The Swiss federal migration office said on Tuesday that it had not received an application for asylum from American fugitive Edward Snowden, accused by US authorities of violating espionage laws.
Switzerland's Roger Federer is looking to bounce back from his Wimbledon humiliation by playing the Gstaad clay-court tournament in his home country for the first time in nine years later this month.
Almedalen political week is like a Midsummer smörgåsbord - just when you are all set to enjoy the meatballs you spot the strawberries and cream. In Tuesday's Dispatch Peter Vinthagen Simpson ponders staying beyond the refreshments.
Italian mafia homicides have fallen by almost a half in recent years, underscoring the gangsters' ongoing shift into what look like legitimate business sectors, researchers said on Tuesday.
France's environment minister Delphine Batho was sacked by the French president on Tuesday after she criticized the government's budget. Batho's sacking comes after former Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac was fired earlier this year.
The discovery of a wetsuit-clad skeleton floating in the sea near Alicante, Spain, with flippers, phone, waterproofed clothes, a Moroccan passport and a wad of cash has triggered speculation as to the victim's identity, origin and cause of death.
A weekend trip to visit his girlfriend turned into a nightmare for one young Spaniard after his ten-month-old pet bulldog was killed by being thrown from a sixth-floor window.
STAGE FOUR: Australia's Simon Gerrans took hold of the yellow jersey after Stage 4 of this year's Tour de France after his Orica-GreenEdge team won the 25km time trial along the French Riviera. It comes a day after Gerrans triumphed on Stage 3.
A freshwater shrimp, an island-dwelling lizard and a pupfish from Arizona have been declared extinct, while nearly 21,000 species are at risk of dying out, a Swiss-based conservation group says.
Woody Allen is just "a good idea" away from making a feature film in Stockholm, with one Swedish film expert excited at the possibilities considering one of the director's biggest influences was from Sweden.
Swedish police have arrested a woman on suspicion of aggravated assault, after two young boys were circumcized in Eksjö, central Sweden.
Can a democratic state be racist? Of course, says Der Tagesspiegel's Andrea Darnbach - who argues that a nation with a past like Germany's must face up to the latent racism lying at the heart of German officialdom.
US director Woody Allen has been offered the funding to make a movie in Stockholm, but says that the only thing stopping him is "a good story". Got any ideas?
Deutsche Börse, operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, unveiled Tuesday plans to launch a new market place where companies, public sector bodies and research institutes can buy and sell excess cloud computing capacity.
An amateur sailor has left the French public gobsmacked this week by swimming through sometimes freezing waters for 15 hours, after falling from his boat off the coast of south-western France. The 52-year-old said his children were the secret to his miraculous survival.
Looking for a place to rent in Spain can be a nightmare, but it doesn't have to be that way. In this article, Madrid-based relocation expert Pierre Waters gives us the lowdown on how to avoid some of the more common pitfalls for renters, and fills us in on the implications of Spain's brand new rental laws.
A Galician woman gave birth to a baby daughter in a hotel room on Sunday just two hours after hospital staff diagnosed her as not being in labour and sent her home again.
The Italian government said on Tuesday that it is evaluating an asylum request made by fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
Fugitive Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in a number of European countries including Germany, which said on Tuesday it was reviewing the request.
After the leader of France’s National Front party Marine Le Pen was stripped of her immunity on Tuesday, French political analyst and expert on the far-right, Jean-Yves Camus tells The Local why it was a mistake. However, anti-racism campaigners disagree.
The mayor and deputy mayor of Cardano al Campo, north of Milan, are in a serious condition in hospital after former traffic policeman Giuseppe Pecoraro went on a shooting rampage in the town hall.
New car registrations in Germany fell in June and have been generally low for the first half of 2013, data released on Tuesday showed. They are a key measure of demand in one of the most crucial sectors of Europe's top economy.
There has been a major increase in the number of homeless people in France over the last decade, according to a report published on Tuesday. The near-50 percent rise since 2001 is due in part to a surge in foreign asylum-seekers, the study said.
Four teenagers from Foggia, in Puglia, have designed a Google 'doodle' to commemorate anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, which they hope the world's largest search engine will publish on July 19th.
The Local's Oliver Gee reflects on the small-time manners of Swedes, and ponders why Swedish people don't seem to know how to be "polite in passing".
With Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak still in jail after over 4,000 days, Arne Ruth and Susanne Berger argue that it's time Swedish politicians got their act together and made a move to free him.
A German court on Tuesday jailed a married couple for spying for the Russian secret services for more than 20 years in one of the country's biggest espionage cases since the Cold War.
Ikea founder and multi-billionaire Ingvar Kamprad's announcement that he plans to move back to Sweden is part of a long-term trend of rich people heading home following changes to wealth taxes, according to a media report.
French far-right leader Marine le Pen, looks set to be prosecuted in France for remarks she made likening Islamic prayers to the Nazi occupation, after the European Parliament on Tuesday stripped her of her immunity as a lawmaker.
Norwegian convert Yousef Assidiq has invited the anti-Islamist organization SIAN to come and drink coffee with congregation members at an Oslo mosque, tweeting "Dialogue, baby!" when the RSVPs began tumbling in. He tells The Local why it is time for a coffee break.
