Two fathers were sentenced in the canton of Thurgau on Wednesday to 13 years and nine and a half years in jail respectively for sexually abusing their sons and spreading images of their acts on the internet, among other offences.
A man has died after he was run over by two trains on two separate tracks in the southern Stockholm suburb of Huddinge on Wednesday night, after witnesses say he fell on the tracks.
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey caused a stir in Norway on Wednesday after the British singer -- reviled in the country for his provocative comments in the wake of its 2011 Utøya island massacre -- was confirmed for a Nobel concert line-up in Oslo next month.
Germany may have invented the Christmas market, but Switzerland presents stiff competition. The chance to browse handicrafts while sipping vin chaud under sparkling lights on a cold, dark night is an experience available all over the mountain country — and it's big business.
Supporters of Silvio Berlusconi mourned his expulsion from parliament on Wednesday, with one declaring: "This is not finished!"
US fast food giant Burger King looks set to take a big bite out of the French market, after they announced this week they would be opening up to 400 new restaurants throughout the country.
The organizing committee for Madrid's failed Olympics 2020 bid is hoping to recoup some cash by selling off furniture and electronics items including phones and laptops.
Italy's parliament on Wednesday expelled Silvio Berlusconi over a tax fraud conviction in a humiliating vote that will not be the last act of the billionaire tycoon's tumultuous career as he vowed to "fight on".
The good deeds of four Austrian tourists on holiday in Majorca backfired when a woman they were trying to help during a fight ended up attacking them.
Despite the economic crisis in France, the country's traditional Christmas markets should see their biggest profits yet on yuletide spending in 2013, according to a report this week. See below for a gallery of the 10 Best Christmas Markets to visit in France this year.
Zurich-based FIFA on Wednesday said it had thrown out an appeal by Ukraine against a football stadium ban imposed in the wake of racist incidents during their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that Spain has promised there will be no repeat of an "extremely serious" incident in which its officials searched British diplomatic bags at the Gibraltar border.
French investigators Wednesday raided the Paris headquarters of the local arm of Swiss bank UBS, which has been placed under investigation for allegedly helping rich clients hide money in undeclared accounts.
Although they won't get the public holiday thousands of Americans in France will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday far from their families back home. Jeff Steiner, who runs the website Americans in France tells The Local about why Thanksgiving is still important even in the Alps.
With unemployment at record levels and some of the highest poverty levels anywhere in the EU, Italy's economic crisis has left many formerly well-off Italians barely able to put food on the table.
A Greek appeals court has confirmed the acquittal of a journalist over the publication of leaked Swiss bank account data in a case that has deeply embarrassed the government.
They are part of many Spanish nativity scene: the celebrity caganers, or 'crappers'. But a figurine showing an image of a highly venerated Spanish Virgin preparing to defecate has caused a stir among the country's bishops.
Former President Christian Wulff had a diary crammed with 800 meetings a year - but some were fake ones written in by his secretary to get him some free time, his corruption trial heard on Wednesday.
A Spanish court has handed two-year jail sentences to three men convicted of splattering cream pies over a top regional politician in protest at plans to build a railway.
An ongoing probe into tax fraud saw French police raid the Paris headquarters of the UBS bank on Wednesday. The Swiss bank is under investigation in France for allegedly helping its wealthy customers hide money in undeclared accounts.
Swedish mega-hit game Candy Crush has taken over the distracted minds of the entire world, with over 150 billion plays in the last year alone. The Local shares five signs you (or someone close to you) is addicted, and five potential cures.
Senators may well boot Silvio Berlusconi out of parliament today, but one expert tells The Local the former prime minister is showing no signs of leaving politics.
The left-wing opposition stands ready to tear up the controversial Laval Law, which differentiates between domestic and foreign workers, if the Social Democrat party wrests power from the government in next year's elections.
A mafia boss was "fed alive to pigs" as a result of a feud with a rival clan, police in Calabria have revealed.
The German financial watchdog, BaFin, said on Wednesday it was looking into allegations of possible manipulation by banks in gold and silver price-fixing.
UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed on Wednesday a hard-fought accord for a government with her main rivals the Social Democrats, which includes the creation of a minimum wage in Europe's top economy.
An Italian mafia boss who was arrested in Britain after two decades on the run is understood to have suffered a heart attack, the High Court in London heard on Wednesday.
Fascists have failed in their attempt to claim the phrase 'Wir sind das Volk', famously used during the 1989 East German demonstrations which led to the collapse of the communist government.
Sweden's advertising watchdog has slammed as "distasteful and offensive" an ad campaign featuring a picture from the Sandy Hook school massacre, an image the company official claimed she thought "looked Swedish".
A severed pig's head has been dumped at the Salerno home of an Italian politician, Italian media reported.
French tattoo artists are set to address parliament on Wednesday, in opposition to a plan to outlaw coloured inks – the latest in a series of controversial health-driven crackdowns by the French government.
Norway's Center Against Racism has reported a second anti-semitic blog, subtitled 'Jewish Hands are Drenched in Aryan Blood" to the Norwegian police for violating racism laws.
Norwegian YouTube sensation Ylvis have yet again taken the US by storm, performing their hit song "What does the fox say?" on Tuesday night at the finale of the US talent show "Dancing with the Stars".
Spain's ex-prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero three times turned down offers of a bailout for his country at the height of the euro zone debt crisis, he says in a new book unveiled on Tuesday.
The mayor of a town in Tuscany is up in arms after McDonald's "misused" images of its rolling hills to promote a new burger.
