Helmut Kohl, the giant who towered over European politics
Germany

Helmut Kohl, the giant who towered over European politics

Helmut Kohl, the former German chancellor who seized the chance to reunite his country after years of Cold War separation, was a giant of contemporary European history who became celebrated as an architect of the continent's integration.

Denmark’s Social Democrats, DF join in criticism of PM over free movement
Denmark

Denmark’s Social Democrats, DF join in criticism of PM over free movement

The leaders of the Social Democrats, Denmark’s biggest opposition party, and the populist Danish People’s Party (DF) want Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen to take measures against free movement within the EU.

Ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl, father of German reunification, dies aged 87
Germany

Ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl, father of German reunification, dies aged 87

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a colossus of contemporary European history who was celebrated as the father of German reunification and an architect of European integration, died on Friday at the age of 87.

OPINION: Why good relations between Norway and Russia are necessary – and achievable
Norway

OPINION: Why good relations between Norway and Russia are necessary – and achievable

The peace movement in Norway has its hands full. We are at a risky and uncertain point in the history of the High North – a dangerous one, even. But there are opportunities and brighter prospects, argues our guest columnist Hedda Langemyr.

Breakthrough in France’s unsolved 1984 child murder as relatives are charged
France

Breakthrough in France’s unsolved 1984 child murder as relatives are charged

Are French police finally close to solving the riddle of Gregory's murder?

Will Paris be the next city to crack down on ‘manspreading’ on the Metro?
France

Will Paris be the next city to crack down on ‘manspreading’ on the Metro?

The pressure is growing on Parisian men to close their legs on public transport.

Austria and Germany fume over new US sanctions targeting gas pipeline from Russia
Austria

Austria and Germany fume over new US sanctions targeting gas pipeline from Russia

Austrian and Germany have lashed out at Washington over new sanctions against Russia that target the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.

Spanish school kids seek heat relief… in funeral home
Spain

Spanish school kids seek heat relief… in funeral home

It's hot in Spain, so much so that over-heated students near Madrid were transferred from their school to a cooler place... which turned out to be the local air-conditioned funeral home.

New high-speed train from Berlin to Munich makes ‘historic’ maiden journey
Germany

New high-speed train from Berlin to Munich makes ‘historic’ maiden journey

The new ICE high-speed train between the German capital and Munich made its first journey on Friday, with only select guests invited for the trip.

Convicted ‘elevator rapist’, released early in 2013, arrested again for sex crimes
Spain

Convicted ‘elevator rapist’, released early in 2013, arrested again for sex crimes

His early release in 2013 sparked outrage and worry across Spain. Now he has again been arrested, accused of four acts of sexual assault.

Bordeaux set to host world’s biggest wine festival
France

Bordeaux set to host world’s biggest wine festival

The world's wine industry will converge on Sunday when the prestigious Vinexpo kicks off in Bordeaux, the capital of French viticulture, with Chinese visitors leading the pack of foreign punters.

Customs in Frankfurt to destroy 35 tonnes of unsafe Fidget Spinners
Germany

Customs in Frankfurt to destroy 35 tonnes of unsafe Fidget Spinners

35 tons worth of fidget spinners were classed as unsafe at Frankfurt Airport in May alone.

Spain threatens to block Greece bailout payment
Spain

Spain threatens to block Greece bailout payment

Spain on Friday threatened to block the latest bailout disbursement to Greece, angry that Athens failed to drop a legal case against European experts who had worked on the Greek privatization programme.

OPINION: Denmark should do more for environmentally-friendly electric transport
Denmark

OPINION: Denmark should do more for environmentally-friendly electric transport

Denmark, a country committed to sustainable energy, lacks legislative commitment to CO2-free transport, argues our guest columnist Kristian Gosvig.

‘Care parcel’ of rotting snake heads and larvae denied entry to Germany
Germany

‘Care parcel’ of rotting snake heads and larvae denied entry to Germany

The contents of the parcel violated the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Master the art of property investing with a Rich Dad Education
Sweden

Master the art of property investing with a Rich Dad Education

Increased cash flow. Financial freedom. Sound good to you? Maybe you need a Rich Dad Education.

Germany blasts new US sanctions on Russia as ‘against international law’
Germany

Germany blasts new US sanctions on Russia as ‘against international law’

Germany on Friday lashed out at Washington over new sanctions against Russia that target the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.

‘Thousands’ of violent Islamists in Sweden: security police
Sweden

‘Thousands’ of violent Islamists in Sweden: security police

The number of militant extremists living in Sweden has soared from a couple of hundreds a few years ago to thousands today, the security police Säpo believes.

How well is France doing at looking after its kids?
France

How well is France doing at looking after its kids?

How does France measure up when it comes to the well-being of its children?

Europeans see Germany favourably, but think it has too much power
Germany

Europeans see Germany favourably, but think it has too much power

A large majority of Europeans have a positive view of Germany, while seeing Berlin as still having too much power in EU affairs, a new survey shows.