A Swedish woman arrested during demonstrations on Istanbul's Taksim Square on Saurday has been released by Turkish police.
A German state government has launched an investigation into why an entire year group failed their school leavers exams at a private school. Their teachers' qualifications are now to be checked.
The release of pollutants into the environment increased by five percent in one year, show new figures from Statistics Norway that point the finger of blame at copper II oxide used to protect boats.
The “Sabine vs Serena 2013” Wimbledon match will go down in tennis history, after German Sabine Lisicki, ranked 24, fought back against five-time champion Serena Williams, breaking her run of unbeaten matches.
Spain's Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo on Tuesday ruled out the idea that intelligence leaker Edward Snowden could be granted asylum in Spain.
In a scene reminiscent of the horse's head in the Godfather I, Emanuele Feltri returned to his farm after a trip to Catania, in Sicily, southern Italy, to find his sheep slaughtered, with the head of one left outside his front door.
Immigrants are the solution to the labour market demands resulting from the withdrawal of baby-boomers from the workforce, according to a new report from Sweden's Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).
The Oslo Stock Exchange hovered at near standstill on Tuesday, with the main index climbing 0.04 percent in the first half hour of trading.
Norwegian police warn that a rising number of foreigners who are deported from Norway manage to return, with police citing the "appalling situation in Europe" as the reason for people making their way north.
French President François Hollande called for the EU to take a "coordinated" stand in response to claims that the US had spied on envoys for European nations' as well as EU missions in Washington, DC and New York.
A Swedish citizen of Lebanese origin on Tuesday denied links to the Hezbollah movement during his trial on charges of breaking Thailand's weapons laws.
A group of angry jobseekers in France are aiming to make history as they prepare to sue the country's employment agency. Their grievance? The job centre failed to do enough to find them work and they are demanding €1.8 million in damages.
Police trying to evict a man from an apartment in central Stockholm were shocked to find his body inside, estimating that the man had died 18 months ago.
A video commercial for a special variety of Spanish cherries has been pulled after complaints it was "sexist" and "vulgar".
Italy’s best singles tennis players have crashed out of Wimbledon, after Andreas Seppi lost in straight sets to Argentine Juan Martin Del Porto.
A 22-year-old Norwegian man is believed to have killed his parents, before himself dying in a car crash on Monday evening. His mother was still alive when police arrived on the scene.
Electioneering fever is hitting Lausanne this week as the three cities bidding for the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and the six men vying to succeed Jacqes Rogge as International Olympic Committee president make presentations to IOC members.
Bars and restaurants in Veneto will be slapped with a fine if they serve the region's Prosecco DOC from anything but a bottle after the Italian government launched a campaign to protect its treasured tipple.
Apart from being able to dart through traffic jams, one of the advantages of driving a motorcycle to work in Swiss cities is to escape costly parking fees, but those days may be numbered.
Norway's Energy Minister has called the trade union confederation's suspicion of labour migration a "senseless use of time and energy," and discarded claims the influx of employees would lead to wage dumping.
Spain's jobless line grew shorter again in June, with 127,248 leaving the queue in what was the fourth consecutive month of falling unemployment in the country. But the number of people out of work is still up 3.22 percent on a year ago.
American whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in several European countries including Norway, WikiLeaks announced on Tuesday morning.
In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, we speak to Mark Pingitore, the director of the American School of Barcelona, about running an international school that is going from strength to strength despite the crisis in Spain.
Fabrizio Miccoli, the captain of Palermo football team, has had his citizenship revoked by Corleone town council for slurring the memory of murdered anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone.
A French naturist appeared in court on Monday accused of indecent exposure after he bumped into a mother and child during a naked hike. If found guilty the teacher could face a year behind bars. Furious naturists are demanding a change in the law.
Spain looked forward to a chance for World Cup revenge on Monday after Brazil hammered the world champions 3–0 in a humiliating Confederations Cup final at the Maracana Stadium.
Alarm bells are ringing once more over the upkeep of Italy's historic monuments, from the Roman city of Pompeii to the Colosseum, with budget cuts hampering repairs and UNESCO issuing a stern rebuke.
The director and deputy director of the Vatican bank have resigned amid a probe into fraud and corruption at the scandal-hit institution, the Vatican said on Monday.
The luxury group LVMH, which includes Louis Vuitton was hit with an €8million fine on Monday failing to tell financial markets that it was increasing its stake in luxury bag maker Hermes.
The Swedish police have managed to circumvent the Tax Agency's confidentiality concerns and access the records of twelve people working in Sweden without the necessary residence permits.
Twenty years after Sweden's school system opened the door for independent profit-making schools and expanded parents' choice, sliding results have the left-leaning opposition saying the system is a textbook example of privatization gone wrong.
A new method could double the lead time for forecasting the ocean warming trend known as El Nino and help communities better prepare for crop losses, floods and drought, German researchers said on Monday.
A group of seven- and eight-year-olds watched in disbelief at the weekend as an argument between their parents over their football game spiralled out of hand - escalating into a full-blown punch-up between 15 adults.
As part of our tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we check out the beautiful 12th century Wartburg castle in Thuringia.
One in six Sweden Democrat politicians at the municipal level has abandoned the party since the last elections, a new review has shown.