A mafia raid in southern Italy has uncovered a code detailing the rituals a person must go through before they can join the notorious 'Ndrangheta. The Local found out what joining the mafia involves and how the evidence can help convict some of Italy's most-wanted criminals.
Spanish children are more interested in helping animals and kicking footballs than winning votes when they grow up, a new study shows.
Italy's highest court last week found Silvio Berlusconi guilty of tax fraud, a decision which brought his supporters onto the streets of Rome in protest. The Local finds out why the convicted criminal is still adored by millions of Italians, nearly 20 years after he walked onto the political stage.
Who is France's favourite celebrity? Which politician would the French rather go on holiday with? Whatever the question, the French seem to produce an opinion poll for it, and summer, it seems, is survey season. Here's an insight into the mood of the French with a look at the best of recent polls.
A group of protesting French farmers have finally cracked, it seems. After becoming fed-up at low prices the farmers have taken matters into their own hands by smashing thousands of eggs of French roads, and say more will bite the dust.
Three members of an American family who survived the crash of a hot-air balloon in Montbovon with serious injuries are out of danger.
Sweden's support of the EU-US free-trade agreement could be one reason for President Barack Obama's decision to visit Sweden, rather than to stop off in neighbouring Nato members Norway or Denmark.
Police have launched an investigation after what is suspected to be a murdered child was found buried just a metre below the surface in a northern Stockholm cemetery on Wednesday.
A plane that left Paris Charles de Gaulle airport bound for the US had to be diverted on Wednesday after it was hit by a technical problem. THe Delta Airlines Airbus 380 was forced to land at Amsterdam.
Moving to a new country is daunting, and finding somewhere to live is just a small part of the relocation process. But in this week's Local List, we hope to make at least flat hunting in Germany a little easier.
Switzerland’s top migration official has defended rules preventing residents of the new federal asylum centre in Bremgarten from moving freely around the town.
Four teenage pickpockets attacked a traffic warden at an underground station by the Spanish Steps in Rome after they were asked to stop smoking.
Holocaust-denier David Irving said on Wednesday he would push ahead with his controversial trip to Germany, despite calls to ban him from every hotel in Berlin. He told The Local he had been “inundated with offers” of accommodation in the city since the German Hotel Association said its members would not allow him to stay.
Two people were killed on Wednesday when a light aircraft came down in a forest in northern Germany.
If you have a spare €100 million ($133 million) lying around, you might just fancy snapping up the 'ghost airport' of the central Spanish city of Ciudad Real.
France's embassy in Yemen will remain closed for at least four more days over fears of an imminent Al-Qaeda attack, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.
US President Barack Obama will visit Sweden in September after ditching plans to head to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Nathan Campbell, 38, has been charged with murder after ploughing his car into a crowd on Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles and killing an Italian woman from Bologna.
His dad was one of the greatest footballers ever, and now Enzo Zidane appears to be following in Zinedine's footsteps, and in more ways than one (see video). Real Madrid have promoted him out of his age group, it was reported this week.
With the new Stockholm City Line already well under way, we've collected five facts about the project so you know what to expect.
A contentious new report has urged France to ban the wearing of Muslim headscarves in universities. Here two experts tell The Local why the report is an example of France's current "identity crisis" with Islam but why the laws need updating to defuse tensions in the country.
Two rival gangs of migrant berry pickers came to blows on a scrappy car park near Gävle in eastern Sweden on Wednesday, with Swedish police arresting three of the men after the violent dust-up.
A Berlin-based performance artist is raising eyebrows in European capitals with a risque drive to expose the role of advertising in every day life - by pulling his trousers down in public.
Italy is asking people to confess when they pay cash-in-hand for services such as plumbing or dentistry to try to curb rampant tax evasion.
Reigning Swedish football champions Elfsborg are confident they can eke past Scottish side Celtic in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying round clash on Wednesday in Borås, western Sweden.
Where else in the world can you find a capital city which is not only surrounded by water, but is surrounded by water that you can safely swim in? We take a look at the ten best places in Stockholm to take a dip.
British Prime Minister David Cameron got on the phone on Wednesday to warn his Spanish counterpart that the Gibraltar border tensions risked damaging relations between London and Madrid.
German industrial production strongly rebounded in June driven by all sectors after people took advantage of the May bank holidays to extend their time off, official data showed on Wednesday.
Organizers of a casting on Wednesday for extras for the new Ridley Scott movie to be filmed in Spain were overwhelmed when more than 1,000 people turned up.
Expats in Germany would have faced familiar scenes if they had have been watching Britain's BBC2 on Tuesday night – Make Me a German followed a family as they gave going native a whirl.
German arms exports to Gulf states are set to hit a new record in 2013, it was reported on Wednesday. In the first six months alone, the country sent over €800 million worth of combat weapons to the troubled region.
The Italian government has paid €5 billion of its debt to businesses, out of a total of €20 billion to be paid this year, the Ministry of Economy and Finance said in a statement.
The body of Father Giuseppe Peterlini was found with stab wounds at a rectory in the town of Marano d’Isera, near Rovereto, on Wednesday morning.
Two weeks after the shock suicide of CEO Carsten Schloter, telecoms giant Swisscom has presented its results for the first six months of the year.
