Le Temps, the only national French-language daily newspaper in Switzerland, is up for sale, and already potential buyers are kicking the tyres.
Iraq says it has reached a $6-billion deal with a Swiss company for the construction and operation of an oil refinery with a capacity of 150,000 barrels per day.
Norway's intelligence agency has launched an investigation into whether a Norwegian citizen was involved in last month's terror attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall.
Black community organisations in France slammed the decision by prosecutors on Thursday to drop charges against a police officer caught on video beating a black woman with a baton, and spraying tear gas in her face during an arrest in central France.
France moved on Thursday to end the “unfair” rise of private hire cabs in French cities, and end a simmering war with taxi-drivers. New rules will mean members of the public are forced to wait at least 15 minutes before their private hire cab is allowed to pick them up.
In France, a farmer commits suicide every two days. That’s the shocking statistic quoted in a new report released on Thursday, which will set alarm bells ringing in France’s Ministry of Agriculture, which is struggling to revitalize the flagging sector.
The Moderate Party's new logo and "workers' party" slogan has courted controversy from union groups and opponents who argue that it is "a slap in the face" for the unemployed.
The Vatican on Thursday said it was calling to order a German diocese that announced it would give out Holy Communion to Catholic divorcees who have re-married, in defiance of official policy.
Spain demanded on Thursday that Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo prove accusations he made at the United Nations that Spanish police had fired shots at a Gibraltarian man in the contested waters surrounding the British territory.
TEDx Stockholm, an offshoot of the popular US non-profit organization TED, is soon hosting its biggest ever show at a theatre in Stockholm. The Local talked to the organizer to find out more.
Germans are growing so tired of politicians dithering over forming a coalition government that a third would rather vote again in fresh elections, an opinion poll suggested on Thursday.
In the wake of Spain's dismal results for reading and maths in the OECD's Survey of Adult Skills, The Local challenges you, the reader, to try out some of the questions for yourself. Are you game?
A Swedish pensioner has pledged to lead the defence of the Gävle goat, a feature of Christmas in the Swedish town and which traditionally ends up in flames, making her this week's pick for Swede of the Week.
The Vatican pledged on Thursday to take action against a German diocese which gives out Holy Communion to Catholic divorcees who have re-married.
Cruise company Costa Crociere said on Thursday it had signed a contract for a special ship used to lift oil platforms as a possible way of raising the wrecked Costa Concordia liner next year.
With Nobel week in full swing and the sciences in the spotlight, The Local caught up with Irishman and Stockholm-based science writer Owen Gaffney whose work explains why humans' treatment of the planet has pushed us into a new era.
One of the more than 300 asylum-seekers who drowned off the coast of Italy last week had given birth moments before dying. She was found by divers with her newborn son still attached by the umbilical cord.
With Europe braced for a "massive influx" of Syrian refugees, a leading expert tells The Local there is a “moral crisis” in France over asylum-seekers, and that the government "hasn't done enough" to meet its obligations and help Syrians fleeing conflict in their home country.
The topless protesters who caused a stir in Spain's Parliament on Wednesday with their pro-abortion message have been released from detention after the judge overseeing the case said a display of breasts did not threaten public order.
The much-vaunted opening of France's first drug "safe" centre in Paris, where addicts would be able to inject illegal substances under observation, has been binned after a state body ruled it would be illegal.
Two Italian teenagers with first-hand experience of the dangers of illegal toxic waste dumping have started a Facebook page to draw attention to the health risks – a campaign that went viral this week. The Local catches up with them to find out more.
The Berlin Festival of Lights began on Wednesday and is lighting up the German capital. With over 70 projections being beamed onto buildings and monuments across the city, it is the biggest illumination festival in the world.
Canadian author Alice Munro was named the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the head of the Swedish Academy announced in Stockholm on Thursday.
Prices at discount German supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have risen quicker than those at their more expensive competitors, a consumer watchdog study revealed on Thursday.
Despite Italians being in the midst of the worst recession since the Second World War, a new study has found they are still throwing away €8.7 billion of food each year.
By lending money to multinational defence firms, Swedish banks are supporting the existence of nuclear weapons, the only weapon of mass destruction which is yet to be banned, according to a new report published on Thursday.
Roger Federer was bundled out of the Shanghai Masters by world number 42 Gael Monfils on Thursday in another demoralising early tournament exit but the defiant Swiss is still eyeing a strong finish to the season.
A tame elk that was accidentally shot after escaping from a sanctuary in northern Sweden has sparked a "ridiculous" legal dispute over who owns the slain beast's antlers.
Italy's police said on Thursday it was investigating Licio Gelli, a 94-year-old former Masonic leader implicated in some of the darkest chapters in the country's post-war history, for tax fraud.
Germany’s most-capped footballer has been wrongly declared dead by a stamp on a letter sent by a court amid a financial dispute with his model ex-wife.
