An award-winning Italian winemaker is being shunned by the sector after a bizarre racist tirade on Facebook against Italy's first black government minister.
The estranged wife of France's disgraced former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac has been charged with tax fraud and money laundering in the same scandal that cost her husband his job, a judicial source said on Friday.
Have you completely given up on Spanish television? Well never fear. The Local has come up with ten ideas for new Spanish TV shows which are sure to spice up the national viewing schedule.
Germany's top consumer watchdog has compared three fast-food chains - and declared Burger King the tastiest but least healthy. McDonald's was better for you - but only because the portions were smaller.
Free trade and climate police are at the top of the agenda for Barack Obama's visit to Sweden next week, a trip meant to symbolize the strength of US-Swedish relations, but which is overshadowed by speculation about imminent military strikes in Syria.
From a rebellious seal to a stunning aerial shot of Germany's most controversial bridge, The Local has selected some of the best photos of the week in our pictorial review of the news.
Spain recorded a current account surplus in January-June this year for the first time on record as exports and investor confidence in the recession-hit country strengthened, officials said.
A Robin Hood-style band of Spanish left-wing activists openly stole cart-loads of school supplies from a supermarket on Friday, promising to distribute them to needy children.
France has a reputation as being a hostile place to start a new business, but a report this week by Ernst & Young appears to explode that as a myth. For this week's JobTalk, one Paris-based expert tells us why France is far from the worst choice for getting a business off the ground.
Tom Weber first found his feet in Vicenza, in the Veneto region, in the 1960s with the US army. He speaks to The Local about the time he was arrested over a residency issue and why, despite this, Italy has become home.
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Friday that military strikes being planned against Syria risked escalating into "a global conflagration".
Munich has beaten Berlin in the race to represent Germany in bidding to host Euro 2020 football matches.
Germany's most famous banker Josef Ackermann resigned his job at the head of Zurich Insurance Group after the firm's chief financial officer killed himself earlier this week - leaving a note referring to their relationship.
Spaniards are now the fastest-growing group of migrants into the UK, new figures from that country's employment ministry show.
A Swedish doctor employed at Stockholm University has lost his licence after prescribing "for the right fee" benzodiazepine - a drug also known as roofies, moggies or downers - to a student who later tried to commit suicide.
Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right party would win a general election, according to a poll released Friday, even though the former prime minister has been convicted for tax fraud and remains entangled in a string of legal scandals.
Zurich insurance has launched an investigation into whether there was “undue pressure” on the company’s chief financial officer, Pierre Wauthier, who committed suicide earlier this week.
A religious man from Malaga is hoping to resolve Spain's dispute with Gibraltar by carrying a three-metre high cross on an 135km (83 miles) peace march to The Rock.
US President Barack Obama's preliminary schedule has been released just days ahead of his touch down on Swedish soil, with highlights including royal meetings, dinners with Nordic prime ministers, and a trip to a Stockholm memorial.
Earlier this week, a French report claiming that e-cigarettes were “potentially carcinogenic” spread shockwaves around the world. However, a researcher tells The Local that there was a danger that the study would be misinterpreted.
France’s transport minister Frédéric Cuvillier has announced a crackdown on fare-dodgers after it was revealed that transport operators SNCF and RATP were duped out of a total of €400 million in a single year.
Firefighters tamed a major wildfire in northern Spain and continued battling smaller ones there and in neighbouring Portugal where blazes have claimed five lives, officials said on Friday.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday named top architect Renzo Piano, famed for buildings including London's "Shard", and conductor Claudio Abbado along with two leading scientists as senators for life.
A Swedish court of appeals has upheld the verdicts against the "online dating league", a team of two women and their male cohorts who set up dates on the internet then drugged and robbed their lovelorn victims.
Shares in French firm L'Oréal surged by 4.6 percent on Friday on news that the group, the world's top cosmetics company, may be looking to buy back Swiss food giant Nestlé's holding.
It took him 17 years, but after dealing with rare bats and a slew of court cases, the man who designed a bridge deemed so ugly by Unesco that it stripped Dresden of its world heritage status, finally saw it open this week.
Two personal computers used by the Popular Party's former treasurer Luis Bárcenas had their data wiped off before a judge could study the contents in a corruption case involving illegal party financing.
Champagne producers are set to go to war with Apple if they attempt to release their new iPhone 5S in a ‘Champagne’ colour, it emerged this week. It wouldn't be the first time the French watchdog has taken a company to task for co-opting the iconic label.
