Border guards in Basel arrested two men attempting to smuggle more than 300 kilograms of non-refrigerated meat into Switzerland in a van from Germany, Swiss customs administration officials said on Tuesday.
A contemporary art show opening this week in Geneva aims to spark a dialogue on man's intricate relationship with food in a world where nearly a billion people are undernourished, the curator says.
Financial centres such as London, Singapore and Switzerland should hit back after being on the receiving end of attacks over banking secrecy, Luxembourg's Finance Minister Luc Frieden says.
A German sweet maker is the victor in a battle of bears against Swiss chocolate manufacturer Lindt and Sprüngli.
A German gummy bear maker won a court battle Tuesday against a Swiss manufacturer of chocolate teddy bears over the marketing of their sweets.
A French court will rule on January 15 on whether Jeremy Forrest, the British schoolteacher who ran away to France with a 15-year-old pupil, can be charged with having sex with a minor.
Switzerland is still working to return nearly one billion francs ($1.1 billion) in frozen assets to needy North African countries who deposed autocratic leaders in the Arab Spring, the foreign affairs ministry says.
French authorities have pleaded with New Age fanatics, sightseers and media crews not to converge on the tiny village some believe will be one of the few places spared when the world supposedly ends on Friday.
Only about one in three internet users in France went online to catch the news or read their favourite newspapers in the last three months, the lowest in any EU nation, European Union data showed Tuesday.
France should allow doctors to "accelerate the coming of death" for terminally ill patients, a report to President François Hollande recommended Tuesday.
The number of violence-prone far-right extremists in Germany rose in 2012 to over 10,000, according to a Tuesday newspaper report.
Renault will sign a pact Wednesday to build its first plant in Algeria during a highly symbolic visit by President François Hollande to the former French colony, a company spokeswoman said.
A small number of teenagers caused most of the damage as hundreds of girls and boys assembled in a Gothenburg protest after an Instagram user set a "slut shaming" operation in motion on the image site.
Expats on both sides of the counter are fueling a gourmet coffee revolution in Berlin. Pippa Wentzel visits a brewing competition to taste the city's flourishing java scene.
German Family Minister Kristina Schröder has announced she cuts discriminatory terms from children's stories — like "Negro-King" in Pippi Longstocking — when she reads them to her young daughter. She also called the Grimm fairytales "often sexist."
Northern Swedes have an unusual habit of saying the word "yes" with just a single gasp of air, a speech trait that experts compare to the language of donkeys and cheetahs. The Local finds out more about this regional peculiarity.
A woman in eastern Sweden wants to take legal action after film officials translated the name of a dwarf in The Hobbit into her own “noble” Swedish name.
Swedish high school students outraged over sexual rumours circulating on Instagram about girls and boys in the Gothenburg area barricaded a school in protest and turned violent when police intervened.
The eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt said on Tuesday that it had re-drafted a law in order to let police shut down mobile phone networks in times of imminent danger without the go-ahead from a court. Critics voiced have concern about misuse.
The four specialists supervising Germany's planned transition to renewable energy have said the government will fail to meet crucial targets for energy efficiency if the pace of improvements is not accelerated.
Sweden-based researchers have helped develop a peer-to-peer video transfer app, which can help regime critics when governments switch off the internet to quell dissent.
No-one has offered a scientific explanation for the glow that allows the world's most famous antlered herbivore to guide Santa's sleigh through the night before Christmas. Until now.
The Swiss National Bank plans to open its first branch abroad, in Singapore, to better manage its growing foreign exchange reserves and assets in the Asia-Pacific region.
Despite generous child subsidies, tax breaks and parental leave, fewer Germans want to start a family. Is Germany really such an inhospitable place to have kids? Have your say.
The Swiss Competition Commission has fined four transit companies, including Deutsche Bahn and Kuehne and Nagel International, for fixing prices on air freight passing through Switzerland.
Swiss banking giant UBS may be slapped with a combined fine of $1.5 billion to settle allegations that it manipulated Libor interest rates, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
Worshippers at two Catholic parishes in Lausanne are in shock after discovering their priest has admitted to stealing money from church coffers.
Free vaccines, higher parental leave benefits, and more job security for temporary workers, are among the many changes set to take effect in Sweden after the New Year as part of a potpourri of new laws, also covering a few controversial topics.
Citing a euro crisis-tainted economy and domestic thriftiness, Sweden's central bank on Tuesday cut the repo rate by 0.25 percentage points, lowering the country's benchmark interest rate to 1.0 percent in order to stimulate inflation.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced on Monday that his party was ready to put more money into schools next year, adding that he was open to the idea of giving written grades to younger students.
A Colombian-Swedish family about to celebrate Christmas with their 78-year-old grandmother fear the senile woman will be deported before the New Year despite appeals on health grounds against the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) decision.
A substitute teacher at an exclusive Stockholm school was arrested on Monday night on suspicion he assaulted a colleague as well as a female student.
The German Finance Ministry on Tuesday revealed exactly how many banks are on its official list of financial institutions considered "relevant to the national system" - though their names remain a closely guarded secret.
Sweden's Pirate Party has filed a complaint with the country's financial system watchdog alleging Swedish banks have been complicit in a long-running blockade of donations to WikiLeaks.
Berlin real estate has become hot property for buyers from crisis-hit countries like Greece and Italy, it emerged on Monday. Often paying in cash, overseas clients have become particularly popular among estate agents.
US securities regulators charged German insurer Allianz SE on Monday with bribing Indonesian government officials, and fined the company $12.3 million for violating overseas corruption laws.