Some 45,000 migrants braved the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe in 2013, with the overwhelming majority arriving in Italy, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.
Amnesty International's proposal to lobby for the legalization of buying and selling sex has caused an angry reaction among Swedish women's rights organizations.
UPDATE: A maritime landmark of Bremen, a reconstruction of a 24-metre-long Hanseatic cog ship, which disappeared on Monday night into Tuesday morning has risen from the depths.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi said on Tuesday that the French champions are close to completing a deal for Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye.
Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has said he is still coming to terms with the serious injuries suffered by compatriot Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident last month.
Pupils from nursery and infant schools across France were kept home this week after their parents were sent hoax text messages warning them that teachers were to give lessons in masturbation and sex education and telling them to boycott classes.
Revelations that using apps like Angry Birds on smartphones may make it easier for the NSA to gather data on unsuspecting Swedes has prompted a warning from Swedish spy agency FRA.
Talks among Syria's warring sides broke up in Geneva on Tuesday, the United Nations said, after the regime in a morning session accused Washington of "arming terrorists".
Childhood abdominal obesity is a serious problem in Spain and one that is going largely undetected, a new study shows.
A woman is behind bars in France after admitting stabbing her husband with a knife over 300 times, reports said on Tuesday. The accused woman has refused to tell police why she committed the crazed attack.
A restaurant in Lazio served 'elite' customers dolphin meat, an investigation has revealed, prompting animal rights groups to call for better controls.
The Italian Ministry of Health has been ordered to pay compensation to the family of soldier Francesco Finessi in a landmark ruling, after he died following vaccinations he received during military service.
Australian Open tennis champion Stanislas Wawrinka received a hero’s welcome at Geneva airport on Tuesday afternoon where a throng of cheering fans and journalists met him.
Despite improved recycling habits, food that could be composted still accounts for almost a third of Swiss household garbage, says the federal environment office, which is urging a change in habits.
A former top Sweden Democrat has accused the party of fraudulently obtaining state-funding by cobbling together a women's wing that at the time only existed on paper.
Lexbase, a site allowing Swedes to look up neighbour's criminal records, was embroiled in further controversy on Tuesday as its owner was revealed to have criminal connections and its spokesperson quit after reportedly receiving death threats.
A bomb exploded outside a court in the northern Italian city of Trento on Tuesday morning.
France is facing its highest rates of poverty since 1997 as unemployment climbs to record levels. However, hard times are clearly not spread evenly across the country with some towns avoiding the worst and others clearly hit hard. Find out where is worst affected.
Two young football fans were killed and nearly a dozen injured in 2009 when they were struck by state-owned train after a football match. Rail operator SNCF will now faces criminal charges over the accident, sources have claimed.
A Danish gossip rag wrongly reported that Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf was a suspect in the murder inquiry into the high-profile hit on Stockholm underworld kingpin Mille Markovic, who once claimed the king had visited a sex club.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, The Local has put together a list of the top places to get up close and personal with the one you love in Spain.
The Swedish project to get Somali refugees to excel at bandy came to a 22-1 halt at the World Cup in Russia, but the captain said their global debut on the ice wasn't half bad.
Italian police last year seized 130 million fake goods, ranging from car parts to cosmetics, up by 25 percent compared to 2012.
Switzerland is sending a record number of athletes to next month's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, officials announced on Tuesday.
Oslo has been overtaken by London as the world's most expensive city to live in, due to the spiralling property and travel costs in the British capital.
The day of remembrance on Monday for victims of National Socialism has sparked a debate in Germany about how to best remember those killed by the Nazis.
Hourly salaries in Italy rose just 1.4 percent on average in 2013 – the lowest rate since 1982 – the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Tuesday.
Former Afghan public servant Zulmay Afzali feared the ”racist Sweden” other asylum seekers warned him about, but instead found kindness that confused migrants and refugees who blamed everything on racism.
Thieves have stolen around 100 antique instruments worth €150,000 from a collector's house in Bremen. The owner has offered €20,000 for their return in an online appeal.
Milan's La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra on Monday night performed to an empty theatre, instead broadcasting to thousands standing silently outside, as a tribute to conductor Claudio Abbado who died last week.
The Elysée Palace denied claims on Tuesday that Germany's notorious "father of reform" Peter Hartz, has been drafted in by President François Hollande to advise him on how to put through some painful economic restructuring, after the pair have met for an "informal chat".
Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Tuesday didn't explain why profit growth slowed sharply for the 2012-2013 fiscal year compared to previous years, but said the company still has grand plans for the future.
A Spanish court has sentenced a former UK rugby player to 17 years in prison for murdering his tenant in a row over unpaid rent.
