A Norwegian politician has posted a picture of herself in a wolf fur coat, just as campaigners fear that hunters may be about to eradicate the animal from the country.
A valley known as the Siberia of Switzerland for its bone-chilling winters is celebrating the fact with its third annual "festival of the cold".
A day after massive protests over President François Hollande's "family phobia", his government on Monday abruptly postponed plans to pass a controversial new family bill, that would likely have picked another fight with France's traditional conservatives.
Not many people would take the risk of travelling across Europe by bus with €1 million in two suitcases. One Polish man took the chance, but his journey did not end as he probably planned.
In this week's The Local List we look at Catalonia's most colourful colloquialisms to stop you getting lost in translation next time you roam beyond the Ramblas in Barcelona.
Swiss voters will decide whether to ban compulsory sex education for children under nine after conservative groups mustered enough signatures to force a plebiscite, the authorities said on Monday.
France remains a country where the worlds of international business and public procurement are blighted by shady dealings and corruption, according to a new EU report. But just how bad is corruption in France and how does it compare to other countries in Europe?
Working in a German office can be a tricky business, especially if you haven't quite mastered the language. The Local is here to help with some useful phrases to impress your colleagues.
Swedish actor Peter Stormare said his Big Lebowski co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman was "like a sibling" as he and other Swedes in Hollywood mourned the Oscar-winning actor's unexpected death from an apparent drug overdose.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave a lukewarm reception on Monday to Britain's hopes of EU treaty change, days after France poured cold water on any renegotiation of London's membership.
The Swedish prosecutor handling the Julian Assange case lashed out on Monday to calls urging him to push on with efforts to interrogate the whistle blower over sex crimes allegations stemming from a 2010 visit to Sweden.
For US Consul General Richard Beer, there is no average day in the office. He talks to The Local about the daily challenges faced at the consulate in Rome, particularly ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to Italy in March.
UPDATED: An alleged cruel cat torturer who caused outrage in France after videos were posted online showing him throwing a kitten high into the air was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday. The defendant told the court he was an "idiot" before sentencing.
Moaning about reckless French drivers is a pastime enjoyed by expats across France. This week's guest blogger, based in south-west France, has compiled his own alternative version of "Le Highway Code" based on his own frightening experiences with French drivers. Do they strike a chord with you?
Spanish police seized 900 kilograms (nearly 2,000 pounds) of cocaine in rucksacks found floating in the sea and fitted with tracking devices, officials said Monday.
An advert placed in a regional newspaper in western Germany by a man desperate to find his children before he dies has gone viral, being shared online 50,000 times.
One of Germany's top commerce experts warned on Monday that there were so many young people at university, and so few in traineeships, that the country's economy would suffer.
Norwegian slopestyle snowboarder Torstein Horgmo, one of the Olympic Games gold medal favourites, was hospitalised Monday after a spectacular crash in training on a course widely condemned as too dangerous.
Controversial French comic Dieudonné is now not just an enemy of the state in France. On Monday the UK also made him a persona non-grata when the government confirmed it had banned him from entering the country.
While Sweden was acknowledged as one of the least corrupt countries in the EU, a new report from the European Commission urges Sweden to ban anonymous political party donations.
Italy's lower house speaker has accused the anti-establishment Five Star Movement of instigating violence and slammed bloggers on the party website as "potential rapists" following a flurry of sexist abuse online.
King Don Juan Carlos has gone against the trend of royal secrecy in Spain and publicized the new fixed salaries of his wife Queen Sofía and daughter-in-law Princess Letizia.
Moderate Party representatives in Stockholm have been slammed after warning public sector healthcare workers they could risk losing their jobs if the opposition Social Democrats win the next election.
Almost all Italians believe that corruption is widespread in their country, according to the European Commission's anti-corruption report released on Monday. While some progress has been made, the EU's executive body highlighted a number of areas in need of urgent action.
Taped conversations have revealed that Francis Bacon gave $4 million (€3 million) as a gift to Madrid-based banker Jose Capelo, 40 years his junior, who appeared in two of the artist's paintings, after falling in love with him.
Swiss private bank Julius Bär on Monday said net profit fell by 30 percent in 2013 owing to costs related to its takeover of Merrill Lynch's global wealth management business.
Swiss customs officials have moved to discourage a flourishing cross-border trade from neighbouring Germany — in pizzas.
Italy's foreign minister Emma Bonino said on Monday that the international community had "largely failed" in getting humanitarian aid to Syria, despite having the necessary medicines, food and transport ready.
The Elysée Palace confirmed on Monday that Queen Elizabeth II plans to join world leaders in France in June to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Thousands of workers from Coca-Cola bottling factories in Spain marched on Sunday in protest at plant closures they say will cost 750 jobs.
Hacking group, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), has filed a criminal complaint against the entire German government, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, over the spying scandal.
German airline Lufthansa hit out on Monday at plans by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways to buy debt-laden Alitalia, saying it amounted to covert state aid.
Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Margallo has said Spain will not interfere in Scotland's quest for independence and potential entry to the EU, arguing that the cases of the British territory and that of Catalonia are "fundamentally different".
