Why don’t the French care about the vital parliamentary elections?
France

Why don’t the French care about the vital parliamentary elections?

Why the lack of interest in such a crucial vote?

Why are croissant lovers in France facing a price hike in their morning pastries?
France

Why are croissant lovers in France facing a price hike in their morning pastries?

Is it time for a pay rise to cover the price of breakfast?

Germany to have up to 760,000 new jobs by year’s end: report
Germany

Germany to have up to 760,000 new jobs by year’s end: report

Two new reports predict a boom in the German job market this year, one predicting half a million new positions, the other 760,000.

Paris commuter service to change name from ‘RER’ to… ‘train’
France

Paris commuter service to change name from ‘RER’ to… ‘train’

You'll soon never have to catch another "RER" in your life.

Skatteverket website down: new deadline for tax returns
Sweden

Skatteverket website down: new deadline for tax returns

Sweden's tax agency Skatteverket's website has been down since 1pm on Sunday.

German merchants can’t keep up with kids’ demand for fidget spinners
Germany

German merchants can’t keep up with kids’ demand for fidget spinners

Shops in Germany are currently waiting for more loads of the hit toy to arrive in the country to meet the growing demand.

Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil in all schools
Norway

Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil in all schools

The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers.

In pictures: Swedish star Håkan Hellström wows crowd in Stockholm
Sweden

In pictures: Swedish star Håkan Hellström wows crowd in Stockholm

Sweden's indie darling Håkan Hellström played a gig at the Stadion arena in Stockholm on June 9th and 10th. Here are some pictures from the first night.

Denmark is EU’s second most expensive country for residency application
Denmark

Denmark is EU’s second most expensive country for residency application

Denmark is second in a survey which compares the costs of applying for permanent residency in EU countries, as the UK prepares to begin negotiations to leave the bloc.

Scorchio! Spain sizzles in early summer heatwave
Spain

Scorchio! Spain sizzles in early summer heatwave

The mercury soared across Spain over the weekend and is set to get even hotter as the week progresses.

French fans urged to sing God Save the Queen in tribute to terror victims
France

French fans urged to sing God Save the Queen in tribute to terror victims

France and England also played just days after the Paris terror attacks.

France: Month of June set to be one of hottest ever as temperatures expected to soar
France

France: Month of June set to be one of hottest ever as temperatures expected to soar

Don't forget your suncream if you head outdoors.

Austrian hospital fined for giving parents the wrong babies 27 years ago
Austria

Austrian hospital fined for giving parents the wrong babies 27 years ago

An Austrian hospital on Monday was ordered to pay €30,000 ($33,700) in damages for mixing up two babies nearly 30 years ago, even though one of them remains unidentified.

Spain is bracing for rising tensions over Catalonia independence drive
Spain

Spain is bracing for rising tensions over Catalonia independence drive

Madrid is bracing for rising tensions over Catalonia's unilateral separatist drive, Spain's deputy prime minister said Monday, just days after the northeastern region announced an independence referendum for October.

Germany’s first ‘democratic kindergarten’ gives tiny tots a vote
Germany

Germany’s first ‘democratic kindergarten’ gives tiny tots a vote

Should preschoolers have a say in their day care routines? A new kindergarten in northern Germany is taking the idea to a new level.

New German state firm to give startups €2 billion funding boost: report
Germany

New German state firm to give startups €2 billion funding boost: report

The German government will set up a new state-owned company which will provide startups with the money they need to transform a great idea into a successful business, Spiegel reports.

Do Swedish teens work or laze about in summer?
Sweden

Do Swedish teens work or laze about in summer?

We've got the latest stats!

Youths ‘stay out too late’: Norwegian neighbourhood rep after arson, stone throwing
Norway

Youths ‘stay out too late’: Norwegian neighbourhood rep after arson, stone throwing

A city representative in a troubled neighbourhood in Oslo has said that youths in the area are staying out too late after a string of vandalism and arson incidents.

Rome bans snacking tourists from its ancient fountains
Italy

Rome bans snacking tourists from its ancient fountains

Rome's mayor has introduced a hefty fine for anyone found climbing on, swimming in, or eating and drinking near the city's fountains.

Peeping toms use drones to film women sunbathing naked on private yacht
Spain

Peeping toms use drones to film women sunbathing naked on private yacht

A group of young women in Mallorca complained to police after they were filmed by an unmanned miniature aircraft as they sunbathed naked on a private yacht.

