Watch: Elderly Swedish shopper totally undeterred by neo-Nazis
Sweden

Watch: Elderly Swedish shopper totally undeterred by neo-Nazis

A Swedish woman in her 80s has become an unlikely social media hero after a video showed the octogenarian ploughing her shopping cart through a group of neo-Nazis.

ANALYSIS: Spanish government crushes Catalan independence dreams – at a high price
Spain

ANALYSIS: Spanish government crushes Catalan independence dreams – at a high price

The referendum-that-wasn’t may be over, but the stakes remain high.

WWII bomb forces evacuation of 10,000 in Berlin
Germany

WWII bomb forces evacuation of 10,000 in Berlin

About 10,000 people in Berlin were forced to leave their homes on Monday as bomb disposal units prepared to defuse an unexploded World War II bomb.

North German court rules bread rolls and coffee don’t constitute breakfast: report
Germany

North German court rules bread rolls and coffee don’t constitute breakfast: report

According to a court judgement in North Rhine-Westphalia published on Monday, bread rolls and coffee aren’t considered a complete breakfast and therefore not subject to taxation.

Man’s Jack Daniel’s flag mistaken for Isis propaganda by neighbour in Zurich
Switzerland

Man’s Jack Daniel’s flag mistaken for Isis propaganda by neighbour in Zurich

A 29-year-old Zurich resident hung the flag of the famous Tennessee-based whiskey on his roof. His neighbours however, thinking it was something else, allegedly accused him of being linked to Islamic extremism.

Police called to evacuate school near Zurich after dozens of children report breathing problems
Switzerland

Police called to evacuate school near Zurich after dozens of children report breathing problems

Lindenbuel school in Volketswil was evacuated on Monday October 2nd by police after teachers reported that several children were suffering from respiratory problems.

Psychiatric patients in Norway given electro therapy without consent: report
Norway

Psychiatric patients in Norway given electro therapy without consent: report

At least 40 patients at Norwegian psychiatric treatment units have been treated with electric therapy over the last three years without giving consent, a report has revealed.

Geneva voted Europe’s Leading City Break Destination at prestigious WTA ceremony
Switzerland

Geneva voted Europe’s Leading City Break Destination at prestigious WTA ceremony

The city took home the 2017 accolade, completing a hat trick of awards in the last four years.

VIDEO: The story of the inventor whose Eiffel Tower jump went horribly wrong
France

VIDEO: The story of the inventor whose Eiffel Tower jump went horribly wrong

This is the story of Franz Reichelt a tailor who, in 1912, jumped off the Eiffel Tower to test a wearable parachute he had invented. But his test went horribly wrong.

Danish foreign minister ‘concerned’ but stops short of condemning Catalonia violence
Denmark

Danish foreign minister ‘concerned’ but stops short of condemning Catalonia violence

Denmark’s foreign minister Anders Samuelsen declined to criticise Spanish authorities over reported violence in connection with Catalonia’s independence referendum.

Rent for student housing across Germany has skyrocketed, survey shows
Germany

Rent for student housing across Germany has skyrocketed, survey shows

The cost of rent for students in Germany is getting more and more expensive.

Nobel Literature Prize to be announced later this week
Sweden

Nobel Literature Prize to be announced later this week

The Swedish Academy has set the date for the announcement of this year's winner of the Nobel Literature Prize.

Juventus coach warns video refereeing is damaging football
Italy

Juventus coach warns video refereeing is damaging football

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri fears the use of video refereeing is turning football into a long-drawn out American sports extravaganza after the Serie A champions drew 2-2 at Atalanta.

Italian woman dies ‘from inhalation of pigeon poo’
Italy

Italian woman dies ‘from inhalation of pigeon poo’

An Italian woman has died from poisoning believed to have been caused by inhaling fumes from pigeon excrement, according to local media reports.

Marseille attacker released by police day before stabbing rampage
France

Marseille attacker released by police day before stabbing rampage

The attacker was released after being arrested fo shoplifting in Lyon days before the double murder in Marseille.

UN calls on Spain to probe referendum violence
Spain

UN calls on Spain to probe referendum violence

The UN human rights chief said he was disturbed by the violence during a police crackdown on the banned independence referendum in the Spanish region of Catalonia and urged Madrid to investigate any possible misconduct.

Brexit: US bank Citigroup ‘seeks licence in France’
France

Brexit: US bank Citigroup ‘seeks licence in France’

US banking giant Citigroup has requested a licence in France for brokerage activities which it is planning to move out of London after Brexit, a senior executive was quoted as saying by a French business daily Monday.

Five things we learned from the German Bundesliga matches
Germany

Five things we learned from the German Bundesliga matches

Bayern Munich again threw away a two-goal lead in the draw at Hertha Berlin as the Bundesliga giants seek a replacement for fired coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Two young students killed in Marseille knife attack were cousins
France

Two young students killed in Marseille knife attack were cousins

Two young women knifed to death outside Marseille train station on Sunday were cousins.

How this year’s Nobel Prize explains jetlag and your body clock
Sweden

How this year’s Nobel Prize explains jetlag and your body clock

Can a fruit fly get jet lag and why do I feel weird after a switch from summer to winter time?

Study by Swiss bank UBS predicts property bubble in several major cities
Switzerland

Study by Swiss bank UBS predicts property bubble in several major cities

Real estate markets in several major cities are heating up and some face risks of a bubble, with Toronto topping the list, according to a study from Swiss bank UBS released on September 28th.

Madrid vows to ‘do everything’ to stop Catalan independence declaration
Spain

Madrid vows to ‘do everything’ to stop Catalan independence declaration

Spain will do "everything within the law" to prevent Catalonia from declaring independence.

