Two rogue MPs have asked their fellow parliamentarians to continue sterilizing transgender patients in Sweden, arguing that men who carry babies would result in a "third gender".
An elderly retired farmer convicted of repeated sexual offences involving minors will be forced to go to jail unless he buys a pair of trousers with a fly that closes, according to a newspaper report from the canton of Jura.
Fresh from being interviewed by French President Francois Hollande himself, Jean-Luc Martinez, an expert in Greek sculpture, was named on Wednesday as the new boss of the famed Louvre museum.
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Italian police say they found gold ingots worth 4.5 million euros ($5.8 million) hidden in a car headed to southern Switzerland on what appeared to be "an ordinary Easter day out with the family".
A Swedish multiculturalism expert received death threats for comments made to The Local about racism in Sweden, but Mikael Hjerm says his quotes were taken out of context by anti-immigration websites.
Norway said on Wednesday it had observed an increasing number of Russian military jets near its airspace last year, amid President Vladimir Putin's massive rearmament plan.
Norway's biggest bank DNB said Wednesday it would compensate hundreds or even thousands of savers after the Supreme Court ruled it misinformed its customers about some of its products.
They once faced imminent death but have now been offered princely accommodation – two French zoo elephants who had been ordered put down are moving to a ranch belonging to Monaco's ruling Grimaldi family.
Germany is starting to feel like Narnia - and not in a good way with fauns and a magic lion. The winter has officially been going on forever. The Local List this week lays out six ways the ongoing cold could freeze up relations with Germans.
More than 1,200 Catalans have joined a movement which uses its own currency, the Eco, and has its own education and health systems as a way of beating the crisis.
Protestors handed out fake zero dollar bills at US military bases across Germany on Wednesday to demand a raise for the 22,000 civilian workers employed by the Allied armed forces.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she was angry at paparazzi for taking photos of her and her family on holiday without permission. Shots of her in a swimming costume have sprung up in newspapers in and out of Germany.
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It's tax season in Spain which means confusion and headaches as people try and work out what their obligations are. This week, the Local Spain tells you ten things you should probably know about Spanish tax returns.
Judges have summoned Spain's Infanta Cristina to testify as a suspect in a corruption case, a court official said on Wednesday, a historic blow to the prestige of the royal family including her father King Juan Carlos.
Paris has a new group of semi-naked activists roaming its streets, going by the name of Hommen. Set up in response to the notorious feminist organisation Femen, the bare-chested male members of Hommen are an emerging force in the anti- gay marriage movement.
Corsica, the so-called "Island of Beauty" is mired in a wave of violence that has seen dozens killed in recent years. The island’s top politician Paul Giacobbi speaks to The Local about the danger posed to his own life and how to put an end to the bloodshed.
In his latest column on Swedish music, Paul Connolly catches up with Miriam Bryant, a Gothenburg-based singer often compared to Adele and who, despite her rising fame, still takes time to do her own laundry.
Outraged Norwegian pensioners living in Sweden have reported the head of the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to the police after being asked to repay four years' worth of taxes, claiming the agency gave them bad information.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the leadership of the ruling Popular Party on Wednesday that corruption was a thing of the past in Spain, and that the country would see an economic turnaround in 2014.
Catalan radio station RAC-1 has dispelled fears that the Argentinian star would be out for approximately three weeks following a hamstring injury sustained on Tuesday night's game against PSG.
President François Hollande described the actions of disgraced ex-Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac on Wednesday as "an insult to the Republic" and vowed to introduce a new law on ministers' wealth. Cahuzac has been charged in a tax evasion probe.
The discovery by Swiss investigators of an undeclared bank account held by France's disgraced former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac appeared to have sparked his decision to finally come clean about its existence, a Geneva newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar and his family racked up nearly 200 hours of free golf lessons on the public tab in 2001.
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A pensioner in central France used more than a brush to take on a group of teenagers, who were making a racket outside her apartment, it was reported on Wednesday. To the shock of the youngsters the 81-year-old woman opened fire on them with a rifle.
France said on Wednesday it wanted China, which "has power over North Korea", to intervene in the military crisis rocking the Korean peninsula.
Stockholm's storied Grand Hotel is set on being one of the top-ten luxury hotels in Europe by 2015, and recently offered a rare, behind-the-scenes look at a set of newly renovated suites that owners hope will help it get there.
Zug cantonal police are facing criticism for mishandling an investigation into the whereabouts of a 20-year-old Danish student, who went missing last Tuesday.
Eritreans in Sweden are being forced to cough up tens of thousands of dollars to blackmailers who threaten to torture and kill their family members abroad.
Teen pop heartthrob Justin Bieber should not get back the little pet monkey confiscated by German customs officials, according to the man caring for the young animal.
Over 30,000 foreigners in Germany have applied for their professional qualifications to be recognized by government since the law changed a year ago to alleviate a dearth of skilled workers in Europe's largest economy.
Private sector job coaching firms are earning double-digit profit margins from taxpayer-funded contracts with Sweden's Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) to help unemployed Swedes back into the workforce.
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is giving early notice of timetable and route changes starting in December 2015 and lasting for 10 years during major construction work to upgrade rail facilities around Lausanne.
An investigation into the cold-blooded murders of a three members of a British Iraqi family and a French cyclist in the Alps has been held back by France's Foreign Ministry after it blocked a request by French judges to visit Iraq.
Two men are being held on suspicion of murder after a woman who was reportedly dismembered was found in a flat in south Stockholm on Tuesday night.
Norwegian schools have moved exams that clashed with Justin Bieber's concerts in the country, fearing some fans would rather cut class than miss out on an evening with the Canadian heart throb.
Bankruptcy administrators for the Petroplus oil refinery in Normandy have accepted bids from two firms to rescue the plant and have passed them on to a court, union sources said this week.
Spain's main opposition socialist party said on Tuesday it would ask the government if King Juan Carlos has his taxes in order after a newspaper reported he got an inheritance worth over two million euros following the death of his father.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a pivotal, if not controversial, role in helping Paris Saint Germain manage a 2-2 draw against Barcelona on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final series.
Blaise Matuidi struck with the last kick of the game to earn Paris Saint-Germain a 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
A 100-kilo World War II bomb found near Berlin's main train station was successfully defused on Wednesday, but rail passengers still faced delays for the rest of the day.
Zoos in North Rhine-Westphalia are under intense financial pressure as the cold keeps visitors away and the chill economic climate kills off corporate sponsorship, an investigation by a German regional paper showed this week.
Bayern Munich have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after their 2-0 win at home to Juventus on Tuesday in the quarter-final, first leg clash.
Nearly 90 percent of all top jobs in Germany's publicly owned companies are occupied by men, prompting a women's manager group to complain of improvements coming in only "homeopathic" doses.
Two young boys from Afghanistan have been found abandoned on the streets of Uppsala in recent days, prompting suspicions they were brought to Sweden via an organized people smuggling operation.