2015 (MMXV) was a normal year that began on a Thursday in the Gregorian calendar.
Mons (Belgium) and Pilsen (Czech Republic) will be this year's European Capitals of Culture.
The Eurasian Economic Union is formed, deepening cooperation between a number of former Soviet republics.
Lithuania adopts the euro as its currency and thus becomes part of the euro area.
The asteroid 1989FC is located at the closest possible distance from Earth.
January 4 - A hostage drama is staged at a hotel in the American city of Charlotte, North Carolina. 2 people are taken hostage and one is killed.
January 6 - Nearly 160 people are injured when a local train collides with a stationary commuter train in Mesquita, 3.5 km outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
7 th of January
The satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo is attacked and 12 people are killed.
The comet Lovejoy passes the earth and can be seen with the naked eye.
January 9 - The two brothers suspected of the attack on Charlie Hebdo on January 7 take several people hostage in an industrial area in the town of Dammartin-en-Goële northeast of Paris. Thus a massive police force from both the police and the military.
Storm Egon pulled in over Sweden.
Anna Kinberg Batra is elected as the new party leader for the Moderates.
The largest demonstration ever to be held in the square in Paris. One and a half million gather against terrorism.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović wins the presidential election in Croatia. She thus became Croatia's first female president
January 13 - 10 killed and 13 injured when a civilian bus is hit by a rocket attack outside Volnovatya in eastern Ukraine.
January 14 - Giorgio Napolitano resigns as President of Italy.
After fierce clashes between the presidential guard and the Huthi militia in Yemen's capital Sanaa, the two sides agree on a ceasefire, a spokesman for the Huthi militia announced.
January 23 - Sweden and Romania begin co-operation with vulnerable groups in Romanian society.
January 24 - 20 people are killed in a series of rocket attacks on the Kiev-controlled city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. In connection with this, the pro-Russian separatists launch an offensive against the city.
January 25 - New elections to the Hellenic Parliament are held in Greece, with the left-wing Syriza party winning and forming a government.
January 27 - Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated around the world, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
January 29 - The Swedish Christian Democrats' party leader Göran Hägglund announces that he intends to resign.
January 31 - Sergio Mattarella takes office as Italy's new president.
February 3 - The International Court of Justice in The Hague says in a meeting between Croatia and Serbia that no one is guilty of genocide between the countries.
February 5 - The ban on begging in Norway is stopped.
February 6 - A man in his 65s is killed and 7 other people are injured when a bus at Lund Central Station in Sweden runs over them. The cause of the accident was that hot water leaked and formed a dense fog.
February 12 - Reduction agreement: Russian President Vladimir Putin agrees on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
February 13 - A private plane of the type Piper PA-46 crashes outside Björnön near Västerås airport in Sweden. The 3 people who were on the plane survive the crash.
The night between 14 February and 15 February - 2 civilians are killed and 5 policemen injured when two terrorist attacks are carried out in the Danish capital Copenhagen.
February 15 - 21 Copts, most of whom come from the village of Al-Our outside Minya, are beheaded by the Islamic State. A few days later, the Copts are declared martyrs within the Coptic Orthodox Church.
February 16 - Two divers find the wanted bomber B17G - an American plane that crash-landed in the sea off Trelleborg in 1944.
February 17 - A go