Pat McQuaid on Monday launched his manifesto for re-election for a third term as head of the Swiss-based International Cycling Union (UCI), saying he was the strongman needed to defend the sport.
The induction of Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the US this weekend is being overshadowed in the Swiss media by reports of her infidelities.
The ex-boyfriend of global pop star Shakira has failed in a bid to get a slice of tens of millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account, in the latest chapter of the former couple's legal battle, lawyers said Monday.
Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford said on Monday they will change their strategy for the rest of the Tour de France in order to maintain their grip on the race and fend off challenges from rival teams, who pushed yellow jersey holder Chris Froome to the limit in Sunday's stage 9.
The mayor of a town in Calabria, southern Italy, has resigned after a term steeped in threats and violence.
Lawyers defending the imprisoned former treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) Luis Bárcenas resigned on Monday, citing "professional disagreements".
With no less than 160 sightings of sharks off the Brittany coast this year, and stinging jelly fish occupying the seas around the Côte d’Azur, holidaymakers to France this year would be forgiven for giving swimming a miss. But don’t worry, there’s no need to be scared.
The Swedish crown princess is said to be "immensely pleased" by her newly completed 328-square metre second home on the Baltic island of Öland, a traditional summer retreat for Sweden's royal family.
Swedish city-dwellers still flock to Spain and France when looking for a second home, with Portugal rising fast in the ranks while the Turkish holiday housing market is set to suffer due to recent unrest, according to a new report.
Spain's gaming industry may not be as crisis-proof as it seems, a new report suggests.
Spain has held onto its position as the leading destination for European university students in the Erasmus exchange scheme and is also the country that sends most students abroad, despite offering the lowest grants in the EU.
Italians are being asked to debate politics online, a bold move by the government in a country with low internet usage, and at a time of political disenchantment.
An Italian mayor and his council members have decided to fight the economic crisis proactively, picking up paintbrushes and re-painting the walls of their offices themselves to spare the town budget.
Badly dressed, speaking poor English and giving cheap gifts to their hosts - a few of the accusations on a long list of faux pas made by Swedish MPs on business trips overseas, according to a new internal Riksdag report.
German football powerhouse Bayern Munich announced on Monday that striker Mario Gomez will join Italian side Fiorentina.
Three young Norwegians have been arrested for staging a kidnapping and trying to leach cash from one the trio's family members.
Leah Dunlop, from the UK, has come a long way since working as a waitress in Calabria in the 1980s. Now head of corporate practice in Italy for the Hogan Lovells' law firm, she talks to The Local about setting up a law firm, bridging business cultures and the rewards of learning Italian.
The Norwegian police have released three people held in connection with a shoot-out on a boat last week, stating that the victim cannot yet give a statement because he has lost too much blood.
Waste managers SAR has been fined 1.8 million kroner ($290,000) for withholding information about the cargo on board the Alrita, when the ship ran aground in 2009.
France might not have been keen on granting political asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden but it emerged on Monday that Paris has agreed to take in Inna Shevchenko, the Ukranian leader of militant feminist organization Femen.
Germany called for an independent inquiry into the killing of 42 loyalists of Egypt's ousted president Monday, saying it feared political violence in the country could continue to spiral.
As the Pope called for an end to global indifference to the plight of refugees on Lampedusa, Sebastiano Sali, a research fellow at the Department of War Studies, explains how Italy and the EU could mitigate the situation.
Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed German secret services profited from the spying and tapping operations of their USA colleagues. But whistleblower Edward Snowden says the extent of the cooperation was hidden from politicians.
French energy giant Total was acquitted by a court in Paris on Monday on charges of corruption and influence peddling relating to the United Nation's 'oil-for-food' programme in Iraq during the 1990s.
A Spanish journalist and blogger has captured plenty of attention by saying women should finally learn to live with their body hair.
German and French ambassadors to Bulgaria urged the country's leaders on Monday to sever links with oligarchs, as thousands continued to protest against corruption among the political elite.
Londoner Paul Nicholls ploughed snow and erected 3G masts to make his fortune in Sweden, but his favourite furry creatures were never far from mind. He tells The Local about affection-hungry Speedy Gonzales, and the other 25 alpacas at his new bed and breakfast.
Police on Saturday broke into a hidden anti-assault 'panic room' in a Malaga villa and arrested a 41-year-old British man who had been on the run for over a decade after receiving a 24-year prison sentence for drug dealing.
Just as the sun comes out in France there is bad news for lovers of a cold beer. Anyone who enjoys a chilled Stella Artois or 1664 on the terrace of a Paris brasserie or a Riviera hotel might want to change their tipple as the price of beer soars.
An Italian court on Monday postponed to July 20th a hearing on the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster to rule on plea bargains requested by four crew members and one manager from the ship's operator.
