Geneva’s Green party has proposed a novel solution to improve the canton’s traffic congestion: a cable car system, much like a ski lift, to transport people between outlying suburbs.
Movie legend Brigitte Bardot, who threatened to follow actor Gérard Depardieu to Russia in a bid to save two circus elephants from being put down, is looking for a Swiss animal park to look after them.
A helicopter crashed on the A6 motorway in southwestern Germany Thursday, killing the pilot, after the aircraft got caught in high-voltage power lines and exploded, police said.
Swiss prosecutors have frozen bank accounts as part of a widened probe into a Russian money laundering case linked to lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, whose death in a Russian prison sparked a row between Moscow and Washington.
Experts say that Centre Party leader Annie Lööf, who on Thursday attempted to quell internal party dissent about a number of controversial new proposals, had "lost credibility" over statements regarding her stance on polygamy.
French taxi drivers on Thursday choked major roads, highways and airport routes across the country to protest government reforms that they say will hit their business.
A five-year-old French girl was pulled out of her school canteen by police because her parents had not paid her school dinners bill, French media reported on Thursday.
A co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and two other militants were found shot dead Thursday in Paris, a day after Turkey and the jailed leader of the banned group were reported to have agreed on a peace plan to end a three-decade-old insurgency.
Stefan Jacoby, the ex-CEO of Volvo Cars, has admitted to feeling cheated by his old company after they fired him last year halfway through his recovery from a stroke.
Britain's Sir Simon Rattle said Thursday that he would quit as chief conductor of the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra after his contract expires in 2018.
In the first instalment of our new series My German Career, The Local sat down with Potsdam kindergarten teacher Chelsey Funk for a chat about tending Teutonic toddlers.
France has released a British trawler suspected of illegally dredging scallops in French waters after its owner paid €50,000 ($65,000) in bail, officials said on Thursday.
Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said on Thursday it would sell its stock exchange-traded investment fund business to US investment firm BlackRock as part of a divestment plan announced last July.
Swedish documentary Searching For Sugar Man was nominated for an Academy Award on Thursday, making it the only film from Sweden to be recognized by the academy this year.
A brown bear in blue dungarees dubbed "the world's strongest bear" celebrated 40 years of leading the battle for a kinder world this week, despite charges of being a communist and a turn-coat capitalist. Ursus comicus Bamse is The Local’s Swede of the Week.
The world's biggest watch group Swatch reported on Thursday that sales in 2012 rose by 14 percent from the 2011 level, beating the most optimistic expectations in the industry.
Germany might have had a balmy start to the new year, but winter is set to make a comeback this weekend with sinking temperatures and light snow, according to the DWD national weather service.
A 52-year-old Swedish man was convicted on Thursday for ordering the rape of 18 Filipino minors via webcam, with a court sentencing him to eight years in prison.
The French central bank repeated on Thursday its estimate that France fell into a mild recession at the end of 2012, putting contraction of the economy at 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter after equivalent estimated shrinkage in the third quarter.
German top-of-the-range carmakers BMW and Audi said Thursday they raced ahead to new sales records in 2012, with growth driven primarily by demand outside Europe.
Motorcycle drivers who have a criminal record are twice as likely to get into accidents on the road than their law-abiding peers, a new Swedish study has found.
Drugstore chain Rossmann has become the latest German company to slam the country's new TV licence fee, saying it plans to go to court over its alleged 500-percent hike. Disabled rights groups have also condemned the charge per household.
Hundreds of police officers across western Germany carried out dawn raids on Thursday in an effort to crack down on what they believe to be a southeastern European burglary gang. Ten people were arrested.
From Berlin's benighted airport to Hamburg's hopeless concert hall, Germans are becoming concerned that their fabled international reputation for efficiency is being harmed by delays dogging major several projects around the country.
Two men have been arrested after opening fire on police with automatic weapons in a north Stockholm bank robbery on Wednesday, while police in southern Stockholm were kept busy with another raid on an armoured car.
Reports of male rape are on the rise in Sweden, new figures show, yet sexual violence experts believe the figures represent only the tip of the iceberg as many men are too ashamed to report the assaults.
Women drivers are more likely to have a motor vehicle accident in Switzerland than men, a new study based on accident insurance claims.
Police have launched an arson investigation following a violent Wednesday night fire that left a popular hotel and conference centre in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm, in ruins.
Two passenger trains collided at a train station in northern Switzerland on Thursday morning, injuring 17 people, according to latest reports.
Would champagne by any other name taste as good? For French producers, the answer is a resounding "non" -- especially when the drink is to be served at the US presidential inaugural luncheon.
A co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and two other activists were found shot dead Thursday in Paris, a day after it emerged that Turkey and the jailed leader of the banned group were holding peace talks.
The Swiss city of Zurich's parliament on Wednesday voted to call on the government to commission a national study on legalizing marijuana, local media said.
A much-loved German delicacy - the raw minced pork meat known as Mettwurst - could be a serious health hazard, the Green party has said after commissioning a nationwide study.
A Berlin museum will on Thursday open what it called the first exhibition worldwide dedicated to the work of veteran US film-maker Martin Scorsese, who opened his vast archive for the show.
The number of Swedish girls given medicine to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has increased much more rapidly compared to their male peers.
Immigrants working in Germany who come from poorer countries get paid just over half of their native colleagues' salaries, it was reported on Wednesday. Poor language skills and a lack of qualifications appeared partially to blame.
Swedes leave a trail of sensitive information behind them as they ditch their old mobile phones, potentially making themselves vulnerable to fraud.
This Week's Highlights: Bach in Berlin, comedy in Frankfurt, and an exhibition about the German jazz label ECM in Munich.