Danish justice minister involved in multiple-vehicle motorway accident
Denmark

Danish justice minister involved in multiple-vehicle motorway accident

Minister of Justice Søren Pape Poulsen’s car was hit from behind in a multiple-car collision on the E20 motorway on Friday afternoon.

27-year-old sentenced for ‘liquidation’ of Danish police officer
Denmark

27-year-old sentenced for ‘liquidation’ of Danish police officer

A court in Denmark has given a prison sentence to a man who shot dead a police officer in December last year.

France to bring back old thyroid drug after thousands complain over new formula
France

France to bring back old thyroid drug after thousands complain over new formula

An old version of a thyroid medication will be reintroduced in France after thousands complained of serious side effects from a new formula, the government said Friday.

ECB fines rescued Italian bank €11.2 million
Italy

ECB fines rescued Italian bank €11.2 million

The European Central Bank has fined an Italian bank in the throes of a state rescue for breaking rules on risk and disclosing information, the Frankfurt institution said on Friday.

Court asks if donkey at fault for mistaking orange sports car for carrot
Germany

Court asks if donkey at fault for mistaking orange sports car for carrot

A court case has been in session in Gießen this week over a rather unusual dispute: a hungry donkey, a bright orange Mclaren sports car and thousands of euros of damage.

French researchers win ‘funny Nobel’ for investigating whether cats are both solid and liquid
France

French researchers win ‘funny Nobel’ for investigating whether cats are both solid and liquid

Can cats be both solid and liquid? A French researcher who delved into this conundrum has been honoured with an Ig Nobel prize - an alternative award honouring research that 'first makes people laugh, then makes them think'.

Macron withdraws legal complaint against press photographer who ‘harassed’ him on holiday
France

Macron withdraws legal complaint against press photographer who ‘harassed’ him on holiday

Is this a sign that the French president is attempting a rapprochement with the press?

Norwegian reindeer hunters find 1,100 year-old Viking sword
Norway

Norwegian reindeer hunters find 1,100 year-old Viking sword

Reindeer hunters in Norway’s Oppland county have created excitement amongst experts at home and abroad after discovering a Viking sword thought to be from around 850-950 CE.

Cleaning lady takes anger out on Merkel over meagre pension
Germany

Cleaning lady takes anger out on Merkel over meagre pension

During a meet-the-voter TV show on Thursday night, a cleaning lady asked Chancellor Angela Merkel a question that raised the issue of old-age poverty - leaving her struggling to come up with an answer.

Northern League leader lashes out over frozen bank accounts
Italy

Northern League leader lashes out over frozen bank accounts

The leader of the far-right Northern League has accused magistrates of trying to derail the party ahead of general elections after a Genoa court froze several of its bank accounts.

Questions raised over the details of Sweden’s ‘man-free’ music festival
Sweden

Questions raised over the details of Sweden’s ‘man-free’ music festival

The organizers behind Sweden's Statement Festival are facing questions over how they will define and enforce their "man free" policy.

Here’s how to make the most of Munich outside of Oktoberfest
Germany

Here’s how to make the most of Munich outside of Oktoberfest

With the world's biggest beer festival just around the corner, it's easy to forget what else the city of Munich has to offer, aside from endless beer tents.

AfD breaks new taboo, claiming Germany should be proud of WWII achievements
Germany

AfD breaks new taboo, claiming Germany should be proud of WWII achievements

German politicians voiced outrage Friday after a leader of the right-wing populist AfD party said Germany should be proud of its soldiers who fought in two world wars.

Prostitutes’ customers in Florence face jail and fines
Italy

Prostitutes’ customers in Florence face jail and fines

Men caught asking for sex in exchange for money in Florence risk up to three months in jail or a fine of up to €206.

Doctors’ visits are about to get more expensive in France
France

Doctors’ visits are about to get more expensive in France

Certain types of medical consultations are about to get pricier in France, with the change in tariff coming into effect from the start of November.

Knife-wielding man attacks soldier in Paris, no injuries
France

Knife-wielding man attacks soldier in Paris, no injuries

A knife-wielding man attacked a soldier on patrol as part of an anti-terror operation in Paris on Friday but did not cause any injuries, police said.

State-wide manhunt in southern Germany after man fatally shoots three
Germany

State-wide manhunt in southern Germany after man fatally shoots three

A large-scale police operation was underway in Baden-Württemberg on Friday morning, as police hunt a man they believe shot his son and two adult friends.

German budget airline pilots secretly filmed stewardesses having sex: report
Germany

German budget airline pilots secretly filmed stewardesses having sex: report

Pilots at Condor airline allegedly secretly filmed and photographed stewardesses having sex in and outside airplanes, according to a German media report.

In pictures: The book showing Donald Trump what really happened ‘last night in Sweden’
Sweden

In pictures: The book showing Donald Trump what really happened ‘last night in Sweden’

The finished product from a photo project crowdfunded by a publisher in response to Donald Trump's "last night in Sweden" comments has been released, with the collection of images detailing the reality of Swedish life across the country.

Spanish researchers awarded ‘funny Nobel’ for discovery that babies ‘sing and dance’ in womb
Spain

Spanish researchers awarded ‘funny Nobel’ for discovery that babies ‘sing and dance’ in womb

Researchers from Spain were among the 2017 recipients of the Ig Nobel peace prize for discovering that babies sing and dance in the womb when sound is piped in through “a musical tampon”

These are the German cities where you spend the most of your salary on rent
Germany

These are the German cities where you spend the most of your salary on rent

Countless studies have been done on the most expensive cities in Germany for rents. But, given stark differences in salaries across the country, a new report provides more interesting insights.

Understanding Sweden’s church elections
Sweden

Understanding Sweden’s church elections

Did you know Sweden is holding church elections this weekend? SI News takes a closer look at this odd mix of politics and faith in secular Sweden.

