University hospitals in Geneva and Lausanne were forced to get rid of 16,000 bottles of liquid soap after learning they were contaminated by bacteria that posed a health risk to patients.
French President Francois Hollande has personally stepped in to prevent two elephants from being put down in the eastern city of Lyon.
Switzerland can count on Stanislas Wawrinka but probably not Roger Federer when it meets the Czech Republic for the first round of the Davis Cup in Geneva next month, the Swiss tennis federation said on Monday.
France stepped up security at airports and train stations on Monday as intelligence services confirmed threats made by Mali's Islamists to launch an attack on French soil were 'real'.
Industrial espionage directed against Swedish companies and research institutions is on the rise, according to intelligence officials, prompting new inter-agency intelligence coordination to protect national security.
Arctic weather has returned to Germany, with the DWD national weather service forecasting steady snowfall for much of the country throughout the week.
Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited the annual defence conference in the Swedish mountains on Monday, telling the press "you cannot stand outside Nato but still want everything it offers".
A British court on Monday approved the extradition of a former senior Credit Suisse trader to the United States to face charges over a $540-million fraud.
Australian-American media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has secured a majority stake in Sky Deutschland, the paid-for television broadcaster which has the rights to the Bundesliga's top-flight German football matches.
Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militants on Monday posted a picture on their Twitter account of an alleged French commando chief killed in a botched hostage rescue operation.
Immigration pushed Germany's population higher in 2012, official statistics showed on Monday, the second gain in two years despite the country's rapidly ageing society.
Berlin fire fighters called on Monday to an underground garage put out a blaze only to find a 30-metre-long tunnel leading to the vaults of a nearby bank - which had been emptied.
A man is dead after he was shot in the head on Monday afternoon in eastern Sweden, with police launching a murder investigation.
In The Local's new series My Sweden where we profile readers' favourite hangouts, sights, and eateries in their own corners of Sweden, we talk to Lorelee Arias, a Mexican who has spent the past four months in Östermalm, Stockholm.
Who is slaughtering all the cows? That is the question being asked in the quaint village of Reignac, in Bordeaux’s famous wine region in the south west of France.
Sweden needs stronger legislation to deter internet bullying, the country's data privacy agency has argued, calling for tougher penalties for offensive comments posted online.
French actor Gérard Depardieu has once again courted controversy, suggesting that members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot had been let off lightly as well as attacking Russia's opposition for being 'stupid'.
The Local speaks with Lund University political scientist Mikael Sundström to find out what's behind the Centre Party's current struggles and what they mean for Swedish politics.
Germany said on Monday it was considering ways to help France in its mission in Mali such as providing logistical, medical or humanitarian aid.
German-Austrian actor Christoph Waltz won a Golden Globe award on Sunday evening, walking away with honour of best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday demanded an international probe into the alarming human rights situation in ultra-authoritarian North Korea, decrying more than a half-century of devastating abuses.
A shooting on Sunday night has Örebro police investigating the deaths of three people, including one suspected gunman, while a 19-year-old woman has been seriously injured.
Some 50,000 CDs of Christmas carols sent to households in Germany by a children's charity actually contained the titles to pro-Nazi songs sung by the Hitler Youth movement, according to public broadcaster NDR.
Wintery conditions are expected to hit northern France on Monday with weather warnings in place across 14 regions including the capital Paris.
Swatch Group, the world's leading watchmaker, said on Monday it would acquire US jeweller and watchmaker Harry Winston for up to $1 billion.
Islamists based in northern Mali, under daily bombardment by France's warplanes, vowed Monday to avenge the assault on French soil as well as in Africa.
France’s Socialist government vowed to push on with its plans to legalise gay marriage on Monday, a day after hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris calling for the bill to be scrapped.
Sweden's SKF, the world's biggest maker of industrial bearings, announced on Monday it was cutting 2,500 jobs, a move widely regarded as a tell-tale sign of tougher times ahead for the manufacturing industry.
A majority of Swiss back a proposal to curb abusive salaries for company directors, according to a new survey.
François Hollande's decision to order French forces into battle in Mali represents a watershed moment for a president derided by his critics as a compulsive ditherer.
Over 100 Stockholmers ignored below-freezing temperatures on Sunday and bared their legs for an afternoon on the city's subway system - all in the name of a bit of cheeky fun.
Volkswagen posted record-breaking global sales in 2012, up 11 percent at 9.07 million vehicles, but the ambitious German automaker continues to trail Japanese rival Toyota.
Germany's favourite television show Wetten, dass..? has come under fire for surreptitious product placement which it is said to have earned presenter Thomas Gottschalk and his brother millions of euros.
Would-be Stockholm residents now have longer to wait for an available apartment than ever before, with new statistics showing an average waiting time on the region's housing queue of eight years.
A hunting association is warning more must be done to slow the growing invasion of raccoons in Germany, which have been hunting the country's native animals since they escaped captivity in the 1930s.
Four men were ordered held on remand on Sunday, on the suspicion of their involvement in Thursday's armed bank robbery in northern Stockholm.