A chemical leak forced the evacuation on Monday afternoon of around 1,200 employees of American multinational Procter & Gamble’s European regional headquarters in Geneva.
An investigation is under way into a possible murder after the remains of a 39-year-old Swiss man were found at the bottom of a cliff in the canton of Valais, police said on Monday.
Ten asylum seekers are camping outside the Solothurn railway station to protest against their living conditions in subterranean military shelters, Swiss police said on Monday.
Gay marriage has been legal in France since May, but that’s not stopping a small group of hard-core opponents from setting off on a "pilgrimage" across the country to try to convince "the French people”. They are set to reach Paris in late August.
Residents of a village in northern Sweden were surprised to find a sizeable cannabis crop growing in the yard of a property owned by local police, with officers less than keen to take measures to completely eradicate the pot.
Spain's anti-eviction lobby, the PAH, has called on supporters to bombard the public defender's office with telephone calls until the organization supports their cause in the country's constitutional court.
Doctors are occasionally accused of abusing their position of trust, but surely the actions of one kleptomaniac doctor in the French city of Lyon will be hard to beat.
Prime Minister Enrico Letta has decided to reduce the government's fleet of 10 planes by three in an effort to trim costs.
The mother of five-year-old Fiona, who disappeared from a park in central France three months ago, renewed her public appeal for information on Monday. Cécile Bourgeon also said she had been disappointed by a series of fruitless leads.
French president François Hollande has been selling off the presidential silver in a drive to cut costs in recent months. After rejecting the official but unpopular summer residence of Fort de Bregançon, he is now under pressure to save tax payers more money.
A German bank worker appeared in court this week accused of stealing more than €8 million from customers to feed his gambling addiction.
Residents of Sweden will soon have more access to health care across the EU than before, but the new law does not pave the way for unlimited nor completely free cross-border treatments, experts warn.
Piedmont, in northern Italy, is the best region for integrating immigrants into the country, while the south's Calabria is the worst, a new report has found.
Germany should look up at the sky on Monday night, as Europe awaits a massive meteor shower. Only some lucky regions will get the full effect though, as clouds will cover swathes of the south.
After an "unusually precise" statement from a Swede at a Stockholm lake, The Local's Oliver Gee wonders why Swedish people seem to be so fascinated by using numbers instead of words. And he even puts Stockholmers to the test on camera.
A record number of Germans are taking on second jobs, with women the worst affected, according to government figures.
Footballer Mario Balotelli said he hopes Pope Francis will wish him a happy birthday when he meets him on the eve of Italy's friendly against Argentina.
An online auction of a wide-ranging collection of Abba memorabilia failed to live up to expectations, the Swedish auction house that organized the sale said on Monday.
Spain is considering taking its row over the disputed territory of Gibraltar to global bodies such as the United Nations and International Court of Justice at The Hague, a foreign ministry spokesman said.
A French gay rights group announced on Monday it plans to file a law suit against Twitter on the grounds of violating hate speech laws, after the emergence of the hashtag “#Gays must die”, which topped the "trending topics" on the site over the weekend.
Marketing manager Erika Garcia walks The Local through her professional transition from Mexico to Sweden, and what she learned about machismo, long-term plans, and the unusual clout of snail mail in Sweden's high-tech society.
Are you an expat looking for work in Italy? Don't let yourself be daunted by the prospect of a job interview in a foreign language. With the help of a recruitment expert, we’ve put together a list of do's and don'ts to help you along.
Residents in a small Spanish town are watching where they step after a two and a half metre-long albino Burmese python went missing recently.
The Forza Italia (Go Italy) party was relaunched on Monday, nearly 20 years after it was first founded by Silvio Berlusconi.
As Swedish authorities warn students desperate for accomodation to be wary while hunting for homes, buy-sell site Blocket has asked its users to keep their wallet sealed until a contract is penned.
A brother and sister from a town in Padua, in northern Italy, died just hours apart from eachother.
A 23-year-old on trial for stabbing two childhood friends on Halloween believed he would be reborn as Jesus, the Oslo court has learned on the first day of his trial.
Bavaria's state premier says he wants to charge non-Germans to use autobahns. Although he insists he is serious and will challenge European laws to implement the idea, others say it is just electioneering.
A 38-year-old British man was rushed to Zurich hospital for a serious eye injury after being struck by a woman during the city’s Street Parade over the weekend.
