Oxford professor denies sexual misconduct with minors in Geneva
Switzerland

Oxford professor denies sexual misconduct with minors in Geneva

The prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan on Monday rejected allegations of sexual misconduct with minors while he was teaching in Geneva decades ago, which have been published in Swiss media.

Sicily vote: Berlusconi rises again with a narrow win projected for centre-right
Italy

Sicily vote: Berlusconi rises again with a narrow win projected for centre-right

With counting still underway after Sunday's vote, two projections by pollsters for Italian television stations pointed to the Berlusconi-backed candidate, Nello Musumeci, winning the populous island's presidency with respectively 38 percent and 39.8 percent of votes cast.

November rain: gloomy weather expected across Germany this week
Germany

November rain: gloomy weather expected across Germany this week

The weather is set to be distinctly cloudy and damp for the next few days, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

Norwegian authorities still investigating ‘over 60 cases’ related to Panama Papers
Norway

Norwegian authorities still investigating ‘over 60 cases’ related to Panama Papers

The Norwegian Tax Administration (Skattedirektoratet) is a long way from completing its investigations into information leaked from Panama law firm Mossack and Fonseca.

Police end hostage situation in Bavaria after hours-long stand off
Germany

Police end hostage situation in Bavaria after hours-long stand off

A young man barricaded himself inside a youth welfare office on Monday morning after taking an employee hostage. Special forces ended the situation several hours later without anyone sustaining serious injury.

Why a Danish ‘bloodbath’ is coming back to Stockholm, almost 500 years later

Why a Danish ‘bloodbath’ is coming back to Stockholm, almost 500 years later

"The bloodiest, most terrifying day in Stockholm's history" is being relived in a new play.

White truffle prices reach an all-time high in Italy
Italy

White truffle prices reach an all-time high in Italy

A summer of heatwaves coupled with drought is to blame for the price increase.

Here’s how foreigners can vote in Denmark’s municipal and regional elections
Denmark

Here’s how foreigners can vote in Denmark’s municipal and regional elections

Want to take part in Danish democracy in municipal and regional elections on November 21st? We’ve got you covered with all the practical info you need.

Sacked Catalan president accuses Spain of being undemocratic
Spain

Sacked Catalan president accuses Spain of being undemocratic

Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Monday denounced Spain as an undemocratic country that "unjustly" jailed his colleagues, his first reaction since he was freed on bail in Belgium.

Life in the Paris suburbs: What it’s really like living beyond the périphérique
France

Life in the Paris suburbs: What it’s really like living beyond the périphérique

Yes, there is life in the banlieues.

‘A snap election would be a catastrophe’, Merkel ally warns
Germany

‘A snap election would be a catastrophe’, Merkel ally warns

With coalition talks bogged down in a war of words between the negotiating parties, a senior member of the Christian Democrats (CDU) has warned that failure is not an option.

Charlie Hebdo gets fresh death threats over cartoon of Islamic scholar with erection
France

Charlie Hebdo gets fresh death threats over cartoon of Islamic scholar with erection

The French satirical weekly received fresh death threats over a cartoon of the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan who faces rape allegations.

Swedish newspaper victim of fake news story about ‘Somali rapist’
Sweden

Swedish newspaper victim of fake news story about ‘Somali rapist’

"It was very believable. I think this is very, very worrying."

Norwegian man jailed for buying child-like sex doll
Norway

Norwegian man jailed for buying child-like sex doll

A Norwegian court on Friday handed down a six-month jail sentence to a man who bought a child-like sex doll online, the first such case in the Nordic country.

Owner of historic French Alps inn wins top food award
France

Owner of historic French Alps inn wins top food award

Top French food prize goes to an inn on the shores of Lake Annecy.

Former Uefa executive missing for more than two weeks
Switzerland

Former Uefa executive missing for more than two weeks

The wife of Bernard Ross, a former TV executive at European football body Uefa in Nyon, is appealing for help to find her husband after he went missing more than two weeks ago.

Danish homeowners face costs of surge in rat attacks
Denmark

Danish homeowners face costs of surge in rat attacks

Rats are an increasing problem for homes around Denmark.

