Norway police release ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ parody in protest at reforms
Norway

Norway police release ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ parody in protest at reforms

A quirky music video made by Norwegian police to protest against unpopular government reforms has been released, featuring edgy shower scenes and language-bending satire.

2017 on track for new record of Brits seeking Swedish citizenship
Sweden

2017 on track for new record of Brits seeking Swedish citizenship

More Brits than ever applied for Swedish passports in 2016, and preliminary figures from the Migration Agency show that last year's record could be beaten in 2017.

Germany ordered to pay energy giants billions over illegal nuclear tax
Germany

Germany ordered to pay energy giants billions over illegal nuclear tax

Power companies in Germany stand to gain billions in refunds from the government after the country's top court declared Wednesday that a nuclear fuel tax was illegal.

Danish People’s Party to opposition: guarantee no changes on immigration
Denmark

Danish People’s Party to opposition: guarantee no changes on immigration

Denmark’s populist Danish People’s Party has asked the opposition Social Democrats to promise they will not change their immigration policies if they win the next general election.

Mont Blanc cable car to reopen nine months after tourists were left hanging overnight
France

Mont Blanc cable car to reopen nine months after tourists were left hanging overnight

A Mont Blanc cable car whose dramatic breakdown last September forced 33 tourists to spend the night stranded - suspended high over the French Alps - is to reopen on Thursday.

After the Louvre, Champs-Elysées and Notre-Dame, nervy Paris tourists should keep perspective
France

After the Louvre, Champs-Elysées and Notre-Dame, nervy Paris tourists should keep perspective

Visitors to Paris will understandably be a little nervous this summer after three attacks, but they shouldn't just stay away.

Family of skateboard hero finally told that Ignacio Echeverría was killed in London Bridge attack
Spain

Family of skateboard hero finally told that Ignacio Echeverría was killed in London Bridge attack

The family of a Spanish man who tried to defend a woman from one of the attackers during the terror attack in London at the weekend confirmed that he had died, after a wait of close to four days.

Denmark’s green energy targets ‘too easy’: climate council
Denmark

Denmark’s green energy targets ‘too easy’: climate council

The Danish Council on Climate Change has recommended that Denmark be more ambitious on climate change reduction.

One in five Germans will bequeath at least €250,000 in inheritance
Germany

One in five Germans will bequeath at least €250,000 in inheritance

The next generation of Germans is in luck: a new survey shows one in five will pass on a quarter of a million euros to their posterity.

Sweden strikes new anti-terror deal after Stockholm attack
Sweden

Sweden strikes new anti-terror deal after Stockholm attack

As a result of cross-party talks following the truck attack in Stockholm on April 7th, Sweden's government and opposition parties presented an agreement on anti-terror measures on Wednesday.

Air Berlin desperately seeks partner, after flight cancellations pile on misery
Germany

Air Berlin desperately seeks partner, after flight cancellations pile on misery

Ailing German airline Air Berlin said Wednesday that it was open to working with Lufthansa, as it struggled to stem heavy losses.

Teen invents girlfriend, then her rape, sending police on wild goose chase
Germany

Teen invents girlfriend, then her rape, sending police on wild goose chase

Police in north Hesse spent Tuesday morning searching for a young woman who they believed had been abducted and raped at a bar. Unbeknownst to them, the woman didn't actually exist.

Ferries between Denmark and Sweden, Germany paused due to ‘threat’

Ferries between Denmark and Sweden, Germany paused due to ‘threat’

Ferry services between Denmark and neighbouring Sweden and Germany were briefly suspended on Wednesday because of an unspecified "threat", police and the ferry operator said.

Ariana Grande to resume world tour in Paris amid tight security
France

Ariana Grande to resume world tour in Paris amid tight security

US singer Ariana Grande is to resume her world tour in Paris on Wednesday, more than two weeks after it was interrupted by the Manchester suicide bomb attack.

Italy’s police chief on London attacker: ‘Our conscience is clear’
Italy

Italy’s police chief on London attacker: ‘Our conscience is clear’

Italy's top policeman on Wednesday played down accusations that one of the London attackers had slipped through the net of intelligence services.

