Rouble rallies despite crisis warning

Russia's former finance minister warns the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 9:50 am

Catalan leader probed over vote

Catalonia's President Artur Mas is placed under formal investigation for his role in the Spanish region's unofficial vote on independence.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 9:34 am

Driver attacks French pedestrians

A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 8:59 am

Pope Francis deplores Vatican 'ills'

The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 8:54 am

Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain

A massive €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes brings joy to thousands in Spain's famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) lottery.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 8:45 am

Hack causes 'damage' at steel works

A blast furnace at a German steel mill suffered "massive damage" following a cyber attack on the plant's network, says a report.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 7:01 am

VIDEO: Man who missed out on biggest jackpot

On the day the draw for the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo, takes place in Madrid with total prize pool of €2.5 billion ($3bn) the BBC speaks to the man who missed out.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 6:43 am

Solstice crowd gathers at Stonehenge

More than 1,000 people meet at Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 4:51 am

Spanish princess to face fraud trial

The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's dealings.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 4:40 am

Fifa holds secret talks with Blatter

Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 12:55 am

Austrian crooner Udo Juergens dies

Udo Juergens, one of the best-known pop stars in the German-speaking world and winner of Eurovision in 1966, dies at the age of 80.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 11:41 pm

Germany wants more women in boardroom

Germany's drive to promote more women in business

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 8:23 pm

The mystery of Chopin's death

His pickled heart has provided scientists with few answers

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 7:13 pm

VIDEO: Romania's president sworn in

Romania's parliament is swearing the country's new president, the pro-Western Klaus Iohannis.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 9:31 am

How German Christmas markets came to the UK

How German markets have exploded across the UK

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 4:04 am

VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David

The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 12:40 am

VIDEO: Knife attacker is shot dead in France

A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 12:36 am

'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot in France

Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 4:56 pm

VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well'

Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 11:19 am

Hacker wars in the Ukraine conflict

Virtual battle for eastern Ukraine

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:25 pm

How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs

How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs - in one night

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:19 pm

Belarus moves to protect currency

Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 12:03 pm

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:36 am

VIDEO: What do Germans think of migration?

Germany has more immigrants than the UK and also has divided opinions on migrants heading there.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:13 am

VIDEO: European political week in 60 seconds

Highlights of the European political week include a new EU budget and road tolls for foreigners on German roads.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 5:38 am