French theatres prepare to break taboo by showing ads before the curtain rises
France

French theatres prepare to break taboo by showing ads before the curtain rises

'The idea is not to irritate theatregoers but to give them something to watch while they wait for the play to start.'

Swedish PM survives no-confidence vote by wide margin
Sweden

Swedish PM survives no-confidence vote by wide margin

Sweden's Prime Minister had an attempted motion of no-confidence against him voted down by a wide margin as the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats failed in their push to oust Stefan Löfven.

A French reporter jailed in Turkey will be freed, his lawyers say
France

A French reporter jailed in Turkey will be freed, his lawyers say

French reporter Loup Bureau has been held in Turkey for seven weeks.

France: Awestruck scientists discover ‘totally unexpected’ blue champagne cloud
France

France: Awestruck scientists discover ‘totally unexpected’ blue champagne cloud

'We observed a bluish cloud that was totally unexpected,' said a professor of bubbles and foam in France's Champagne region.

Denmark makes bridge one metre too short
Denmark

Denmark makes bridge one metre too short

Authorities do not expect the opening ceremony of a bridge over a canal in western Jutland to be delayed, even though the concrete connection was delivered a metre too short.

Scandal and crisis: catching up on Swedish politics
Sweden

Scandal and crisis: catching up on Swedish politics

With Sweden’s next general elections only a year away, SI News bring you up to speed on Swedish politics following an unusually eventful summer.

Italy ‘still committed’ to bill on citizenship rights for migrant children
Italy

Italy ‘still committed’ to bill on citizenship rights for migrant children

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said the government is still committed to a bill that would grant citizenship rights to children born to migrant parents.

Spanish PM due in Catalonia after fresh separatist challenge
Spain

Spanish PM due in Catalonia after fresh separatist challenge

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was poised Friday to venture into separatist territory, due in Barcelona fresh from yet another challenge by Catalonia's pro-independence leaders who launched their campaign for a referendum.

Zurich researchers win ‘funny Nobel’ for discovery that didgeridoo playing can prevent snoring
Switzerland

Zurich researchers win ‘funny Nobel’ for discovery that didgeridoo playing can prevent snoring

Researchers from Zurich were among the 2017 recipients of the Ig Nobel peace prize on Thursday.

14-year-old charged with starting nearly 20 wildfires in southern France
France

14-year-old charged with starting nearly 20 wildfires in southern France

One of the blazes left thousands of passengers stuck in train stations.

Want to buy up a bust German airline? Today’s your last chance
Germany

Want to buy up a bust German airline? Today’s your last chance

Friday brings a moment of truth for bankrupt Air Berlin, as a raucous bidding war closes that could see Germany's second-largest airline broken down for parts amid wildcat strikes by pilots.

Timeline: How jihadists have targeted soldiers and police in France
France

Timeline: How jihadists have targeted soldiers and police in France

A knife-wielding man attacking a soldier on patrol at Chatelet metro station in Paris is believed to have been the latest in a string of terror incidents targeting police and soldiers in France.

Italy, Greece guarded on Juncker’s finance minister plan
Italy

Italy, Greece guarded on Juncker’s finance minister plan

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, speaking at a Greek-Italian cooperation summit, said his country had been in favour of such a project for years.

The AfD man hoping to give Merkel a bloody nose on her own turf
Germany

The AfD man hoping to give Merkel a bloody nose on her own turf

Leif-Erik Holm of Germany's right-wing populist AfD party cultivates a radio DJ's smooth, soothing voice, sports fashionable chin stubble and crisp dress shirts, and has one goal this month: ousting Angela Merkel.

Why Austria’s ‘wonder boy’ Sebastian Kurz is on course to win election
Austria

Why Austria’s ‘wonder boy’ Sebastian Kurz is on course to win election

Tall, tanned and only 31, Austria's rising political star Sebastian Kurz oozed confidence as he strode to blaring pop music into Graz's main square -- seemingly with good reason.

EU appeals to Norway, others to increase quota refugee intake
Norway

EU appeals to Norway, others to increase quota refugee intake

The EU’s immigration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos has asked Norwegian immigration minister Sylvi Listhaug to be “as ambitious as possible” in regard to accepting EU-designated quota refugees.

Bern police hunt for missing 14-year-old girl
Switzerland

Bern police hunt for missing 14-year-old girl

Police in Bern are still looking for a 14-year-old girl who went missing on Wednesday.

How Spain became the world leader in organ transplants
Spain

How Spain became the world leader in organ transplants

Spain has been the world leader in organ donation for the last 25 years and in 2016 it broke its own record for the number of transplants carried out. But how has Spain done it?

Chickens run for it: 1,000 birds escape truck without the driver noticing
Sweden

Chickens run for it: 1,000 birds escape truck without the driver noticing

At least 1,000 chickens fell off a truck in southern Sweden.

Police rescue teenage girl sold into ‘probable slavery’ by father in Florence
Italy

Police rescue teenage girl sold into ‘probable slavery’ by father in Florence

The girl was just 13 when her father 'sold' her for €15,000.

E6 motorway closed after suspicious object found
Sweden

E6 motorway closed after suspicious object found

The E6 motorway in southern Sweden was closed in both directions on Friday morning after police discovered a potentially explosive object in a car.

Swedish politician: ‘I was raped at knifepoint’
Sweden

Swedish politician: ‘I was raped at knifepoint’

Police are investigating after a Left Party politician said he was attacked and raped because of his political beliefs.

How to make Swedish apple tart with cardamom
Sweden

How to make Swedish apple tart with cardamom

It's apple season in Sweden, and there are few things better than this apple tart with one of Swedes' favourite spices.