The office of Switzerland's prosecutor general said on Friday that it was investigating Greece's jailed former defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos over suspected money laundering.
Several gay marriage opponents fired off violent rhetoric on Friday after the French government announced it would bring forward the final stage in the process of legalizing gay marriage. Here is a look back at the most provocative statements made during France's divisive gay marriage row.
A sculpture by famous Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has been damaged in Seville after a woman tripped and fell.
The tardy spring has affected the fashion industry as much as people's moods, but in anticipation of sunshine, The Local's Ann Törnkvist asks a vintage expert how to wear spring's main trends in Sweden.
French archaeologists have unearthed the graves of several Gaul warriors dating back around 2300 years, at the site of a huge business park development near the city of Troyes in central France.
A 44-year-old Swedish citizen has been given the death penalty by a Malaysian court for drugs trafficking, a crime which is penalized by hanging in the south-east Asian country.
Award-winning English TV producer, writer and housewife Samantha Brick says that before she moved to The Lot area of south west France, she barely knew where it was. Now she raves about the idyllic region and tells The Local how life among the rolling hills keeps her grounded.
Rain might dampen Germany's Friday night party plans, but by the beginning of next week temperatures of 20C and above will finally mark the beginning of a much-anticipated spring, said the DWD national weather service.
Germany on Friday said the amount of a eurozone bailout for Cyprus would not rise, after the debt-laden island state's president said he would appeal for extra assistance.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that he backed the idea of Switzerland hosting six-nation talks in an effort to defuse tensions over North Korea.
Italy's coastguard on Friday said it had rescued 213 migrants packed onto two large dinghies, bringing to 650 the total number to have landed on the southern island of Lampedusa in recent days.
Photographer Lisa Mikulski profiles Gothenburg for this week's My Sweden, explaining how it's the "delightful" little things that make it Sweden's best city to visit.
The prospect of an all-German European Champions League final next month remains alive after the European football governing body UEFA made the draw for this year's semi-final.
An Italian anarchist group on Friday claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb that was sent this week to a newspaper office but failed to detonate, saying journalists who investigate the underground organization would be targeted.
In this week's My Spain, we talk to restaurant owner Mirza Asghar about horse riding, studying Moorish Spain in his native Punjab and why he's never tried jamón serrano.
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Spain's effervescent Duchess of Alba is celebrating her 60 years in the role with the publication of a new autobiography in which she describes herself as a monarchist and a Catholic who doesn't believe in divorce.
A French court ruled on Friday that a controversial auction in Paris of ceremonial masks originating from Arizona's Hopi tribe could go ahead, despite opponents including actor Robert Redford saying the sale amounted to "sacrilege".
Spain has its fingers crossed for an "El Clásico" Champions League final after Barcelona and Real Madrid were drawn against German heavyweights Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in UEFA's semi-final draw on Thursday.
A 37-year-old Frenchman has lost his appeal to overturn his 30-year jail sentence for murdering an Australian student who was beaten, strangled and dumped in a car park outside Paris.
The net debt owed by Spanish banks to the European Central Bank fell in March for the seventh straight month to its lowest level in a year, official data showed on Friday.
The body of a 76-year-old woman lay undiscovered in her apartment for three years in the south-western city of Toulouse, according to reports on Friday that have left her neighbours shocked.
France moved a step closer to legalizing same sex marriage on Friday when the Senate adopted a gay marriage bill after days of heated argument. Only National Assembly deputies now stand in the way of it becoming law.
State prosecutors in Hannover officially charged ex-President Christian Wulff with corruption on Friday, over a year after he was forced to step down amid a storm of media allegations.
Countless East Germans tried to flee communist oppression, but a new book documents the rare cases of western deserters going the other way. Matthew Luxmoore reports.
A Madrid Town Hall proposal to name a street after the late Baroness Thatcher has been snubbed by Spain's left.