A young man has been left brain-dead after being shot in the head after a banal roadside right-of-way dispute turned violent in the north-eastern department of Marne. The attack is the latest in a series of violent road rage incidents in France.
The school rebel is more likely to be a successful entrepreneur in later life, according to a German-Swedish study.
A specially-designed yacht ordered by the late founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, has arrived at the old port of Genoa in Liguria, north-western Italy.
The European Commission's Vice President has come out in favour of an International Monetary Fund plan to slash Spanish salaries in a bid to spur jobs growth in the crisis-hit country.
A Spanish researcher who went without pay for over a year and a half at Jaén University in Andalusia has landed a job at Harvard's prestigious medical school.
French champions PSG remain strong favourites to retain the championship, which kicks off on Friday, but they have a new big spending chalenger who could shake things up. Monaco, who have splashed the cash this summer, will hope to push the Paris club hard.
The Swedish prosecutor has decided to close the preliminary manslaughter investigation into the fatal shooting of a 69-year-old man in Husby, the incident widely credited for setting off riots and unrest in Stockholm in the spring.
Swedish engineers lowered the last segment of the 16.8 billion kronor ($2.56 billion) Citybanan train tunnel into the Stockholm bay of Riddarfjärden on Tuesday. Join us as we take a picture gallery view of the process.
A storm front that passed across Switzerland on Tuesday evening wreaked havoc in many areas and caused the death of a man in the canton of Zurich.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has attacked the centre-right coalition's plans to end use-it-or-lose-it paternity leave during a head-to-head television debate with Progress Party leader Siv Jensen.
The mayor of a village in central France has made the extraordinary public threat to take his own life if a group of travellers return to the local area, it emerged this week.
An armed robber attempted to hold up a 7-Eleven convenience store at Carl Berners Plass in Oslo on Tuesday night, the sixth such robbery in just nine days.
So you are keen to take a break and really want to make it count? There are a thousand things you have to get right to make sure your holiday is jam-packed with all the right stuff and make the most of your time.
Italy has agreed to take in 102 migrants rescued from a leaking dinghy after Malta refused to admit them despite EU pressure, the Maltese government said on Wednesday.
Police in Tønsberg are hunting a suspected arsonist after fires broke out last night in an apartment building, a mobile home and a boat, injuring more than 14 people.
A swathe of France was hit by violent storms overnight on Tuesday, with hail storms, strong winds and heavy rain causing widespread damage (see video). More extreme weather are on their way with 15 departments still on ‘Orange alert’ for storms.
Many Thai massage workers in Sweden tired of requests for "happy endings" have put up signs in their parlour windows promising "no intimate massages," with some responding with threats of violence.
The European Commission said on Tuesday it would send a team of monitors to the Spain-Gibraltar border in the face of the ongoing row between the two neighbours.
A judge remanded in custody on Tuesday a convicted child rapist who was arrested in Spain after a controversial pardon by Morocco's king was revoked in the face of angry protests.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been lined up to play Harald Hardrada, Norway's warrior king, in a Warner Brothers production pitched as the "Viking Braveheart".
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a “central pivot” at organised sex parties with prostitutes that were described as "carnage" by witnesss, according to a French newspaper on Wednesday. DSK is currently awaiting trial on charges of “aggravated pimping”.
A string of violent attacks by extreme left-wingers in Västerås has local police ready to mobilize with the help of the national intelligence agency against the activists' self-professed political campaign of terror.
Massive storms hit east and southern Germany on Tuesday night causing widespread damage. The lightning also hit a farm killing 250 piglets.
Swiss football club Grasshoppers Zurich failed to qualify for the Champions League play-offs on Tuesday after seven-time French champions Lyon notched up a 2-0 aggregate victory following a 1-0 second-leg win in Zurich.
Italian citizens face a heightened risk of being kidnapped in Yemen, Rome warned on Tuesday, amid global fears of an imminent Al-Qaeda attack.
More than 40 people were evacuated and several taken to hospital after a fire ravaged an apartment building in Gothenburg early Wednesday morning in what is being treated as a case of arson.
Norway's ruling left-wing coalition has received mixed messages from the first polls to emerge since the summer break, with one showing they are narrowing the opposition's lead, and another showing they are falling further behind.
Swiss bank UBS has agreed to pay nearly $50 million to settle charges over its disclosures related to a money-losing 2007 investment vehicle linked to sub-prime loans, a US agency announced on Tuesday.
British honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani has launched a new bid to avoid extradition to South Africa, where he is wanted in connection with the murder of his Swedish bride.
Far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has had his application to study political science at the University of Oslo rejected, the institution said on Tuesday.
A Munich court has sentenced a police officer to 10 months in prison for punching a young woman in the face while in custody, breaking her nose and eye socket.
Stockholm football club AIK managed a 1-1 draw with defending Premier League champions Manchester United in a friendly match at Solna's Friends Arena on Tuesday.
A polar bear found dead on Norway's arctic island of Svalbard probably starved because shrinking sea ice had left it with nowhere to hunt seals for food, the photographer who found the animal has told The Local.
Two thirds of German men and half of German women are overweight, a new health institute study revealed on Wednesday.