Italian auto giant Fiat said on Monday it was exercising an option to increase its estimated €198 million stake in US partner Chrysler, bringing a merger between the two companies a step closer.
A Marbella-based travel agent has teamed up with spaceflight specialists in Barcelona to offer high-flying tourists a six-hour round-trip into the stratosphere using a high-tech balloon.
Foreigners are more than three times as likely to be poor in their old age as Germans, new data shows. Former "guest workers" are the most likely to be living in poverty.
Fish has for a long time been deemed an essential part of any healthy diet, but a French food standards watchdog has sounded the alarm bells by warning that any more than two portions a week could have dangerous adverse health affects.
The devastating floods that hit central and Eastern Europe last month caused up to $4.5 billion (€3.5 billion) in losses for the insurance industry, Switzerland's re-insurance group Swiss Re said on Monday.
Police in central Sweden have found the body of a girl by a lake, with signs pointing to it being the five-year-old who disappeared from a playground in Avesta in central Sweden on Saturday.
The driver of a bus that smashed into a safety barrier on Monday near Avila, killing nine people and injuring 22, has been detained after he admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.
Spanish police have arrested eight people involved in an online child pornography network whose members were allegedly planning to kidnap, torture and murder their victims.
Taking advantage of the first truly hot summer weekend in Stockholm, Sofie Adde was blissfully unaware that a casual dip would end in blood and stitches after a beaver mistook her thigh for lunch.
More than a million people took to the streets in the west German city Cologne on Sunday for the Christopher Street Day gay pride parade. The celebrations went without a hitch as onlookers revelled in the sunny weather.
The retail sector has been the hardest hit by the ongoing recession, according to a report by the Italian Chamber of Commerce.
The nephew of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, a fan of US superstar statistician Nate Silver, has come to the "unhappy" conclusion that his uncle will lose the next elections.
German scientists have found a frog thought to have been extinct for the last 60 years and which has been hailed as a living fossil.
Pope Francis arrived on Monday on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, a key destination of tens of thousands of would-be immigrants from Africa, in a visit the Vatican hopes will raise awareness of their plight.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency has warned that as many as 20 percent of medical diagnoses could be incorrect, putting patients' health and well-being at risk.
A Swedish rights group and an artists' collective have joined forces to launch the "Crip is Hip" campaign complete with "cerebral palsy beer" in a bid to change attitudes towards disabled people, not just at the pub.
A fugitive bear, who had been on the run in the south of France, was finally snared at the weekend. After giving police the runaround for two weeks, the Tibetan brown bear was finally hauled back to the reserve from which it had escaped.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has defended the pace and direction of his government's reforms programme in his first official meeting with former PM José María Aznar since being publicly criticized by his Popular Party (PP) predecessor.
Switzerland's jobless rate fell in June for the fifth month in a row, dropping to 2.9 percent from three percent in May, although the level of unemployment remained higher than for the same period a year earlier.
The Norwegian government has given a preliminary green light to a deal between supermarkets Ica Norway and NorgesGruppen, pending the final verdict of Norway's Anti-Trust Authority.
Travel price hikes will force more than half of Italy's population to stay at home this summer, according to a report from Codacons, the consumer association.
German hospitals have employed more than 13,000 additional nurses and carers over the last few years, despite continued complaints about underfunding, a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper says.
With more than a hundred children gone missing without a trace from asylum seekers' residences across Norway, Save the Children has sounded the alarm and expressed fears the minors have fallen victim to human trafficking.
Former world number one Mats Wilander has said that Andy Murray's Wimbledon title could open the floodgates for many more Grand Slam titles.
Despite pleas by road authorities and government ministers for drivers to take extra caution, the first weekend of the French summer holidays was marred by several fatalities on the country's roads. Dozens were also left injured.
As part of our tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we look around one of the best areas for fossil spotting in the world - the Messel pit site.
An 'uncooperative' Spanish family of five stranded on a yacht amid gale-force winds in the Aegean Sea was rescued by the Greek coastguard on Sunday after an operation including a helicopter airlift and a speedboat.
Berlin-born tennis star Sabine Lisicki may have lost the Wimbledon women's final but she arrived back in her native Germany on Sunday afternoon to high praise and adoring fans.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy took to Twitter on Monday to insist that he was not making a dramatic return to politics despite attending crisis talks with top officials from his UMP party and a series of public pronouncements.
Friends of the man who went on a crazed knife attack in Varberg in western Sweden on Sunday, killing one and injuring two and leading to his own death, had previously warned police over his state of mind.
Swedish golfer Jonas Blixt won his second US PGA Tour title on Sunday, outdueling four rivals in near darkness on Sunday to win the $6.3 million Greenbrier Classic by two strokes.
Italian coast guards on Sunday rescued 120 migrants from a distressed boat off Sicily, a day ahead of a visit by Pope Francis to an island that has become a gateway for undocumented immigration into Europe.