Switzerland boosted its chances for a favourable draw in next year’s World Cup football championships in Brazil by defeating Slovenia 1-0 in Bern on Tuesday night.
Khaled Ahmed Taleb found his brother dead during Anders Behring Breivik's terror attack in 2011. But now he faces expulsion for lying on his asylum application eleven years ago. He tells The Local how it happened.
Loud motorbikes and old scooters belching blue smoke will soon become illegal in Switzerland if a parliamentary committee gets its way.
After nearly half a century of theological debate, French bishops have decided to change a potentially "blasphemous" version of the Lord's Prayer, to be included in a forthcoming French-language bible.
France's National Assembly on Tuesday narrowly voted in favour of the Socialist government's controversial pension reform package, with Green and left-wing MPs abstaining from the vote. Thousands marched outside the National Assembly in Paris earlier in the day to protest the reforms.
Spain's debt-ridden airline Iberia on Tuesday unveiled its new corporate logo and brand image as part of a major restructuring which it hopes will return the airline to profit.
A town near Rome on Tuesday tried to ban the celebration of a Nazi war criminal's funeral by a Catholic traditionalist group on its territory.
A bodyguard tasked with protecting the president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has been charged with growing and selling marijuana.
One lucky Swede will get the chance to start a new life in Berlin, complete with paid apartment and language lessons for a year, but there's a catch - they have to legally change their name first to Klaus-Heidi.
A German industrial giant is waging a campaign of "internal warfare" against one of its own firms - Sweden's flagship submarine manufacturer Kockums - putting key defence deals at risk, sources have told The Local.
German airline Lufthansa has launched a bizarre competition giving one Swede the chance to start a new life in Berlin if they legally change their name to "Klaus-Heidi".
French President François Hollande paid an emotional visit on Tuesday to Nelson Mandela's former home in Soweto, where the iconic former South African president lived before being imprisoned for 27 years.
American TV series Breaking Bad has been smashing viewing records while scooping awards. Meanwhile, Germany, unlike its European neighbours, has not produced a globally successful show for 25 years. Alex Evans finds out why.
Switzerland broke the seal on its banking secrecy, until now considered virtually ironclad, by signing an international agreement on fighting tax evasion on Tuesday, the OECD said.
The future of Sweden's flagship submarine manufacturer, Kockums, is on the rocks and key export deals are at risk thanks to a campaign of "internal warfare" waged by its German parent to effectively sink the company.
Around-the-clock room service, a view over Italy’s stunning scenery, a private chauffeur. What more could you want? One hotelier in northern Italy thinks they've come up with the answer - by inviting your pets to come and stay.
Three Frenchmen, two of them professional tennis players, were charged on Tuesday with the gang rape of an American female player at a hotel after-party during a tournament in Greece. All five accused have claimed they are "innocent young people in jail."
Bishop Antje Jackelén became the first ever female archbishop of the Church of Sweden on Tuesday, despite her controversial statements in the past about believing in God and evolution.
An IT company based in the Canary Islands has designed a mobile app which will give relatives of Mexico’s 105,000 annual kidnap victims a chance to track down their loved ones before it’s too late.
Heavily indebted Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica said Tuesday it is holding talks on the sale of the majority stake of its Czech unit with Czech investment group PPS.
Thousands of Italy's bars and restaurants will close on October 31st as workers go on strike after talks on renewing the National Contract of Tourism, aimed at providing safeguards for the millions of people employed by the industry, broke down on Monday.
An off-duty policeman in Naples found himself in a gun battle with would-be thieves after he tried to foil their bingo hall robbery.
Students at the elite boarding school Lundsberg will not be charged for burning a 14-year-old boy with an iron in a hazing ritual after the prosecutor dropped the assault charge.
A Frenchman who lived for years in a ‘scandalous’ Paris apartment the size of a toilet is seeking €25,000 in damages from his former landlord on Tuesday. The man had paid €220 in rent per metre squared for 15 years.
From hitting the country’s huge export industry to affecting embassy services, Germany is feeling the impact of the US shutdown, with the prospect of an American default stoking further fears.
Germany intervened on Monday on behalf of its powerful car lobby to block progress on a European Union agreement limiting vehicle carbon emissions for new vehicles.
Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger raised eyebrows in Spain recently when he visited a right-wing monument dedicated to the country's civil war dead.
World powers opened nuclear talks with Iran on Tuesday in Geneva with Tehran set to unveil a roadmap for negotiations under new President Hassan Rouhani that it says could yield a deal in a year.
A 47-year-old man from the canton of Aargau, found guilty of duping a wealthy Zurich woman into investing 44 million francs in a solar cell "invention", is appealing a court order to pay the money back.
There could be good news for revellers in Paris after the French government appears to have woken up to the shortage of taxis in the capital. This week it announced plans for an extra 1,000 cabs for the capital, which would be available at peak times.
Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti announced on Tuesday that he has signed a deal with Erick Thohir, an Indonesian businessman, to take over the football club.
The Swedish schoolgirl with a nut allergy who was left fighting for her life after another pupil put a nut in her drink has said she believes the attack was done deliberately.
You wouldn’t want to be a footballer in the French national team right now. Les Bleus go into Tuesday's potentially crucial final World Cup qualifier against Finland, with polls showing the vast majority of French people hold the team in contempt. One player has hit back, calling the fans "idiots".
Hacked off Iron Maiden fans won't get a refund after many complained about the sound quality from the rockers' performance at Stockholm's Friends Arena in July.
A Bavarian town has shut its border with the Czech Republic following a spate of break-ins. The Bavarians suspect the Czechs are responsible for the crimes and they came up with the plan to resurrect the old barrier in a pub.
Politicians from the anti-immigration Northern League party have agreed to undergo therapy designed to help combat racist, xenophobic and sexist views.
Berliners will vote on whether to take the city's electricity grid back into public hands in a referendum on November 3rd. Millions of letters have been sent out urging people to vote “yes”, but opponents believe it will increase Berlin's debt.
Sales of Viagra in Italy have shot up since pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's patent expired in June, paving the way for rivals to produce cheaper versions of the impotence drug.
A video artist has taken 24,000 photographs and travelled on the city's metro almost 100 times to create an amazing time lapse portrait of the Spanish city of Barcelona.
Children and heavy users of mobile phones should limit the time they spend on the devices, France's national health and safety agency warned on Tuesday, despite not finding a "proven health effect" from mobile phone use.
"Beat the crowds and rent out the home everyone in Spain will have in a few years," read a satirical property ad that has struck a chord with thousands of struggling Spaniards.
Swiss mountain climber Ueli Steck says he has reached the summit of his career after ascending the south face of the 8,091-metre Annapurna mountain in Nepal without the aid of bottled oxygen.
A German cyclist was killed in a freak accident in France on Monday when a bull, bred for fighting, managed to escape from its enclosure and charged at the tourist as he rode past, goring him in his chest.
US director Spike Jonze's Her will be one of the hotly-awaited premieres at the Rome film festival, including movies starring Scarlett Johansson and Christian Bale, the festival's director has said.
A Swedish female police officer, accused of beating a drunken man and setting her dog on him, is being prosecuted for assault after the incident was captured on film.
This week's enormous property is an apartment located in the centre of Stockholm, in the upmarket area of Östermalm - a vintage flat with a vantage point.
Spain should be able to avoid any further rescue packages of its banking sector, Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem said after a meeting of the eurozone's finance ministers on Monday.
Shareholders in troubled Italian airline Alitalia have given unanimous approval to a capital increase boost of up to €300 million, the company said on Tuesday.
Swedish soldiers have been given the green light to take part next month in the Nato Response Force's biggest training exercise in seven years, a project called Steadfast Jazz that will be carried out in Poland and Latvia.
Real Madrid's president revealed on Tuesday that Gareth Bale was €9 million ($12.2 million) cheaper than initially reported.
A cyclist was killed in a freak accident in France on Monday when a bull, bred for fighting, managed to escape from its enclosure and charged at the tourist as he rode past, goring him in his chest.
A Madrid court on Monday heard Spain's first lawsuit against German firm Grunenthal, the manufacturer of the morning sickness drug thalidomide which caused birth defects in thousands of babies.
Three Somali pirates went on trial this week for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht which prompted a rescue operation by elite forces in which the skipper died.
Three women have reported being raped in Trondheim on Monday night, at least two of them after attending Life in Color, an American rave party and circus show in which the audience is sprayed with paint.
A court in France has handed out a €500 fine to a father for spanking his nine-year-old son after the yongster showed him "disrespect". The ruling has made waves in France where, controversially, there is still no law banning corporal punishment.
Football hooliganism has declined in Germany’s top leagues but is on the march in lower divisions and is putting extra strain on police forces.
A Tourette’s sufferer has spent 38 years in a mental hospital in western Germany after being wrongly diagnosed with a mental illness. But despite being incorrectly admitted he is unable to leave as he is now incapable of living independently.
Norway's outgoing centre-left government presented a budget on Monday that trims the use of funds from its massive oil wealth as it seeks to cool down the economy.
The 23-year-old Somali Norwegian suspected of involvement in last month's terror attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall made several phone calls to Norway while he was participating in the attack, Norway's TV2 network has reported.
As he passes the 18 month mark of his new life in Sweden's far north, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly takes a moment to reflect on the things that most annoy him about Swedes.
Residents of Pyongyang may soon find themselves taking cover as Swedish underwear brand Björn Borg prepares to 'love-bomb' the North Korean capital with 450 pairs of underwear as a part of its 'weapons of mass seduction' campaign.
Swedish teachers have been given poor marks for failing to use homework properly and are trailing Nordic neighbours Finland in the classroom according to a new study.