Norway has appealed a WTO ruling backing a European Union ban on the import and sale of seal products, the Geneva-based body announced on Monday.
A survivor of the 2011 Utøya massacre is vying to represent Norway in this year's Eurovision song contest, with a song, 'Heal', inspired by his three-year struggle to recover.
The French President François Hollande could not keep his famous promise. New figures released on Monday showed that France has set a new record for the number of unemployed which now stands at 3.3 million.
The French are known for the 35-hour week, a guaranteed five weeks of vacation and as keepers of the sacred notion of a proper lunch break. Yet more than 3 million of the working population is on the brink of burning out, a new study revealed. And what about expats?
Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued a critical report damning Spain and all other 28 EU nations for their human rights breaches.
Swiss papers claimed to be furious on Monday after German tabloids “stole” the country’s new tennis superstar, Stanislas Wawrinka.
Two men have been charged after spray-painting anti-Jewish slurs, including “Holocaust lies”, in northern Rome's Clodio Square.
After stints as an architect and industrial designer in New York and Paris, Venezuela's Alejo Ruocco decided to follow his other great passion — making pizzas. And his business is thriving despite the crisis.
The eurozone's recovery will not be affected by contagion from growing fears over emerging economies, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday, comments that were echoed by Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos.
President François Hollande promised that the French people would be given the chance to vote in a referendum over whether France should support Turkey's bid to enter the EU. The vow came after his Turkish counterpart asked France not to stand in the way.
Learning French is hard enough without all the seemingly bizarre and "untranslatable" expressions out there, that if you don't know the real meaning of, could land you in a spot of Gallic bother. See these top 10 examples to see exactly what you are up against.
Germany’s tallest apartment block will be built in Berlin by an American architect in the centre of the former Communist east of the city.
A man purporting to be a feline friend adopted "meaty" cats from shelters across Brianza, a province in northern Italy, and would then cook and serve them to friends for dinner.
Police in Sweden's south suspect a 36-year-old Dane of poaching, as he left a trail of severed heads behind him after illegally hunting wild boar and red deer.
The number of Italians leaving their recession-hit country to seek work elsewhere rose sharply in 2012, while incoming migration levels dropped, official figures showed on Monday.
More children than ever before are being abducted in Switzerland - and a rise in the number of Swiss people marrying foreigners is being blamed.
Swedish police at first suspected foul play after finding a dead man frozen in a stream near the skiing resort of Åre on Monday.
Almost 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of the siege of Leningrad, German politicians remembered the victims of National Socialism on Monday.
Swiss president Didier Burkhalter on Monday said he had offered mediation in the deadly crisis gripping Ukraine, but was still waiting for word from Kiev.
A municipality is offering to give away one of Norway's most northerly churches, after deciding that they can no longer justify paying for its upkeep.
The Spanish government has prepared a memo claiming that tough new abortion laws will have a "positive impact" on the country's economy thanks to an increased birth rate, it emerged on Monday.
This week's Swedish Career focus is on YouTube star and UK native Big Steve who tells The Local about his fight to promote Sweden, the move to online fame, and the secret to pronouncing "Skellefteå".
Parts of northern and central Italy will be hit with heavy snow over the coming days, with temperatures plummeting below zero.
Raymond Weil, founder of the watch brand of the same name and considered one of the great innovators of the Swiss watch industry, has died at 87, the company said on Monday.
Thieves armed with toy weapons who dug a tunnel into a post office in Florence stole €70,000 on Monday after locking terrified staff in the vault.
Ericsson has settled a long-running patent dispute with South Korean electronics giant Samsung, the Swedish telecom equipment maker said on Monday, prompting a rise in Ericsson shares on the Stockholm exchange.
Barça put the controversial resignation of their president Sandro Rosell behind them thanks to a 3-0 win over Malaga that sees them move back to the top of La Liga.
More than a third of low-paid workers in Germany could miss out on the proposed nationwide minimum wage because of exceptions being put forward by employer organizations and Conservative politicians.
Roughly three weeks after two French high school boys set off to fight in the Syrian civil war one of them will be coming home after being picked up in Turkey. Reports say the other pupil returned of his own accord on Sunday.
International tourists to Spain spent record sums in 2013, providing further proof of Spain's position as a global tourism heavyweight, figures released on Monday show.
The French government’s efforts to crackdown on the "hyper-sexualisation" of young girls continues with lawmakers voting to ban beauty pageants for girls under the age of 13. The founder of France's leading beauty pageant for little girls lamented the move and blamed US culture.
Customs officials have found 1.2 tonnes of heroin worth €21.5 million hidden in tins of tomato purée at the German-Dutch border.
Italy is preparing to send its first female astronaut into space. Speaking ahead of the mission, which is planned for November this year, Samantha Cristoforetti described it as “another great adventure for Italy in space”.
The 7,000-year-old remains of a Spaniard found in a cave in 2006 have helped scientists uncover a breed of early Europeans that no longer exists: dark-skinned and blue-eyed.