Swedish star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is selling his five-bedroom mansion in Malmö, southern Sweden, six years after he snapped it up in extravagant circumstances.
Generations of Swedes have grown up with the dietary guideline known as the "plate model" but now its inventor says it should be scrapped because it does not suit Swedes' increasingly immobile lifestyles and may contribute to high obesity rates.
Three women and two police officers have been injured after the police drove through a red light in Valencia.
British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Germany Friday to press for EU reforms, but in an unusual move Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited him to stay overnight with his family.
A winegrower from the Chablais region of Vaud failed in his bid to overturn a fine for letting off fireworks on his property a day after the Swiss national holiday last year.
Spanish inflation eased to 2.6 percent in March on a 12-month basis from 2.9 percent in February, mainly owing to lower prices for motor fuels, figures published on Friday by the national statistics institute INE showed.
France's health service is renowned world wide, but a new report has criticized its doctors for being inefficient and costly, by sending their patients for far too many pointless and expensive medical exams.
Germany's opposition Social Democrat party called for a Europe-wide food police force on Friday, a day after it emerged that falsely labelled horsemeat was far more widespread than previously thought.
Just when Swedes were getting their hopes up for some spring sunshine, Sweden's weather agency SMHI issued a warning that twenty centimetres of fresh snow may fall over the weekend.
A serial arsonist continues to plague a quaint seaside hamlet in Brittany, western France, despite extensive police attempts to snare the culprit. This week he struck for the tenth time.
A lost wallet, a shaved-bare 24-year-old, and multiple page visits by a steroid addict leaves Emilia Millicent thinking she's had the worse run of luck at internet dating ever... until she asked her friends about theirs.
No stranger to headlines, the porn-star-turned-politician known as 'La Cicciolina' once offered to sleep with Saddam Hussein in return for peace. This week, at the age of 61, she announced her return to politics – which is why she’s our Italian Face of the Week.
Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement party held an online vote on Thursday to select candidates to be the crisis-hit country's next president -- an unorthodox move before lawmakers begin voting on the post next week.
The President of Catalonia Artur Mas has put together a study group to investigate how a Catalonian nation could work in practice.
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi on Friday said he could consider supporting a candidate for president from his rivals on the left but only on condition that they form a grand coalition government with him.
Switzerland's top court on Thursday ordered Bank Austria to pay Germany €254 million following a legal battle dating back to the fall of the Berlin Wall two decades ago.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary was in Norway on Thursday to reject accusations that his low-cost airline treated its employees like slaves, as unions and politicians in the Scandinavian state called for a boycott of the firm.
Brazil will buy 34 1A2 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks from Germany to provide security at major religious and sporting events, like the upcoming World Cup, officials said Thursday.
A university in the eastern Germany state of Saxony has become the first to raise tuition fees drastically for non-EU foreign students. The fee hike from €220 to €3,600 each year could set a nationwide precedent.
If your interpretation of French flirting involves reciting the lyrics: “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir” then you might as well stay at home. Luckily, The Local is here to guide you with a list of ten of the best chat-up lines to use in French.
France turned up the heat on Austria Thursday, with French Budget Minister Bernard Cazeneuve saying that it could be placed on a French list of non-cooperative countries if lawmakers do not agree to an automatic exchange of information aimed at combating tax evasion.
A Swede kept his cool when he heard someone try to enter his flat and decided to film the gang leader of three wannabe burglars, a clip that will now be used as evidence by the police.
A Swedish businessman indebted to the tune of 179 million kronor ($28 million) went on to set up accounts in the Cook Islands, revealed the Fokus news magazine on Friday as a result of its participation in OffshoreLeaks.
The embattled Social Democrat Omar Mustafa has spoken out about anti-Semitism claims laid at his door after he was elected to the governing board of the opposition party.
Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on life in his or her hometown. This week, Shyam Sundar Sridharan talks about Jena in the eastern state of Thuringia.