Swiss border guards in the canton of Jura got an unexpected surprise recently when they discovered four royal pythons in the boot of a car.
Fewer Italians are using drugs now than they did in 2011, according to a new report. Cocaine is one of the drugs that Italians have started to shun.
A recent spate of stories about foreigners being refused medical treatment in Spain has drawn attention to the ways in which Spain's health-care system is being squeezed by austerity measures.
American clients of private bank Julius Bär were told recently that they are the focus of a US tax evasion probe, a Zurich-based daily reported on Tuesday.
Ligue 1 rivals Monaco have splashed out on €70-million signings Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez from Porto, but newly-crowned French champions Paris Saint-Germain did some shopping of their own on Tuesday. Fans, however, might be slightly underwhelmed by their new recruit.
Residents of the diminutive island of La Graciosa, or the "Funny One", are campaigning to be recognized as the eighth island of the Canarian Archipelago.
The Stockholm police officer who fatally shot a 69-year-old man in Husby, an incident cited as the spark that ignited last week's widespread unrest in Stockholm, is suspected of manslaughter and has been assigned a public defence lawyer.
Spain's Royal Family have already trademarked the 'Queen Letizia' brand to make sure its use remains firmly in the hands of the country's future Queen.
A drunk Frenchman has been handed a jail term after attempting to hold up his local bank, armed with a pocket knife and wearing his underpants on his head, it emerged on Tuesday.
Toto Riina is among the former mafia bosses on trial in Sicily for alleged negotiations with government officials following a spate of bomb attacks and assassinations in the 1990s.
Ready-to-eat salads should be eaten in moderation and avoided by pregnant women, children and the elderly, a consumer organisation warned on Tuesday after tests revealed unacceptable levels of yeast and mould.
Italy's main political parties braced for results from local elections on Monday where turnout has been far lower than in previous years, as Rome's mayoral race appeared headed for a second round.
A high-profile trial opened in Sicily on Monday on alleged negotiations between government officials and mafia godfathers following a series of bomb attacks and assassinations in the 1990s.
France's Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday that a 65-year-old hospital patient, the country's first victim of the new deadly SARS-like virus has died.
France and Germany joined hands on Tuesday to confront a jobs crisis blighting the lives of millions of young people in the eurozone, saying that the key to work lies with small businesses.
Forget about any 75 percent tax rate, the on-going cold and wet weather is enough to push people living in France to seek exile abroad. Is France really heading for the coldest summer in 200 years, as some in the know have suggested? We speak to a forecaster to find out.
Spanish engineer José Luis López Gómez has been named one of Europe's top inventors by the European Patents Office.
Spain’s Parliament has one of the cheapest menus available in the capital, with the politicians and their hangers on paying a bargain €9 for a three-course meal and only €3.45 for a gin and tonic.
Sweden may give its citizens greater leeway in changing their surname, but will still protect rare names including aristocratic families, if the government decides to push for a new proposal presented on Tuesday.
Bikes are outselling cars in cash-strapped Italy but while cyclists in Milan say their city is ready for a two-wheel lifestyle, there are daily nuisances for riders on Rome's trafficked streets.
Organizers of Sweden's popular Peace & Love music festival declared bankruptcy on Tuesday, announcing the 2013 festival in Borlänge had been cancelled, much to the disappointment of fans of headliners Depeche Mode and First Aid Kit.
Ahead of government summit on integration of foreigners, German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler on Tuesday said the country desperately needed more skilled workers to to stave off a shortage in vital sectors of Europe's largest economy.
Germany's sensationalist Bild daily, the biggest-selling European newspaper, plans to make readers pay for part of its online content from early next month, it said in its Tuesday edition.
Despite having a bachelor's degree, five years of professional experience and speaking three languages, Paloma Fernandez can't find work in Spain.
Some 300 African refugees currently living behind Hamburg's Bismarck monument reportedly received €500 from the Italian government to leave for Germany. Officials are unsure what to do next, as they have no shelter and no money.