EU urges ‘dialogue’ in Catalan crisis
Spain

EU urges ‘dialogue’ in Catalan crisis

The European Commission on Monday urged all sides in the crisis over Catalonia's banned independence referendum to move "very swiftly" to dialogue.

Spanish press review: From repression to the ‘treachery’ of Catalan police
Spain

Spanish press review: From repression to the ‘treachery’ of Catalan police

Events in Catalonia on Sunday made for some interesting coverage in the Spanish press, with widely divided opinions on what had gone down.

Balzac, Rousseau and Shelley to adorn streets of Neuchâtel
Switzerland

Balzac, Rousseau and Shelley to adorn streets of Neuchâtel

One side of the 240-metre mural project in Neuchâtel will feature some of the world's most famous thinkers and literary figures, from Alexandre Dumas to Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Mary Shelley.

Denmark’s infamous Femøren murderer appeals for release after 33 years
Denmark

Denmark’s infamous Femøren murderer appeals for release after 33 years

In 1984, Yugoslavian Naum Conevski murdered two youths at Femøren on the island of Amager in Copenhagen. The Danish High Court will on Monday begin its assessment of an appeal for his release.

Half of Germans think the country has grown to become one nation: study
Germany

Half of Germans think the country has grown to become one nation: study

Germany celebrates 27 years of reunification on Tuesday. But after almost three decades, only one in every two citizens thinks unity exists between the east and the west, a new survey shows.

Catalan independence referendum: How Italy’s politicians reacted
Italy

Catalan independence referendum: How Italy’s politicians reacted

Italy has two regional referendums of its own scheduled for later this month - so how did Italian politicians react to the scenes in Catalonia on Sunday?

Swiss glaciers lost 3 to 4 percent ice in the last year alone
Switzerland

Swiss glaciers lost 3 to 4 percent ice in the last year alone

The volume of ice in glaciers was heavily reduced during the hydrological year 2016/2017.

Parisians fight for pigeons’ rights as mayor plans to deploy falcons
France

Parisians fight for pigeons’ rights as mayor plans to deploy falcons

Parisians are taking action against a mayor's plans to scare away their pigeons.

How the Monarch Airlines collapse affects passengers flying from Sweden
Sweden

How the Monarch Airlines collapse affects passengers flying from Sweden

Hundreds of thousands of passengers across Europe risked being stranded after Monarch Airlines, which has three routes from Stockholm to the UK, went into administration.

BLOG: American trio win Nobel Prize in Medicine 2017
Sweden

BLOG: American trio win Nobel Prize in Medicine 2017

The winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine have been revealed in Stockholm.

Norway bomb scare teenager avoids terror charge in trial
Norway

Norway bomb scare teenager avoids terror charge in trial

A 17-year-old Russian citizen who caused a bomb scare in Oslo earlier this year will not face terror charges when his trial begins on Monday.

What changes about life in France from October 1st 2017
France

What changes about life in France from October 1st 2017

It's a new month - and that means a slightly new France. Here are the little but potentially important changes.

Germany’s biggest pumpkin weighs in at almost 800 kilos
Germany

Germany’s biggest pumpkin weighs in at almost 800 kilos

At the largest pumpkin festival in the world on Sunday, a Bavarian team became this year’s German champions with a pumpkin that was heavier than them all at 792.5 kilograms.

Who was Alfred Nobel, the Swedish scientist behind the Nobel Prize?
Sweden

Who was Alfred Nobel, the Swedish scientist behind the Nobel Prize?

With the 2018 Nobel Prizes kicking off this week, let's take a closer look at how the will of one man was behind it all.

Money-saving hacks for living in Italy on a budget
Italy

Money-saving hacks for living in Italy on a budget

There are plenty of ways to save money in Italy. Here's a guide to the money-saving hacks that will keep you within your budget.

Why Pope Francis is reviving a long tradition of regional variations in Catholic services
Italy

Why Pope Francis is reviving a long tradition of regional variations in Catholic services

Pope Francis has changed Canon law so that translations of liturgical texts are approved by local bishops' conferences, rather than needing Vatican approval. So why is this important? Joanne M. Pierce, a professor of Religious Studies, explains.

Spain’s Day of Shame: How the world reacts to Catalonia crisis
Spain

Spain’s Day of Shame: How the world reacts to Catalonia crisis

Front pages from around the world showed images of police violence at polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday as Catalans went to vote in a referendum banned by the government of Spain.

General strike called across Catalonia
Spain

General strike called across Catalonia

More than 40 unions and Catalan associations called a region-wide strike for Tuesday, after a major police crackdown on a banned independence referendum.

Four children die in apartment blaze in eastern France
France

Four children die in apartment blaze in eastern France

A deadly fire ripped through a social housing block in the eastern French city of Mulhouse on Sunday night killing five, including four children.

Number of returning Isis fighters drops in Sweden
Sweden

Number of returning Isis fighters drops in Sweden

A terror expert warned however that it isn't the number, but who is returning that is important.

‘We have won the right to an independent state’ insists Catalan leader
Spain

‘We have won the right to an independent state’ insists Catalan leader

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Sunday night that the northeastern Spanish region he governs had "won the right to an independent state" after "millions" turned out to vote in a banned independence referendum.

Sweden’s Moderates elect ‘pragmatic’ new leader
Sweden

Sweden’s Moderates elect ‘pragmatic’ new leader

Ulf Kristersson is tasked with turning the party's fortunes around ahead of the September 2018 general election.

‘I think we’ve gone overboard with trying to keep kids safe’: a Swedish mum’s secret for raising healthy kids
Sweden

‘I think we’ve gone overboard with trying to keep kids safe’: a Swedish mum’s secret for raising healthy kids

Swedish author Linda Åkeson McGurk had moved to the US and felt completely integrated in American society. Until she had a baby, that is...