English-speaking politicians are few and far between in Spain, but should Spanish MPs' lack of language skills be a reason for national concern? The Local looks at why Spain's political class has struggled to pick up the world's lingua franca.
Winter is still holding a tenacious grip on many parts of Switzerland, well past the official start of spring last month, but weather forecasters are finally promising relief this weekend.
YouTube has launched a Swiss version of its video site on the internet, promising to promote content from Switzerland with financing from online advertising.
With its members in the spotlight amid the Offshore Leaks release of a millions of documents about cash stashed in tax havens, Switzerland's trust-company lobby maintains that its sector's business is legitimate.
Switzerland's purchase of 22 Swedish fighter jets hit yet another snag on Tuesday as the Swiss parliament suspended funding discussions amid reports that EADS was trying to undercut the deal by offering used fighters at half-price.
France's new budget minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Tuesday asked media organisations involved in a global "Offshore Leaks" probe on tax havens to hand over any evidence they have to the judiciary.
The Swiss luxury hotel chain Kempinski said on Tuesday that it was dropping plans to open a huge pyramid-shaped hotel that has stood half-built for decades in North Korea amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Spanish economist and author Jose Luis Sampedro, one of the key figures behind Spain's 'indignant' protest movement against economic inequality and corruption, has died, his family said on Tuesday.
Spaniards are at the bottom of the league table when it comes to splashing out on hotels during overseas holidays, a new study shows.
Germany's former president Christian Wulff took a step closer to a public trial - or exoneration - on Tuesday by refusing to pay a fine to prevent a prosecution. He could now face charges of corruption.
US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, known for his love of the French language, has been inducted into France's Academy of Moral and Political Sciences as one of only a few foreign members.
After the death of Margaret Thatcher, there has been much talk in France about the impact of her economic policies on the UK. Paris based Professor of Economics, Tomasz Michalski tells The Local why France could do with its own dose of Thatcherism.
A band of rogue French police appeared before a hearing on Tuesday, accused of taking the law into their own hands by disabling motorway speed cameras in an apparent show of solidarity with motorists facing fines.
The sight of muddy German footballers running around in the rain could be over, as organizers are seriously considering swapping the season so they play in the summer and break in the winter when it's cold and wet.
The Swiss watch industry remains robust despite a recent dip in exports but it continues to wage a battle against unfriendly competition from counterfeiters who are marketing their copycat timepieces through the internet.
Believe it or not, spring is on the way to Sweden according to meteorologists, who have pointed to sunny skies and temperatures up towards 15C this week.
A German doctor whose citizenship has kept him out of jail could face prison after all for his role in a sect responsible for rampant child abuse in Chile.
India's ambassador to Sweden, Banashri Bose Harrison, sees a green future ahead for the two countries' business relationships, spurred on by Swedish companies' need for emerging markets and India's thirst for environmentally friendly solutions.
Animal predator experts in southern Sweden are hoping llamas' natural fighting instincts will help scare off the wolves thought to be responsible for a recent sheep-killing spree in the area.
The Swedish integration debate should focus on the difficult trade-offs needed in a country that is not structurally optimal for immigration, rather than getting bogged down in the semantics of racism, argues political scientist Andreas Johansson Heinö.
More than 70 Swedes are among offshore account holders unearthed by a global reporting collaboration looking into how the world's wealthy manage their assets.
A man previously convicted for several rapes in Sweden in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed anew, receiving a four-year sentence for child rape and buying sexual services from a child.
One of the surgeons who performed Barcelona defender Eric Abidal's liver transplant on Tuesday hailed his miraculous recovery, assessing that it broke new ground for the surgery.
Spain's recession-battered economy is faring a little better in early 2013 after slumping at the end of last year, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Tuesday as doubts grew over the prospects for debt-laden southern European economies.
A new report published this week spells bad news for lovers of French wine. The study predicts global warming will nearly wipe out production in the traditional regions of Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley by the year 2050.
