Swiss-based Nestlé’s expat chairman warned on Thursday that while the world’s largest food company wants to stay in Switzerland, the environment for publicly listed companies in the country is becoming more difficult and the stability of laws for business is “constantly being challenged.”
Disappointed with the results of his brief foray into the most popular social medium on earth, Swiss President Ueli Maurer has given up his Facebook account.
This week's Spanish Face of the Week is a woman with the unenviable mission of presiding over the mother of all Spain's corruption scandals: the 'reptile funds' case. Meet Sevillian judge Mercedes Alaya.
A proposal to name a street in the French capital after the late Margaret Thatcher has caused left wing members of the Paris council to see red. One suggested it would be more appropriate to name a rue after an IRA hunger striker.
A new French study suggesting women could be better off without bras has been challenged by females. The professor who conducted the study explained his findings to The Local on Thursday, saying more research was needed.
Switzerland's supreme court on Thursday ordered Austrian bank UniCredit to pay Germany over 254 million euros ($333 million) to end a legal battle dating back to the fall of the Berlin Wall two decades ago.
The caretaker of a housing complex near Florence in Italy used a knife to scare off a thief trying to steal copper wiring and called in the police to arrest him.
A mosque in the south of Stockholm was given the all-clear by Swedish police on Thursday to make prayer calls from its minaret, the first time such permission has ever been granted in the country.
Spain’s central government and Catalonia’s regional legislature are in the midst of a heated dispute over a new law that will boost the use of Castilian Spanish in Catalan classrooms.
Retired Italian porn star Llona Staller, better known as "Cicciolina", on Thursday said she would run for Rome's city council - 34 years after the blonde bombshell started out in politics.
Same-sex couples in Gibraltar will be able to adopt children after the territory's Supreme Court issued a ruling on the issue on Wednesday.
A Swedish appeals court has freed a nurse who dismissed the emergency call from a 23-year-old who later died of a ruptured spleen.
The French government wants to adopt American-style "class action" lawsuits, designed to give consumers “effective weapons against fraudulent companies”. The reform will be proposed at a cabinet meeting on May 2nd.
Swedish citizens are the most pampered in the world, according to a new rating that measures non-economic needs and aims to replace GDP as a well-being indicator.
Hollywood actor and director Robert Redford on Thursday weighed into a row about plans to auction off 70 ceremonial masks originating from the Hopi tribe of Arizona, calling the proposed sale "sacrilege".
Over 100 German food retailers have been buying horsemeat falsely labelled as beef from a Dutch abattoir before selling it on to the public, Germany's Consumer Ministry confirmed on Thursday.
German authorities are investigating a number of neo-Nazi prisoners who formed a secret nationwide network from behind bars, exchanging coded messages and possibly forging contact to members of far-right terror group.
Swedish researchers have discovered that people with both their hands and arms can experience the sensation of having "phantom limbs", a phenomenon thought to be only felt by amputees imagining that their missing limb was still present.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a joint cabinet session Thursday as the European export power and the Asian giant seek to boost economic ties.
A hot new Swedish singer got a big boost this week from US pop star Katy Perry, whose social media shout-out helped Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as Elliphant, reach millions of new fans, making her our pick for Swede of the Week.
Swedish authorities announced on Thursday that frozen berries may have been the cause of over 20 Hepatitis A infections in Sweden since December.
Two Norwegian teens returned 467,200 kroner ($81,500) they found left on a train by an elderly passenger, Norwegian media reported on Thursday.
An ex-deputy for Spain's ruling Popular Party has kicked up a storm on Twitter by saying he would rip off the head of any hippy that attacked one of his daughters during an anti-eviction protest.
A scandal that would have stayed hidden in the margins of some academic journal is currently engrossing France. At the centre is Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, the popular leader of France's Jewish community, who resigned on Thursday amid mounting pressure.
