A hostage drama in a Berlin bank branch ended peacefully early Saturday with the release of an employee and the arrest of his assailant, police said.
French police arrested two men who had gas masks and machetes in their car as they approached a mountain rumoured to be one of the few places where people will survive when the world supposedly ends on Friday.
Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve launched a strong defence of Gérard Depardieu on Friday, calling a virulent critic of her fellow thespian's bid for tax exile a petty-minded pygmy.
A Paris court Friday fined a man €200 ($260) for sporting a Paris Saint-Germain football jersey bearing the name Bin Laden despite his claim that it was not a tribute to the Al-Qaeda leader.
With the end of 2012 in sight, The Local looks back at some of the stories that dominated headlines in Sweden over the past year.
In a landmark anti-piracy ruling, Sweden’s Supreme Court said on Friday that broadband provider ePhone must share information about a customer who put audio books online and made them available for illegal downloading.
Gaming addiction expert Sven Rollenhagen advises parents in Sweden to stay clear of increasingly violent video games as they set off in search of last-minute Christmas presents for their children.
The Local catches up with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, France's ambassador to Sweden, to talk Gerard Depardieu, Vikings, the EU, and where to get the best baguettes.
In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the United States, US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt reflects why Sweden feels like such a safe place to raise children.
Residents in the eastern German city of Jena were in for a rude awakening on Friday, after pranksters planted alarm clocks around town to quite literally ring in December 21, a date doomsdayers associate with the apocalypse.
Watching pornography and exposing oneself sexually online can enrich young people's lives, a Swedish researcher has found, but doing so also carries risks.
Most Germans will likely have to do without a white Christmas this year, with the German weather service (DWD) predicting unseasonably mild temperatures. Some predictions even foresee 19 degrees Celsius in the south west.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Friday he considered his Dutch counterpart Jeroen Dijsselbloem as a good possible candidate to take over as head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers.
Germany's conservative Family Minister Kristina Schröder has angered colleagues in her Catholic-influenced Bavarian sister party for saying that the masculine definite article "doesn't mean anything" when it comes to God.
Following last week's discovery of a faulty bomb at Bonn's central railway station, a new opinion poll on Friday showed that four out of five Germans want more surveillance cameras in train stations and other public places.
The Swedish government is cutting its GDP growth forecast for 2013 from 2.7 percent to 1.1 percent, Finance Minister Anders Borg said on Friday.
Rolf Dörig, the chairman of Swiss Life and staffing company Adecco, is calling for quotas on Europeans working in Switzerland to ensure only those needed by the country are allowed in.
Sweden’s Queen Silvia has appeared in a new video in which she offers her final comments on the investigation into her father’s alleged Nazi connections.
A conservative city councillor in the northern German town of Anklam has caused outrage for comparing the marginalization of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) with the persecution of Jews under the Nazis.
The man behind a paedophile name-and-shame website that publishes details of mostly foreign-born sex offenders has himself been jailed for sexually exploiting a minor, according to Swedish media reports.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Friday that Europe is "ready to help" Cyprus tackle its debt troubles - but only if the country commits to key structural reforms and an austerity budget.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has captured attention in Switzerland with an idea to team up the Swiss and the British in a new political union outside the European Union.
After a video appeared of a croc-teasing Swedish tourist being hit in the face by a “flying” crocodile, Australian experts claim the Swede was never in danger.
The French national statistics agency INSEE said Thursday it expects the country's economy to contract by 0.2 percent in the final quarter of this year and the unemployment rate to jump above 10 percent.
The European Commission wants Sweden to put the brakes on an upcoming wolf hunt, arguing the Swedish government has not adequately proved how it plans to keep the wolf population healthy.
Two German tourists and an Australian have been rescued following two days in the sea in the central Philippines after their boat capsized while they were island hopping, the coast guard said Friday.
Sweden shut down another reactor on Thursday, this time at the country's biggest nuclear plant near Gothenburg after an infiltration of sea water, the operator Vattenfall and the national nuclear industry watchdog said.
A three-week-old orangutan baby has become the newest star at the Frankfurt Zoo.
The 17-year-old girl questioned by police in connection to the Gothenburg Instagram 'slut shaming' riot is innocent, says another Instagram user who claims to be behind the account that sparked such uproar on Tuesday.