Each German government ministry and 17 of its members of parliament were targeted by the huge data theft in which 16 million online identities were stolen.
A Vietnamese diplomat who was posted at the country's consulate in Geneva said he has sought political asylum in Switzerland.
The court of appeal in Malmö was evacuated on Monday morning due to the discovery of a suspicious package. Earlier on Monday, the city's district court was hit by an explosion.
A German con artist was jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of fraud and rape. He posed as both the factitious Prince von Hohenlohe, owner of a goldmine and friend of President Barack Obama.
A Christian Democrat mayor has inflamed the abortion debate in Norway by posting a picture purporting to resemble a 12-week-old foetus on Facebook.
Influential US newspaper The New York Times has reported the sacking of El Mundo editor Pedro J. Ramírez as "engineered retribution" by the Spanish government and compared press freedoms in Spain with those in China and Egypt.
French and British seamen have shown little love for each other over the years but at the weekend the British Royal Navy showed differences can be put aside when it saved the lives of six Breton sailors, who were trapped in a sinking trawler in stormy seas.
A new European beer index makes sober reading for lager-loving expats in France. The study which compares how many beers you can buy with a monthly minimum wage leaves France lagging well behind the rest of Western Europe.
A ruling on whether to impose the death penalty on two Italians marines for alleged murder has been postponed by an Indian court until February 10th.
A Swiss parliamentary committee looking into drug issues wants to reopen the debate on the legalization of marijuana in the wake of developments in the US, Uruguay and New Zealand.
Italians may be well-known for their healthy diet, but more are eating food well past its use-by date as the effects of the financial crisis continue to bite, according to new figures from Coldiretti, the Italian farmers' association.
Telecom giant Orange revealed on Monday that the names, addresses and phone numbers of hundreds of thousands of French customers have been pilfered in a mammoth data breach. Find out how the hackers could cause headaches for those affected.
Norway is the clear favourite to scoop the most gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, with leading bookmakers Ladbrokes, Coral, and William Hill all giving the country's team even odds to come out tops.
A teenager was swept out to sea as fierce storm surges hit northern Spain on Sunday, authorities said, with waves reportedly as high as 10 metres (more than 30 feet) washing through the streets of the Basque city of San Sebastian.
Swedish footballer Kim Källström's surprise move to Premier League contenders Arsenal came despite team officials knowing the midfielder was injured, coach Arsene Wenger explained on Sunday.
The photos of a German soldier who took his camera to the front in World War One have been published for the first time, giving the rarest of glimpses into military life 100 years ago.
Hate crimes directed against Sweden's black population have increased in recent years, according to a report published on Monday, prompting grave concern from Sweden's integration minister.
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent-off as Real Madrid lost ground in the La Liga title race with a 1-1 draw away to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
UPDATE: A great clean-up operation began in Frankfurt on Monday after a tower block was reduced to rubble in a controlled explosion – the tallest building in Europe to be demolished in such a way.
The body of an Iranian woman has been found in a Venice canal after it was allegedly taken to the city in a suitcase following her murder in Milan, Italian media reported on Monday.
America's two-time giant slalom world champion Ted Ligety won the final World Cup race in the discipline before the Winter Olympics on Sunday at Saint Moritz in the canton of Graubünden.
Bare-breasted feminists belonging to the exhibitionist protest group FEMEN hurled knickers at the archbishop of Madrid as he arrived at church on Sunday in protest against his support for Spain's stringent new abortion law.
Monday might not be the best day to suffer from a painful toothache in France. Dentists across the country have been called to close their practices in a protest aimed at pressuring the government into increasing their pay.
Gangs of criminal youths from disadvantaged suburbs of Stockholm and Gothenburg have started travelling to Norway to commit burglaries, police in Oslo have reported.
An explosion rocked a courthouse in Malmö in southern Sweden in the early hours of Monday morning, damaging the facade and blowing out several windows.
Melodifestivalen 2014 kicked off on Saturday night with a the usual schlager, one victorious cross-dresser, and a hostess with hairy armpits. Yawn, says contributor David Jørgensen, who's hoping for more next week.
A seven-year-old child died along with two women when the car in which they were travelling was swept away by a flooded river near the Sicilian city of Syracuse.
PSG extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 at the weekend but face being without their Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani for a number of weeks after he picked up an injury in their victory against Bordeaux. Monaco slipped further behind after a 2-2 draw with Lorient.
It took a photo to drive it home. The ministers controlling the armed forces of four of Europe's countries are now women.
A group of hedge funds who were already suing Porsche have launched civil action against the chairman and a board member. The German car giant said on Sunday the claims were "without merit".
UPDATE: Germany's former education minister is set to become the country's ambassador to the Vatican, it was confirmed on Monday. She stepped down a year ago amid claims she plagiarized her PhD thesis.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich maintained their 13-point lead with a 5-0 home romp against Eintracht Frankfurt to extend their record 44-match unbeaten run on Sunday.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said on Sunday it has entered the final stage of an assessment whether to purchase a stake in Italy's debt-laden airline Alitalia.