The French love their food rules so eating dinner in France can be a bit of a minefield for us foreigners when it comes to trying not to commit any embarassing or even offensive faux pas. We have asked a French cooking teacher to point out of ten of the worst French food faux pas.
French President François Hollande will meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, Hollande's office announced on Friday.
Norway has halted construction on its pioneering carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant at the Mongstad refinery after escalating cost overruns and delays, putting an end to the project Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said was Norway's "Moon Landing"
Police in Tvedestrand, south of Oslo, nabbed a pair of burglars after following a tip-off received from a clairvoyant shaman in Peru.
Rome is struggling to cope with the thousands of rats that scutter around the capital, prompting the city authorities to invest €400,000 to tackle the problem.
Germany's political parties have spent tens of millions campaigning for Sunday's election. A lot of their funding comes from big businesses, vying for influence in the next government.
One of the biggest tsunamis in history originated in Spain's Canary Islands some 160,000 years ago, a group of Spanish scientists has found.
The Swedish royal family will soon need to carry out a more open and transparent accounting of how it spends its annual allotment of public funds, according to a new proposal.
Italy has the worst record in Europe for value-added tax evasion, costing the country €36.1 billion a year, according to a study by the European Commission.
Spain's trade deficit plunged by a further 53.5 percent in July as the recession-hit country rode a boom in exports, officials said on Friday.
Former trainees at discount chain Aldi Süd say they were wrapped in clingfilm and chained to posts as a punishment for "being cheeky." It is the latest in a string of abuse allegations to appear in a book written by a former manager.
This week has marked the final countdown to Germany's election on Sunday, but it hasn't just been political news making the headlines. The Hoff quitting Big brother, a waxwork Merkel and the death of a literary legend are all among the stories featured in The Local’s photos of the week.
News that the largest swingers party in Swedish history will be held next month in a town in eastern Sweden has some residents hopping mad about the impact that the "orgy of sex, erotica, and lust" will have on their neighbourhood.
Staff at the Turin-based Zoom zoo have expressed their joy at the rare birth of a baby siamang, a type of gibbon, it was announced on Thursday. The zoo has released a video on YouTube of the newborn’s first outing with its mother.
John P Brady left the grey skies of Ireland for the warmer climes of Sicily. But while the island is a paradise for some, for others it's a place to leave. He talks to The Local about living in one of the most colourful, yet chaotic, parts of Italy.
Harry Shindler has been living in Italy for nearly 30 years, long enough for the British government to decide he no longer has the right to vote in his home country. He speaks to The Local about his 12-year campaign to reclaim his voter rights.
Senators in France voted to ban child beauty contests this week to prevent the "hyper-sexualisation" of young girls. But a furious Michel Le Parmentier, organizer of France's "Mini-Miss" competition, tells The Local why the US is to blame and why "Mini Miss" pageants can help girls in later life.
Spain's Royal Palace announced on Friday King Juan Carlos will have hip surgery, but not before the rumour started circulating that the 75-year-old monarch was about to abdicate because of ill health.
The hour-long walk from the local railway station to the Morteratsch glacier is a winding trek through a valley littered with rocks that the retreating ice left behind.
Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Friday that Italy is committed to keeping its public deficit below the EU ceiling of 3.0 percent of GDP, despite a revised budget that forecasts it will rise to 3.1 percent.
A man who was recovering from a heart operation at Hallands hospital in Halmstad in southern Sweden died after swallowing his prescription medicine together with the pill's protective casing.
A total of 22 people were injured, with two taken to hospital, when two trains collided at Barcelona's Sants station on Friday morning.
Italian men have hit back at a story published in the UK earlier this week harking on about them being philanderers who can no longer afford to cheat due to the financial crisis.
Spain's plans for a gambling-fuelled exit from its economic crisis are looking increasingly shaky with two planned mega-casino facing an uncertain future because of a smoking ban and a push for independence in Catalonia.
The US embassy in Berlin commemorated the only American civilian to be executed by the Nazi government on Friday. Until recently the life, and death, of resistance fighter Mildred Fish-Harnack had gone unnoticed.
France will cut its use of fossil fuels by 30 percent by 2030, and halve its overall energy consumption by 2050, President François Hollande said on Friday in an effort to heal a growing rift between the Socialists and their coalition partners the Greens.
UPDATE: A tiger killed a zookeeper in front of onlooking visitors on Thursday afternoon. Ten-year-old Rasputin snuck up on the man during feeding time at a zoo in western Germany.
Five Star Movement (M5S) politicians staged a kissing protest in parliament during a debate on an anti-homophobia bill, calling for more rights for gay people.
