Officers on Tuesday arrested a 36-year-old convicted criminal, alleged to have abducted a 19-year-old woman, after he crashed in a small car following a high-speed chase by police in the canton of Fribourg.
Switzerland said Tuesday that it was ready to boost cooperation with the European Union in the latter's battle with international tax evasion, provided Brussels made a formal request for talks.
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday asked Switzerland to clarify its guidelines on euthanasia after an octogenarian who wanted to end her life failed to convince doctors to assist her in her suicide because she was not ill enough.
Five prisoners made a dramatic escape from a jail near Lausanne on Tuesday, using weapons passed to them from accomplices on the outside to threaten guards and other inmates before scaling the prison wall and disappearing, police said.
After working for a large company, Swedish-born Ann Söderblom, 31, recently took the plunge from employee to entrepreneur. Söderblom, who advises expats on how to start their own business, tells The Local why Switzerland is the perfect place to set up your own company.
Three employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross, including a Swiss man, kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen are in good condition, but the demands of their captors remain unknown, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Italian fashion house Benetton said on Tuesday it would sign an agreement to improve working conditions in Bangladeshi factories after a plant there collapsed killing more than 1,100 people.
This week in My Spain, we talk to Roger Frey — a Swiss-German who swapped a high-end office job in Bern for a paragliding career in the skies over the Canary Islands.
Catalan politicians are being weighed and measured as part of the fight against obesity that threatens the health of Spain's children.
A Spanish scientist has been voted as the best in Europe on the same day that a Spanish government committee rejected his CV as "not good enough".
Police in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand now believe missing five-year-old girl, Fiona is likely to have been abducted, after an appeal for witnesses and two days of fruitless searches.
Germany's top court has made a potentially landmark judgement against Google's internet search engine, ruling that plaintiffs have the right to take down offensive suggestions in its auto-complete function.
With several recent cases of parents attempting to exorcise their "witch" children in Sweden, Congolese-Swedish pastor Josef Nsumbu explains the kindoki belief at the heart of the abuse.
Two ambulance personnel in Gävle were fired on Tuesday for unprofessional behaviour after they refused to take a young asylum seeker to hospital when he jumped from a window.
Media and politicians in Sweden need to do a better job explaining that not all discrimination is based on racism. There are ways people can overcome it to climb the social ladder, argues liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji.
Assaults on members of the gay community and incidents of homophobic hate speech have risen sharply in France over the last year, according to the annual report by a leading gay rights group, released on Tuesday.
With Ireland's Eurovision entry something of a dark horse for pop glory, The Local's Patrick Reilly talks to the one Irishman in town who is guaranteed to light up the stage in Malmö Arena.
French pig farmers, up in arms against the influx of foreign pork into France, have taken matters into their own hands this week and set up road blocks to inspect trucks carrying meat. The farmers say they are losing €10,000 per month.
Suggesting speed limits for the autobahn is as politically toxic in Germany as gun control is in America. But it's time to hit the brakes on the country's reckless driving culture, comments The Local's Ben Knight.
German prosecutors on Tuesday charged that a woman at the centre of a landmark trial over a neo-Nazi group's murder spree was an integral part of a "unified killing squad" that shot dead 10 people, most of them Turkish migrants.
The Spanish consider Germany as the "most arrogant" and "least compassionate" nation in Europe but also the "most trustworthy", a new survey shows.
The Spanish capital has surpassed Berlin as the European city with the highest number of street protests in 2013, having already more than doubled the number of demonstrations that were carried out in the first four months of 2012.
The mood of the French public towards the EU has soured dramatically in recent months, results of a new poll revealed on Tuesday. In fact, the French are growing more negative towards Europe than citizens of any other of the big member states.
The visiting US foreign minister, John Kerry, told Swedish press on Tuesday that his government valued Sweden's participation in the US-led Nato mission in Afghanistan.
A worker at Apple’s flagship Paris store was threatened with being fired for working 20 minutes after his shift ended, it was claimed on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a series of problems that the US computer giant has had with its French branches.
Borrowing costs for Spain eased as it raised €4.047 billion in short-term debt on Tuesday, a sign of further-strengthening market confidence in the crisis-hit country.
The crisis-driven rise in popularity of old bangers could mean "the difference between life and death", as new figures show one in three cars sold in Spain in 2013 is over ten years old.
