Greens biggest loser in Geneva cantonal vote
Switzerland

Greens biggest loser in Geneva cantonal vote

Geneva’s cantonal parliament divided into three factions after initial election results on Sunday showed gains by members of parties on the right and the radical left wings, while the Greens and centre-right Liberals lost representation.

Fiery St. Gallen road crash leaves one dead
Switzerland

Fiery St. Gallen road crash leaves one dead

One man died and four other people were injured, two of them seriously, when a camper van and a car collided and caught fire on the A1 motorway in the canton of St Gallen, police said on Sunday.

Assad admits mistakes, calls on Germany to help
Germany

Assad admits mistakes, calls on Germany to help

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has admitted making "mistakes" at the start of the uprising against him in March 2011, in an interview in which he called on Germany to play the role of a mediator in the conflict.

German embassy guard shot dead in Yemen
Germany

German embassy guard shot dead in Yemen

UPDATE: Gunmen shot dead the German ambassador's bodyguard in Yemen on Sunday as others kidnapped a Sierra Leonean working for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), sources said.

‘Ruthless’ woman charged over axe attack
Sweden

‘Ruthless’ woman charged over axe attack

A 44-year-old Swedish woman, described in court as "ruthless" and "brutal" by the prosecutor, has been charged for attacking a man with an axe at a camping site.

More Swedes believe Löfven can be PM
Sweden

More Swedes believe Löfven can be PM

A new opinion poll suggests the red green opposition parties have an overall majority over the current government while more Swedes now have greater confidence in Stefan Löfven to become prime minister.

The week’s news from Sweden in ten pictures
Sweden

The week’s news from Sweden in ten pictures

Lions and zombies and buns, oh my! Haven't been able to keep track of Sweden's news this week? Don't worry, The Local has picked out the best - and weirdest - stories of the week for your review.

Refugee exhibit attacked with smoke bombs
Sweden

Refugee exhibit attacked with smoke bombs

An exhibition in Stockholm on refugees was attacked by masked men throwing smoke bombs and scattering leaflets for a Nazi website prompting organizers to close the installation.

Swiss Post welcomes dead to new homes
Switzerland

Swiss Post welcomes dead to new homes

Switzerland's postal service admitted Saturday it had accidentally sent mail to people who recently died welcoming them to their new homes and wishing them well settling in.

Mass protest in Spain ETA group crackdown
Spain

Mass protest in Spain ETA group crackdown

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Saturday in northern Spain to protest a crackdown on an association that aids jailed members of armed Basque separatist group ETA.

Publishing start-ups crowd Frankfurt book fair
Germany

Publishing start-ups crowd Frankfurt book fair

A rush of publishing start-ups and ever new ways to lure readers in an industry with Amazon breathing down its neck will be a central theme at the world's biggest book fair, opening in Germany on Wednesday.

Bayern go top and eye 30-year record
Germany

Bayern go top and eye 30-year record

Pep Guardiola was delighted as Bayern Munich went top in the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen, a result which also nudged them closer to breaking a 30-year record.

Sunday shopping ban splits France
France

Sunday shopping ban splits France

The laws that mean shopping is all but banned on Sundays, are one of those things about France that leaves visitors scratching their heads. Now, it seems, a growing number of the French are themselves starting to question the ban.

Monaco top Ligue 1 as ‘Le Classique’ looms
France

Monaco top Ligue 1 as ‘Le Classique’ looms

Monaco went three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday after a late Lucas Ocampos winner gave them a priceless 2-1 victory over Saint-Etienne at the Louis II stadium.

Police arrest three over axe gang watch heist
France

Police arrest three over axe gang watch heist

Paris police on Saturday arrested three Eastern European men over an audacious raid on a luxury watch store in the heart of the French capital, sources close to the investigation said.

Italian luxury firm Loro Piana defends takeover

Italian luxury firm Loro Piana defends takeover

Amid controversy and angst over foreign takeovers of well-known Italian companies, the head of Italian luxury textile maker Loro Piana has argued the case for selling a family business, in an interview with AFP.

Berlusconi mulls request for community service
Italy

Berlusconi mulls request for community service

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi could make an application to a judge next week to serve his 12-month sentence for tax fraud in the form of community service, his lawyer said Saturday.

Chopper firm seeks arbitration in India row
Italy

Chopper firm seeks arbitration in India row

AgustaWestland says it is seeking arbitration to settle a row over the supply of 12 helicopters to India, which has suspended the deal amid charges the Anglo-Italian firm paid bribes to clinch the contract.

Italian film director Lizzani commits suicide
Italy

Italian film director Lizzani commits suicide

Italian film director Carlo Lizzani committed suicide on Saturday by jumping from a third-floor window in Rome at the age of 91, the police said.