City bosses in Nuremberg are preparing to spend up to €70 million to repair Adolf Hitler's huge Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg. But mayor Ulrich Maly promised: "This is not a question of sprucing it up."
The manager of one of Europe's largest fun parks has been arrested for systematically stealing water for a number of years.
After calls for action in Syria by their French neighbours, protesters took to the streets of Rome on Thursday night to fight against what they see as an "imperialist" plot.
World Radio Switzerland (WRS) will broadcast on Saturday for its last day as the country’s only publicly run English-language radio station.
Venice has teemed with boats for centuries but a tragic gondola death has stirred anger on the canals and could change the face of the floating city's most famous waterway.
Germany will not take part in a military strike in Syria after an apparent deadly poison gas attack.
Stockholmers are expected to suffer some heavy delays next week as the US President Barack Obama visits the Swedish capital, with authorities predicting traffic chaos.
A 64-year-old man from Modena, in northern Italy, told police he has no idea why he keeps stealing bras after his latest heist.
Italy's unemployment rate remained stable at 12.0 percent in July, the same level as in June, a preliminary estimate by the national statistics agency Istat showed on Friday.
French President François Hollande on Friday warned that a strike on Syria could happen soon, despite his ally, UK Prime Minister David Cameron ruling out British involvement in any military intervention.
A quintet of Sweden's most globally respected fashion photographers have fused their art into one hit exhibition, Different Distances, with the curator now shipping the success over to the United States.
Police in Gibraltar are following up on reports that missiles were thrown at their Spanish colleagues on Wednesday, the latest incident in continued tensions on the border between Spain and its diminutive neighbour.
Shipping heiress Marianne Odfjell has announced plans to sell off her 30 percent stake in Odfjell Drilling for about $500m in cash.
A normally staid Swedish newscaster found herself overcome with the giggles on live television following a segment featuring Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary trying to impersonate a ghost.
Spain's four Champions League participants (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad) have all been relatively lucky with their group stages' draw.
Sweden's justice minister wants more Swedish criminals to spend life behind bars, with murderers to feel the consequences of "how seriously society views" the crime.
Social Democrat chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück has gained ground in his battle to overcome Angela Merkel's commanding lead in popularity, but is still trailing way behind her, new polls suggest.
English expat Diccon Bewes cast a wry glance at Switzerland in his bestseller Swiss Watching. A French translation, Le Suissologue, is now in bookshops. The Local caught up with the author to discuss chocolate, trains and Oprah’s bag.
Swiss banks will pay significant fines to avoid US penalties under a deal announced on Thursday which forces them to begin disclosing the offshore accounts of American clients.
Are you returning from your ‘grandes vacances’ this weekend? You’re not the only one. As motorists head homeward for the dreaded rentrée, heavy congestion is expected on the country’s motorways.
Germany's Labour Ministry has banned its managers from calling and emailing staff outside of office hours unless faced with an emergency.
A trio of Georgian criminals have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 14 robberies in computer and mobile phone shops across southern Norway.
The mother of a disabled 30-year-old man in Treviso, northern Italy, is appealing for brothels to be reopened in Italy so that her son can have an active and safe sex life.
This weekend could bring the game of the Ligue 1 season so far, with leaders Marseille taking on second-placed Monaco. After a rocky start, champions PSG should take three points from newly promoted Guingamp.
Meat from elk and deer shot in the wild could cause brain damage in children, Norway's Food Standards Authority has said in a new report, citing the high levels of lead contained in it.
A Swedish professor has said the hazing techniques used at the now-closed and scandal-hit boarding school Lundsbergs could be in breach of international law on torture, as certain incidents were close to waterboarding.
A Norwegian woman has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison after she admitted to falsely claiming to have been raped.
Germany's top football clubs, which dominated last season's Champions League, have been drawn in tough groups for this season's competition.
The producer behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy wants to shoot a $100 million Viking blockbuster in Norway, saying he is drawn by the "authentic landscape" and the expert knowledge local historians have about the Viking era.
The EU's new tobacco directive could threaten as much as 70 percent of existing sorts of snus on the market, snuff makers Swedish Match has warned.
After raising concerns about the potential dangers of e-cigarettes a consumer group turned its attention this week to raising awareness of everyday products found in French supermarkets it claims contain “toxic substances”.
US film-maker William Friedkin, who petrified cinema-goers with The Exorcist, was awarded a lifetime achievement award by organizers of the Venice film festival on Thursday.