Greek voters threw out the most prominent political parties, the two parties that have backed austerity measures, in favor of far-right and far-left politicians who promised an end to EU-mandated budget cuts and tax increases. But there's no indication anyone will be able to form a government.
The trial of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who is accused of trying to start a race war by massacring dozens at a political party youth conference, has faded from the headlines as it marches onward. But for Norwegians, the questions it raised are still bold. They're trying to find their way forward amidst uncomfortable questions.
Francois Hollande will be the next president of France, the winner of a run-off election on Sunday between himself and Nicholas Sarkozy. Hollande, a Socialist, has promised to rollback, or at least modify, the austerity measures championed by his predecessor.
Scotland plans to harness its high wind concentration as a renewable energy source with wind turbines. Wind turbines have often been criticized as ugly and loud, but now they're being called potentially harmful to the environment. That's because wind turbines have been releasing carbon stored in peat bogs into Scotland's atmosphere.
In the United Kingdom, the city of Gloucester has a tradition of presenting a pie to the king or queen. But this isn't just any pie, it's a pie made with lamprey. Unfortunately, lamprey were fished nearly to death in the U.K. and are a protected species now. So Gloucester has to look to the former colonies to get the pie's key ingredient.
London residents are being asked to give blood, ride their bikes and make deliveries in the dead of night, just some of the inconveniences they're being asked to consider as the city tries to prepare for the upcoming Summer Olympics. Keep calm and carry on, as they say.
The Netherlands is one of the richest and strongest economies in the euro zone. But, in recent months, the country has dipped back into recession as it tries to shave nearly $20 billion from its budget. It's forced some people living on the margins to seek assistance.
The Netherlands is moving to ban foreigners from the coffee shops that have become famous for selling legal marijuana. Locals will still be able to visit, but a court on Friday approved a national ban on outsiders being served in the cafes. Some government officials and shopkeepers, however, are upset by the new ban.
Across the European continent, there's a growing belief that austerity is killing those country's future, and it's growth, not spending cuts, that is needed to turn things around. But there's a tension between the need to balance the budget and the desire to grow.
The European Space Agency this week is expected to begin formal and final preparations to launch the Solar Orbiter space probe, which will be launched toward the sun in about five years, orbiting within the orbit of Mercury. It'll be the closest trip to the sun by any Earth-launched space probe and is expected to provide vast amounts of new data.