Allergy sufferers warned as most of France placed on alert for high pollen levels
France

Allergy sufferers warned as most of France placed on alert for high pollen levels

Bad news for allergy sufferers in France.

Five ways to cure homesickness as a German in Stockholm
Sweden

Five ways to cure homesickness as a German in Stockholm

Make Lidl your comfort zone.

Two Brits arrested in Mallorca resort in clampdown on food poisoning scam
Spain

Two Brits arrested in Mallorca resort in clampdown on food poisoning scam

Two Britons were arrested in the Mallorcan resort of Alcudia on Friday in an operation against bogus compensation claims by holidaymakers pretending to be ill from hotel food.

44 cancelled flights on one day: Air Berlin struggles to stay aloft
Germany

44 cancelled flights on one day: Air Berlin struggles to stay aloft

Germany's second-largest airline has been running in the red for years. And now amid massive staff cuts, it's having a hard time ensuring all its flights go through.

VIDEO: Mystery of riderless ‘ghost motorbike’ on motorway near Paris is solved
France

VIDEO: Mystery of riderless ‘ghost motorbike’ on motorway near Paris is solved

An amateur video showing a “ghost motorbike” cruising along the A4 motorway outside Paris with no one riding it was like a scene from a science fiction movie, but the riddle has been solved.

Nuremberg police arrest man over murder of two prostitutes
Germany

Nuremberg police arrest man over murder of two prostitutes

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in Nuremberg on suspicion of murdering two prostitutes in recent weeks, according to local media.

Latest shooting in west Aarhus probably gang-related: police
Denmark

Latest shooting in west Aarhus probably gang-related: police

A 21-year-old man was shot in Aarhus on Monday in another violent incident believed by police to be connected to organised crime.

Rafa Nadal breaks records with epic tenth French Open title
Spain

Rafa Nadal breaks records with epic tenth French Open title

Rafael Nadal admits he doubted he'd ever win another Grand Slam title after a three-year drought at the majors and an ongoing battle with injuries and poor form.

7 reasons buying furniture in Germany is a nightmare
Germany

7 reasons buying furniture in Germany is a nightmare

Required reading for anyone relocating to Germany.

Merkel congratulates Macron on ‘great success’ in parliamentary elections
Germany

Merkel congratulates Macron on ‘great success’ in parliamentary elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron for the "great success" of his party after projections showed them set to win a sweeping majority in parliament.

Le Pen’s far-right surge runs out of steam in France’s parliamentary elections
France

Le Pen’s far-right surge runs out of steam in France’s parliamentary elections

It's not looking good for Le Pen's National Front candidates...

French Socialists suffer disastrous election results as heavyweights are wiped out
France

French Socialists suffer disastrous election results as heavyweights are wiped out

Historic losses on the horizon for France's Socialist Party.

Merkel’s G20-Africa meet aims to reduce poverty, migrant influx
Germany

Merkel’s G20-Africa meet aims to reduce poverty, migrant influx

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe.

UK’s Richard Hammond apologizes to family after crashing supercar in Switzerland
Switzerland

UK’s Richard Hammond apologizes to family after crashing supercar in Switzerland

The Grand Tour presenter was injured in a horrific car crash in Switzerland on Saturday.

Ten colourful Italian idioms and the strange meanings behind them
Italy

Ten colourful Italian idioms and the strange meanings behind them

Idioms - those little stock expressions whose meanings aren't what they first seem - are often the hardest part of learning a new language.

Local elections deal a heavy blow for Italy’s Five Star Movement
Italy

Local elections deal a heavy blow for Italy’s Five Star Movement

The Five Star Movement suffered a setback on Sunday after it failed to advance to the second round of votes in any large cities - but leader Beppe Grillo said the results showed the party's "slow but inexorable growth".

Switzerland helps create ‘garden therapy’ centre in Poland
Switzerland

Switzerland helps create ‘garden therapy’ centre in Poland

The director of the Ruskie Piaski care home came across the idea of garden therapy on a trip to Switzerland.

‘Especially vulnerable areas’ increase in Sweden: report
Sweden

‘Especially vulnerable areas’ increase in Sweden: report

Eight new districts in Sweden have been added to a high-profile police list of 'especially vulnerable areas'.

G7 environment chiefs meet in Italy, vowing to press ahead with climate change fight
Italy

G7 environment chiefs meet in Italy, vowing to press ahead with climate change fight

The United States' partners in the G7 club of wealthy democracies said they were determined to tackle climate change, "whatever happens in the White House".