International patent filings increased by 6.6 percent in 2012 from the previous year, with China, Japan and South Korea posting double-digit growth, the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says.
Government administrative workers in the canton of Geneva have been ordered to clean their offices and sort their rubbish themselves as a cost-saving measure, officials say.
Jérôme Cahuzac, French budget minister, resigned on Tuesday night following the opening of a judicial inquiry into a secret Swiss bank account allegedly held in his name but which he has repeatedly denied having.
Swiss financial giant UBS says it is poised to quit the panel that sets the Euribor benchmark rate for lending in euros between banks, becoming the latest player to leave.
Thieves ripped into an automated teller machine (ATM) with a circular power saw and made off with more than 100,000 francs ($106,000) from a petrol station in the canton of Aargau early on Tuesday.
French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac has resigned after prosecutors announced a probe into a Swiss bank account he allegedly used to hide assets from the tax authorities.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was given a hero's welcome when he returned to Libya on Tuesday. Sarkozy was reportedly "moved" by the reception he was given on making his first return to Tripoli since his victorious 2011 visit.
Children in Sweden detained on criminal suspicions are rarely afforded any human contact and subject to isolation akin to torture, according to a new report.
Hindu groups have convinced organizers of the Las Fallas festival in Valencia not to allow images of their gods to be burned in the traditional bonfire which marks the end of the event.
Prosecutors in Sweden announced on Tuesday that they had taken over the official investigation from Lithuania into a Swedish PR firm's stunt of dropping "pro free speech" teddy bears near the Belarusian capital.
The smallest of the Canary Islands, famed in recent years for its underwater volcanic eruptions, became on Tuesday the first island on the planet with full, free Wi-Fi coverage.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday called on his migration minister, Tobias Billström, to shape up following controversial statements Billström made about the appearance of illegal immigrants.
A recent survey into people's opinions of different professions in Spain found that doctors and teachers come out trumps while journalists and lawyers earned a big thumbs down. For this week's JobTalk, The Local spoke to people practising these professions and got their reactions to the news.
A dramatic slump in the number of regular churchgoers is forcing the German Catholic Church to go to desperate lengths to save money. Now dioceses are resorting to flogging barely-used churches on eBay.
Football may have been a ray of hope for crisis-ridden Spain over the past five years, but Spanish teams are only now starting to pay back the €752.3 million they owe the taxpayer.
The chief executives of Germany's 30 biggest companies took home €5.3 million ($6.9 million) on average last year, a 3.0-percent rise from 2011, but still below the European average, a study showed Tuesday.
An international team of Spanish and Australian scientists has discovered that drink driving can actually be safer than using your phone while at the wheel.
Germany's purported love affair with David Hasselhoff has been the butt of countless jokes. But the entertainer's laudable effort to help preserve part of the Berlin Wall isn't a laughing matter, comments The Local's Marc Young.
A female dentist in the centre of Marseille was shot dead Tuesday by a 71-year-old patient who was himself killed during the subsequent police intervention.
The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) have apologized for contributing to the death of over 500 minks after low-flying planes caused the animals to turn on their young in a panic-induced killing spree.
Fredrik Reinfeldt must take action in the wake of Migration Minister Tobias Billström's controversial "blonde and blue-eyed" statement, Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven demanded on Tuesday.
French authorities on Tuesday said they had found 57 tonnes of minced lamb that did not conform to European standards at the factory of Spanghero, the firm at the heart of the horsemeat scandal.
A French creche assistant who was famously fired for refusing to remove her Islamic head-scarf had her dismissal annulled by France's highest appeals court on Tuesday. The court judged the sacking was "religious discrimination".
An outspoken German TV presenter said he was "speechless" with fury after he claimed Facebook censored his status updates criticising the social values of the Catholic church and Pope Francis himself.
An elderly German man with a penchant for urinating in plant pots, verbal harassment and nudity has been outed by a popular tabloid as the “country's worst neighbour”. He faces multiple court charges for his anti-social antics.
The burden of bad loans held by Spanish banks shot up again in January, after a brief blip in December which saw the ratio ease for the first time in 17 months.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed in a phone call with the president of Cyprus that his country hold talks only with international creditors on its bailout deal and not third parties like Russia, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Investor sentiment in Germany inched higher in March to the highest level for more than three years, with analysts convinced that the outlook for Europe's top economy remains bright, a new survey found on Tuesday.
In an apparent protest against Gothenburg's new congestion charges, local residents have sabotaged eleven of the city's toll-booth cameras in what is suspected to be a paintball attack.
Spanish police on Tuesday cracked down on a Málaga prostitution ring which used voodoo to intimidate Nigerian women into becoming sex slaves.
A central German job centre has gone to court for a second time over the paltry sum of 15 cents, after refusing to round up to a full euro payments to a man on unemployment benefits.
France announced this week it is to abandon jury trials in certain criminal courts, calling time on former President Nicolas Sarkozy's flagship attempt to ‘democratize’ the French justice system.
The chief of credit ratings agency Standards & Poor's in Germany said on Sunday that Spain's social situation was potentially explosive.
In the second of a five-part column series on love, single girl Emilia Millicent tells us how a trip to the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm reminded her that boys are not toys.
A former UBS executive facing a possible jail term for having sex with an underage Singaporean prostitute said at the start of his trial Tuesday that he was tricked into thinking she was an adult.
Two women from southern Sweden who came into contact with men via an online dating site have been charged for drugging and robbing the victims as part of an organized criminal operation.
A Turkish court on Tuesday sentenced Christian Varone, chief of the Valais cantonal police force, to a suspended jail term of one year and 15 days for stealing a cultural artefact from Turkey while on holiday.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday opened the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) evaluation team's visit to Madrid by claiming the city deserves the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
France’s women’s rights minister has promised a change in the law that could see prostitutes return en masse to the streets of Paris and other city centres.
Three men face up to a year in prison after police found over 2,000 rare bird eggs under a trapdoor in a home in northern Sweden.
Police suspect eight drivers of reckless driving and one of manslaughter, as the investigation into January's fatal truck pile-up in southern Sweden comes to a close.
Plans by troubled French carmaker Peugeot Citroen to shed over 11,000 jobs cleared a major hurdle on Monday.
Heavy snow overnight snarled early morning traffic across much of eastern Germany on Tuesday, as a renewed winter onslaught made for treacherous driving conditions.
A trend for shaving, clipping or waxing pubic hair may encourage the spread of a skin virus, French doctors suggested this week.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea is not guilty of discrimination for refusing to allow a disabled 5-year-old girl play in a ball pit at one of their stores, a Swedish court ruled on Monday.
Dwindling numbers of young German doctors qualifying as general practitioners (GPs) are causing concern in the medical community, which said this week the country would face disaster if the shortage was not addressed.
The leaders of Germany, France and the European Commission late on Monday vowed to do more to bolster competitiveness in the eurozone, but avoided the crunch topic of the fresh crisis in Cyprus.