A former asset manager with the Geneva branch of Swiss private bank Vontobel is suspected of defrauding wealthy Spanish clients of “dozens of millions of francs,” according to a media report.
A Geneva court of appeal on Thursday cut to 20 years a life prison sentence against a man and woman — dubbed the “devil’s couple” by the media — for brutally murdering a pregnant woman.
The global number of measles deaths dropped by 71 percent between 2000 and 2011 largely thanks to a boost in vaccination efforts, the Geneva-based World Health Organisation says.
The average Swede is just over 40 years old, enjoys a bag of sweets per week, yet likes to keep active, according to the 2013 Statistical Yearbook of Sweden from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån -SCB).
Switzerland must immediately settle its tax rows with countries such as France or its banks will lose many clients, the head of the Swiss Private Bankers Association (SPBA) says.
At Sunday's anti-gay marriage demo in Paris, a self-styled 'fag-hag' and 'spin doctor for Jesus' got the loudest cheers. In the first of a new series, The Local takes a closer look at the all-singing, all-dancing paradox that is Frigide Barjot – this week’s French Face of the Week.
Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg said Thursday that he is not in favour of forcing home owners to pay down their mortgages, outlined in a proposal by the Riksbank head that caused a stir on Tuesday.
France won support from European Union nations on Thursday for its military campaign in Mali and offers of military aid, possibly including troops, at emergency talks on the crisis.
Gender equality has fallen off many Swedish citizens' list of top-priorities, several speakers noted at a labour and equality conference in Stockholm on Thursday.
It seems French actress Brigitte Bardot might not have to go into self-imposed exile in Russia over two elephants after all, thanks to Monaco's royal family.
As sightseers flocked to the train that remains lodged inside a Stockholm house after a cleaning lady crashed it on Tuesday, officials have backed down and admitted the incident may indeed have been an accident.
The Bundesbank has shelved plans to offer technical assistance to Bangladesh in anti-counterfeiting efforts because of the country's plans to impose the death sentence for counterfeiting.
A 72-year-old hunter who shot the first wolf seen in the Rhineland since 1879 - claiming he thought it was a dog - has been fined €3,500 after genetic tests confirmed it had indeed been a protected species.
A 72-year-old German man has been hospitalised with hypothermia after his toddler grandson locked him out on the balcony - trapping him in sub-zero temperatures for five hours.
France and Norway confirmed on Thursday that an operation was underway at the Algerian gas plant where Islamist militants were holding dozens of foreign hostages.
She’s a familiar face on Swedish television, but it was her venting blog post about a homeless man's mobile phone that caught the nation’s attention this week. Laila Bagge Wahlgren is The Local's Swede of the Week.
The Swedish Armed Forces will buy 60 JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets, at the top of a 40-60 range stated in an agreement last year, the Swedish government said on Thursday.
The Swiss National Bank (SNB) says it expects to post a profit of about six billion francs ($6.4 billion) for 2012 — less than half of what it made in 2011.
Tour de France organiser Christian Prudhomme said Thursday that disgraced rider Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles because of doping, "was already in the past".
Berliners and would-be visitors can forget about the capital's new airport for a while. A personnel shuffle saw the project manager pack his bags and leave this week as the technical boss said he did not expect take-off before 2015.
Germans choose not to have babies because they have not found a suitable mother or father for their child rather than due to financial concerns, a government report released on Wednesday suggests.
Brian Jones, the Englishman who circled the world in a balloon with Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard in 1999, is participating at the 35th annual international ballooning festival at Château d’Oex, getting under way later this month in the canton of Vaud.
Anyone who thought they got a good deal on their dream cottage in Brittany or plush apartment in Paris, might want to think again. According to calculations made in a survey by The Economist magazine, buyers in France might have paid as much as 50 percent over the odds.
Ikea is donating 16 million kronor ($2.46 million) to help improve schools near its headquarters in southern Sweden to make it easier for the furniture giant to recruit workers to the area.
A woman who was denied a job as a receptionist for being "too young" has been awarded a settlement of 50,000 kronor ($7,700) by Sweden's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen).
This Week's Highlights: A Charlie Chaplin ballet in Leipzig, Kurt Weill concerts in Berlin, and President Obama's inauguration broadcast live in Munich.
Deutsche Telekom will cut 1,200 jobs in Germany by June in what it termed "reorganization" rather than a downscaling operation, the Handelsblatt reported on Thursday.
The federal cabinet is opposing an initiative to establish a minimum wage in Switzerland, arguing that the labour market is functioning well and that there is already sufficient protection against “wage dumping”.
The Dordogne region in France was on alert on Thursday after heavy snowfalls overnight, which reportedly left thousands of residents without electricity.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Sunday face their first test at the polls ahead of this year's general election, with a state vote in Lower Saxony that could prove decisive for her flailing coalition partners the FDP. AFP's Deborah Cole reports.
The captain of a British trawler convicted of illegally dredging scallops in French waters was fined €20,000 on Wednesday in the latest episode in a simmering Anglo-French battle over the valuable shellfish.
With its talk of "destroying" enemies and confronting "jihadi terrorists", France has adopted a language of war for its intervention in Mali that few expected from Socialist President Francois Hollande.
Since the Swedish government reformed the pharmacy system three years ago, Swedes are popping paracetemol-based painkillers like never before, warn doctors working with overdose and accidental poisoning cases.
Can a German criticize Israel and not be anti-Semitic? Miriam Widman comments on the latest chapter of Germany’s complicated and often troubled relationship with the Jewish people.
Swedish police have dismissed the theory that faulty winter tyres are to blame for Tuesday's massive car crash, which involved nearly 100 cars and killed one person, but say they have pinpointed the three trucks that initially collided.
The new year's day introduction of a congestion charge has deterred one in five drivers from taking a spin in central Gothenburg.
A German court has fined renegade British Bishop Richard Williamson €1,800 ($2,400) for denying key facts about the Holocaust.
German men seem to be learning how to manoeuvre supermarket trolleys - and although women still do more shopping than their menfolk, the gap is shrinking, new data shows.