Pressure is mounting on three Deutsche Bahn signal box managers to cut short their holidays and return to work. With so many of their colleagues sick, Mainz station has been cut off from the outside rail world.
Two thirds of Spanish workers between the ages of 18 and 24 would be prepared to leave Spain for work, a new study shows.
Thor Hushovd powered to victory in the fourth and final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway on Sunday afternoon, making the Norwegian the overall winner in the event's inaugural race.
Italian police have seized €250 million worth of assets, including a string of hotels, from the family of Fondiaria-SAI's former chairman as part of an ongoing investigation into the insurance company.
A French sportsman who became the first quadruple-amputee to swim across the English Channel, has been left “sad and angry”, after his custom-designed wheelchair was stolen by thieves.
A Dutch woman was arrested in the Dordogne by French police this weekend on suspicion of murdering her German partner - an ex-member of the French foreign legion - with an axe, following an angry exchange.
A truck has filled Norway's Byfjord Tunnel with smoke, causing the emergency services to rush in and rescue the six cars stuck inside.
After initially gaining sympathy for her alleged snub in a Zurich luxury boutique, billionaire chat show queen Oprah Winfrey is now being blasted by Swiss animal rights groups over her interest in a crocodile leather handbag.
Fourth seed Rafael Nadal needed just 68 minutes to deliver a body blow to Canada's biggest tennis week, routing Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 to capture the ATP Montreal Masters on Sunday.
A three-year-old boy caught his arm in a meat grinder at a kebab shop in the northern Italian town of Lutago, Bolzano.
Brace yourself because this week The Local sizes up some of Spain’s most notoriously wasteful building projects.
Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt failed in their quest to become Sweden's first major men's golf champion but gained precious knowledge in defeat Sunday in the PGA Championship.
France’s minister of agriculture is set for showdown talks with French farmers, angry over the low price of eggs, this week as he attempts to avert a repeat of last week’s egg-smashing rampage that saw half a million destroyed on roads.
The disgraced former treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) continued to receive a salary from the party even after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy entered office, Spanish media reported on Monday.
A German politician has withdrawn her candidacy for next month's general election after an essay she wrote in favour of legalizing paedophilia was unearthed as part of an investigation.
The hunt for a snapping turtle which bit a boy in a Bavarian lake has been stepped up, with the search team growing and turtle experts joining in. There is talk of night-vision cameras being used.
Sweden's commitment to transparency and access to information is turning the country into a favourite target for criminals who use fake IDs to defraud unsuspecting Swedes.
Italian police found rotten fish, meat and ice-cream during a nationwide-raid on restaurants, bars and ice-cream shops.
The Progress Party has called for a victorious centre-right coalition to remove Norway's quota for women on company boards.
The colossal gap between Barça and Real Madrid and the rest of La Liga continues to widen as cash-strapped clubs across Spain are forced to sell their best players and TV deals favour only the big two.
Oslo has barred Apple from taking ultra-high resolution aerial photographs which would have allowed users to virtually fly over the city, viewing its streets in unprecedented detail.
Politicians and gay rights groups are calling for toughter punishments for those involved in hate crimes against homosexuals after a 14-year-old boy in Rome committed suicide after being bullied for being gay.
At least 10 people were killed over the weekend in road traffic accidents across France. In one case, a passenger-driver dispute caused a tourist bus to lose control in the south west of the country, which left two people dead.
For our latest installment of My German Career, we asked aircraft engineer Matt Fullick about life and work in Gütersloh.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met with Israeli officials on Sunday in a visit to support nascent peace talks. He offered to try and soften a European ban on dealings with Jewish settlements.
Schalke 04 and Hamburg shared the points in a 3-3 thriller on Sunday as new signings grabbed the limelight on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season.
Jens Stoltenberg spent an afternoon working undercover as a taxi driver in Oslo, in an audacious political stunt which has become viral viewing worldwide.
Four miners who were stuck 800 metres underground in a burning mine in central Sweden were hauled to safety on Sunday night.
A French soldier, described as a far-right sympathizer, has been arrested over a plot to carry out an armed attack on a mosque in the city of Lyon, officials announced on Sunday.
After two-and-a-half years of denial, convicted serial killer Peter Mangs confessed on Monday to killing 20-year-old Swedish woman Trez West Persson, one of the murders that landed him a life sentence in prison.
An auction of rare Abba memorabilia brought in a wealth of unexpectedly high bids on Sunday, with buyers snapping up Abba clogs, Abba soap - and everything in between.