A Spanish court on Friday ordered the immediate release of a man who raped and killed three children, cutting his prison time by 10 years in line with a European human rights ruling.
With all the talk about record unemployment in France and all the locals seemingly heading to the exits as quick as they can to find work abroad The Local looks at the top ten reasons why expats should be happy to work in France, in spite of the strikes and the strife.
A British couple were killed on Friday when their car was crushed between two lorries shortly after disembarking from a ferry at the Channel port of Dunkirk.
To celebrate the start of ski season in France, and in the latest installment of The Local's guest blog series, British author Piers Moore Ede, based in Meribel asks: what is it that keeps the Anglos coming back to the French Alps, season after season?
Italians are allowed to adopt Russian children because their country has a ban on gay marriage, the Kremlin's official for children's rights has said.
Italy's embattled Silvio Berlusconi, ousted from parliament and stripped of legal protection this week, risks arrest and a fresh trial after a court on Friday accused him of corrupting witnesses in a sex case.
The first weekend in December marks the traditional start of the ski season in France. The good news for anyone hitting the pistes over the next few weeks is that conditions are reported to be “exceptional” in both the Alps and Pyrénées.
Sweden's sport-loving boys get more funding from the state than the girls do, a new report into youth leisure activities revealed on Friday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday Ukraine would still be able to sign an association agreement with the European Union, despite the failure to get the deal signed at a summit in Vilnius.
Emma Morano, Italy's supercentenarian and the oldest living person in Europe, celebrated her 114th birthday on Friday.
Germany's news this week may have centred on the announcement of a coalition deal, but as Christmas preparations continue, The Local's pictures of the week span rock music to performing policemen.
Police in the southern Campania region have seized assets worth €108 million from a criminal network accused of creating around 10,000 bogus jobs in order to claim benefits from the Italian state.
Faced with stiff competition from elsewhere in the European Alps, Switzerland’s renowned ski resorts are not resting on their laurels. As the winter season gets under way, The Local’s Emily Mawson takes a look at five major expansion projects that augur well for skiing and snow boarding enthusiasts.
Police in northern Norway are being forced to release criminals back onto the streets because of a shortage of prison spaces, the acting head of police in the city of Tromsø warned this week.
Major traffic disruption is expected in and around the Paris region on Saturday with lorry drivers from the "Bonnets Rouges" movement planning to block several major routes. The French capital's roads were also hit by industrial action on Friday. Get all the details here.
Norwegian über-glam WAG Caroline Berg Eriksen's decision to post a washboard perfect picture of herself four days after giving birth has added jet fuel to the fiery debate about celebrity pressure on new mothers.
Youth unemployment in Italy has hit a record high of 41.2 percent, while overall 12.5 percent of Italians are out of work, the national statistics agency Istat said on Friday.
New and effective HIV therapies have left experts challenging Sweden's law that demands HIV patients must disclose their condition to their partner before sex.
Norway's glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate, the latest annual statistics have revealed, with scientists warning that some could soon disappear completely.
Swedish economic growth failed to meet expectations in the third quarter of 2013, reaching a meager 0.1 percent compared to the previous quarter, new figures reveal. But the possible effects on the repo rate remain unclear.
An ultraconservative US organization is looking to change views on abortion in Spain by driving a bus covered in disturbing images of bloody foetuses around the streets of Madrid.
Norwegian air carrier Norwegian has expanded its presence in Europe by adding several destinations from Barcelona, alongside its drive to extend its flight schedule with several longer-distance routes.
A technician at a debt-laden Spanish regional television station became a folk hero in a matter of hours on Friday morning after he ignored an order to switch the network signal off.
A Berlin artist has created the world’s most expensive refrigerator. On sale at Hamburg's Alsterhaus department store, it will set you back a cool €64,000.
Norwegians are spending more time on the road but are sticking to trips and holidays at home, while the frequency of travel abroad stagnated toward the end of summer.
As France looks set to introduce steep fines of up to €1,500 for those caught buying sex The Local looks at the law around prostitution in other countries around Europe. Which one has it right when it comes to how to deal with what is often described as "the world's oldest profession".
Rival groups made up of sex workers and feminists are set to protest in Paris on Friday, as French MPs begin debating a divisive and controversial bill that would impose fines of €1,500 ($2,040) on the clients of prostitutes.
Norway's new government has caused ripples among academics by floating the idea of non-EU students paying tuition fees - but parliament seems likely to oppose the reform drive.
A course aimed at training sexual assistants for disabled people is being prepared by an organization pushing to legalize the role in Italy.
There is no general rule prohibiting Swedish schoolchildren from using their mobile phones during lessons, an official from Sweden's National Education Agency said on Thursday.
A boy who has been in a coma since birth could lose his best friend, an American Staffordshire Terrier, after authorities said she was dangerous. But more than 100,000 people have joined a campaign to keep the dog at his side.
