The IMF told Spain on Friday it faces five more years with an unemployment rate topping 25 percent as it pressed Madrid to enact new reforms including measures to help firms slash wages instead of axing staff.
So you think you know your Spanish geography? Well this week we're putting you in the hot seat with our first ever quiz about Spain. Prepare for your brains to be wracked.
Sweden's Handelsbanken is opening a new UK branch every eighth day, securing its place not only in British borrowers' hearts, but reintroducing high street banking in an industry laid to waste by call centres.
Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Friday that he hopes "personal interests" will not damage the uneasy coalition government, following a landmark court ruling against Silvio Berlusconi.
It may be a much-loved delicacy in France but Israel looks set to become a foie gras free country after lawmakers adopted a bill banning the importation and sale of livers of animals that have been “tortured”.
The Democrats Abroad in Sweden are getting ready to march in Saturday's gay pride parade in Stockholm, but said recent developments in the States meant some of their members in same-sex relationships could soon head home.
Italy on Friday marked the 33rd anniversary of the Bologna train station bombing, in which 85 people died. The bombing is the most devastating terrorist attack in the country's history.
The latest attempt by a French government to rescue the country’s deprived housing estates was put before the cabinet on Friday. President François Hollande hopes €5billion of investment will help put an end to the recent outbreaks of street violence.
At 2pm on Friday train drivers across the country sounded their horns in remembrance of their 24-year-old colleague who died in Monday’s collision of two trains.
Swedish artist Alexander Bard has called on his country's athletes to protest Russia's anti-LGBT laws during the winter olympics next year, but the Swedish Olympic Committee deem such a pro-gay rights move unlikely. The reason? Swedishness, as Steffen Daniel Meyer reports.
Diana Strinati Baur, a former marketing executive, has found peace as an author, innkeeper, artist and creative coach in the wine country of Piemonte, northern Italy. She talks to The Local about life in the town of Acqui Terme and busts a stereotype about northerners.
He’s been described as the “French Elvis Presley”. Now after a glittering 50-year-long career, Johnny Hallyday has finally turned his attention to the English market at the ripe old age of 70 and for that he earns the title of French Face of the Week.
Experts in Germany are investigating whether what appears to be a North African mummy, found in an attic by a ten-year-old boy, it was reported on Thursday.
The family of a man killed by German neo-Nazi terrorists told detectives they thought fascists were to blame but were ignored - instead police bugged their car and phones in a vain hunt for evidence the dead man was involved in crime.
An Italian sports tribunal on Friday suspended Lazio captain Stefano Mauri for six months and fined the Serie A club €40,000 for their involvement in an illegal betting scandal.
A conductor said on Friday he was not to blame for a Spanish train derailment that killed 79 people on July 24th despite telephoning the driver just before the disaster.
The official dictionary of Nynorsk is excising politically incorrect words from its latest edition, arguing that they have become "out-of-date".
In a huge news week for Spain, we took a look at what the foreign press has been saying about events in the country.
One of Sweden's leading orchestras, Camerata Nordica, will perform the world premiere of one of Great Britain's favourite contemporary composers, Benjamin Britten, at this year’s prestigious BBC Proms.
A Turkish man living in Germany has invented a Muslim prayer mat that takes the strain off the knees which, he said Friday, he hoped to now sell worldwide.
For most people, house arrest means a meagre existence staring at the same four walls. Not so for Silvio Berlusconi. The Local takes a look at how life under lock and key could be for the billionaire.
France is set for more violent storms this weekend with the country’s weather service issuing alerts on Friday for 30 departments across the country.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he hoped for progress in the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme after Hassan Rowhani assumes the presidency on Saturday.
A Polish court ruled on Friday that the 36-year-old man who turned himself in over the murder of a mother-of-two in Trollhättan, western Sweden, should be extradited to Sweden.
A Spanish Civil Guard policeman has been arrested by his colleagues for allegedly starting 19 forest fires in Madrid in July.
So a sentence has been upheld in Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud case. But what will it mean for him exactly?
The Moroccan King's recent decision to pardon a Spanish paedophile has caused outrage in the north African country.
A wolf has been captured on video roaming in the Østmarka forest outside Oslo, indicating that Fenris and Freya, the pair photographed this April, are still alive and living near the city.
To the no doubt delighted squeals of French teenagers, One Direction singer Harry Styles is believed to have bought a penthouse in a chic Paris neighbourhoood. Gallic gossip magazines have wasted no time in speculating the impact of Styles' arrival in the City of Light.