Reflections from Sweden: Aurora, fika, and diversity
Sweden

Reflections from Sweden: Aurora, fika, and diversity

‘The most memorable moments in life are the moments you never planned.’

Church’s ‘Hitler bell’ strikes duff note in tiny German town
Germany

Church’s ‘Hitler bell’ strikes duff note in tiny German town

The church bell in Herxheim am Berg has been ringing over the tiny, wine region town for around 82 years. But some say its Nazi inscription should be reason to make it history.

Paris hammer attack suspect worked as a journalist in Sweden: report
Sweden

Paris hammer attack suspect worked as a journalist in Sweden: report

The man who attacked a police officer with a hammer outside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is thought to have previously worked as a journalist in Sweden, French and Swedish media report.

Paris to launch €3m plan to make city’s streets quieter and cooler
France

Paris to launch €3m plan to make city’s streets quieter and cooler

Is Paris looking at a quieter and cooler future?

Madrid just banned ‘manspreading’ on all public transport
Spain

Madrid just banned ‘manspreading’ on all public transport

Madrid’s transport authorities are clamping down on ‘manspreading’ - the common practice that sees men take up more space than they need to by sitting with their legs wide open.

Norway to spend more on teachers, fighting sea pollution in new budget
Norway

Norway to spend more on teachers, fighting sea pollution in new budget

Norway’s coalition government has reached agreement with its parliamentary allies for a revised national budget which reallocates 400 million kroner of state funds.

London attack: Third French victim confirmed after body recovered from Thames river
France

London attack: Third French victim confirmed after body recovered from Thames river

British police say they have a recovered a body from the Thames river four days after the London terror attack. It is believed to be that of missing Frenchman Xavier Thomas.

Another fire has broken out at an Italian waste depot
Italy

Another fire has broken out at an Italian waste depot

Nine teams of firefighters were on Wednesday tackling a huge fire which broke out at a waste depot in Venice.

In pictures: How the Swedish royals celebrated National Day
Sweden

In pictures: How the Swedish royals celebrated National Day

Sweden celebrated its National Day on June 6th. The Royal Family attended the party at Stockholm's Skansen museum. We've found the best pictures.

These are officially the five friendliest hotels in Switzerland
Switzerland

These are officially the five friendliest hotels in Switzerland

You're ensured a warm welcome at these award-winning Swiss hotels this summer.

Defence Minister exaggerated army sexual abuse for personal gain, say critics
Germany

Defence Minister exaggerated army sexual abuse for personal gain, say critics

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen informed the country of "repulsive" sexual exploitation at an army barracks in February. But an investigation by prosecutors found she spoke to soon.

Will France’s big switch to automatically taxing workers’ wages ever happen?
France

Will France’s big switch to automatically taxing workers’ wages ever happen?

The big change to the income tax system in France will be delayed again, the government says.

Isis uses Nutella jars and cat GIFs to lure Westerners: study
Sweden

Isis uses Nutella jars and cat GIFs to lure Westerners: study

It's called 'Jihadi Cool'.

Geneva airport staff receive training to spot signs of radicalization
Switzerland

Geneva airport staff receive training to spot signs of radicalization

Security personnel at Geneva airport have been taking a new course to help them spot the signs of radicalization among their colleagues, according to media reports.

German govt approves withdrawal from Turkey anti-Isis base
Germany

German govt approves withdrawal from Turkey anti-Isis base

Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to withdraw its troops from Turkey's Incirlik base, after last-ditch talks with Ankara failed to resolve an escalating row.

Limit online shopping on Sundays to protect workers, demands Green Party
Germany

Limit online shopping on Sundays to protect workers, demands Green Party

Shops not being open on Sundays is a common complaint of newcomers to Germany. But what if online shopping were restricted, too?

Still not idenitifed after three days: Family of missing Spaniard demand to know just what is taking British authorities so long?
Spain

Still not idenitifed after three days: Family of missing Spaniard demand to know just what is taking British authorities so long?

The last known sighting of Ignacio Echeverría was on Saturday night when he rushed to the aid of a woman he saw being stabbed by one of the terrorists in the attacks at London Bridge. His fate is still unknown.

