Moody's downgraded on Wednesday its ratings of 10 German public-sector banks including BayernLB and Deutsche Hypo saying they were now less likely to receive state support if needed.
The Swiss branch of the Raelian religious sect on Wednesday asked the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a ban on the group's posters depicting aliens.
A French court on Wednesday handed Irish film star Jonathan Rhys Meyers a one-month suspended sentence and ordered him to pay a €1,000 fine for a drunken altercation with police at a Paris airport.
Divers have discovered what is believed to be the 17th century royal warship Svärdet off the coast of the Baltic island of Öland, researchers revealed on Wednesday.
Charges were filed against 17 men on Wednesday in relation to the July 2010 killing of young Assyriska FF footballer Eddie Moussa and his brother in Södertälje in eastern Sweden, in what prosecutors believe was a settling of scores between rival gangs.
An armed robber who held up a babysitter at gunpoint in Lower Saxony was shamed into leaving empty-handed by the two young children of the house who offered him their pocket money.
A 14-year-old girl was told she had “wonky boobs” in an unexpected text message sent by Swedish directory assistance service 118 800.
Employees working at the Nyon-Prangins site of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis went on strike on Wednesday over the firm's decision to close the factory and slash over 300 jobs.
A prison guard at a prison in Norrtälje north of Stockholm was shot, then beaten and kicked by an unknown man during a walk on Tuesday evening.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted Wednesday that the eurozone had still not identified the road to recovery from its crippling debt crisis, after talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
A man has reported a Swedish zoo to the Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket) for misleading information, after the piglets that he had adopted were fed to the tigers in the park without him being informed.
Switzerland said on Wednesday it has amended a decree to ensure that US clients of Swiss banks are informed of any probes against them, against a backdrop of increased action by Washington.
Popular music streaming service Spotify launched in Switzerland on Wednesday, offering users access to a catalogue of some 15 million songs.
A 47-year-old man is awaiting the outcome of his appeal after being convicted of “indecent behaviour” and ordered to pay a fine for walking naked in the mountains in eastern Switzerland.
French narcotics police on Tuesday discovered drugs, weapons and several high-speed vehicles believed to belong to a drug trafficking network at an underground car park in Paris.
Every other Swedish 3-year-old uses the internet, more than 50 percent of Swedes use Facebook, and there are more computers than people in Sweden, according to a new study.
A left-right coalition is taking shape in the city state of Berlin, after the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats agreed to form a government in Germany's capital on Wednesday.
Sven Hagströmer and his long-term business partner Mats Qviberg have announced that their holding firm Öresund is to be divided in the wake of a scandal involving the now defunct HQ bank.
A growing industry is catering to Germans devastated by their pets’ deaths. Businesses can arrange everything from burial services to cremation – and even turn the ashes of Fluffy and Fido into diamond jewellery.
Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will be tried in a new 25 million kroner ($4.3 million) courtroom, as Norway starts spending some of the 600 million kroner ($110 million) set aside for the terrorism trial in the 2012 budget.
The French parliament has passed new cost-cutting measures increasing the number of days of unpaid sick leave for workers in both the public and private sectors.
A German neo-Nazi terror group responsible for 10 murders was apparently planning political assassinations. President Wulff announced he will meet with the victims’ relatives amid growing concerns about the damage done to Germany’s reputation abroad.
A book on Gaelic football in Sweden by Stockholm resident and Irishman Philip O'Connor has received award nominations in his home country. Speaking to The Local, he tells of his expat experience and his passion for this little-known sport.
The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has gathered enough signatures to call a cantonal referendum in Zurich on the planned development of a new red-light district in Alstetten, on the outskirts of the city.
National security officers in Norway have uncovered what they say is the most wide-ranging theft of industrial data in the country’s history.
Six Somali men accused of taking a French couple hostage on their yacht went on trial in Paris on Tuesday in France's first prosecution of alleged Somali pirates.
Swedish police were given orders to deport a man to Iran, but instead sent him to Iraq, where he now risks 15 years in prison for claiming to be a citizen in the country, according to a report in the Expressen daily.
Popular opinion in Germany holds that the Greeks have only themselves to blame for their country's crushing debt crisis. But Germans who have made Greece their home are now fighting ugly stereotypes on both sides.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyer accused the French press on Wednesday of "putting to death a man who is already down" after reports linking him to a prostitution investigation.
French police late on Tuesday dismantled a two-week-old makeshift camp of anti-capitalist 'Indignant' protesters in Paris' La Defense business district, an AFP reporter witnessed.
A 110-carat yellow jewel called the Sun Drop Diamond, thought the biggest of its kind in the world, sold for a record 10 million Swiss francs ($10.9 million) at auction in Geneva, Sotheby's announced on Tuesday.
French Urban Affairs Minister Maurice Leroy courted Chinese investors in Hong Kong on Wednesday as he promoted the huge Greater Paris urban renewal project at a property industry conference.
One in five German children have alcoholic or drug-addict parents, according to the latest annual figures on drugs and addiction.
Two Chinese companies are continuing discussions on purchasing Saab even though the deadline for the deal expired Tuesday, the beleaguered Swedish carmaker said.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange applied Tuesday for Britain's Supreme Court to hear his appeal against extradition to Sweden, dragging out a legal saga that has already lasted more than a year.
Scientists in central Germany are working on a method with which they reckon they could diagnose Alzheimer’s disease years before any symptoms are noticed – by looking up patients’ noses.
England's footballers finally ended their 43-year hoodoo against Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday, with a 1-0 friendly win.
Veteran striker Miroslav Klose rolled back the years with a goal and two assists on Tuesday evening as Germany hammered Euro 2012 rivals the Netherlands 3-0 in a friendly in Hamburg.