Defending champion Rafael Nadal suffered another false start at the French Open in the Paris chill on Friday before moving into the third round.
French rapper Orelsan, known as the ‘French Eminem’ was convicted of insulting speech and incitement to violence on Friday over his violently misogynistic lyrics. The hip-hop star had been pursued in the courts by several feminist groups since 2009.
Plans by a Catalan town to combat the crisis by leasing out land for marijuana plantations have not been given the green light.
The leader of Spain's opposition socialist PSOE party, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, has once again expressed his willingness to form an alliance with the country's ruling Popular Party on a number of key policy issues.
French President François Hollande criticized a lack of information-sharing by intelligence services on Friday, after it emerged that a Muslim convert who stabbed a soldier in Paris was known to police, who didn't pass on their concerns.
Indian group Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is in talks to buy leading Swedish drugmaker Meda AB in what could result in a $5 billion takeover, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Two Marbella-based expats, an Irish man and a Briton, have been arrested for their part in a massive international cigarette smuggling ring.
This week's mystery quiz should be a piece of cake. The secret location is one of the top six most populated cities in Sweden, and a beautiful place to visit at that. But can you guess which one it is before the time runs out?
A woman who left her car in a parking lot for nine years escaped with a fine of €7,000, instead of the nearly €70,000 she would owe if she had been charged the standard €20 per day, it was reported this week.
In an effort to ensure Sweden remains a leading IT nation, policymakers have sought help from an usual panel of experts: a group of kids, some of whom have yet to reach their teens. The Local's Sanna Håkansson finds out more.
Struggling to learn French? Just arrived or been here a while? Not everyone can go back to college, and we can't all afford pricey language schools or private tutors. So here are ten free, easy ways to learn French that you may not have thought of.
Lionel Messi, widely recognized as the world’s best football player, has posed for luxury Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana in a raunchy photo shoot.
Since arriving at the Vatican in March, Pope Francis has not been shy in expressing his views about wealth. Earlier this week, he said that money makes us lazy and selfish. The Local spoke to researcher Sebastiano Sali for some insight into his remarks.
Budget airline Ryanair has flown into a storm with French authorities.Prosecutors demanded on Friday the confiscation of four of its planes during a trial in the south of France over alleged breaches of French labour law.
Italy's unemployment rate reached a new record high of 12 percent in April, official data out on Friday showed, as the eurozone's third largest economy endures its longest post-war recession.
Operators at Verbier have dashed hopes of opening slopes at the Valais ski resort on Saturday because of bad weather.
This cancer sufferer is on a hunger strike to draw attention to the plight of Spain's poor. Meet Beatriz Martínez Figueroa, The Local's latest Spanish Face of the Week.
Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on their hometown. This week, Gitanyali Dayinta Ratitia talks about her adopted town, Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt.
A group of Spanish women have followed the example of Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie by showing off their post-mastectomy bodies during a fashion catwalk organized in the Galician city of Vigo.
Germany has revised down its population by 1.5 million to 80.2 million in the first census since before the country's 1990 reunification, the federal statistics office said on Friday.
The Sweden Democrats have proposed the state withdraw child support from parents whose children take part in riots, with leader Jimmie Åkesson immediately facing flack from his parliamentary colleagues.
Possession of small amounts of marijuana will become a ticketing offence in Switzerland starting this autumn.
France's consul-general in Australia has been forced to issue a plea to French backpackers, saying their rowdy, rude and drunken antics as well as reported shoplifting is bringing shame on the country's community in Oz.
The first night of the austerity driven sell-off of the Elysée Palace’s fine wine collection was considered a roaring success after wine enthusiasts including one very active Chinese buyer, shelled out €300,000 to get their hands on the presidential plonk.
More than 1,000 people took part in multiple anti-capitalist demonstrations in Frankfurt on Friday, targeting among others the European Central Bank and banking giant Deutsche Bank, organisers and police said.
One in four bee colonies in Switzerland either failed to survive the winter or were too weak to produce honey, a new report shows.
Brussels is demanding that Europe's mobile phone operators scrap roaming fees on the continent within a year.
This May has been the coldest in Spain since 1985, as the country braces for what some meteorologists are saying could be the chilliest summer in 200 years.
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei tells the story of his 2011 incarceration with an installation of six large rusty metal boxes in the nave of a Venetian church at the Biennale art festival.
With Sweden's main political parties in agreement that developments in Russia are going in the wrong direction, a key defence policy advisory committee has proposed Sweden seek closer cooperation with Nato.
Flooding in Germany has left one cyclist dead, cellars full of water and transport links disrupted. Rain should continue through Friday but, thankfully, begin to ease over the weekend.
JB Education, one of Sweden's largest operators of publicly funded, privately managed free schools, is shutting its operations due to a lack of students.
Ten years after Germany relaxed its laws on Saturday opening hours, supermarkets in the cities have cashed in on staying open longer, while in rural areas few remain open past 6.30 pm. Trade unions say workers are under too much pressure.
Spain's Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia were faced with a chorus of boos on arriving at a Barcelona theatre on Barcelona on Thursday night.
Topless protestors stormed the season final of Germany’s Next Top Model on Thursday night, but the Femen activists couldn’t stop Heidi Klum from declaring 16-year-old Lovelyn the winner.
France's Health Minister Marisol Touraine told French media on Friday that she wants to crackdown on the smoking of e-cigarettes by banning them in public places and restricting their use to over 18s. The move could spell bad news for the growing industry.
Despite the long, cold winter, strawberry growers in Sweden have announced that this year's harvest has survived and will be ready to be gobbled down in line with Swede's dessert-table traditions at Midsummer.
With the Swedish princess' wedding just a week away, Swedish royal observers are wondering if Madeleine will carry on Bernadotte family tradition and wear the diadem brought to Sweden by Joséphine de Beauharnais' granddaughter.
France's jobless total rose for the 24th consecutive month in April to reach a record 3.26 million, the country's labour ministry announced on Thursday. The figures provoked a stinging attack on the French president from his political rivals.
Five departments in the south west of France remained on flood alert on Friday after heavy rain hit the region over night. The department of Tarn was added to the list of four other departments which have been on 'Orange alert' since Thursday.
A court in Düsseldorf ruled this week that a five-year-old Chinese boy must be deported, rejecting claims by his parents that their second son would suffer discrimination because of China’s one-child policy.
The police have found the remains of a human foot in a boot, which they think may belong to a woman who has been missing in Vilshult, southern Sweden, since early 2011.
Leonardo the Brazilian sporting director of Paris Saint Germain was handed a nine-month ban on Thursday after being found guilty of barging into a referee by French football authorities. PSG said the decision was unjust and plan to appeal.
An invitation for the Green Party to join Sweden's governing centre-right Alliance coalition has left observers scratching their heads, after European Affairs Minister Birgitta Ohlsson mentioned it as a possibility in a webcast interview.
Supermodel, supermum, super media mogul: Heidi Klum celebrates her 40th birthday in Los Angeles on Saturday. This edition of German of the Week goes to the country's most glamourous export.