Twisters, lightning and giant hail in Danish summer storm
Denmark

Twisters, lightning and giant hail in Danish summer storm

Large parts of Denmark were hit by violent storms Tuesday evening, with downpours across the country, gale force winds, hail and thousands of lightning bolts.

OPINION: ‘Italy’s mandatory vaccine law should be adopted worldwide’
Italy

OPINION: ‘Italy’s mandatory vaccine law should be adopted worldwide’

A recently passed law making vaccinations compulsory for school starters provoked fierce debate in Italy. Alberto Giubilini, an Italian expert on infectious diseases currently working at the University of Oxford, explains why he thinks other countries should copy Italy's vaccine law.

‘No Americans’: Lausanne boat captain has public rant at Trump
Switzerland

‘No Americans’: Lausanne boat captain has public rant at Trump

The captain of a tourist boat in the Lausanne port of Ouchy has caused a stir over the last few days after he put up a poster that appeared to ban Americans from his vessel.

Experts called in to tackle swarming bees in central Rome square
Italy

Experts called in to tackle swarming bees in central Rome square

Rome authorities called in animal control experts on Tuesday after a swarm of bees chose an unusual spot for their colony: a busy square in the city centre.

French boy left disabled after eating a steak haché: Former company bosses go on trial
France

French boy left disabled after eating a steak haché: Former company bosses go on trial

The young boy lost the use of 80 percent of his body after eating a contaminated steak haché.

Sexual assualt case against Theo Hernandez dropped
Spain

Sexual assualt case against Theo Hernandez dropped

No charges were brought against French wonder kid Theo Hernandez on Tuesday after a complaint of sexual assault had been made against the 19-year-old whilst on holiday in Marbella.

Spain’s Banco Popular has been rescued from collapse
Spain

Spain’s Banco Popular has been rescued from collapse

Santander has taken over the striken Banco Popular, buying it for €1 and saving it from collapse.

‘Parthenon’ made of books built at site of Nazi book burning
Germany

‘Parthenon’ made of books built at site of Nazi book burning

A Greek-style temple made out of banned books hopes to stir debate about censorship at the site of Nazi book burning in central Germany.

Merkel’s deputy warns of ‘Trumpification’ of Middle East relations
Germany

Merkel’s deputy warns of ‘Trumpification’ of Middle East relations

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday accused US President Donald Trump of stirring up conflicts in the Middle East and risking a new arms race as Qatar's neighbours cut ties with Doha.

Italian mother of London attacker: ‘I’ll dedicate my life to ensuring this doesn’t happen again’
Italy

Italian mother of London attacker: ‘I’ll dedicate my life to ensuring this doesn’t happen again’

The Italian mother of one of the three London attackers says she tried to prevent her son being radicalized.

Paris: France says Notre-Dame hammer attack was ‘isolated incident’
France

Paris: France says Notre-Dame hammer attack was ‘isolated incident’

The hammer attack on a French police officer outside Notre Dame cathedral was an "isolated act", the French government says.

‘Rowing in Venice is unique – it’s the closest you’ll get to walking on water’
Italy

‘Rowing in Venice is unique – it’s the closest you’ll get to walking on water’

The gondola is an Italian icon, but many don't realize that the technique used in Venice is unique. Here's an introduction to rowing like a Venetian.

Swiss Bacsinszky gives herself birthday treat by reaching French Open semifinal
Switzerland

Swiss Bacsinszky gives herself birthday treat by reaching French Open semifinal

Swiss 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky and Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko will meet in the seminfinal on Thursday -- when both celebrate their birthday.

Swedish tourist caught on camera kicking hotel maid unconscious
Sweden

Swedish tourist caught on camera kicking hotel maid unconscious

A Swedish tourist is being held in Bulgaria after he was caught on camera kicking a hotel cleaner.

No-go zone? Here’s how one of Sweden’s roughest areas edged out its drug gangs
Sweden

No-go zone? Here’s how one of Sweden’s roughest areas edged out its drug gangs

One of Malmö's most infamous districts may be removed from a high-profile police list of 'especially vulnerable areas' in a couple of years, thanks to community efforts to boost the area.