BBC : Europe (45)

Tractor driver destroys six speed cameras on Germany rampage

Police say the 63-year-old caused thousands of euros worth of damage and they don't yet know why.

German protest over Nazi toy soldiers on Amazon

A German father petitions against the sale of Lego-style soldiers in Nazi uniforms.

French ex-minister Georges Tron face trial for rape

He and a woman are accused of assaulting employees after inviting them for foot massages.

Austria gas plant burns after deadly explosion

A blast at Baumgarten - a major gas hub - kills one and injures at least 18.

Westfield shopping centres bought in $25bn deal

French property firm Unibail-Rodamco hopes to launch Westfield shopping centres in new markets.

Michael Gove: I'll make Brexit work for animals too

The environment secretary publishes legislation to recognise animal feelings in UK law.

EU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says Amnesty

Human rights group Amnesty says the EU is actively supporting authorities who work with gangs.

Europe snow triggers transport chaos

Hundreds of flights are cancelled in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Bid to scrap Austria May 2018 smoking ban

Parties expected to form a coalition agree that a planned full ban in restaurants should be dropped.

Spain orders removal of art work from Catalonia

The operation to seize dozens of medieval items follows a lengthy ownership battle.

Passenger ferry runs aground on sandbank in Calais in storm

There were no reports of injuries when the vessel ran aground with hundreds of people aboard.

Swedish boxer in coma after brain surgery

Swedish boxer Erik Skoglund is in a "serious yet stable condition" after having surgery for a bleed on the brain, his promoters have said.

Unhappy voters 'can change Brexit deal'

People who "dislike the arrangement" can change it at the ballot box, says the environment secretary.

Saakashvili: Ex-Georgia leader detained by police in Kiev

Mikheil Saakashvili's detention comes days after he was freed from police custody by his supporters.

Polish judicial reforms approved by lower house

Critics say the controversial bills would increase the ruling party's control over the judiciary.

Instagram 'bomb threat': German police arrest Afghan asylum seeker

A 19-year-old Afghan asylum seeker said the picture of a Christmas market with bombs superimposed was a "joke".

Gold trader reports death threats in US

Reza Zarrab, a key witness in an Iran sanctions trial, says he was moved into the custody of the FBI.

Lord's Prayer: Pope Francis calls for change

The head of the Catholic Church calls for a better translation of a phrase about temptation.

Brexit talks: Tusk says hardest negotiations are ahead

The president of the European Council has said more clarity is needed in how Britain sees its future relationship with the EU.

Iran sanctions case witness Reza Zarrab says cellmate made death threats

Reza Zarrab, a key witness in an Iran sanctions trial, says he was moved into the custody of the FBI.

Polish PM Beata Szydlo replaced by finance minister

She is replaced by Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after weeks of speculation.

EU to sue Poland, Hungary and Czechs for refusing refugee quotas

Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are taken to the European Court of Justice over migrant quotas.

Italian man 'poisoned family members after joining cult'

He has confessed to using thallium to kill his grandparents and aunt, Italian prosecutors say.

Germany: SPD agrees to talks to end coalition impasse

The SPD's leader had ruled out going in to coalition after his party's worst results in six decades.

Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win fifth award

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo joins Lionel Messi on five Ballon d'Or awards by winning the 2017 title.

Naples pizza-twirling gets Unesco world heritage status

The traditional Neapolitan pizza-making art is recognised as a unique cultural tradition.

Prince Charles bomb plot: Real IRA leader jailed

Dissident republican jailed for more than 11 years for plotting attack during prince's visit to Ireland.

Ministers 'absolutely optimistic' of Brexit border deal

The government is seeking to get agreement on a post-Brexit plan for Northern Ireland's border.

Hungarian MEP charged with spying on EU for Russia

Prosecutors say Bela Kovacs was engaged in espionage for a foreign state, namely Russia.

Hungarian MEP charged with spying on EU for Russia

Bela Kovacs says the charges are "deliberately timed" ahead of Hungarian elections next year.

Brussels unveils plan to reform eurozone

The proposals include the creation of a monetary fund based on the existing bailout mechanism.

Johnny Hallyday: French rock star dies at 74

"He carved himself into the lives of French people," French president Emmanuel Macron said.

Russian doping: IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee bans Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

'Dozens injured' in German train collision

About 50 people injured as passenger train collides with goods train in western Germany, police say

Austrian Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court say current rules on marriage and civil partnerships are discriminatory.

Macron warning over US shift on Jerusalem

France is the latest nation to warn Donald Trump against recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Spain Catalonia: Four top separatists to stay in jail

A Madrid judge releases six Catalan separatist politicians but two others must stay behind bars.

Greta Garbo: Letters reveal solitary life of Hollywood star

The Hollywood actress says she was "almost always alone" in letters to be auctioned in London.

Leo Varadkar: 'We need firm guarantees on no hard border'

Leo Varadkar says UK had agreed a form of words on border, and Ireland is disappointed at lack of deal.

UK and EU fail to strike Brexit talks deal

Talks understood to have broken down after the DUP refuses to accept Irish border concession.

'Progress on deal' ahead of May-Juncker Brexit talks

It is thought progress on the "divorce bill" and citizens' rights have been made but not on Ireland.

Spain Catalonia: Four separatist politicians to stay in jail

A Madrid judge releases six Catalan separatist politicians but two must stay behind bars.

Malta arrests eight over Caruana Galizia car bomb murder

Prominent blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a bomb attack which shocked the nation.

Ireland has 'no desire' to delay Brexit - deputy PM

Deputy PM Simon Coveney warns that the whole island is "uniquely vulnerable" to a bad deal.

UK social mobility board quits in protest

Chairman Alan Milburn criticises the government, which says it had decided not to renew his term.