In less than a century the mountain canton of Valais is expected to lose virtually all of its glaciers, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Federal authorities intervened on Tuesday in a bid to stop Swiss electronics retailer Media Markt from selling motorway tax stickers at a cut-rate price.
Norway's opposition moved on Tuesday to demand a review of the country's engagement in Afghanistan, with a clear majority of the country's MPs likely to back the proposal.
A Spanish court on Tuesday freed a further 14 jailed members of Basque armed separatist group Eta, a court source said, under a rights ruling that has outraged victims' families.
Many foreigners arrive in Italy for a taste of a new culture, only to find it's easy to get by in English. So what's the point of learning Italian? The Local has come up with 10 reasons why knowing even just a few words will make the experience all the more enjoyable.
A young Spanish cortador, or ham slicer, broke all records on Monday when he spent more than 25 hours at the knife.
Silvio Berlusconi's party formally withdrew its support for Italy's ruling coalition on Tuesday in a widely expected move on the eve of a vote to expel the billionaire tycoon from the Senate.
As Christmas approaches and Swedes engage in a bout of uncharacteristic tradition, historian and liberal commentator David Lindén argues that a "history anxiety" rears up to stifle public debate about the country's less liberal and tolerant literary past.
Google and other internet giants have reacted angrily to the French government’s plans to extend its surveillance of emails, phone calls and online behaviour, as the National Assembly met on Tuesday to discuss the proposal.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he was "sickened" to see some Real Betis supporters racially abuse their own player, Brazilian defender Paulao, in the Seville derby against Sevilla on Sunday.
A young Togolese man went on trial near Paris Tuesday charged with raping and assaulting three adolescents in voodoo exorcism sessions. The mother of the girls allegedly gave her consent to the rituals.
A woman hid in the boot of her car for a day-and-a-half after a minor crash - to avoid the police while sobering up.
Spain announced on Tuesday it had completed its programme aimed at raising €121 billion ($164 billion) from the debt markets to finance the state in 2013.
Paris could challenge London as a Chinese business hub, France's finance minister said on Tuesday, adding that upcoming deals would increase Chinese currency use in the French capital.
The board of troubled Italian lender Monte dei Paschi - the world's oldest bank - on Tuesday approved a capital increase of up to €3 billion to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.
The biggest threat to Europe’s top economy is not foreign competition but its low birth rate. It must open its borders to more immigrants, skilled and unskilled, says The Local's editor Tom Bristow.
Stay-at-home mums cooking lunch for the children while dads earn the money - Germans’ opinions on gender roles are more conservative today than they were in the 1990s, a survey revealed on Monday.
France announced on Tuesday that it would deploy hundreds of extra troops to its former colony the Central African Republic, after a warning from the United Nations that the strife-torn country was close to "complete chaos."
Millions of Italians in short-term jobs or those with sporadic contracts that offer few benefits could end up in poverty in old age, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Tuesday.
Spain's biggest workers' union used EU funds meant for training courses for the unemployed to instead buy 700 counterfeit briefcases, a Spanish newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Ten men with connections to the ongoing gang conflict in Gothenburg in western Sweden were arrested on Tuesday morning in a series of raids.
The giraffe-like Okapi and the White-winged Flufftail, one of Africa's rarest birds, are on the verge of extinction, conversation body the Swiss-based IUCN warned on Tuesday.
Italian prosecutors on Tuesday asked for a 30-year prison sentence for former US student Amanda Knox at a retrial where she is being judged in absentia for the murder of her housemate Meredith Kercher, Italian media reported.
As figures show an increase in poverty despite record employment rates, and the potential new government argues about a universal minimum wage, German job centres are suing employers for paying less than €2 an hour.
Britain has made a formal protest to Madrid after Spanish officials opened British diplomatic bags on the border with Gibraltar in a "serious infringement" of the Vienna Convention, the Foreign Office said on Tuesday.
The number of French Jews moving to Israel has rocketed in 2013 while at the same time the number of Jews from North America taking the same step has dropped by eight percent, new figures show. A weak French economy, a rise in anti-Semitism, and faith, are believed to be the reasons behind the hike.
A man has been arrested in Norway after he sent an arrow flying at a man pushing a pram in a Bergen suburb, missing his head by just 20cm.
The contestants for Sweden's 2014 Melodifestival were announced on Monday, with one cross-dressing teenager already making waves as a favourite as he seeks revenge for last year's second place.
The town of Aquila still lies in ruins following the 2009 earthquake which killed 308 people, but the considerable funds set aside for its reconstruction have not been touched.
The notorious French taxman, renowned for being demanding, appears to have surpassed himself. According to reports on Tuesday he has claimed €80,000 in “small business” tax on the profits of a convicted drug dealer's trafficking. The dealer, however, was granted certain unusual tax allowances.
Just days after a couple, both aged 86, took their own lives in a luxury Paris hotel room, reopening a debate in France on euthanasia laws, reports emerged on Tuesday that another elderly couple, also in their eighties, had committed suicide.
The head of Spain's top nursing association said he was "ashamed" that Spanish nurses were leaving for Germany to do menial health care work at a time when Spain itself needs over 100,000 new nurses.
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi will continue to have clout even if he is expelled from parliament as expected on Wednesday, but he is more at risk of being arrested, an expert on Italian politics said.
