IN PICTURES: 74th Venice film festival kicks off with Matt Damon miniaturized
Italy

IN PICTURES: 74th Venice film festival kicks off with Matt Damon miniaturized

A miniaturized Matt Damon and Javier Bardem as Pablo Escobar. The ten-day festival, Italy's most important annual cinema gala, has started.

Former Sweden PM gives support to cancellation of Listhaug meeting

Former Sweden PM gives support to cancellation of Listhaug meeting

Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister, says that immigration is not causing as many problems for the country as Norway’s immigration minister Sylvi Listhaug depicts.

Majority of Germans oppose refugees reuniting with their families: survey
Germany

Majority of Germans oppose refugees reuniting with their families: survey

A survey commissioned by Bild newspaper published on Tuesday reveals that the majority of Germans reject the idea of refugees legally reuniting with their families in Germany.

Tyrol separatist party publishes school pamphlet that claims Italian province is in Austria
Italy

Tyrol separatist party publishes school pamphlet that claims Italian province is in Austria

The South Tyrolean Freedom Party, who go by the German name Süd-Tiroler Freiheit, have issued a provocative publication for school children in what they proclaim as Tyrol, an area both sides of the Austrian-Italian border.

US Defence Secretary Mattis warned Sweden not to sign anti-nuclear weapons treaty: report
Sweden

US Defence Secretary Mattis warned Sweden not to sign anti-nuclear weapons treaty: report

Sweden has voted in favour of the UN anti-nuclear arms treaty and intends on backing it when it opens for signatures in September.

France angers Philippines president in row over human rights
France

France angers Philippines president in row over human rights

France has become embroiled in a dispute with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over his deadly war on drugs.

Largest ever evacuation set to take place in Frankfurt after WWII bomb found
Germany

Largest ever evacuation set to take place in Frankfurt after WWII bomb found

Some 70,000 people will have to leave their homes in Frankfurt on Sunday, after an unexploded bomb from the Second World War was found in the city. It is set to be the biggest ever evacuation due to a bomb disposal.

This huge collection of Swedish postcards captures 100 years of history in images
Sweden

This huge collection of Swedish postcards captures 100 years of history in images

A new campaign from a travel firm has detailed a century of Swedish history in images by collating postcards of six different cities from the 1800s to the late 1900s.

15 injured after truck spills nitric acid onto streets of south Berlin
Germany

15 injured after truck spills nitric acid onto streets of south Berlin

A leaky truck was discovered to have spilled 900 litres of nitric acid onto the streets of a south Berlin neighbourhood on Wednesday, leaving fifteen people injured.

IN PICS: This is what the world’s biggest food fight looks like
Spain

IN PICS: This is what the world’s biggest food fight looks like

Spain's annual "Tomatina" tomato throwing festival kicked off in the eastern town of Buñol on Wednesday...and things got pretty messy.

Foreigners can help to pay for tax reform: Danish finance minister
Denmark

Foreigners can help to pay for tax reform: Danish finance minister

Denmark’s government is seeking to introduce requirements which will limit the access of foreign residents to the country’s welfare system.

Find out which German party you would vote for in election 2017
Germany

Find out which German party you would vote for in election 2017

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) put its “Wahlomat” online on Wednesday, meaning you can answer 38 questions which will help you decide which party is right for you.

France to vote against EU renewal of controversial weedkiller
France

France to vote against EU renewal of controversial weedkiller

France's opposition could block obtaining the qualified majority of EU member states needed to renew the licence.

Danish police charge two men after high-speed jetski use
Denmark

Danish police charge two men after high-speed jetski use

Two men have been charged by Danish police after a jetski and a speedboat were used at high speeds near a jetty at Korsør.

Germany has an environmental ‘blind spot’ when it comes to fishing, report argues
Germany

Germany has an environmental ‘blind spot’ when it comes to fishing, report argues

A report published on Wednesday accuses Germany of systematically ignoring scientific advice on fishing quotas, thereby endangering fragile fish stocks in north European waters.

Germany could lack 3 million skilled workers by 2030, study finds
Germany

Germany could lack 3 million skilled workers by 2030, study finds

Experts have made a gloomy prognosis: in 2030, Germany could be missing up to three million skilled workers. And ten years later this figure could rise to 3.3 million, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Paris: Eiffel Tower beacon goes dark until October
France

Paris: Eiffel Tower beacon goes dark until October

As Big Ben goes silent, the famous Eiffel Tower beam goes dark.

Swedes vote on the Stockholm island they would get rid of
Sweden

Swedes vote on the Stockholm island they would get rid of

Readers of a Swedish newspaper have voted on the Stockholm island they would miss least if rising water levels took it away, and the answer may come as a surprise.

France: 19 departments on alert over storms
France

France: 19 departments on alert over storms

After an end-of-August heatwave, large parts of France were set for heavy storms on Wednesday, with 19 departments placed on alert.

Search for French girl missing at wedding intensifies
France

Search for French girl missing at wedding intensifies

Another 60 police have joined teams on the ground searching for Maelys de Araujo.

AS Roma sign young Czech prodigy Schick
Italy

AS Roma sign young Czech prodigy Schick

Rome have signed a new striker.