Italy wiretaps bill could aid mafia and harm press freedom, critics say
Italy

Italy wiretaps bill could aid mafia and harm press freedom, critics say

A contested wire-tapping bill in Italy risks landing journalists in jail for up to three years and could see mafia-related crimes go undetected, critics said on Sunday.

Sweden’s big cities predicted to have coldest winter in five years
Sweden

Sweden’s big cities predicted to have coldest winter in five years

People in the north of the country may wonder what all the fuss is about.

Growing veg and staying in: How Brits in France are hit by falling pound
France

Growing veg and staying in: How Brits in France are hit by falling pound

Brits in France have had to resort to growing their own vegetables, staying in and cutting out trips back home due to the fall in the exchange rate since the Brexit referendum.

Chinese tourists tear gassed and robbed at hotel near Paris
France

Chinese tourists tear gassed and robbed at hotel near Paris

The incident has sparked fresh fears over the safety of tourists.

Working in France: The French job speak you need to know
France

Working in France: The French job speak you need to know

French working life comes with a whole glossary of work terms (and acronyms) that you never learned at language school. Here's what you need to know.

The first snow of the winter has fallen in Italy
Italy

The first snow of the winter has fallen in Italy

Italy's Indian summer appears to have come to an end with widespread rain and wind over the weekend -- and the first snow of the season in the mountains.

Attacks on refugee homes still taking place almost daily: report
Germany

Attacks on refugee homes still taking place almost daily: report

The number of attacks on refugee homes has dropped sharply since the height of the refugee crisis. But so far this year crimes have included arson and the detonation of explosives.

Arachnophobe calls police to deal with spider in Chur home
Switzerland

Arachnophobe calls police to deal with spider in Chur home

A woman with a phobia of spiders hit the headlines after calling out police to her apartment in the eastern Swiss town of Chur on Saturday night to deal with something not usually considered worthy of police time – the discovery of a large eight-legged arachnid in her bedroom.

Ousted Catalan leader freed on bail in Belgium
Spain

Ousted Catalan leader freed on bail in Belgium

A Belgian judge released Catalonia's sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four ex-ministers with conditions on Sunday after Spain issued an EU warrant for their arrest, prosecutors said.

Paris fairground workers block traffic over decision to cancel Christmas market
France

Paris fairground workers block traffic over decision to cancel Christmas market

Fairground workers provoke traffic chaos around Paris.

Veneto factory worker triumphs in first ever Tiramisu World Cup
Italy

Veneto factory worker triumphs in first ever Tiramisu World Cup

An Italian factory worker won the first ever Tiramisu World Cup on Sunday, beating 700 other amateurs to whip up the softest and creamiest version of Italy's famous dessert.

Centre-right leads in Sicily regional vote: exit polls
Italy

Centre-right leads in Sicily regional vote: exit polls

Vote-counting is underway in Sicily, where it looks like the right has triumphed over Italy's populists and the divided left.

Snowfall ends Switzerland’s Indian summer
Switzerland

Snowfall ends Switzerland’s Indian summer

Distinctly chilly temperatures brought the mild, sunny autumn to an end over the weekend, with snow falling in the Alps and down to 600m altitude in some parts of the country on Sunday night.

Psychiatric patient convicted of killing ex-girlfriend
Sweden

Psychiatric patient convicted of killing ex-girlfriend

A 29-year-old man stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death while on leave from a psychiatric clinic.

Louvre Abu Dhabi gears up for launch
France

Louvre Abu Dhabi gears up for launch

For the next 10 years, 13 of France's top museums will lend works to the UAE at their discretion and for a maximum of two years each.

Swedes hit out at tax avoidance exposed in Paradise Papers leak
Sweden

Swedes hit out at tax avoidance exposed in Paradise Papers leak

The chairman of Sweden's largest business federation has backtracked on controversial comments about Sweden's "high taxes".

One foot in Sweden, another in Denmark: Living life on both sides of the bridge
Sweden

One foot in Sweden, another in Denmark: Living life on both sides of the bridge

Divya Sharma moved from India to Sweden in 2013, but like many in the south of the country, her work takes place in Denmark. She describes how it feels living life on both sides of the bridge.