Switzerland aims to clamp down on foreigners' use of its banks to skirt paying taxes at home, which has soured relations with its neighbours and trading partners, the government said on Friday.
Poland and France will join forces in a bid to increase the EU's farm aid funds, which are already the overall budget's most expensive item, their agriculture ministers said on Friday.
The times of crisis and confusion for the European Union are over, French President François Hollande said Friday.
Disney has deleted scenes from the old Santa's Workshop reel, Sveriges Television announced on Friday, cutting out the stereotypical black doll from Sweden's traditional Christmas Eve broadcast of the Disney mash-up.
German parliament has passed a law making bestiality illegal, while at the same time continuing to allow farming practices such as branding horses and castrating pigs without anaesthetic, to the anger of animal rights activists.
The Swedish state alcohol-monopoly has banned a French wine from its shelves because the label shows a pilot in action, prompting the importer of the "Flying Solo" wine to appeal the ban.
Counting down the days to Swedish Christmas or can't wait to leave the country? With the help of The Local readers, Christine Demsteader ponders celebrations and tribulations for foreigners during the festive season.
A radio station in northern Sweden caused traffic chaos on Friday morning after it announced that a petrol station would be giving out free fuel for one hour.
Almost half of all Swedes will pay more in tax next year as municipalities across the country raise the taxes levied on residents.
Switzerland's Lara Gut won the women's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isère, France on Friday as the 21-year-old finished ahead of American Leanne Smith and fellow Swiss Nadja Kamer for the third win on the circuit.
There are always lots of things to keep track of when you are about to move, and it can be more complicated when moving from or within a foreign country. However, it's reassuring to remember that most of the moving basics you are already familiar with also apply in Sweden.
As the German government gave the go-ahead on Friday to send 400 troops to the Turkish-Syrian border, a soldiers' association voiced concern that they would not be properly equipped against chemical, nuclear or biological attack.
The controversial Swedish word "hen", proposed as a gender-neutral pronoun, has found its way into legal lingo after a court in northern Sweden used it in a verdict.
The German government came under heavy fire on Friday for new rental rules, which critics say are heavily weighted in favour of landlords, erode tenants' existing rights and fail to address ballooning rent prices in popular areas.
Two naturists fined for being naked in public on a well-established naturist island are contesting what they call “an unjust and absurd” punishment.
German lawmakers in the upper house of the German parliament launched a new bid on Friday to press the country's top court to ban the neo-Nazi NPD party, nearly 10 years after an earlier attempt failed.
A Swede has died of dehydration after contracting the winter vomiting virus at a pizzeria in Sundsvall, northern Sweden, where at least 27 other lunch guests also fell ill from the contaminated coleslaw.
Christmas markets are an intrinsic part of the holiday season in Germany. But for those fancying an odd twist on the standard stalls offering Glühwein, The Local has uncovered markets with erotic, nautical and various other themes.
A website launched this week is helping Germans share food rather than waste it, in an attempt to limit the environmental damage of wasted food - and put bread on the table of those who need it.
Trains in Paris were delayed for half an hour yesterday afternoon while a member of the public saved an injured swan from the tracks, but now the bird is heading for a life of luxury.
A Swisscom campaign to lure children as young as six years old to sign up for a cell phone plan has come under attack from consumer advocates.
German police mounted a mass search for a kidnapper after phone calls from an unknown man saying he had taken a little girl prisoner. But when they tracked the caller down, he admitted making the whole thing up while high on drugs.
Tunisian lawyer Radhia Nasraoui and Saudi human rights advocate Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair will share the 2012 Olof Palme memorial prize, organizers announced on Friday.
The Fitch ratings agency said on Friday that it was keeping France's top AAA credit rating, the only one of the three major ratings agencies to do so, but added that its outlook remained negative.
The prosecution is seeking life imprisonment for 52-year-old Hans Peter Meier, a German accused of stabbing to death his Swiss boyfriend in Ticino in a bid to get money.
Deutsche Bank's co-chief executive Jürgen Fitschen said he saw no reason to resign over allegations of suspected tax fraud, insisting he is innocent in newspaper interviews Friday.
Volvo Cars, owned by the Chinese automaker Geely, said Thursday that it had received a loan of €922 million ($1.2 billion) from the state-owned China Development Bank to refinance Volvo's other loans.
The federal government has cancelled the planned visit of a controversial Saudi preacher to an Islamic conference this weekend in Fribourg.
The number of overweight children in Germany has dropped slightly over the past four years, a new government report shows. But senior citizens are getting fatter.
The National Auditor (Riksrevisionen) will take a closer look at Swedish rail operators SJ after it cancelled more than 200 trains this week with the stated purpose of getting ready for the Christmas rush.
Germany will help Athens set up an investment fund to restore investor confidence and win back private capital, ministers from both countries said here Thursday.
An upcoming European assessment of the Swedish reform that allowed private actors to open schools says oversight is so bad that a sect could easily be spreading its message to Swedish children during school hours.
With about tenth of its residents employed by the iron miners who once kindled Kiruna's industrial prosperity, the northern town now faces underground cracks pushing it to move the entire town or it faces the potential ire of the important employer.
Germany is facing its biggest wave of immigration in decades, according to a new study. Some 2.2 million new arrivals are expected by 2017, as people flee the crisis-hit countries of southern Europe.