Struggling French oyster farmers, whose haul has diminished in recent years, are set to receive some much needed help from their Swedish counterparts, by importing oyster spats from Sweden for the first time.
France's highest court the Constitutional Council cleared the divisive gay marriage bill on Friday, paving the way for same sex unions to become legal. Francois Hollande said he would sign the bill into law as soon as Saturday.
Sweden tops a list of countries that risk suffering a housing market crash, Germany's Commerzbank has warned, citing the slackening off of Swedish property prices as a harbinger of a potential downswing.
While many in the world of football raised a glass to David Beckham when he announced his retirement on Thursday, elements in the French media as well as PSG fans in Paris could not hide the fact they feel a little cheated by his minimal contribution on the pitch.
Sweden's once flourishing pharmaceutical testing industry has been decimated in recent years, suffering an 85-percent drop according to new figures that industry experts describe as "deeply troubling".
After a freighter went up in flames at the start of the month while carrying radioactive material into Hamburg's harbour, it has emerged that the German port city receives such hazardous cargo up to seven times a month.
Police have arrested an Extremadura man for using an underground hose to steal water from a neighbouring school over a three-year period.
Although Denmark is widely tipped to take the Eurovision crown this year, the outcome can be hard to predict, as illustrated by Finnish monster mask wearing rockers Lordi's win in 2006.
Twenty-two Catalan cops will appear before a Barcelona court after a man who was shot by a rubber bullet fired by one of the officers had to have his spleen removed.
The woman alleged to have had sex for money with Silvio Berlusconi when she was just 17 and he was the prime minister testified in court for the first time on Friday at a trial of three people accused of pimping for the billionaire tycoon.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) have installed a automated teller machine for political donations up to €100 at their Berlin headquarters. The election campaign gag has started attracting tourists paying a few euros for the receipt it spits out.
With Denmark tipped to win this year's Eurovision final, The Local's Patrick Reilly caught up with a few Danes who'd crossed the divide to be in Malmö for Saturday night's final.
Germany said Friday that French President Francois Hollande's proposal for a eurozone economic government was "interesting" but reacted coolly to his call for strengthened European budgetary powers.
The exquisite cured ham called Jamon Iberico made from distinctive Iberian black pigs, is the star of Spanish cuisine, but the economic downturn gripping Spain has hurt domestic sales and producers are looking to boost their fortunes abroad.
Italy's coalition government on Friday adopted draft laws to boost funding for redundancies and freeze a property tax, partly fulfilling an election promise by Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party that threatened to split the cabinet.
Christopher O'Neill has asked Sweden not to grant him royal status, meaning Swedish Princess Madeleine's future spouse will technically become neither a prince nor a Swede.
For this week's mystery location, we challenge you to guess one of the ten biggest cities in the country from just nine clues. Can't be that hard... right?
Spain's King Juan Carlos is giving up a €21 million ($27 million) yacht named Fortuna, officials say, as his subjects weather a biting recession and record unemployment.
Catalan police have arrested 22 cocaine smugglers who used bicycles to transport drugs hidden inside boxes of 'snail cream' cosmetics.
Jewellery worth more than $1 million made by Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller Chopard and due to be loaned to stars walking the red carpet at the Cannes film festival were stolen from a hotel, French police said on Friday.
The second season of a two-year suspension on Malaga competing in European competition has been lifted by UEFA after the Spanish club proved they have no outstanding debts to other clubs, employees or the tax authorities.
Thieves have stolen Chopard jewellery worth $1 million at Cannes Film Festival, French police reported on Friday. The jewellery was due to be loaned to film stars over the coming days.
Swedish oyster farmers are set to help out their struggling French colleagues, whose haul has diminished in recent years, by exporting oysters spats to France for the first time.
Around 750 police have been stationed at schools across the French city of Strasbourg after an anonymous person, believed to be a teenager, posted a message online threatening to commit suicide and kill several pupils at a school on Friday.
A priest in Murcia has been fired after photos and a YouTube video allegedly showing him involved in public acts of gay sex became a social media sensation.
Foreign families will soon be able to officially engage au pairs from outside the European Union, as long as they speak German at home, as the government prepares to change the law.
As the trial of a German woman accused of being part of a murderous neo-Nazi terror cell adjourned until next month, when two of her alleged accomplices will speak, excruciating details emerged of how the security services failed to stop them.
Telemadrid TV show Cifras y Letras, the equivalent of the British game show Countdown, owes hundreds of thousands of euros to dozens of contestants who have won the competition in the past two years.
Charges of manslaughter against Martine Aubry, a leading member of France's ruling Socialist Party, were dropped on Friday by a French court. The charges related to a probe into thousands of deaths caused by exposure to asbestos.
French companies have long had a reputation for relying heavily on unpaid interns. New figures released on Friday highlighting the staggering number of interns on the payroll at banking giant Societé General will only confirm this reputation.
Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on their hometown. This week, Sathish Kumar Shanmugam talks about his adopted town Lüneburg.
A judge rejected on Thursday an appeal by Spanish King Juan Carlos's daughter in a corruption probe, insisting her tax returns be admitted for scrutiny in the investigation which has plunged the family into scandal.
With national elections just months away, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has begun to reveal more about her personal life, from her Polish roots to her weakness for men with "nice eyes."
"Buon Appetito" is one of the first expressions you learn in Italian. It's also one of the first you should forget, warns Italian etiquette expert Alberto Presutti. Read his ten tips for Italian dining etiquette.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang embarks this weekend on his first foreign trip since taking office, with a stop in Switzerland on the itinerary and free trade talks between the two countries close to completion.
Spain's leading Down syndrome association has slammed a hotel for turning away a group of children with the condition 'in case they annoyed' other guests.
The Salvation Army band carrying Switzerland’s hopes into the Eurovision Song Contest was vanquished on Thursday night in Malmö, Sweden.
Cannes might be a film festival, but in reality it is just as much about the glitz and glamour and actresses wearing all kinds of sublime or ridiculous outfits. Find out who won The Local's Palme d'Or for "Dress of the Day" on Thursday.
Sweden edged Olympic champions Canada 3-2 in a penalty shootout on Thursday night to set up semi-final clash against arch rivals Finland at the ice hockey World Championships.
Solna, a suburb just north of Stockholm, is the best place to live in Sweden, according to a new ranking published on Friday by Swedish news magazine Fokus.
For the latest instalment in our My France series we take a trip down the Loire Valley to find out what its like to live and work in this idyllic region of France, best known for the splendour of the chateaux and quality of the its wines.
Ingrad Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, finished fifth on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index published on Friday, with an estimated fortune of $55.6 billion.
The wait goes on. Foreign nationals living in France will have to hold on until at least 2014 to earn the right to vote in local elections, despite the proposal being a key election pledge of French President François Holland last year.
German authorities have launched an investigation after a prisoner swapped identities with a cell-mate who was due to be released, and simply walked out of jail.
When Finnish singer Krista Siegfrids ended her Eurovision Song Contest rehearsal performance last week by kissing one of her female dancers, few members of the audience raised an eyebrow.
A Swedish man is facing a five-million kronor ($750,000) add-on to his tax bill after the authorities took a proper look at his account on the professional networking site LinkedIn.
The German state will not pay to support a child if its father was an anonymous sperm donor, a court ruled this week.
For anyone looking to take a trip over this long Pentecost holiday weekend, getting there likely won't be half the fun. German drivers' association ADAC has warned of packed roads and traffic jams, particularly on Friday and Saturday.