French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Thursday compared Franco-German relations to the "balanced" relationship he has with his wife, saying that discussion would prevent any misunderstandings.
The glamorous girlfriend of France's president said Thursday she is ready to embrace the role of first lady, drawing a line under months of controversy that have focused attention on the bed-hopping antics of the country's political elite.
France is to scrap plans to make would-be citizens pass a test on the country's history and culture before´being naturalised, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday.
French President François Hollande looked headed for differences with Germany after demanding that an EU summit Thursday produce a deal to establish a banking union by year's end, a position opposed by Berlin.
Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who has died aged 60, will be remembered as the heroine of the erotic cult film "Emmanuelle", an incarnation of 1970s sexual freedom that propelled her to the ranks of international stardom at the age of 22.
Players from a Swedish women's football team who starred in a Baywatch homage video have defended the YouTube clip explaining that "sex sells". However, the popular clip has nevertheless been taken down.
Divisions between Germany and France were set to dominate the European Union summit which opened on Thursday afternoon, with the aim of shoring economic and monetary union in the face of the eurozone crisis.
An active member of the Social Democrats has been arrested after sending threatening and sexually themed letters to several women, including celebrity bloggers, and signing them in the name a Moderate politician from Gothenburg.
The decision to ban a nativity scene from a Christmas market in southern Sweden was reversed on Thursday by the market organizer, who confessed to being “a little too hasty” in his original decision.
The number of German men getting cosmetic surgery has more than doubled over the past five years, making one in every five patients male, the German association for aesthetic surgery (GÄCD) said on Thursday.
Social Democrat Peer Steinbrück attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, saying she played a “double game” in the euro crisis, in the first clash between the two since his party elected him to challenge for the chancellorship.
On the heels of the publication of a comprehensive study about Swedes and the internet, The Local offers up a slew of surprising facts revealing what Swedes do online.
On the eve of a conference examining historical research on Raoul Wallenberg, historian Susanne Berger argues that more must be done to force Russia to open up records that could shed light on the still-disputed fate of the Swedish diplomat.
Swedish police have arrested a suspect in the theft of Ghanaian crown jewels in Oslo last week, police in Norway said Thursday.
The Australian ambassador to Sweden Paul Stephens speaks to The Local's Oliver Gee about the “outdated” image of Australia, the ongoing trial of Julian Assange, and life as the coach of an Australian rules football team in Stockholm.
A gap in the market for insurance guidance in English led two experts in the field to join forces and create a new company.
Swedes who earn a salary on par with the average municipal worker contribute the equivalent of 70 percent of their monthly salaries in taxes, a new study has found.
The fight over where developers can build in Switzerland is becoming complicated.
A German dental practice which refused to hire a young Muslim woman because she insisted on wearing a headscarf at work broke the law, it was reported on Thursday. The court ruling is the first of its kind for the country.
Grisly details of rotten, bacteria-ridden meat and other serious hygiene deficiencies at a leading Munich chain of butchers were revealed on Thursday - nearly 18 months after inspectors fined but did not close the company.
The rail tunnel between Britain and France has now carried 300 million passengers under the English Channel, its operator Eurotunnel said on Thursday.
Swedish striker John Guidetti has pledged his future to Premier League champions Manchester City after signing a new three-year contract.
A woman who cleared up a load of empty bottles from near the entrance to a children’s playground has been fined nearly €250 by German authorities for illegal rubbish disposal.
Micro-blogging site Twitter has for the first time blocked an account in a country, after German police asked administrators to restrict access by a neo-Nazi group.
Less than three years after the Rolex Learning Center opened at Lausanne's Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), officials have been forced to replace all the building's exterior paving at a cost of 1.5 million francs ($1.6 million).
For Philippe Starck, Paris's famed flea market is a Utopia of sorts, a colourful micro-society he yearned to be part of – and now is, after designing a restaurant and buying a trader's booth in its heart.
Customs officers in Calais have seized 14,000 litres of contraband alcohol, thought to be worth nearly €300,000, headed for the UK.
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf on Wednesday said he would not present the "Environmental Hero of the Year" (Årets miljöhjälte) award, given this year to a Swedish teen activist who took a leading role in protesting the construction of a controversial limestone mine on the Baltic island of Gotland.
This Week's Highlights: Chinese art in Cologne, Jewish culture in Dresden, and a month of photography in Berlin.
The world's biggest food company Nestlé reported on Thursday an 11-percent rise in sales during the first nine months of the year to 67.6 billion francs ($73.1 billion), and confirmed its full-year guidance.
A man in his eighties who had been laying dead in his bed for up to two weeks was presumed to be sleeping by his wife and son.
A woman has fallen from a first floor window in a bid to find a better WiFi signal while using her laptop in Menton, in the French Riviera.
Switzerland should try to reach more deals like those it has signed with Austria, Britain and Germany to stem tax evasion, Geneva's 80-member banking association said on Wednesday.
A German man said to be the leader of a UFO-conspiracy theory sect was arrested after a gun battle on a Caribbean island in which another German man was killed, a German woman arrested and at least three police officers wounded.
Other countries should follow Switzerland's lead when it comes to tracing illegal assets hidden in their national banks, Geneva's 80-strong banking association said Wednesday.
A nativity scene planned for a popular Christmas market in southern Sweden has been cut after the organizers felt it compromised their “political and religious independence”.
Swedish mothers stay home with sick children more often than fathers, leading to a huge gap in leave days and prompting a government inquiry to be carried out by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).
Nuremberg main train station will become on Friday the first in Germany to ban alcohol at the weekends and bank holidays to stop drunken party goers using it as a meeting point, it was reported on Thursday.
A government party official who described protesters as “old” and “stinky” with “messy hair” has sparked online outrage and even threats to his dog after posting the derogatory comments on his Facebook page.
Israel's UN envoy on Tuesday asked the world body to try to persuade a Swedish ship carrying rights activists not to try to break the Jewish state's blockade of the Gaza Strip.