Nicholas Sarkosy has a tough battle in front of him if he wants to remain in office when the second, runoff round of the presidential elections happens on May 6. His challenger, Francois Hollande, has promised to reverse some of the austerity measures championed by Sarkozy.
Spanish King Juan Carlos is generally popular with his people. On Wednesday, however, he was forced to apologize in the wake of a scandal over an all-expenses-paid hunting trip to Africa, where he shot and killed elephants.
The second day of what is expected to be a 10-week trial for Anders Breivik, the man accused of massacring 77 people in Norway last July, included provocative statements by the defendant. He insists his attack was motivated by goodness, and that he'd do it again.
Rüstem Altinküpe, a practicing Muslim in Germany, has operated a butcher shop in Germany since 1988. He practiced halal slaughter, the form of animal slaughter required by observant Muslims. Germany banned halal slaughter in 1995, but Altinküpe challenged the ban and won in 2002. Still, his butcher shop is idled as Germany bureaucracy throws up more barriers.
In Volos, locals have started to use their own barter-based currency, called TEM. It hasn't replaced the euro but lives alongside it, and local residents say they can't imagine how their economy would function without it.
Iran's controversial nuclear plans continue to raise tensions. Israeli, European, and American leaders have slightly different policies regarding the threat of an armed Iran. The situation could come to a head this weekend when negotiations with Iran resume.
There's a movement afoot in France to build a themepark to rival Walt Disney's Euro-Disney -- and it would feature as its main character Napoleon Bonaparte. The proposed site is about an hour south of Paris in the city of Montreau.
In a closely-watched European court case, an EU human rights court said five terror suspects in the U.K. would not have their human rights violated if they were extradited to the United States. The case was viewed as a sort of referendum on the U.S. criminal justice system.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is hitting the streets this week as the start of formal campaigning has kicked off. His challengers, including Francois Hollande, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melonchon are hoping to make the economy issue number one, while Sarkozy is hoping it's anything but.
Rasquera, population about 3,000, has a budget problem. Roughly $1.5 million in debt from run-of-the-mill infrastructure projects. Like most Spanish communities, the economic downturn and debt crisis has laid it low, but a new plan has emerged, grow marijuana, that could pay off its bills -- if it doesn't split the town in half first.