A woman travelling on a Berlin train on Saturday night took to Twitter to document in real time the behaviour of four men who, she says, were sexually harassing her. The incident has re-sparked a debate about sexism in Germany.
A doctor from Algeria was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for his role in kidnapping Algerian children born to single mothers and putting them up for sale in France.
The Swiss Motorists’ Party has launched initiatives to raise the maximum speed limit on Swiss motorways to 130 kilometres an hour and to expand the capacity of the country’s highways.
A British tourist in the Canary Islands went on a 10-day rampage which ended up with him pouring boiling water onto passersby from the balcony of his holiday unit.
The CEO of Swedish clothing giant H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, has admitted that many models in the fashion industry are too thin, adding his company had a "huge responsibility" in its choice of models.
The number of foreigners who own summer houses in Sweden has doubled since 2000, with Danes, Germans and Norwegians taking the lead in purchasing a Swedish smultronställe for their families.
British tabloid newspapers have condemned British Prime Minister David Cameron for taking a week-long break with his wife Samantha on the Spanish island of Ibiza only days after the murder of a British soldier by two suspected extremists.
As two men prepare to become France's first married gay couple and the leaders of the anti-gay marriage 'Manif pour Tous' movement renounce the campaign they themselves spearheaded we look at what's next for France's powerful and ever more radical gay marriage opponents.
Full-time workers in Switzerland worked an average of 41 hours and 23 minutes per week last year, according to new figures based on a survey from the federal statistics office.
Australian immigration officials confirmed Tuesday that a German jewel thief transiting through Bangkok under escort managed to escape his guards and flee the airport in an embarrassing bungle.
A week after hinting at a possible return to politics, the ex-Prime Minister of Spain José María Aznar has defended his comments by saying that he is "not against anybody".
Sweden's state run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget, which previously refused to launch a new Iron Maiden beer due to concerns over the skull and crossbones motif, has given the go-ahead on a revamped and toned down design.
French champagne-producers will be uncorking an extra bottle of bubbly after China agreed to limit the use of the "champagne" label in its rapidly-expanding market to only sparkling wines made in the French region it gets its name from.
A few cars were set alight in the Stockholm suburbs early on Tuesday morning, but police have said the situation in the Swedish capital has returned to normal following a week of disturbances.
You’d need to be a Martian not to be aware of Italy’s rising unemployment – but not all is doom and gloom for young people. In fact, more and more are choosing to start their own businesses. The Local spoke to the organization Italia Startup and an entrepreneur to find out more.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a host of top clubs around Europe after inspiring Malaga to the Champions League quarter-finals this season, but he is determined to ensure he will play a significant role wherever he ends up.
It appears that men and women are not equal when it comes to booze and fags. The results of a French study, released on Tuesday, revealed women who drink and smoke faced a disproportional risk to their health compared to men.
France is to examine samples brought back from Syria by two French journalists as the foreign minister says there are growing suspicions over the use of chemical weapons. The EU has lifted its arms embargo on Syrian rebels, a move supported by Paris.
A German sport fisherman recently made the catch of his life – a monster halibut nearly two-and-a-half metres long weighing 194 kilos.
1899 Hoffenheim will remain in the Bundesliga next season after their 2-1 win at 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Monday's promotion/relegation play-off, second leg.
Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, on Monday said Swedish banks were weathering the current financial storm well compared to their European colleagues, but still sought a greater focus on capital and liquidity as a bulwark against the long-term impact of financial instability.
Swedish defence contractor Saab is set to invest further in India with its purchase of shares in naval defence company Pipavav, the company announced on Monday.
With graduation only days away, students at a high school in Gothenburg are outraged after learning they must complete a required course in religion that the school somehow neglected to teach them.
A new study has condemned the immigration office in Bayreuth for its treatment of international students, some of whom have been turned off the Bavarian town by their negative experiences. Kate Ferguson reports.