A memorial service was held on Wednesday night at a church in Sierre, in the canton of Valais, where a year earlier 28 people — including 22 children — were killed when a Belgian coach crashed in a tunnel.
Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia sent a message of congratulations to the Catholic church's new Argentinian pope: Francis I on Wednesday night.
Auction house Christie's auction house in Geneva is putting up for auction "one of the world's most perfect diamonds" — a new colourless, pear-shaped gem weighing 101.73 carats.
A bomb threat halted rail traffic for six hours through the Simplon tunnel on Wednesday, police and Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) said.
France may be a secular country officially but the Catholic Church has always had a presence in French society. As the papal conclave meets this week to choose a new pope, The Local asks: How influential is the church in France?
German police said on Wednesday evening that they had foiled an Islamist assassination plot against a leading xenophobic politician in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
Concern over rampant gang violence in Marseille resurfaced on Wednesday after a daytime shooting witnessed by children left two 21-year-olds dead and another fighting for his life.
The Spanish parliament on Tuesday voted against a proposal which looked at depenalizing the consumption, distribution and production of cannabis as a way of filling states coffers with some much-needed cash.
Teachers of the 13-year-old girl who is believed to have killed herself in central Sweden last week knew she was being bullied, according to her friends and family.
In the US Apple might be free to cater to customers' needs 24-hours a day, but a French court has banned the computer giant from forcing French staff to work at night, after falling foul of a long-standing French restriction on working hours.
The German government on Wednesday approved a draft budget for 2014 with the lowest deficit in 40 years, hailed by the economy minister as a "historic" step in the battle against debt.
A Frenchman who ripped a Muslim woman's veil off her face as she strolled in a fairground was on Wednesday given a five-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to compensate his victim.
The US State Department has targeted Spain as a money-laundering haven for organized crime groups and corrupt politicians alike.
The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday raised the alarm over increased violence against illegal migrants in Morocco, pointing a finger of blame at both Rabat and Madrid.
An 8-year-old Swedish school girl who penned a letter to the prime minister seeking answers about why Sweden was building a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia has finally received an answer.
A "shagging diploma" given to youths at a Church of Sweden confirmation camp proved too much for parents who complained Wednesday that their 14-year-olds were too young for sex.
France lost nearly 100,000 private sector jobs in 2012 as the country struggled with a stagnant economy and chronic unemployment, the official INSEE statistics agency said on Wednesday.
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.
Spanish people are being priced out of their own property market while non-resident foreigners are making the most of the bargain housing prices on offer in the country.
Exactly 1,288 men in Sweden are Odd by name, and that's just the beginning. The Local has collected ten of the strangest names from across the country.
Swedish tax authorities recovered a record high 800 million kronor ($125 million) owned on money moved abroad to avoid paying tax in Sweden, with funds sheltered in the UK yielding the biggest chunk of cash.
Hundreds of German police officers raided suspected Islamist extremists in several states on Wednesday, aiming to confiscate possessions and funds belonging to three now banned groups.
The first public photo of a happily pregnant Penelope Cruz has been printed on Hola's front page.
Sweden should follow New Zealand's example and phase out smoking completely by 2025, representatives from several lung cancer groups in Sweden have argued.
A German couple face up to three years in jail and a massive bill after camping out in a Catalonian hotel for 14 months without paying.
Commerzbank, Germany's second-biggest bank, said Wednesday that it will undertake a €2.5 billion capital hike to repay further chunks of a state bailout it received during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.
It is not often thieves leave any clues behind at the scene of a crime, so French police appear to have got lucky after a suspected teenage burglar left a rather unusual deposit at the home of one her burglary victims.
The world's biggest temporary staffing group, Swiss-based Adecco, on Wednesday posted a 27-percent drop in its 2012 net profit to 377 million euros ($492 million) from the previous year owing to plummeting activities in its main market, France.
After heavy snow and freezing temperatures caused chaos across northern France over the last three days, some horror stories are beginning to emerge about what people have been through. Here are ten of the worst.
Spain's Inditex fashion group have announced its net earnings were up a 22 percent in the 12 months to the end of January but the stockmarket was not impressed with shares in the textile behemoth falling 4 percent.
Lugano voters could elect a dead candidate to municipal council if a major political party in the canton of Ticino gets its way.
Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed to take a cue from Germany's left-wing opposition on Wednesday, criticizing excessive manager pay packages and welcoming European moves to limit them.
He once sang about freedom as the Berlin Wall was torn down - now he's returning to the German capital to save what is left of it. US entertainer David Hasselhoff plans to join protests to save the East Side Gallery on Sunday.
Around 3,000 stranded passengers slept at Frankfurt airport on Tuesday night after extreme winter weather caused huge delays and cancellations. There was little relief on Wednesday with 82 cancellations announced in the morning.
A French man suffering from a muscular disease since childhood had his request to be given the right to use cannabis for medicinal reasons rejected by a French court on Wednesday. To make matters worse he was fined €300 for possession.
As homelessness figures increase across Sweden, contributor Patrick Reilly heads to a soup kitchen in Malmö to find out more about the city's estimated 1,000 homeless people and what's being done to help them.
More than 200 people in Andalusia have been evacuated from their homes because of floods.
The Catalan giants silenced doubters by progressing through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday, after an inspired performance saw them thrash AC Milan 4-0 to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat.
While admitting there were questions about methods used by police in Stockholm that some labelled as "racial profiling", Justice Minister Beatrice Ask nevertheless defended the need to carry out deportations.
The United Nations is likely to vote next month on a peacekeeping force for Mali, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced this week.
In total 19 departments remained on orange alert for snow and ice on Wednesday morning, with temperatures as low as -13°C in the north. Cross-Channel Eurostar services have resumed. We will provide regular updates all day.
The government never explained that Swedish troops in Afghanistan had shifted to counter-insurgency warfare in 2010, a Swedish intelligence expert has claimed, arguing the Riksdag was misled when voting to extend the mission.
A German couple face jail and a large bill after residing in a Spanish hotel for 14 months without paying, saying they thought they could stay for free while talking about buying the property.
Having triplets is always something special, but a woman in the Baltic city of Rostock has managed the latest birth to three babies ever recorded.
Prosecutors have launched a preliminary criminal investigation into the actions of police during a high-speed chase that resulted in the drowning of two suspected petrol thieves after they drove off a bridge.
Schalke 04's Champions League ambitions ended in spectacular fashion on Tuesday as a last-minute goal from Turkey forward Umut Bulut sealed a 3-2 defeat to Galatasaray that put the Turkish side into the quarter-finals.
Are you a mouse, bear, or sparrow? - Germans have a penchant for the zoological when it comes to terms of endearment. For this week's Local List, we've put together the country's most common pet names, honeybunny.