An Italian call centre in Milan has given its blessing to married gay staff going on honeymoon.
Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa said on Friday that one-off charges cut its bottom line almost in half in the second quarter of the year, but insisted that its performance had improved outside of those factors.
A man in the south west French city of Bordeaux was jailed this week for forcing both his partner and her mother to work as prostitutes. He was found guilty of "aggravated pimping".
A flight from Athens to Zurich was delayed for two hours on Wednesday after a cat stowed away in the undercarriage.
A guard in Italy's highest court has been caught on camera practicing his dance moves, ahead of the verdict in Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud verdict.
Heavy metal fans have taken over a small north German town at its annual music festival. Since kicking off on Thursday, guests have been head-banging along to some of the loudest bands in the business.
Sweden was ranked this year as the world's gay-friendliest country, but does Stockholm's gay community agree? And what exactly is "gay slime wrestling"? We headed to Pride Park to find out more.
Norway's Green Party has proposed setting up a government agency to grow and sell cannabis, as it rolls out its manifesto ahead of this September's election.
Spain's unemployment rate fell for the fifth month in a row in June, but most of the new jobs created are only temporary, figures released on Friday by Spain's Employment Ministry show.
As temperatures hit 40°C in certain areas of France yesterday, tempers boiled over at a prison in the eastern town of Bourg-en-Bresse where prisoners staged a rebellion after wardens banned them from wearing shorts during exercise despite the heat.
Spain and Gibraltar have fallen out yet again, this time over a load of cement blocks.
German police are investigating after a five-year-old girl was killed and her three-year-old sister seriously injured when a car being followed by police smashed into a launderette where they were with their mother.
As Silvio Berlusconi held crisis talks in his Rome mansion following his conviction for tax fraud, The Local spoke to Italians waiting outside to get their thoughts on the billionaire's sentence.
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has made her directing debut with a lingerie commercial that features her very pregnant sister Monica alongside footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's model girlfriend.
A former Zurich University worker took pictures of body parts in an anatomical collection and published the pictures on Instagram as a joke.
Saturday is set to be one of the busiest days of the year on French roads as thousands of holiday makers and tourists head across the country. With jams and tailbacks expected in certain it has been categorised as level ‘black’ by road authorities.
Norway's most notorious burglar, "Vandraren" or "The Wanderer", has been sentenced to a month in prison for robbing a summer cabin last week.
Helmut Kohl wanted to send half the Turkish people in Germany home when he became chancellor of the country in 1982, newly-declassified documents from the UK have revealed.
New Swedish research has shown that there is little or no relation between how much sleep people get at night and how fatigued they feel, the head researcher said Thursday.
A final judgment against former leader Silvio Berlusconi raised political tensions in Italy on Friday but left a fragile coalition in place for now amid a muted reaction on the financial markets.
Researchers have found a 1,500 km volcanic mountain chain in Norwegian waters which could soon break the surface to form a new island archipelago.
French trader Fabrice Tourre, known as 'Faboulous Fab', a former Goldman Sachs banker, was convicted by jurors in New York on Thursday of committing fraud in a mortgage-linked security sale that floundered.
It's August in Spain, and that means just one thing: holidays. With money short, though, many Spaniards are exploring cut-price options and coming home sooner.
The Swiss celebrated their national day on August 1st under perfect blue skies with political speeches, farm brunches and fireworks.
Lawmakers in the US have re-introduced legislation that seeks to hold France's state-owned rail company SNCF accountable for its role in transporting Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust.
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his family spent Thursday night as the guest of British expat Barry Brown in his boutique hotel overlooking Ålesund's Storfjord, according to the Sunnmørsposten newspaper
Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Premier League side Manchester City 2-1 in the final of the European champion's pre-season tournament on Thursday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their coalition partners are set to win enough votes to continue to govern Germany after the general elections in seven weeks' time, a poll said Thursday.
The Christian Democrat party wants to criminalize breaking out of prison, which at present can be punished with withdrawn privileges for the inmate in Swedish jail.
Sweden's most famous football coach Sven-Göran 'Svennis' Eriksson has put his haunted, Nobel Literature Prize spawning, twelve-room mansion up for sale, asking for a neat 40 million kronor ($6 million).
Volvo Cars' American sales revved up a notch in July, but were still being overtaken by rivals such as Toyota and Honda as the US auto market continued its recovery.