Employers cannot use spy software to collect information about the computer activities of employees, Switzerland’s supreme court has ruled.
Questions are being raised in Ticino about how a convicted paedophile, sentenced on Thursday to five years in jail for re-offending with new sex crimes against small girls, managed to get hired as the driver of a bus carrying young children.
France said on Thursday it had expelled a Moroccan citizen linked with an Islamist extremist group from French territory. The move comes days after Interior Minister Manuel Valls vowed to deport several radical Islamist preachers.
Immigration is growing in importance to Swedish voters, according to a new study that revealed most voters think the far-right Sweden Democrats are the party with the best immigration policies.
The last Norwegian citizen still missing after the attack on Algerian gas plant In Amenas has been identified among those killed, Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil said on Thursday.
To say David Beckham's move to French club Paris Saint-Germain has caused a little bit of a stir in France, would certainly be an understatement. With the story dominating most news channels and websites on Thursday The Local takes a look at the reaction.
Suspected neo-Nazi terror gang member Beate Zschäpe apparently faces charges of being an accomplice to ten murders, a German news magazine reported on Thursday after gaining internal information.
A 14-year-old student in northern Sweden who complained that her school’s restroom art "romanticized peeping" and was sexist has won a partial victory as the principal agreed to remove it. Astrid Johansson is The Local’s Swede of the Week.
Wondering what changes to Sweden's subletting law might mean for you and what you pay in rent? The Local gets the lowdown from one of Sweden's largest housing organizations.
A 61-year-old man from southern Sweden doesn't head to the supermarket for a banana - he simply pops into his living room where his Ikea banana plant has just bloomed for the first time in years.
More than six out of ten French people believe their country has gone bust, a survey revealed this week, suggesting the public have little faith their country's ailing economy can get back track any time soon.
More Germans than ever before are taking early retirement, according to new figures released on Thursday. A record number put their feet up early in 2011, opting to take a reduced pension in order to enjoy more free-time.
Sweden is the one of the most influential countries in the European Union when it comes to European foreign policy, according to a new ranking, exerting clout nearly on par with heavyweights Germany, France, and the UK.
Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca said Thursday that net profits sank 37 percent last year, hit by the expiry of drug patents and "tough" markets, and warned revenues would fall further in 2013.
The German labour market remains surprisingly resilient to the eurozone debt crisis, with unemployment in Europe's top economy falling to a four-month low adjusted for seasonal effects, data showed on Thursday.
The Swiss economy should grow by one percent this year, UBS economists say in a forecast issued on Thursday hedged by concerns about global uncertainty.
David Beckham sealed a move to French club Paris St-Germain, on Thursday in a venture that has taken France by surprise. The Paris club held a press conference at 5pm when the former Real Madrid star was officially unveiled.
Members of the French opposition have attacked Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault after his announcement this week that he intends to push ahead with plans to extend certain voting rights to all foreigners.
Following better-than-expected results from several Swedish banks, leading politicians had mixed reactions about the enormous pay-outs awaiting shareholders.
Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, said on Thursday that one-off effects pushed it into the red in the fourth quarter of last year and led to a multi-billion drop in full-year profits.
To tell us more about the beguiling Mediterranean port of Marseille, the 2013 European Capital of Culture, The Local caught up with Susan Fitoussi - an artist and operational assistant who has lived in the city for almost 20 years.
With one in four Swedish language students dropping out of the state-run classes, three Liberal Party ministers argued on Thursday that the system is not helping newcomers integrate and needs a work-focused overhaul.
German police have arrested 15 members of the same family after it emerged they had been intentionally causing car accidents to cash in on insurance, making around €150,000 over several years.
Eighty-six camels were killed on Thursday morning, when flames engulfed a building at a family-run animal farm in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wüttermberg. The blaze also caused €1 million worth of damage, said police.
Executives at a Goodyear tyre plant in Amiens, northern France, presented on Thursday a plan to close the site, which employs 1,173 workers.
A Basque jeweller is asking an astonishing €8,900 for that most classic of French fashion accessories – a beret.
Starting a career in Germany can seem daunting, which is why we've sat down with the experts - people who have been there and done it. Our My German Career series profiles foreigners working in the country who tell it like it is.
Wenger Swiss Army knives, made since 1893, will no longer be produced under that name as of 2014, says Victorinox, the company that owns the iconic brand.
The Finnish-Swedish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera posted on Thursday an 8 percent rise in 2012 net profit, slightly better than expected by analysts.
France called for peace talks between Mali's government and "legitimate representatives" from the north, after French troops took up positions at Kidal, the last city held by Islamist forces.
This Week's Highlights: Classic cars in Bremen, documentary films in Berlin, and a Super Bowl party in Munich.
France’s Socialist government faced its first mass show of dissent from public servants on Thursday as members of three unions went on strike.
Germany is considering expanding its support of France’s military campaign against Islamists in Mail to include airborne refueling of jets carrying out airstrikes.
Germany aims to introduce legislation on banking separation in order to protect customers' deposits from riskier areas of business, according to a draft law seen by news agency AFP.
The Local's new series JobTalk offers tips for working in Germany. For the first instalment, we explore the unique aspects of the German résumé.
A man who performed a Nazi salute in a park in southern Sweden has been convicted of racial agitation by a Malmö court, the first time in three years a local resident has been convicted of a hate crime.
Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been criticized for not respecting freedom of information laws in a new overview by the parliamentary committee on constitutional affairs (Konstitutionsutskottet, KU).
Telecom equipment provider Ericsson reported on Thursday that net profit plunged by half last year, hit by a charge for joint venture ST-Ericsson, but posted higher than expected sales in the fourth quarter.
Zookeepers at a German wildlife park had their hands full when they decided to measure, weigh and vaccinate four baby white tigers and four baby white lions that had been born in the autumn.
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.