The canton of Lucerne’s prosecutor’s office has launched criminal proceedings against the cantonal police chief over the release of a video showing a member of the force repeatedly kicking an unarmed burglar in the head.
An inquiry concluded on Wednesday that a two-time convicted rapist should have never been let out of a Geneva prison in the company of a therapist who was murdered last month.
A young Frenchman lived out his 'lifelong dream' of joining the ranks of the long arm of the law when he donned a policeman's uniform he had bought online and patrolled the streets of his neighbourhood "to do good". Unfortunately for him the fantasy didn't last long.
For this week's The Local List, we have chosen ten global brand names that are unintentionally hilarious for Spanish speakers. Brace yourself.
Councillors for Italy's People of Freedom (PdL) party have withdrawn their nomination for Guido Barilla, the president of the Barilla pasta firm, to receive Milan’s prestigious Ambrogino d’Oro award after he said he would never allow adverts featuring gay families.
The dating game can be a battlefield, particularly in a foreign country. In this week's Local List we look at five reasons you should (and shouldn't) date a Swede.
When was the last time you were truly inspired, had an adventure and stepped out of your comfort zone a little? Volunteer with Diverbo – More Than Pueblo Inglés – and use your English know-how among teachers as a way to discover Spain.
Germany's NSU Neo-Nazi terror trio may have been plotting the assassination of ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in 2002 when he was in power, it emerged on Wednesday.
Twenty-nine passengers watched on in shock on Saturday as an EasyJet flight took off from the southern Spanish city of Malaga without them.
There was uproar in the French parliament this week when an opposition deputy made sexist clucking noises during a speech by a female Green Party MP. France's government spokeswoman blamed a parliamentary culture of "boozy dinners" for the outrageous behaviour.
After more than 300 migrants drowned off Italy's coast last week, the government and EU promised to boost efforts to prevent further tragedies. The Local looks to East Africa, where the victims came from, and Libya from where the boat departed, to find out what could be done beyond Italy's borders.
Italian households might be poorer than the French, but they are richer than the Germans when it comes to average wealth, according to a report released on Wednesday by Credit Suisse.
A museum in western Germany has turned its attention to sex and evolution, with a series of risqué exhibitions featuring plenty of animals mating.
Switzerland intends to sign an international deal on exchanging tax information, the government said on Wednesday, saying this demonstrated that it was committed to fighting tax evasion.
The Rock has made it on to the top ten list of Britain’s worst towns as featured in the third edition of the controversial UK book Crap Towns Returns.
Spain's nationalized lender CatalunyaCaixa said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with unions to slash nearly a third of its workforce under a restructuring demanded by the EU as part of a bailout deal for the country's banks.
Swedish women recuperating from illness credit light-hearted fiction for getting them back on their feet, a finding supported by a Gothenburg University study that likens chick-lit to medicine.
Swedish prosecutors have charged a 49-year-old husband with rape and pimping, describing his predilection for whips, urine and gang rapes as hallmarks of a predatory "sexual sadist".
Thousands of British and American expats in Germany are living off unemployment benefit as calls to restrict payments to “welfare migrants” grow louder.
Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit has taken two weeks sick leave after a back problem sustained on a trip to Ukraine five years ago made an unwelcome return.
The number of Spanish millionaires grew by almost 50,000, or 13 percent, in the year up to June 2013, a new study by Credit Suisse shows.
France confirmed on Wednesday that French journalists Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres have been held hostage in Syria since June. The news came as two other French journalists entered their 127th day of captivity in the conflict-torn country.
A "racist" Facebook page directed at the hundreds of migrants who lost their lives off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa last week has sparked outrage in Italy. The page has now been removed.
The battle between electronic cigarettes and the conventional tobacco kind is becoming increasingly bitter in France as one tobacconist sets a precedent by becoming the first in the country to take legal action against a nearby e-cigarette store over advertising.
Every year thousands of foreigners living in France decide, for a variety of reasons, to become français. While many do it for the obvious work benefits, others have slightly more peculiar reasons for gaining French nationality. Here are ten reasons why you should consider becoming French.
The Nobel Prize announcements put Sweden on the global radar each year. But what do Stockholmers themselves think? Do they follow the awards? Can they recall favorite winners or golden moments? The Local hit the streets to find out.
Take a deep breath, now say... Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. This week's Local List looks at ten tongue-twisting German words.
German authorities have identified a dead baby found in a bin 25 years ago through its mother who killed two of her other children, police said on Wednesday.
Italy will hold a state funeral for the victims of a shipwreck off the southern island of Lampedusa last week, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Wednesday. So far, 232 asylum-seekers have been confirmed dead. Between 450 and 500 were reported to have been on board when the boat caught fire and sunk.
Every year thousands of foreigners living in France decide, for a variety of reasons, to become français, but the journey is not always easy. The Local speaks to three Anglos who can now officially call themselves French, to find out why they did it and whether it was all worth it.