A man who allegedly stole a €2.99 packet of pistachios from a supermarket in Genoa is due to stand trial and, if found guilty, could go to prison for up to six months.
A fire has swept across the Sørnesset peninsular in northern Norway, threatening to raze 139 buildings in two villages completely to the ground.
Residents and visitors to Lausanne are often heard complaining of the city’s unaffordable prices — and they wouldn’t be wrong. According to a new survey, the city joins Geneva and Zurich among the ten most expensive in the world.
Spanish National Police have arrested a 48-year-old woman who attempted to smuggle a kilo of cocaine under her chest and inside her genitals through Madrid's Barajas airport.
Norway and Canada have appealed a ruling by the Geneva-based World Trade Organization (WTO) that backs a European Union ban on the import and sale of seal products.
A French court Tuesday rejected an appeal for residency for the family of a Roma schoolgirl whose deportation sparked outrage and student protests in the country.
Cows at a dairy farm in central Germany created enough methane gas to set their stalls ablaze and damage a barn roof, police said on Monday.
UPDATE: The fate of one of Europe’s oldest city airports will be decided by a referendum in Berlin this spring, city authorities announced on Tuesday morning.
This week's property is a stunner. Located in Knivsta, just a short trip from both Stockholm and Uppsala, this spacious family home will make you wonder why you ever chose city life in the first place.
Pope Francis should stop releasing doves from his Vatican window, an "outdated tradition" which condemns the birds "to certain death", an Italian animal rights group has said.
Spain's economy is set to grow by "nearly 1.0 percent" in 2014, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Tuesday as the euro nation's struggling recovery gains traction.
Vincent Bettschart, the head of surgery at the Valais cantonal hospital, has quit following accusations he is responsible for the death of four patients on the operating table.
A group of international investors is suing Norway's government for slashing tariffs on the Gassled pipeline network by up to 90 percent, which they say could cost them 40bn kroner ($6.5bn) in lost earnings.
From The Godfather to The Sopranos, Hollywood has styled the mafia as a distinctly Italian phenomenon. But the author of a new graphic novel on the mafia argues that it is in fact a global issue that other countries should face up to.
Sweden's constitution needs to be rewritten, the head of the country's main privacy watchdog has argued following the launch of a new website that lets Swedes download their neighbours' criminal records.
Madrid's regional government has scrapped highly controversial plans to privatize six public hospitals after a Spanish court ruled against the project.
The suspected founder of one of the world's biggest money-laundering operations, 40-year-old Arthur Budovsky, refused Monday to accept his extradition from Spain to the United States, his lawyer said.
An ad series by Volvo, which included Jean Claude Van Damme performing a set of "epic splits" while balanced on two reversing trucks, has proved a whirlwind commercial success for the Swedish company.
Curious Swedes are clicking by the thousands for a look inside the home of one of Sweden's original lifestyle bloggers, the über-blonde Blondinbella, who recently put her Stockholm apartment up for sale.
The English suffix "gate" has been named Germany's Anglicism of the Year. The quirky, linguistic award honours the positive contributions English had made to the German lexicon.
One is a dog known for its fierce reputation the other is the former partner of the French president, but one TV newsreader managed to mix them up this week, much to the delight of social media in France. See for youself.
A British journalist writing in the Guardian newspaper has torn into the Norwegians, accusing them of being "fearful of outsiders", harbouring a "disturbing Islamophobic subculture", and polluting the world with their oil exports.
A would-be thief got a warm surprise after attempting to break into a couple's flat in northern Sweden.
Four Old Masters stolen by the Nazis, including Hitler's deputy Hermann Goering, go under the hammer in New York this week where they are expected to fetch up to $1 million, Sotheby's announced on Monday.
An official coordinating the rescue from Italy's stricken cruise ship told a court Monday that the captain, accused of abandoning ship, refused twice to be taken back on board after making it safely to dry land.
Anglo journalists will get a chance to grill French President François Hollande on Friday when he visits London for talks with British PM David Cameron. Although Hollande is in London to discuss defence and energy he can expect questions to surround his love life.
The number of jobs in the German solar energy industry has more than halved in two years, figures released by the government on Tuesday revealed.
A pensioner was fined by a court on Monday when a seedling given to her by a neighbour grew into a huge cannabis bush. It was over two metres high before police came knocking on her door in eastern Germany.
Formula One ace Michael Schumacher remains in intensive care nearly a month after a ski accident that left him plunged into a medically induced coma. The outcome remains unclear.
Russian President Vladimir Putin won't have time to meet a descendant of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg who is seeking clues about the Swedish diplomat's mysterious death in Soviet custody.