Hounded by the media over a major tax fraud scandal, France's former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac is having to "move every two days" to escape the glare, he said in an interview published on Thursday.
A new motorway theft phenomena – opening a truck's back doors and stealing its contents while driving at high speeds – has hit Germany and left police baffled. One vehicle drove for hours on the autobahn with open doors after the heist.
Basel-based drug giant Roche says heightened demand for its Tamiflu drug amid a severe flu season, as well as for its cancer medicines sent its first-quarter sales up five percent, beating analyst expectations.
Gay marriage has not quite been legalized in France, but it has been adopted by the writers of the next edition of the renowned Larousse dictionary. The move has been described as "anti-democratic" by one angry opposition deputy.
A top Swedish prosecutor arrested in Stockholm for buying sex while he was on duty to register sexual crimes reports coming in from the police has pleaded guilty and been fined.
A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for the murder of her recently born baby in the Andalusia's Jaén province.
The Dalai Lama will meet members of Swiss parliament for the first time during a visit to Switzerland starting on Saturday but members of the seven-person federal cabinet will not be receiving the Tibetan spiritual leader.
General Motors will invest €4 billion in its troubled German subsidiary Opel and its British sister brand Vauxhall by 2016, the US auto giant has announced.
Former party leader Mona Sahlin has questioned her Social Democrats peers for electing a member with ties to anti-Semitic propagandists to the governing board (partistyrelsen).
The famous red leather shoes favoured by retired Pope Benedict XVI have found their final resting place in a Granada museum.
Germany's public transportation fare dodgers will soon be hit with increased fines if caught by ticket inspectors, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
Shareholders in Swiss private bank Julius Bär have flatly rejected the bank's plan for executive compensation in a non-binding vote, amid outrage over excessive pay packages.
The body governing France's Jewish congregations will meet on Thursday for an emergency session over a plagiarism scandal involving the country's Grand Rabbi that has made waves at home and abroad.
Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday night after coming close to pulling off a major upset against the Catalan giants. Coach Ancelotti hailed his players' efforts.
Sweden's Green Party and the government have agreed to lower the requirements needed for refugee children to get residence permits for Sweden.
Germany's finance minister said on Thursday he would welcome the state setting up a “tax FBI” in order to make it more difficult for people to stash money abroad in tax havens.
Women should forget everything they've been told about bras. According to a new French study, published on Wednesday, wearing a bra does nothing to reduce back pain, and the chest supports actually cause increased breast sagging.
A Spanish union acting as a private plaintiff in a corruption case against Inaki Urdangarin, King Juan Carlos' son-in-law, asked a court on Wednesday to order him to surrender his passport to prevent him from accepting a job offer in Qatar.
Barcelona survived a huge scare from Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday after the World Player of the Year helped guide the Spanish giants past Paris and into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The world famous Louvre gallery will reopen on Thursday after a walkout by staff over a rise in aggressive pickpockets forced the closure of the famed Paris museum, a union representative said.
In the latest in a series profiling different communities in Malmö as the city prepares to host the Eurovision Song Contest, The Local's Patrick Reilly talks to Greeks in Malmö to find out where their loyalties lie.
Around 5,000 protesters held a demonstration in Paris on Wednesday night to denounce critics of a gay marriage bill moving through parliament as "homophobic". The rally was held days after a gay couple were severely beaten up in the capital.
A man and a dog were found frozen in the ice of Lake Mälaren near the Stockholm suburb of Bromma on Thursday, with police speculating they may have been in the water since last autumn.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's hostility towards a closer Europe is the root cause of ongoing tensions between Britain and the EU, Germany's ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl said in an interview published on Thursday.
Polish prosecutors have dismissed their probe into a Swedish artist's claims he used ashes of Holocaust victims, their spokeswoman said Wednesday.
A German fantasist who impersonated a member of the Rockefeller family, an English aristocrat and a Hollywood film producer, was convicted on Wednesday of murdering his California landlord in 1985.