Passengers stop train with no air conditioning, no ventilation amid ‘dreadful’ heat
Spain

Passengers stop train with no air conditioning, no ventilation amid ‘dreadful’ heat

A technical problem left a Renfe train traveling through Catalonia without any air conditioning or ventilation, causing some passengers to pull the emergency brake due to the insufferable heat.

France plans to make 11 vaccinations compulsory for children
France

France plans to make 11 vaccinations compulsory for children

The government says France is facing a "real public health problem" and action needs to be taken.

German economic strength secures millions of jobs in Europe: study
Germany

German economic strength secures millions of jobs in Europe: study

Contrary to claims that the German trade surplus harms Europe, a Swiss study shows that the German economy secures 4.8 million jobs in other European countries.

Spaniards most likely to want their own EU referendum, poll shows
Spain

Spaniards most likely to want their own EU referendum, poll shows

A new poll shows that while most Spaniards aren't eager to follow in the UK's footsteps, they are more likely than anyone else to want their own vote on the European Union.

How to make a delicious strawberry cake with elderflower cream
Sweden

How to make a delicious strawberry cake with elderflower cream

Here's a recipe for a cake with a unique flavour of summer.

Gay marriage back on the discussion table in Swiss parliament
Switzerland

Gay marriage back on the discussion table in Swiss parliament

A Swiss parliamentary commission is to prepare a study on gay marriage after the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) on Friday failed in its bid to bury the issue.

Somalia wants Denmark to release mentally ill refugee in return for repatriation deal
Denmark

Somalia wants Denmark to release mentally ill refugee in return for repatriation deal

Somalia’s ambassador to the EU has tied an agreement with Denmark on rejected asylum seekers to the long-standing and controversial case of a Somali refugee detained at a Danish psychiatric unit since 2001.

Only Italy sees dip in support for EU, new poll shows
Italy

Only Italy sees dip in support for EU, new poll shows

Most European countries view the EU more positively since the 2016 Brexit vote - but Italians buck the trend.

France: Renault chief’s massive €7 million salary package gets green light
France

France: Renault chief’s massive €7 million salary package gets green light

Despite opposition from the French government.

SBB pilots new rail pass including use of an e-bike
Switzerland

SBB pilots new rail pass including use of an e-bike

Swiss federal railways (SBB) is to pilot a new eco transport pass that includes use of an electric bike for a year.

Hot hot hot: Temperatures up to 42C in Spanish heatwave
Spain

Hot hot hot: Temperatures up to 42C in Spanish heatwave

Spanish weathermen are warning of a continued heatwave starting on Friday and going into the weekend, with temperatures reaching 42C in some parts.

Focus: A French political heavyweight vs a Macron newbie
France

Focus: A French political heavyweight vs a Macron newbie

Will top French politician Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (NKM) be looking for a new job come Sunday's election?

How German car makers are ‘changing lives’ in the US deep south
Germany

How German car makers are ‘changing lives’ in the US deep south

Despite the recent "America First" scoldings of President Donald Trump, foreign automakers have helped transform the economy of the Deep South in the past three decades.

New poll confirms Macron’s party set for landslide victory
France

New poll confirms Macron’s party set for landslide victory

Macron's party is still on course to sweep to victory.

After a year in the job, Rome’s populist mayor is struggling
Italy

After a year in the job, Rome’s populist mayor is struggling

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi swept to power vowing to clean up the Eternal City and show the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) was ready to govern Italy.

UberPop drivers in Zurich are operating illegally
Switzerland

UberPop drivers in Zurich are operating illegally

UberPop drivers who do not have a taxi permit are operating illegally and could be fined, Zurich’s government said on Thursday.

Italian woman dies after being crushed in football stampede
Italy

Italian woman dies after being crushed in football stampede

The woman was left in a coma after being crushed when panic broke out at a screening of a football match two weeks ago.

Off the beaten track in Finnskogen, Eastern Norway
Norway

Off the beaten track in Finnskogen, Eastern Norway

A unique history, vast forests and a wide array of activities make little-known Finnskogen a destination of choice for nature lovers, says our travel editor Marie Peyre.

Where burqas are banned: Germany’s first ‘liberal mosque’ to open in Berlin
Germany

Where burqas are banned: Germany’s first ‘liberal mosque’ to open in Berlin

The country's very first "liberal" mosque is set to open its doors on Friday in the capital - and inside a Protestant church.

VIDEO: Summer isn’t summer without an elk running through a field of flowers
Sweden

VIDEO: Summer isn’t summer without an elk running through a field of flowers

We should all enjoy summer like this elk.

Swiss ice hockey sensation finally puts spotlight on Switzerland
Switzerland

Swiss ice hockey sensation finally puts spotlight on Switzerland

Nico Hischier is likely to be the first or second choice in the NHL draft in late June.

The top five free smartphone apps for learning Italian
Italy

The top five free smartphone apps for learning Italian

Now you've got no excuses!

Gonorrhea continues to increase in Sweden
Sweden

Gonorrhea continues to increase in Sweden

Gonorrhea infections continue to increase in Sweden, despite numerous safe sex campaigns and experts warning that some strains could become incurable.