He is struggling to deal with the fallout of one of the biggest ever political scandals to rock France, his efforts to revive the economy have come to nothing and now his camel has been eaten. Could things get any worse for François Hollande?
A vet who allegedly tried to dispose of his wife's dead body at an incineration plant after what investigators believe may have been a failed attempt to perform liposuction has been taken into custody without bail.
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged countries with the "capacity" to help spur global growth, after talks with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in Berlin on Tuesday.
France has withdrawn its first batch of soldiers from Mali, the army said on Tuesday, as it begins to pull out troops sent to battle Islamist fighters in the west African nation.
Metal thieves targeting Germany's railway Deutsche Bahn delayed 17,000 trains last year by stealing among other things copper cable worth around €17 million.
Unemployment continues to be the main issue of concern for most people in Spain but corruption and fraud are also gaining ground, the latest poll from the social research institute CIS has found.
What do you do when your neighbourhood is overrun by drug problems, and police are one step behind the dealers? One community in Bordeaux has taken to sharing photos of dealers and buyers on Facebook in a bid to drive them out.
Almost 70 percent of Germans now favour the euro, and only 27 percent would prefer to ditch the common currency and return to the once-beloved deutschmark, a survey published on Tuesday found.
A 24-year-old man in southern Germany lost control of his car on Monday night, flying through the air and eventually crashing through the side of a barn. He survived the spectacular crash with serious injuries.
Amid a massive scandal involving France's former budget minister and an undeclared Swiss bank account, Swiss banks are more eager than ever to kick out tax cheats and clear their names, bankers and industry experts say.
More than a decade after the Church of Sweden split from the state, the government wants to stop using church parish boundaries in population statistics, angering researchers who wish to retain the 500-year-old subdivisions.
The unemployment rate in Switzerland fell to 3.2 percent in March from 3.4 percent in the previous month, according to government statistics released on Tuesday that suggest the Swiss economy is continuing to defy the economic doldrums in Europe.
A non-governmental studies center headed by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's estranged stepdaughter accused his Sandinista government on Monday of blocking Norwegian aid to the group.
Swedish oil firm Lundin Petroleum said on Monday it had made a potentially significant oil find off Norway, near another discovery that renewed explorers' interest in the North Sea.
A satellite image of the submarine volcanic eruption off the Canary island of El Hierro in early 2012 has won a NASA photo poll.
The ski season in the French Alps is drawing to a bitter end for a British ski firm boss, who has accused the French authorities of "outrageous protectionism" as the so-called piste wars over instructors' right to work rumbles on.
Anders and Benjamin, two wild seal pups threatened with being put down according to Swedish law, will likely be able to remain at the Swedish zoo that has cared for them since they were found in the woods over Easter.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy rushed to the defence of King Juan Carlos on Monday, a day after a poll showed the monarch's approval ratings have plunged because of a corruption probe involving members of his family.
Sweden's food safety regulator said on Monday it had asked prosecutors to investigate a company believed to have labelled Polish horsemeat as Swedish beef tenderloin.
The body of a stowaway who looked like a teenager was discovered in the landing gear of a plane that had flown into a Paris airport from Cameroon, AFP sources said.
Congolese leader Denis Sassou Nguesso said this week that France's justice system had no right to probe his alleged ill-gotten gains, following a meeting with French counterpart Francois Hollande.
Germany plans to broaden its investigation into former Nazi death camp guards from Auschwitz to those who served in other concentration camps, according to a top official.
Children conceived in the chaos of collapsing East Germany just after the Berlin Wall fell are way more likely to be criminals than almost anyone else in the country, a new study shows.
Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson said Monday it had agreed to buy Microsoft's internet protocol television (IPTV) business Media Room for an undisclosed sum.
Swedish oil firm Lundin Petroleum said Monday it had made a potentially significant oil find off Norway, near another discovery that renewed explorers' interest in the North Sea.
Being a nanny or au pair can be a great way to experience German culture, but there can be pitfalls. Nicolette Kalbfell explores the ins and outs of working in Munich.