

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed in the stomach on a train between Stockholm and Hallsberg.

All the French election language you need to know
France

All the French election language you need to know

To understand the French election it helps to know the language involved.

Hidden Michelangelo drawing goes on show in Rome
Italy

Hidden Michelangelo drawing goes on show in Rome

A newly-discovered drawing by Renaissance master Michelangelo, found during the restoration of his "Sacrifice of Isaac", is to go on show in Rome.

Italian debt rating downgraded to ‘stable’
Italy

Italian debt rating downgraded to ‘stable’

The ratings agency Fitch on Friday downgraded Italy's long-term debt rating a notch to BBB, one level above the "speculative" grade, citing the country's persistent debt and fiscal problems.

Pope says some refugee centres ‘concentration camps’
Italy

Pope says some refugee centres ‘concentration camps’

Pope Francis on Saturday described some of Europe's refugee centres as "concentration camps", as he paid tribute to an unknown Christian woman slain for her faith in front of her Muslim husband.

Germany’s anti-immigration AfD to pick election team at fractious congress
Germany

Germany’s anti-immigration AfD to pick election team at fractious congress

Germany's anti-immigration AfD will wrap up a testy party congress Sunday by choosing the team to lead it into a September general election, after it dramatically sidelined its most prominent personality.

Gothenburg fighting ‘increasing’ rat attacks
Sweden

Gothenburg fighting ‘increasing’ rat attacks

Gothenburg is facing a growing rat problem, with pest control call-outs increasing by nearly 20 percent over the last three years.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffers ‘significant knee ligament damage’
Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffers ‘significant knee ligament damage’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's magical season with Manchester United appears over after the club announced he had suffered a serious knee injury in Thursday's Europa League clash with Anderlecht.

Who will be the next French president: The six scenarios facing France
France

Who will be the next French president: The six scenarios facing France

Macron vs Le Pen, Fillon vs Le Pen or even Fillon vs Mélenchon. Here's a look at what will happen.

French expatriates vote ahead of knife-edge election
France

French expatriates vote ahead of knife-edge election

A day before France votes for a new president, expatriates and residents in overseas territories in the Western Hemisphere cast their ballots Saturday, with some hoping to stop a global wave of right-wing nationalism from claiming their country.

French voters go to the polls with their country and Europe at a crossroads
France

French voters go to the polls with their country and Europe at a crossroads

Voting is underway in the most unpredictable and nail biting French election anyone can remember.

France votes in election nailbiter
France

France votes in election nailbiter

France goes to the polls under heavy security Sunday for the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as vital for the future of the beleaguered European Union.