Business as usual: Spain’s no-nonsense approach after terror
Spain

Business as usual: Spain’s no-nonsense approach after terror

The jihadist attacks that struck Madrid in 2004 and Barcelona in August may have been 13 years apart, but the two cities reacted exactly the same way: by returning to normality as fast as possible.

Catalan independence vote divides region’s mayors
Spain

Catalan independence vote divides region’s mayors

"It's a dream come true," says Eudald Calvo, mayor of Argentona, a municipality near Barcelona which is gearing up for an October 1 referendum on Catalan independence that Madrid has branded illegal.

Merkel warns of consequences for EU asylum laggards
Germany

Merkel warns of consequences for EU asylum laggards

Countries that fail to take part in the quota scheme for assigning asylum seekers around the European Union could themselves be denied help in other areas, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.

Turkish travel warning for Germany ‘bad joke’: Merkel aide
Germany

Turkish travel warning for Germany ‘bad joke’: Merkel aide

Turkish government warnings to its citizens in Germany to be "cautious" and avoid political gatherings during election season are a "bad joke", Chancellor Angela Merkel's most senior aide said on Sunday.

Germany’s Steinhaus becomes first female ref in Europe’s top leagues
Germany

Germany’s Steinhaus becomes first female ref in Europe’s top leagues

Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus made history on Sunday by becoming the first female referee to officiate a match in a top European league.

Swedish teen suspected of attempted murder over gym attack
Sweden

Swedish teen suspected of attempted murder over gym attack

A 15-year-old boy is being held on suspicion of attempted murder after he attacked a 17-year-old at a gym in Ängelholm on Saturday.

Swiss glacier collapses after hundreds evacuated
Switzerland

Swiss glacier collapses after hundreds evacuated

Part of the Swiss alpine glacier Trift in the country's south collapsed on Sunday, but caused no damage or casualties and residents evacuated from the area can return home, police in Valais canton said.

Isis holds 11,100 blank Syrian passports: German officials
Germany

Isis holds 11,100 blank Syrian passports: German officials

German authorities believe the Islamic State group holds some 11,100 blank Syrian passports that can be completed with any individual's details, weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

Germany open to Iran-style North Korea talks: Merkel
Germany

Germany open to Iran-style North Korea talks: Merkel

Germany would lend its weight to a diplomatic push to end North Korean nuclear weapons and missile development along the lines of a past deal with Iran, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.

Floods kill at least six as storms thrash Italy
Italy

Floods kill at least six as storms thrash Italy

UPDATED: At least six people have died in violent rainstorms sweeping across Italy on Sunday, with the Tuscan city of Livorno taking the brunt of the flooding, fire services said.

Blasted by Hurricane Irma, French Caribbean spared by Jose
France

Blasted by Hurricane Irma, French Caribbean spared by Jose

Hurricane Jose had "markedly less" of an impact on Saint Martin and Saint Barts than anticipated, France's meteorological agency said on Sunday.

France’s Le Pen ‘determined’ to revitalise far right
France

France’s Le Pen ‘determined’ to revitalise far right

Back from summer holidays, France's far-right leader said on Saturday that she has "a great determination and a burning sense of duty" to revitalise her movement.

Catalan leader vows to see through independence bid
Spain

Catalan leader vows to see through independence bid

The president of Spain's Catalonia region on Saturday vowed to press ahead with an independence referendum, that Madrid insists would be illegal, calling for mass demonstrations next week in support of a split.

Historic Vuelta triumph cements Froome’s legacy
Spain

Historic Vuelta triumph cements Froome’s legacy

Chris Froome believes he has secured his status as one of cycling's all-time greats as he stands on the brink of a historic Tour de France-Vuelta a Espana double.

German aid to migrants creating ‘pull effect’: minister
Germany

German aid to migrants creating ‘pull effect’: minister

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned Saturday that Berlin's generous offer of benefits for asylum seekers was a siren call for migrants.

Turkey says citizens face ‘racist treatment’ in Germany
Germany

Turkey says citizens face ‘racist treatment’ in Germany

Turkey on Saturday asked citizens to be "cautious" in Germany and stay away from political gatherings ahead of this month's election, as tensions ratcheted between the Nato allies.