Italy is facing political gridlock, while Europe contemplates the political and economic consequences of Italian voters ousting the country's internationally popular technocrat prime minister in favor of candidates who vow an end to austerity and more benefits for all Italians.
Bulgaria's church has long been an important cultural and moral center for the country. And over the weekend, for the first time in centuries, the new leader was chosen without government influence. But still, because of decades of political input, the new patriarch assumes office with a bit of uncertainty around him.
In Spain, a loaf of bread has typically cost a euro. But times are tough there, and one baker in the Valencia region decided to slash the price to just 20 euro cents. In so doing, he's upended the system, and captured a whole bunch of new customers at the same time.
Father Ramon Borr decided his Spanish church wasn't quite as lively as he wanted. So he found a couple of graffiti artists and told them to liven things up. And he didn't just give them a hidden wall -- he gave them the dome over the altar as their canvas, perhaps the most prominent place in the church.
Scientists, naturalists finding increasingly large number of undiscovered species in unexpected place
Europe has a long history of searching for and cataloging its indigenous species. But, surprisingly, a number of species still went undiscovered. Now, there's a renewed effort to find the insects and other small creatures previously unknown — before humans unknowingly force them into extinction.
There's an emerging scandal, or scandal, around horse meat across Europe. In some cases, inedible horses not fit for human consumption were passed into the food chain. In another, horse meat was passed off as ground beef -- tricking consumers.
The majority of Catholics around the world now live in Latin America and Africa, and those are the places where the church is still growing. Now, those Catholics in the developing world outnumber the Catholics from Europe. And still, the Catholic Church has never had a non-European Pope. Will that change?
Ireland has targeted drunken driving in recent years, tightening restrictions and beefing up penalties. But a group of pub operators say those tighter laws are cutting into their profits, and they're seeking help from local government to create a system that authorizes drunken driving on rural roads.
Hungary's not a country you associate with coast lines. And for good reason. It's land-locked. But a new surf rock band is bringing a new type of sound to the country's culture -- and it's decidedly less dreary than usual.
Switzerland is often held up by gun rights advocates as a model of what the United States could be with the right gun laws. But many in Switzerland say, not so fast. They point to already tightened restrictions and a, crucially, a healthcare safety net that lets fewer people go witout treatment.