Swiss residents eat as many calories as 30 years ago while getting less exercise, says a damning government report on nutrition and food strategy for the country.
Top business leaders are less gloomy about the prospects for the global economy than last year but hardly brimming with confidence for 2013, according to a major survey released on the eve of the Davos forum.
A 50-year-old farmer from Schwarzenburg in the canton of Bern escaped on Tuesday with a suspended two-year jail sentence for killing a man who was stealing hemp plants from one of his fields.
Eric Cantona, the legendary Manchester United footballer turned actor, raised €125,000 for a housing charity on Tuesday, when his customized Rolls Royce went under the hammer at an auction in Paris.
France expelled record numbers of illegal immigrants in 2012, sources close to the country’s Interior Ministry confirmed to French media on Tuesday.
The former Italian footballer Marco Materazzi revealed on Tuesday that despite being prepared to bury the hatchet with his old foe the legendary French player Zinédine Zidane, their long-standing grudge is unlikely to come to an end.
France and Germany on Tuesday agreed to hammer out joint proposals for strengthening the crisis-battered eurozone as they marked 50 years since a treaty sealing their post-war reconciliation.
Managers of French automaker Renault threatened on Tuesday to close two sites in France unless trade unions agreed to measures aimed at raising the group's competitive performance, union officials said.
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The row over gay marriage in France took a sinister turn this week when the Socialist party reported vandals had targeted several of its branches, smashing windows and daubing homophobic graffiti on the walls.
Sweden is set to split two siblings from their younger sister as they are deported to Serbia along with their mother who left them in such a state of neglect that child services intervened in 2009.
The Geneva-based UN human rights body on Tuesday harshly criticized Iran for reportedly executing a man who was only 17 at the time of his alleged crime.
With Swedish apparel behemoth H&M accounting for more than half of Sweden's fashion industry turnover, experts say more needs to be done to help emerging design talent expand their business.
As France and Germany celebrate 50 years since they signed the Èlysée friendship treaty, one newspaper gathered statistics to show how the neighbours differ.
A top executive of US auto giant General Motors has warned that the Bochum plant of loss-making Opel in Germany could be closed two years early if management and unions do not agree a turnaround plan soon.
Hannover 96 coach Mirko Slomka has admitted being surprised to find new Brazilian recruit Franca -- signed to bolster the Bundesliga club's midfield -- is nine centimetres (3 1/2 inches) shorter than he had been told.
A hotly debated, semi-industrial neighbourhood just south of central Stockholm is set for a major overhaul, with city hall enlisting the help of Swedish furniture giant Ikea.
The jihadist group believed to be behind the deadly hostage siege in Algeria has issued a series of alarming threats against France, warning that last week’s mass kidnapping at the In Amenas gas plant was “only the beginning.”
A move by Sveriges Television (SVT) to offer all of its content online means that Swedes who watch digitally streamed content on computer and tablet devices such as the iPad will have to start paying television licence fees.
Investor sentiment in Germany has soared to the highest levels since the start of the eurozone debt crisis in 2010 as the outlook for Europe's top economy continues to brighten, a survey found on Tuesday.
The Stockholm District Court on Tuesday ordered an unprecedented 1.8 billion kronor ($277 million) asset freeze for the Uzbekistan-based partner of Nordic telecom firm TeliaSonera as part of an ongoing bribery investigation.
A European motoring club says greed has led to the situation where around a third of those who take the German driving test fail and must take extra lessons before trying again.
The opposition will soon have a majority in Germany's upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat - and are planning to use it to push through a minimum wage and alter the disputed child care subsidy.
Germany shivered under a thick blanket of snow on Tuesday, causing endless flight cancellations, accidents and public transport nightmares.
Primary schools were closed across Paris on Tuesday as teachers staged a mass walk-out in protest over plans to extend the school week from four full days to four and a half.
Global unemployment rose by four million people last year to a total of 197 million, and another five million people are expected to raise the total to 202 million this year, the Geneva-based International Labour Organization says.
Firefighters made a grisly discovery when responding to an emergency call to a house in the southern French town of Nimes on Monday evening. Believing they were attending a routine fire the firefighters entered the house to find five bloodied bodies of a couple and their three children.
Investigators believe a fire on the weekend was set deliberately at Lausanne’s downtown city library, damaging 100,000 books and gutting administrative offices.
The British-based budget airline easyJet was forced to ask four passengers to get off a plane heading from Liverpool to Geneva last Friday because it was 300 kilograms over its weight limit.
The Swedish Agricultural Board (Jordbruksverket) on Tuesday proposed a tax as a counterweight to Swedes' increasing proclivity for meat, much of it imported, which it argued puts a strain on the environment.
France insisted Tuesday that a major gas leak - whose stench hit millions, reached the shores of England and caused a major soccer match to be cancelled - was entirely harmless.
Eat, Sleep, Die (Äta sova dö), a film depicting the struggles of a young immigrant in southern Sweden, was the big winner at Sweden's 2012 national film awards on Monday night, scooping up four awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Two circus camels, Simbas and Judas, disappeared in the middle of the night in central France and are still missing two days later, the director of the circus said on Monday.
Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson said on Monday it would buy the telecom and media unit of French technology consultant Devoteam.
Germans are smoking less, with higher taxes on tobacco and bans on public smoking seemingly taking effect. The number of legal cigarettes sold last year was nearly six percent down on the previous year, while smuggled smokes held steady.
India's foreign investment panel has cleared a nearly $2-billion plan by Swedish furniture giant Ikea to open its stores in the country as it seeks new markets for its flat-pack products.
France and Germany Tuesday marked 50 years since a landmark treaty sealed their post-war reconciliation with a day of pomp, symbolism and celebration while papering over their differences.
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