Rome bus driver suspended for offensive comment written on destination display
Italy

Rome bus driver suspended for offensive comment written on destination display

Rome's public transport authority ATAC has confirmed that a bus driver who swapped the destination on the front of his bus for his own protest message against vaccinations has been suspended.

Two injured during ‘running of the balls’ fiesta
Spain

Two injured during ‘running of the balls’ fiesta

Swapping balls for bulls makes for an animal-cruelty free fiesta but it is still proving quite a trecherous activity.

These 10 witty sayings prove Germans think everything revolves around beer
Germany

These 10 witty sayings prove Germans think everything revolves around beer

We didn't realize just how obsessed with the amber brew Germans were until we started researching this article.

‘Thousands’ of fish poisoned by spills from French dairy plant
France

‘Thousands’ of fish poisoned by spills from French dairy plant

An accident at a Brittany dairy plant has killed thousands of fish and left a nearby river badly polluted.

Three Swiss cantons demand more work permits for non-EU foreigners
Switzerland

Three Swiss cantons demand more work permits for non-EU foreigners

Geneva, Basel-City and Zurich are demanding the Swiss government increase the number of work permits they are allowed to give foreign workers from non-EU countries.

Skåne town moves closer to introducing Sweden’s first begging ban
Sweden

Skåne town moves closer to introducing Sweden’s first begging ban

Local politicians have moved to make a municipality in the south of Sweden the first in the country to introduce a ban on begging.

Debate over Pyrenean bears leads to death threats

Debate over Pyrenean bears leads to death threats

A row between locals and wildlife agents over bears living in the Pyrenean mountains has escalated as farmers blame the wild animals for attacks on their sheep.

Compulsory Italian school vaccinations: How it works
Italy

Compulsory Italian school vaccinations: How it works

The Ministry of Health has made ten vaccines against common diseases compulsory for all children aged under 16 resident in Italy.

Labour leader Støre ramps up criticism of PM over nationalists in debate
Norway

Labour leader Støre ramps up criticism of PM over nationalists in debate

In a televised election debate, opposition leader Jonas Gahr Støre spoke in some of his strongest terms yet over Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s leadership.

Passengers left stranded at unopened airport during bomb disposal in north Berlin
Germany

Passengers left stranded at unopened airport during bomb disposal in north Berlin

Many air travellers were stuck at the yet unopened Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) due to the defusing of a Second World War bomb on Tuesday evening at Tegel Airport in the north of the city.

Federal prosecutors dismiss 1,000 complaints against Merkel for high treason
Germany

Federal prosecutors dismiss 1,000 complaints against Merkel for high treason

Prosecutors at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe have had their work cut out dealing with criminal complaints against Chancellor Angela Merkel since she opened Germany’s borders to asylum seekers in September 2015.

Morocco arrests two men linked to Catalonia terror attacks
Spain

Morocco arrests two men linked to Catalonia terror attacks

Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido, visiting his Moroccan counterpart Tuesday, said Rabat had arrested two men linked to deadly twin attacks in Catalonia.

Bye bye summer? Temperatures in Switzerland set to plunge by 15C
Switzerland

Bye bye summer? Temperatures in Switzerland set to plunge by 15C

Summer may be coming to an abrupt end on Thursday as a cold front will bring rain, thunderstorms and a sharp drop in temperatures, meteorologists predict.

Foreign Minister joins call to withdraw US nukes from Germany
Germany

Foreign Minister joins call to withdraw US nukes from Germany

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has supported Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz’s pledge that he will push for the removal of US nuclear warheads from Germany if elected Chancellor.

Thieves steal 250 bottles of wine… using the Paris catacombs
France

Thieves steal 250 bottles of wine… using the Paris catacombs

Resourceful thieves used the Paris catacombs to reach a wine cellar, before making off with more than €250,000's worth of top quality alcohol.

Clear-up after Swiss landslide could take ‘several years’
Switzerland

Clear-up after Swiss landslide could take ‘several years’

The inhabitants of the village of Bondo, hit by a massive landslide last week, have been told that reconstructing the village could take years.

Spanish au pair found injured but alive: Swiss police

Spanish au pair found injured but alive: Swiss police

The Spanish au pair who went missing in the Lake Geneva region last Friday has been found alive.

Swedes in sauna row spark police action (only in Sweden?)
Sweden

Swedes in sauna row spark police action (only in Sweden?)

You can take our sauna, but you can never take our freedom.

Credit Suisse launches digital piggy bank to teach kids how to handle money
Switzerland

Credit Suisse launches digital piggy bank to teach kids how to handle money

The piggy bank has built-in apps to help kids learn about digital money.

Federer battles through tough test to advance in US Open
Switzerland

Federer battles through tough test to advance in US Open

Roger Federer made a narrow escape in a tense five-set thriller on Tuesday to reach the second round of the US Open.

Smash-and-grab raid on iconic Stockholm store NK
Sweden

Smash-and-grab raid on iconic Stockholm store NK

Thieves rammed a large vehicle into the entrance of Stockholm department store Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) in the early hours of Wednesday.

15 great English-language acts at Sweden’s Fringe festivals
Sweden

15 great English-language acts at Sweden’s Fringe festivals

Lovers of the arts, rejoice! Fringe festivals are once again upon us, and we take a look at our favourite acts in English coming to Gothenburg and Stockholm.