Swiss prisons are bursting at the seams due to a record number of convicts, figures released on Monday show - but the number of juveniles held has fallen by a quarter.
The hundreds of private letters belonging to Heinrich Himmler, which are being published by a newspaper this week, mix domestic concerns with Nazi politics. In one his 12-year-old daughter warns him about the invasion of Russia.
A man froze to death at a bus stop on Saturday night as temperatures of -20C gripped Germany. Fresh snowfall and ice on Monday morning have also caused traffic problems.
A man who laced his wife's drinks with acid claims he only meant to make her feel "slightly ill", because it was the only way to stop her listening to a Catholic radio station "all day long" and arranging pilgrimages to the shrine of Padre Pio.
UPDATED: A religious relic stained with Polish pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, sparking a region-wide search with police and sniffer dogs.
Mega-rich French club Monaco closed the gap on leaders PSG at the top of France's Ligue 1 on Sunday after a 2-0 against Marseille. The win comes after PSG needed a late goal to rescue a point against lowly Guingamp. Catch up on all the latest action here.
Planned changes to Spain's judicial system could see the country's judges closing the files on cases including alleged Chinese genocide in Tibet and possible torture in the US prison facility of Guantanamo Bay.
The Swedish policewoman filmed when she set her dog and used her baton on a drunk man in Stockholm faced trial on Monday, with public interest so high that not everyone got a seat in the court room.
The head of Germany's biggest police union said it would be launching a “safety alliance” between different states' forces as there were parts of the country where people justifiably no longer felt safe.
Swiss tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka is set to return home to a hero’s welcome after Sunday’s four-sets victory over Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, with the press praising his modesty and hard work.
South west France was again braced for more flooding on Monday after a weekend that aleady left parts of the region underwater(SEE VIDEO). Elsewhere in the country, a swollen river caused by a deluge carried a 10-year-old girl to her death in Brittany.
Swedish marines have soared to internet fame after their video homage a song from the 1978 hit film Grease spread online like Greased Lightning.
A state-owned plane carrying Prince Felipe and members of the Spanish Government was forced to make an emergency landing in the Dominican Republic on Sunday after pilots reported an oil leak on board.
Another 13 workers in the Channel Tunnel suffered carbon monoxide poisoning overnight on Sunday, according to reports in France. It comes after 19 workers suffered a similar fate on Sunday.
A new Swedish website that lets people check out their neighbours' criminal records has privacy experts up in arms, warning the site could breach the country's privacy and slander laws.
Was it a prophetic sign? A gesture of peace turned into a somewhat grisly spectacle at the Vatican on Sunday when two white doves were attacked by a crow and a seagull shortly after being released during prayers.
A record number of foreign citizens were deported from Norway last year, after country's police stepped up the use of deportation as a way of fighting crime.
Morocco has uncovered a jihadist cell led by a Spanish army veteran who later fought in Afghanistan with Al-Qaeda, the interior ministry said on Saturday.
The artist whose provocative chair outraged race and women's rights campaigners last week has accused his critics of reacting "out of all proportion" to the work.
A man on trial in western Sweden for allegedly raping a woman who was so drunk she had trouble standing up has been freed because he "wasn't aware" she was drunk.
French President François Hollande and former partner Valérie Trierweiler went their separate ways on Monday as they hope to turn the page after their high profile split. While Hollande headed to Turkey most of the attention was on Trierweiler who braved the press in India.
Italy's Agriculture Minister resigned on Sunday amid allegations of abuse of power over the appointment of staff in the public health care system and in the wake of an investigation into the management of EU funds for agriculture.
Thirteen Moroccan immigrants held in a migrant centre on the outskirts of Rome have sewn their lips together in the second such protest at their lengthy detention, Italian media reported Sunday.
A so-called "Day of Anger" protest against President François Hollande turned violent in Paris on Sunday when hundreds of youths clashed with police. Authorities on Monday said 250 protestors were arrested and 19 officers were injured. (SEE VIDEO)
In this week's My German Career, Yvonne Gruendler, 32, describes her job as a marketing officer after finding her way to Berlin via Asia and the UK.
Germany's military is to be deployed more frequently on foreign operations, defence minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.
The family of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg plans to appeal directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin this week for help in shedding light on the Swedish diplomat's mysterious fate.
Industrial espionage by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in Germany is an open secret, whistleblower Edward Snowden said in a television interview on Sunday night.
Swedish horse Maharajah won the world's most prestigious trotting race, the Prix d'Amerique, on Sunday, delivering Sweden their first win at the Vincennes racetrack outside Paris since Gigant Neo in 2005.
A two-day-old ceasefire in South Sudan is still not firmly in place, the foreign minister of Norway, part of the so-called Troika with Britain and the United States, said on Sunday.
A 25-year-old Norwegian woman has brought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under fire from religious lawmakers after media reported that she -- a non-Jewish woman -- was dating his son.