UPDATE: A policeman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after allegedly chopping up a man he met on a cannibal website and burying parts of the body in his garden.
French authorities quarantined a plane full of tourists returning from a trip to Asia, when several of them began coughing and spluttering and showing signs of fever while on board. It was described as a like a scene out of a "bad disaster movie".
Norwegian culinary skills at Christmas could take a back seat as more revelers choose to get their seasonal food from a box, local media reported on Friday.
An explosion and gunfire shattered the silence in the normally sleepy eastern German city of Magdeburg on in the early hours of Friday morning, as police became embroiled in a shoot-out with bank robbers.
A psychiatry professor at the University of Bologna is being investigated for allegedly giving cocaine and ecstasy to his students, Italian media reported on Friday.
Spanish shops and department stores are importing the traditional post-Thanksgiving Day 'sales madness' seen in the US every year as a way of getting Spanish shoppers to splash out in the lead up to Christmas.
Will we soon see thousands of French people lined up in sleeping bags outside stores across Paris the morning after Thanksgiving? The once uniquely American phenomenon is certainly taking off in France. Find out where to find the best bargains on "Vendredi Noir".
A 29-year-old Swiss man in search of a new job used a novel way to attract recruiters by crafting a CV using Bitstrips, a mobile phone app that allows users to communicate through cartoons.
A Swedish man convicted for molesting a five-year-old girl in his neighbourhood has been given the green light to adopt a child of his own, as Swedish authorities said they did not fear he would relapse into criminal behaviour.
The ousting of Silvio Berlusconi from Italy's parliament on Wednesday attracted more Facebook and Twitter posts than any other political event, a social media monitoring agency has said.
Shops in the Emilia Romagna town of Ferrara have prompted concern from the local council after featuring semi-naked models in their windows in an effort to boost underwear sales.
The political chief of Britain's outpost of Gibraltar came in for a nasty surprise on Thursday when Spanish activists and fishermen hurled insults at him, preventing him from speaking to law students in Spain.
Germany's biggest telecoms firms have promoted a national email network after the US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted millions of emails via international hubs. But how realistic are dreams of a German-only system?
A man escaped from a Swedish prison simply to visit the dentist, and was slapped an extended sentence when he returned to the jail.
Global rating agency Standard & Poor's upgraded its outlook for Spain's debt on Friday, highlighting the prospects for export-led growth in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.
Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSonera on Friday announced it had sacked four top-level employees "for not doing enough" in connection to the saga of suspected bribes to the Uzbek despot's daughter.
Poland believes German-made submarines are not up to the job of defending Polish shores, but sources have told The Local that on the back of a landmark naval deal between the two countries, Poland is likely to lease two subs anyway.
Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli apologized on Thursday to relatives and survivors of a 2006 mass-poisoning which was caused by a toxic syrup imported by a Spanish company.
Aspiring architect Andrea Gillono was in the news this week for his ideas to restore an abandoned village in northern Italy. The Local spoke to him to find out more about the plan, as well as his thoughts on Italian architecture and why villages are left to fall to ruin.
A report on how to improve life for France’s elderly homosexual population has recommended creating separate retirement homes for the country's aging gay population. France's Minister for the Elderly is believed to be open to the idea.
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, may be giving up his official Swiss residence this year but his family still tops a list of the 300 wealthiest people in Switzerland for 2013 with a fortune estimated at 41-42 billion francs ($45-46 billion).
A third of HIV sufferers in Germany do not know they are infected with the disease, with doctors warning that the number of new infections remains high, ahead of World Aids Day on Sunday.
Your Facebook status updates can reveal whether or not you have psychopathic personality traits, according to Swedish researchers who have analyzed entries on the popular social media site to uncover users' personality characteristics.
One day last year, French businessman Gauthier Toulemonde, pondered a seemingly insane question. Could he run his company from a tiny, remote desert island thousands of miles away? The French Robinson Crusoe just came back home with the answer.
A German court jailed a mother on Thursday for 14 years for killing three of her children - a young daughter and twin babies - in a forest before a failed suicide attempt.
The board of troubled Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena - the world's oldest bank - on Thursday approved a restructuring plan which it said will create a "profoundly different" bank by 2017.
Next up for all conquering PSG in Ligue 1 this weekend are old foes Lyon, who will have the tough task of trying to dent the league leader's title charge. Unbeaten PSG are on a high after qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League this week.
Swedish scientists have identified a new variant of HIV that makes patients develop Aids almost twice as fast compared to the other variants of the virus, Lund University researchers revealed on Thursday.
Swedish Supreme Court judge Göran Lambertz is facing calls for his resignation over his stance in an ongoing debate about mismanagement in the case of once self-professed cannibal Thomas Quick, who has been acquitted of eight murders.