A group of young Spanish jobseekers have been left to fend for themselves in a town in central Germany after an intermediary company that promised them training, language courses and accommodation failed to deliver.
German scientist Thomas Südhof won the Nobel Prize for Medicine this week. Thirty years after he left for the US, the Stanford professor who says he would love to return to Germany is our German of the week.
Spain's austerity program is having a dramatic effect on the country's children, a new report released on Wednesday by Europe's top human rights agency shows.
Will this spell the end of affordable public transport in Paris? With authorities struggling to pay for the planned Grand Paris ‘supermetro,’ commuters in the capital could be facing a decade of regular price hikes, starting in January.
Celebrations for opera maestro Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday began in his home village in Italy on Thursday and were due to continue throughout the day across the globe.
A Moroccan engineering student graduated this week in Turin, funding his education by selling tissues and lighters on the streets. His efforts have been praised by the usually anti-immigrant Northern League party, which has called for the town hall to give him an award.
Police in central Sweden opened fire on a suspected arsonist on Thursday morning as he fled from a house engulfed in flames.
Switzerland’s other tennis star 'Stan the Man' Wawrinka is proving himself a force to be reckoned with, but in an interview with The Local he insists he should not be compared to Roger Federer.
France has more members of the millionaires club than other country in Europe, a study of global wealth revealed this week. Perhaps it's no wonder then that French President François Hollande wants to target them with his 75 percent super tax to boost the country's coffers.
Perhaps they’d run out of the famed chocolate and hazelnut spread, but three thieves were so determined to get their hands on a jar by morning they broke into a lorry stocked with €200,000 worth of Nutella as it was parked at a service station outside Rome.
A Spanish tourist has died after falling from Pulpit Rock, the fjord-side precipice that is one of Norway's most-visited tourist attractions.
Norwegian novelist and playwright Jon Fosse leapt up the rankings to become one of the favourites to win this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, but ended up losing out to Canada's Alice Munro.
Swiss voters will decide early next year on a proposal by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) to reintroduce quotas for the number of foreigners allowed to work in Switzerland.
Authorities banned a controversial advertising campaign by American tobacco giant Marlboro in Germany on Wednesday, claiming it was too focused on getting young people to start smoking.
Teenage Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and a Congolese doctor dedicated to helping rape victims are the two most-hyped figures among pundits ahead of Friday's Nobel Peace Prize announcement.
Madrid city hall has drawn up proposals that would introduce fines for anti-social behaviour including urinating outdoors, littering and soliciting a prostitute on the street, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
The former head of security at FIFA is to work with Spanish football chiefs as they try to rid the sport of match-fixing, it was announced in London on Wednesday.
A "landmark" poll of voter intentions in France has put the far-right anti-immigration National Front party ahead of both the Socialist Party and conservative UMP party for the first time. The party is tipped to get 24 percent of the vote in next May's European elections.
A Spanish tourist has died after falling from Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, the fjord-side precipice that is one of Norway's most-visited tourist attractions.
Fifty years after her death, Edith Piaf will on Thursday be remembered in the working-class Paris neighbourhood that produced one of the world's greatest, and most tragic, performers
Thousands of German police officers will hit the country's roads on Thursday for a mass speed-check. Before setting off, their biggest union called for higher fines for speeders – to bring them in line with the EU.
Brazil-based US reporter Glenn Greenwald said on Wednesday he would publish documents from intelligence leaker Edward Snowden focused on France and Spain.
The new president of Norway's parliament, the Storting, has been ridiculed for choosing to wear a green and red checked "tablecloth" rather than the customary dark suit for the house's ceremonial opening.
Poorly cleaned toilets are to blame for increasing numbers of Swedish schoolchildren seeking medical treatment, paediatricians have warned, amid a rising number of complaints about the cleanliness of schools in Sweden.
Italy's Alitalia is mulling a capital increase of €300 million and a loan of €200 million to avert the prospect of imminent bankruptcy, trade union officials have said.
Just as a rail strike in France came to an end on Thursday it was the turn of air traffic to be disruption by industrial action that forced Ryanair and Easyjet to cut almost a third of their flights to and from France. Find out if you might be affected.
Germany should prepare for the rise of the criminal pensioners, experts warned on Wednesday, with an ageing population leading to a greater number of elderly people both committing crimes and becoming victims.
Germans are poorer than Italians and the French, despite living in Europe’s biggest economy and bailing out struggling southern European countries.
The Swedish government wants to make it easier for police and prosecutors to combat spying against refugees in Sweden and against the country as a whole.
When tragedy struck off Italy's coast last week, it was a Paris-based radio station that broke the news to Eritrea, home to a majority of the 300-plus men, women and children feared dead in the shipwreck.
Norway's Ylvisåker brothers performed their YouTube hit The Fox twice on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the US's most popular evening chat show.
Russia's decision to ban adoptions to Swedish parents over concerns about gay marriage was "not thought through" Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has said, adding he hopes to find a diplomatic solution for parents affected by the move.