Immigration to low unemployment Germany surged to 369,000 last year, with the influx from southern European nations on the rise.
Police arrested 31 people in three countries in a Europe-wide manhunt, after $50 million in uncut gems were stolen at the Brussels airport in February. Jewelers in Belgium are sighing in relief.
Banned baby names were announced in New Zealand today: among them 'V8' and "Number 16 bus shelter." Oh, and there will be no 'Justice' there, either, as our mom who named four kids talks about the struggle to be unique but not cruel.
News that Switzerland is capping residence permits for Western Europeans reached the Monitor's Europe bureau chief as she was having her own intolerable immigration experience.
The e-currency bitcoin spiked and then fell last week, sowing doubts about alternative currencies, whether on the Internet or in local communities. Such experiments need a firm basis of trust.