Deeply unpopular at home as he struggles with a stumbling economy, French President Francois Hollande headed to Spain on Wednesday seeking an ally to help avert new debt crises and to put jobs growth at the top of Europe's agenda.
As if the sausages and the beer were not enough, this week's Local List has come up with ten (other) good reasons to move to and live in Germany.
Sweden's justice minister has appointed the head of the Thomas Quick inquiry to find out how the country's justice system convicted a man for eight murders before overturning each and every guilty verdict. The once self-professed cannibal is now fighting for his release.
Scientists have begun work on bringing the Spanish bucardo back to life – a mountain goat endemic to Spain which became extinct in 2000.
A rash of suspected horse poisonings in western Germany, which has reportedly killed more than 50 animals, has turned out to be a deadly illness which comes from the creatures eating certain tree seeds.
French President François Hollande is set to invite 16 world leaders to next summer’s 70th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings, including US President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, according to reports on Wednesday.
US tech giant Microsoft has tapped a family-owned firm in central Sweden to help launch a new "battle-tested" cloud service to ease the fear of companies worried about internet espionage. The key? To store data locally.
A Danish smoothie company has issued a public apology after its new juice promising "more immunity than Berlusconi" hit a nerve in Italy.
With France's National Assembly set to debate a controversial bill that would hit clients of sex workers with hefty fines, The Local spoke to a French prostitute vehemently against the proposal and two organizations backing the plan, to hear their views.
How did Spaniards come to be among the biggest consumers of cocaine in Europe? Is there something about the drug that makes it a perfect fit for Spain? The Local talked to movers and shakers in the field to get the inside story.
One of Manchester United's most important players admitted he had a nasty moment on Tuesday when the team's landing in Germany was aborted at the last minute and the pilot had to pull the plane up to swoop round and try again.
Swedes are borrowing money more than ever, data from Statistics Sweden revealed on Wednesday, as household indebtedness reached new heights.
The executive city council of La Chaux-de-Fonds is considering its legal options after a court ruled that it was wrong to strip the head of the municipal government of his responsibilities despite allegations against him of harassment.
From dual citizenship to autobahn charges, agreements made between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats on Wednesday morning will affect everyone in Germany. Here are five of interest to non-Germans.
Radio listeners in northern Italy are being given the chance to work with a team of DJs from Radio Number One for the day, with all proceeds from the eBay auction going towards building a new hospital for children suffering from leukaemia.
Ever wished your income tax in France was paid automatically, like in almost every other country? As talks began in earnest this week between the government and unions on this very issue The Local looks at the merits of a reform that many, expats at least, would welcome with open arms.
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip was hit by a bus in Stockholm on Wednesday, but the prince's Porsche Cayenne suffered more damage than the royal himself.
Swiss oil services firm Weatherford International will pay more than $252 million to settle charges of corruption and violations of US sanctions against Iran, Cuba and other countries, American officials said on Tuesday.
Low-cost airline Ryanair has been accused of illegally setting up surveillance cameras to spy on its employees at Rygge Airport in Moss, south of Oslo.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted his side may have taken their eye off the ball having already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League as they lost for the first time this season 2-1 away to Ajax on Tuesday.
An appeal court in France upheld on Wednesday the decision by a Paris nursery school to sack an assistant who refused to take off her veil at work. The decision comes as France's ban on wearing the full face veil in public goes before the European Court of Human Rights.
A court in Spain on Tuesday acquitted a pianist who prosecutors wanted jailed for disturbing a neighbour with her playing, media reported.
As Silvio Berlusconi prepares to face a vote on his explusion from parliament on Wednesday evening, one of Italy's leading psychologists has said the former prime minister shows signs of "madness" and has a "personality disorder".
French President Francois Hollande visits Spain on Wednesday for a bilateral summit seeking a common stance on banking supervision to avoid a repeat of the eurozone debt crisis.
A huge fire has caused millions of euros worth of damage to a Renaissance palace in central Germany, parts of which date back more than 1,000 years.
China has cancelled a project to import semen from the hardy Norwegian Red diary cow, in a move put down to continuing poor diplomatic relations between the two countries.
France, with its long history of liberal attitudes towards sex, looks set to introduce €1,500 fines for clients of prostitutes. As the divisive bill goes before lawmakers on Wednesday, sex workers argue it will make their lives more dangerous. Equality groups, however, back the plan.
A German-Egyptian writer who was feared kidnapped in Cairo after receiving death threats from Islamic extremists has been found safe and well.
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair announced on Tuesday a major increase in the domestic flights it offers in Italy including launching a hub at Rome's Fiumicino Airport.
Swedish emergency services were called out in the early hours of Wednesday when a sleepwalking teenage boy fell off a house in suburban Gothenburg and injured himself.
Italy and Russia unveiled a €1 billion joint investment fund on Tuesday as President Vladimir Putin met with Prime Minister Enrico Letta in Italy to discuss boosting business ties.
Norwegian oil giant Statoil has struck a deal to build Europe's largest floating wind farm off the north east coast of Scotland.
Despite protests from a school in northern Sweden, as well as from pupils and relatives, Facebook has refused to take down a page that targets "disgusting feminists".
Despite their meagre salaries, a janitor and his wife, who worked in a Swedish school kitchen, left 2.5 million kronor ($380,000) in their will, which will now be sent to the Philippines to help victims of the recent typhoon.
Chelsea reached the last 16 of the Champions League football tournament despite going down to a 1-0 defeat to Basel in Switzerland on Tuesday, Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal with three minutes remaining.
French-Israeli tycoon Arkady Gaydamak has requested bail in Switzerland after being arrested for alleged non-payment of fees to a football boss, as France sought his extradition over the "Angolagate" scandal.