Swedish MP Frederik Federley, a prominent advocate for gay rights and himself gay, has leapt to the defence of Employment Minister Elisabeth Svantesson whose religious faith and position on homosexuality has come under scrutiny this week.
Christian leaders from Syria and beyond are planning a summit involving Muslim representatives in a drive to use faith to spur peace efforts, the Geneva-based World Council of Churches says.
Swiss farmers continue to benefit from one of the most generous subsidy programmes in the world, second only to Norway, with almost 60 percent of their income raked in from government handouts, a new report from the OECD says.
Influential conservative Madrid politician Esperanza Aguirre says Spain and Catalonia need to learn to love each other all over again.
A majority of French would re-elect German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sunday’s elections, despite criticisms of her by some of President François Hollande’s government, according to a poll published in France on Friday.
A mother who sent her three-year-old son Jihad to school wearing a sweater with the words "I am a bomb" on the front, along with his name and 'Born on September 11th' on the back, was handed a suspended jail sentence on Friday for "glorifying a crime".
One of the Progress Party's most controversial figures has warned that Norway's immigration policy threatens to destroy the country's culture, putting the party's coalition negotiations under new strain.
The German election campaign has been accused of being dull and out-of-touch. To rectify that The Local has travelled a step or two beyond the mainstream.
Tough new rules on internet piracy are one of the key features of Spain's new penal code to be approved in the country's parliament on Friday.
The former manager of Swiss football teams Grasshopper, Basel and Zurich is in jail facing charges of blackmailing the sporting director of the Bern team Young Boys, a Swiss newspaper reports.
Police arrested dozens of anti-fascist militants in Paris on Thursday night as they tried to confront far-right rivals in a bar in the capital. The far-left protestors had come from a rally in honour of a Greek rapper who was killed by a suspected neo-nazi on Wednesday.
The body of a 23-year-old Israeli woman who went missing in Bavaria ten days ago has been found in the Alps.
The world's biggest beer festival opens for the 180th time on Saturday sparking 16 days of drinking, dirndls and cheesy pop music.
The neonatal clinic at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna was reopened on Friday after having been closed for several days following the discovery that six children were infected with multi-resistant bacteria.
Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church must rethink the way it approaches the issues of abortion, gay marriage and contraception, a move which shows a marked shift away from the Catholic Church's conservative approach to such issues.
A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years behind bars this week for pushing a young women to her death down the stairs of a Paris Metro station. The incident left France shocked and appalled at the time.
A group of 16-year-olds claimed responsibility for a series of hacking attacks this week, which among other things closed down train ticketing services across the country.
Australian actor Hugh Jackman will receive a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian film festival which gets underway on Friday in Spain with 13 movies in competition for the best film award.
Henrik Stenson fired a six-under 64 to grab the lead at the Tour Championship in an opening round in which world number one Tiger Woods finished a disappointing second to last.
A five-month-old baby with US and Canadian parents died in Spain's Alicante airport on Thursday after being placed on a luggage belt which then started moving without its parents noticing, officials said.
Internet giant Google signed over €60 million to the French media this week aimed at helping sites develop their presence on the Internet. The move follows a spat between the Google and French publishers, which threatened to spill over into a diplomatic row.
The northern end of Sweden has been swept by wet weather chaos and has been warned to expect more, with heavy flooding causing severe damage and extensive disruptions across the region.
A French economy minister has launched a scathing attack on Germany’s ‘unfair’ wage policy “which he claims is based on who can pay workers the least”. The attack was timed just days before the Germans goes to the polls.
A webmaster from Normandy, northern France was arrested and charged on Thursday for "provoking" and condoning terrorism. He is accused of translating articles from the jihadist magazine Inspire into French.
Angela Merkel's election rival Peer Steinbrück urged voters in Berlin on Thursday to swing behind his bid to usher in a more socially fair Germany by toppling the chancellor.
Norway has been ranked as the most attractive country for migrant workers in Scandinavia. But that doesn't mean it's easy to get a job. Oslo-based journalist Audrey Andersen explains how it's done.
A local Social Democrat politician from central Sweden has been forced out of office after he published a racist Facebook post about when it might be appropriate to run over a "Negro".
Norwegian farmers rake in more in subsidies than those of any other country in the world, with 63 per cent of their income coming from the government, a new study from the OECD has reported.
A paramedic in Norway was so committed to his job that when he died, his daughters decorated his coffin like an ambulance, painting it bright yellow and wrapping a chequered reflective strip around it.