Investigators in the canton of Fribourg have tracked down a man they believe stole more than 30 kilograms of hashish and marijuana from a police warehouse last autumn.
Spain is becoming a model for social integration in Europe as a new study has found fifty per cent of second generation immigrants living in Spain consider themselves Spanish.
A man was airlifted to hospital after he was attacked by a bear in a remote part of the woods of northern Sweden on Tuesday.
Two parents in Borås, southern Sweden, who tried to exorcise demons from their young daughter by beating her and making her drink urine, have been found guilty and jailed for aggravated assault by a Swedish court.
Barcelona players boarded a bus to parade their latest La Liga trophy in front of hundreds of thousands of adoring supporters.
A Frenchman held in northern Mali as an Islamist militant is to be questioned by French intelligence services after arriving in Paris on Tuesday, according to security sources.
A wide-ranging new opinion poll by a respected US research centre has found that Germany is the only country where a majority still believe in transferring more power to the European Union to tackle the euro crisis.
A French couple in their sixties got a shock this week when they unpacked after their holiday in Ecuador. On opening one of their suitcases, they saw that their possessions had been replaced by 20kg of cocaine.
German employees of Amazon staged their first-ever walkouts on Tuesday as the US internet retail giant was hit by a dispute over pay.
British Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone might soon find himself in front of a Munich court, as it emerged on Tuesday that bribery charges are apparently due to be filed against him before the end of the month.
Half of young Swedes don't use condoms when having sex with a new partner, according to a new study, which also found that 30 percent of Swedes use no contraceptive measures at all.
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Guests and staff were evacuated from an unusual luxury waterfront hotel and restaurant in Neuchâtel after a fire broke out on Monday.
The man leading the fight to make France pay for the crimes against humanity committed during the slave trade tells The Local why the French government must face the truth and how a racist attitude towards its overseas territories has left people living in abject poverty.
Italian prosecutors on Monday called for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to be banned from politics forever and serve six years in prison for having sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his official powers.
German auto giant Volkswagen will build a plant in central China, a spokesman said Tuesday, as it battles US rival General Motors to be the top foreign automaker in the world's biggest car market.
Global clothing giants Inditex and H&M on Monday promised to sign up to a plan to improve safety for workers in the factories they use in Bangladesh, in the wake of a deadly factory collapse there.
Locals, politicians and the management of Paris Saint-Germain have begun pointing fingers after a group of the club’s supporters went on the rampage in the French capital, burning and looting property during a celebration of PSG’s first French league title in 19 years.
Recession-hit Spain and Portugal said on Monday that they welcomed "any plan" to fight youth unemployment, after reports that European powers planned to invest billions in getting young people back to work.
Legendary US sneaker brand Converse has asked a Swedish court for permission to search outlets of Swedish retail chain Coop in a bid to clear near-perfect pirated copies of the iconic shoes off the shelves.
A third victim has died following a deadly rampage in Milan in which a Ghanaian man allegedly attacked five people in an apparently random attack.
Researchers in Sweden have revealed the mysterious mechanism responsible for the curved trajectory of curling stones as they slide down the ice in one of the country's more popular winter sports.
Whether you have ever or never visited the Netherlands, the country that crowned a new monarch this year is also celebrating a wealth of special jubilees in its popular capital. Here’s the lowdown on why Amsterdam is the place to be in 2013.
Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Monday downplayed concerns of a growing Russian military threat against Sweden, claiming Russia had neither the "will nor the capacity" to attack Swedish territory.
The World Health Organization has advised French people to stay calm after two cases of a deadly new SARS-like virus were confirmed over the weekend, and asked that they not overburden hospitals so those actually infected could be treated.
Swiss football team FC Sion sacked their fifth manager of the season on Monday with Italian 2006 World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso relieved of his job after a series of poor results.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned that only an onerous EU treaty change would create the legal framework needed to allow the formation of a single bailout agency for its ailing banks.
The German Green party leadership has vowed to commission an independent investigation into allegations that it supported a group keen to legalize sex with children decades ago.
Police fatally shot a 69-year-old man in an apartment in north Stockholm on Monday evening after responding to calls that a man armed with a machete was menacing the neighbourhood.
The pet monkey of Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber will become the official property of Germany by the end of the week if the singer does not claim him.