A long-lost film by legendary US director Orson Welles is being shown in Italy on Wednesday for the first time in decades after being mysteriously recovered in a removal company warehouse.
A leading expert has warned that the city of Paris and the French state must do more to protect French heritage, after the World Monuments Fund placed two historically-significant churches in the capital, which have fallen into disrepair, on an "at risk" list.
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel for developing multiscale models for complex chemical systems. Their research means "computers have taken over chemistry," an academy spokesman told The Local.
Spain's children will still be able to sit down after school and watch a bullfight on TV after the Spanish Parliament decided on Tuesday it was OK to show such events during children's viewing hours.
Nine-year-old Takuhiro Nakai caught the attention of the wealthiest football club in the world thanks to several YouTube videos in which he displays unbelievable skills for someone his age.
A fight over how to allocate credit for the discovery of the Higgs particle was the cause of an hour-long delay in the announcement of the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday, a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences has confirmed.
This week brought bad news for anyone thinking of buying a flat in Berlin, as city authorities announced they would raise tax on property sales from early next year.
Russia-based watchdog the Joint Mobile Group has won an international human rights award for its efforts to tackle abuses in Chechnya.
A German tourist was told to clean Florence's famous Ponte Vecchio and slapped with a €160 fine after his daughter drew on it with a felt-tip pen.
A woman who died at a Stockholm hotel late last month after being raped could have been saved if the police had better telephone and radio coverage, a new internal report has revealed.
Germany's leading family planning group published articles justifying paedophilia during the 1980s and 90s, researchers said on Wednesday. Article headlines included “the misery of a forbidden love.”
The families of four French pensioners who died after taking a blood-thinning drug have launched legal action against the drug’s German manufacturer and France’s national agency for medication safety, it emerged on Wednesday.
Venice - suffering from an unsustainable level of tourism - has been added to a list of 67 global sites in need of protection by a foundation.
European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta were heckled by activists and local residents with shouts of "Disgrace!" and "Killers!" as they arrived on the refugee island of Lampedusa on Wednesday.
France’s rail operators have announced a massive €410 million investment plan aimed at improving safety on the country’s rail network so as to avoid a repeat of the fatal train crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge in July, which left seven dead.
Norwegian and British researchers believe they have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer's, after a study showed that high doses of B vitamins can reduce brain shrinkage by up to 90 percent.
A group of women belonging to feminist group FEMEN bared their breasts in the Spanish Parliament on Wednesday morning while shouting "abortion is sacred".
Authorities in Switzerland decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis earlier this month with the introduction of a 100-franc fine but a pot smokers group is already dispensing advice on how to avoid the penalty.
The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday raised on Tuesday its 2013 Spain growth forecast, but said recovery remained tepid and that the eurozone bloc was only "crawling out of recession".
Spain's conservative government defended on Tuesday its sharp cuts to state funding of cinema, saying the financial model for the movie sector needs to be changed.
Two Italians claim to have broken the world record for the deepest underwater kiss. The Local spoke to diver Paolo Pedrinazzi to find out how it was done.
The brothers behind YouTube hit 'The Fox' have applied to register both their stage name 'Ylvis' and the phrase 'What does the the fox say?' as trade marks.
Crowdfunding or "financement participatif" as it is known in French, is not something you would expect to take off in France, where the business culture is known more for caution than risk-taking. But the culture is changing and the Socialist government is right behind it.
Deutsche Post and motoring association ADAC will launch a new bus service on November 1st in a bid to challenge Deutsche Bahn’s dominance over long distance journeys. They unveiled their plans in Bonn on Wednesday.
The pending Swiss purchase of Swedish Jas Gripen fighter jets won't add as much to state coffers as previously publicized estimates, according to Swedish media reports.
Five years after a botched rescue, Italy's troubled carrier Alitalia is gasping for survival buried by a mountain of debt, unpaid gas bills and only the slimmest of options.
The leading candidate to lead the youth wing of Norway's Christian Democrats is pushing for Muslims to join the party.
Germany’s Green Party elected a new leader on Tuesday ahead of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday about forming a possible coalition.
A man from southern Norway has been sentenced to 18 days suspended sentence for locking his dog in a cage and throwing it into the sea.
Organizers of the world's biggest book fair in Germany warned on Tuesday against the domination of internet giants as the publishing world grapples to blend old and new forms of reading.
Norway's new government plans to to push local municipalities to ban begging, in a move aimed at cutting the number of Roma immigrants in the country's city centres.
Swedish authorities are breaking EU rules when dragging their feet in giving European nurses the required permissions to work in Sweden, where the health care system has been challenged by the nursing shortage.
With temperatures rising on the Swedish political scene ahead of next year's elections, Swedes on the hunt for political nostalgia as well as a home have noted that former prime minister Olof Palme's row house is on the market.