A Swedish woman who was made infertile due to cancer treatment made history on Monday morning when she gave birth to a baby girl following an ovarian transplant, the first successful birth of its kind in Sweden.
Italy has until the end of the year to apply UNESCO-enforced measures to upgrade Pompeii or face having the ancient site scrapped from the prestigious World Heritage list.
The Swiss army is shutting down three air bases and numerous other installations as part of a plan to meet plans to slim down the military by a third, the department of defence said on Tuesday.
A jeweller who's been the victim of countless robberies was lucky to keep his booty after a heist by two thieves dressed as Spanish military officers didn't go according to plan.
Noway's foreign minister has assured Jews worldwide that the country will not ban circumcision when it brings in new legislation next year.
Christmas trees badly tied to car roofs can turn into deadly weapons if a driver stops suddenly, Germany's motoring association has warned - after conducting a crash test to show the frightening results.
German pharmaceutical group Bayer has made a bid for its Norwegian partner and competitor Algeta, specialised in cancer treatments, for 1.8 billion euro ($2.4 billion), the Nordic company said on Tuesday.
Two Swedish journalists who went missing on their way out of Syria at the weekend may have been arrested for not having proper visas, according to another journalist currently in the country.
American comedian Margaret Cho is performing in Zurich as part of her upcoming European ‘Mother’ tour. Here she tells The Local about her love of fondue, chocolate and how she pictures her Swiss audience.
One in five of German soldiers being sent on operations abroad have mental health problems before they go - and are far more likely to develop serious difficulties when they return according to a study published on Tuesday.
Italy will be eyeing Russian cash for its crisis-hit economy as President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Enrico Letta hold a meeting on Tuesday where they will unveil a €1 billion joint investment fund.
Norway's Nobel Peace Prize organisers have signed up Morrissey, the former Smiths lead singer, to headline the concert at next month's official prize-giving, in a sign he may have been forgiven by Norwegians for arguing that factory farming was worse than Anders Breivik's 2011 massacre.
As if Silvio Berlusconi wasn't having a tough enough week - denied a presidential pardon for a tax conviction and now facing a vote that could see him ousted from parliament - now the Danes have come up with a fruit juice slogan mocking Italy's former prime minister.
It's off to western Sweden for our Property of the Week, a grand old estate from the mid-19th century.
US comedian Margaret Cho is touching down in Stockholm as part of her latest European ‘Mother’ tour. She tells The Local about beautiful Swedes, her love of dill and what the audience can expect from her latest show.
The man suspected of the brutal double murder in Ljungsbro at the beginning of November has confessed to the crime. Initial medical examinations meanwhile indicate that he is suffering from a serious mental disorder.
Argentina, Spain and Mexico have agreed to negotiate a deal on Buenos Aires' 2012 nationalization of Repsol's stake in YPF, the Economy Ministry said Monday.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has said Ajax should take encouragement from the fact that four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will miss their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
Critically-acclaimed French TV series 'Les Revenants' (The Returned) walked away with the award for best international drama series at Monday night's International Emmy Awards in New York.
Fearful of joining the one in four workers out of a job, Spanish employees are accepting ever deeper salary cuts as they pay the price of the economy's growing competitiveness.
Jose Mourinho has called on his Chelsea stars to show their killer instinct as the Blues look to clinch qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League football tournament at Basel on Tuesday.
US comedian Margaret Cho is touching down in Oslo as part of her European 'Mother' tour. She tells The Local about Norwegian lovers, sweaters and what the audience should expect from her latest show.
The French government said the 17 arrests made on the island of Corsica this week is a clear sign it is willing to take on and defeat the local "mafia". The arrests were linked to a series of bombings on the island in 2012.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and US lawmakers vowed on Monday to try to get past a deep transatlantic rift created by mass US spying in Europe.
A piece of Parisian history went under the hammer on Monday when a 19-step section of the Eiffel Tower's original spiral staircase was sold at auction in Paris. The steps were expected to fetch around €30,000 but in the end went for a lot more.
Venezuelan authorities on Monday recovered the wreckage of the plane that crashed in the Caribbean with Italian fashion heir Vittorio Missoni, his wife and several others.
Russian President Vladimir Putin dined with scandal-tainted former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in Rome on Monday as dozens of protesters rallied in support of the jailed punk group Pussy Riot.
Foreign powers interested in developing weapons of mass destruction are regularly targeting Swedish universities in hopes of obtaining sensitive technology, Swedish intelligence officials say.
The well-known 'cuddle hormone' oxytocin makes men in a relationship get a drug-like kick out of seeing their partner, German scientists say. It could be a major reason why people form exclusive partnerships, they suggest.
Across the country festive lights are twinkling on little huts, sausages are roasting and wine is being mulled - yes, this is the first week of advent and Germany's famed Christmas markets are opening. Here is our annual guide.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit is putting her old clothes up for sale on Bloppis, an auction site similar to eBay, showing that even the most glamorous of Nordic royals isn't averse to sourcing parts of her wardrobe on the high street.
The Local's Oliver Gee joins Sweden's first social media police on the beat to find out why they've embraced Twitter, how their tweets have saved lives, and how their online habits have exposed the secret life of Swedish police.
Car maker Volvo, the Swedish subsidiary of China's Geely Group, announced on Monday it had signed a second loan agreement with the China Development Bank as it aims to boost sales in the Chinese market.