Soaked western Sweden told to brace for more rain
Sweden

Soaked western Sweden told to brace for more rain

A Friday storm brought heavy rainfall, hail and thunder storms to Götaland and the downpours continued on Saturday.

€1 million cash stash found at home of alleged Italian drugs boss
Italy

€1 million cash stash found at home of alleged Italian drugs boss

Police in the southern Italian city of Bari said on Saturday they had unearthed a cash stash of a suspected local drugs kingpin who hid away around €1 million ($1.2 million) at his home.

As Germany ages, ‘grey vote’ has younger generations worried
Germany

As Germany ages, ‘grey vote’ has younger generations worried

"It's almost like we're putting Germany in a glass jar to preserve it for always, while we are scrimping on the future."

Syngenta chief calls for debate on ‘sustainable agriculture’
Switzerland

Syngenta chief calls for debate on ‘sustainable agriculture’

Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, recently taken over by ChemChina, said there should be a wide-scale debate on what constitutes "sustainable agriculture" in face of a number of current controversies over pesticides.

Nine key pitfalls of Catalonia’s independence referendum
Spain

Nine key pitfalls of Catalonia’s independence referendum

Catalan authorities are racing to stage an independence referendum slated for October 1st which Spain's central government has vowed to stop.

Norway FM Brende named new World Economic Forum president
Norway

Norway FM Brende named new World Economic Forum president

Norway's foreign minister Børge Brende on Friday announced he has been appointed as president of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a foundation that organises a high-level global economy event every year in Davos, Switzerland.

Macron urges lifting of Qatar embargo
France

Macron urges lifting of Qatar embargo

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged the lifting of a Saudi-led embargo on Qatar in effect since June.

Djibril Cissé ‘one million percent’ confident of sex tape exoneration

Djibril Cissé ‘one million percent’ confident of sex tape exoneration

France international Djibril Cissé insisted he's done nothing wrong over the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal in an interview published on Saturday.

Zlatan vows to return better than ever
Sweden

Zlatan vows to return better than ever

Swedish football great Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will surprise many by performing better for Manchester United than he did before suffering a serious knee injury earlier this year.

Germany’s ‘enraged’ hope to shout down Merkel
Germany

Germany’s ‘enraged’ hope to shout down Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel may appear to be cruising to a victory in next week's elections, but her campaign rallies across Germany have been plagued by rowdy protesters who have been jeering, booing and even flinging tomatoes at her.

Paintings of Hitler found in Austrian parliament
Austria

Paintings of Hitler found in Austrian parliament

Pieces of art depicting Adolf Hitler have been found in the bowels of Austria's parliament -- more than 70 years after the Nazi leader's death.

Spain tightens control over Catalan spending as tensions soar
Spain

Spain tightens control over Catalan spending as tensions soar

Spain's central government launched its latest salvo against Catalonia on Friday, tightening control over regional spending and brushing aside a last-ditch separatist demand for dialogue to allow a banned referendum.

Vatican recalls diplomat from US in child porn probe
Italy

Vatican recalls diplomat from US in child porn probe

The Vatican has recalled a priest serving as an envoy in Washington and opened a child pornography investigation after US officials asked the church to lift his diplomatic immunity.

France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe
France

France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire accused US internet giants on Friday of escaping their fair share of taxes in Europe, as he pushed the EU to urgently address the issue.

‘Lively’ investor interest in Air Berlin: CEO
Germany

‘Lively’ investor interest in Air Berlin: CEO

Bidding ended on Friday for bankrupt Air Berlin, after a raucous battle for Germany's second-largest airline that could see the carrier broken down for parts.

German study casts doubt on ‘plastic digesting’ caterpillars
Germany

German study casts doubt on ‘plastic digesting’ caterpillars

Scientists in Germany on Friday cast doubt on the work of colleagues who claimed that plastic bag-eating caterpillars might hold the answer to the planet's growing synthetic waste problem.