A Boeing 747 is set to fly to the United States from Switzerland on Thursday with the disassembled parts of the Solar Impulse experimental plane in its cargo hold.
Foreigners who move to Switzerland are set to face a tax hike from January 1st 2016, according to a Swiss tax authority timetable published on Wednesday.
Swiss supermarket chains removed horsemeat from store shelves following the broadcast of a TV documentary showing stark cases of cruelty on horse farms in the US, Canada, Argentina and Mexico, where the meat is sourced.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday expressed caution over whether the revolutionary oil and gas technique of "fracking" could be introduced in Germany, saying public safety was the main concern.
Speculation has flourished in recent weeks that former President Nicolas Sarkozy will run for presidency in 2017. The Local asks political author Neila Latrous whether a Sarko return is really on the cards.
France’s first lady Valerie Trierweiler might have to lose out on 'employee of the month'. The journalist at the weekly publication Paris Match allegedly launched a foul-mouthed rant at her own editor-in-chief, slamming the "bullshit magazine".
In our new series profiling the careers of foreigners who’ve moved to Switzerland, The Local meets British-Zimbabwe born Lisa Chuma, founder of a Swiss “Mumpreneurs” group.
The man who robbed a drunken man in Stockholm as he lay on the subway train tracks is now suspected of killing someone in Paris in 2011, after a French television viewer recognized the thief from security camera footage.
The mayor of Malmö has slammed an upcoming exhibition of work by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, saying he hoped no one would visit the gallery to see artwork he said was "associated with xenophobes".
Sweden's Queen Silvia has resubmitted a press ethics complaint concerning the newspapers that chose to reproduce artwork that she found "insulting and hurtful" because it portrayed her scrubbing a Nazi swastika off the floor.
Former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will not testify at the Operacion Puerto trial in defence of Manolo Sainz, his former manager at the Liberty Seguros cycling team, the defendant's lawyer confirmed on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that France would not give in to "terrorists" after the kidnapping of seven members of a French family in northern Cameroon. France has told its citizens not to leave the north of the country.
Spanish builder Ferrovial, owner of London's Heathrow airport, said on Tuesday its net profits plunged 43 percent in 2012 after major one-off gains the previous year.
Volvo Cars said on Wednesday it was preparing to axe 1,000 mostly white-collar jobs as car sales in Europe have fallen to a two-decade low.
The Spanish and Dutch navies on Tuesday detained nine alleged pirates off the Somali coast, Holland's defence ministry said in a statement.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy used his first state of the nation speech on Wednesday to declare that the country was clean despite a number of several high-profile corruption cases involving his Popular Party.
Renowned German children's author Otfried Preußler, who wrote The Little Witch and The Robber Hotzenplotz and sold over 50 million books around the world, has died aged 89 his publisher said on Wednesday.
A new urban ‘scooter-bike’ designed by Frenchman Philippe Starck was unveiled in the French city of Bordeaux this week. The Pibal, as the hybrid bikes have been named, will be rolled out on the streets of the city later in the year.
A brown bear who came into contact with humans too many times in a Swiss mountain valley was shot dead on Tuesday, officials from the canton of Graubünden said on Wednesday.
The German competition watchdog on Wednesday launched an investigation into the policy of online retailer Amazon which bans third-party traders from selling their products cheaper elsewhere on the web.
The British pound is at its weakest in two decades against the Swedish krona, with experts suggesting that now is the time to head to London for a spot of shopping.
French cosmetics firm Clarins said on Wednesday it was dropping an advertising campaign featuring South African track star Oscar Pistorius as he faces charges of murdering his girlfriend.
Five teenagers are being held in custody in Munich after two girls aged 15 and 16 were sexually abused and possibly raped at a party in the centre of the Bavarian city at the end of last week.
Sweden's New York-based Princess Madeleine is getting ready to send out her wedding invites, but says she will forego the Anglo-Saxon tradition of bridesmaids as she marries her British-American fiancé.
A row has broken out about who will pay for a fund to pay out €100 million to German victims of child abuse in schools, state children's homes and church-run institutes.
Sweden’s ability to pack a foreign policy punch equal to the jab of the big EU three - Germany, France, and the UK - is neither remarkable nor a passing fad, writes international relations Ph.D. candidate Annelie Gregor.
Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said on Wednesday it plans to order new aircraft worth €9 billion despite a cost-cutting drive involving job losses and the closure of at least two sites.
The French might have a reputation for indulging in frogs' legs but it appears not everyone in France is a fan of eating the little amphibians, especially if one turns up dead in your salad, as was the case for one horrified diner.
Sweden welcomed record numbers of immigrants in 2012, with Syrian newcomers tripling compared to 2011, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden that also showed that returnee Swedes dominated the league table.
The head of US tyremaker Titan has mocked French workers at a Goodyear factory for putting in only "three hours" a day and talking and eating too much. French union bosses hit back suggesting the CEO might need psychiatric care.
The Social Democrats accused the right-of-centre government of pessimism, infighting and wage dumping on Wednesday, as leader Stefan Löfven introduced new proposals to shore up the welfare state and boost jobs if the party takes power in the 2014 elections.
A Swiss citizen living in northwestern Switzerland won 75.6 million francs in the Euro Millions lottery on Tuesday night.
One of Germany's wealthiest men, SAP founder Hasso Plattner, has promised to give away half of his €5-billion fortune to good causes. The pledge makes him the first German to join a initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.
The owner of a stud farm in the northern French region of Normandy has been handed a one year suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay damages to a vulnerable Cambodian refugee, whom she employed for slave labour.
The FBI is examining possible insider trading in Heinz shares ahead of last week's buyout announcement, after US regulators identified suspicious trades from a Swiss account.
The year 2012 saw "unprecedented violence" against members of France's Jewish community as the number of anti-Semitic attacks, both physical or verbal, rocketed by 82 percent percent, according to a report on Wednesday.
Public transit officials in Uppsala in eastern Sweden were forced to make a house call to a malodorous man after a flood of complaints from passengers and drivers about the man's unbearable stench.
Just hours after masked thieves staged a spectacular five-minute robbery at Brussels airport pilfering diamonds worth €37 million, armed robbers targeted a Paris diamond jeweller, stealing millions of euros worth of valuables.
Around 100 protesters greeted the controversial appearance of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen at a debate held at Britain's Cambridge University on Tuesday. During her speech Le Pen called for a "new deal" on immigration.
Kidnappers who seized seven members of a French family, including four young children, in Cameroon, have taken them across the border into Nigeria, Cameroon's government has said.
Veteran Swedish athletics coach Peter Eriksson has come under fire in the UK for "ridiculous" decisions about which athletes will represent Britain at the upcoming European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.
German police have carried out a string of busts against a network of companies alleged to have stolen more than €100 million from would-be real estate investors, prosecutors in Frankfurt said.
Lawyers representing Swedish copyright holders have threatened legal action against the Pirate Party in a fresh attempt to shutter filesharing site The Pirate Bay.
Over 100 flights at Hamburg Airport were cancelled on Wednesday due to an ongoing labour dispute with security personnel.
One man has made it his mission to set up a bike-sharing network in Berlin, loaning out Fahrräder for free. Trust advocate Graham Pope spoke to The Local about cycling into the future.