A German professor at the Federal Institute for Technology in Zurich (ETH) has made a splash in the media for quitting his job over the Swiss vote to limit immigration.
A Swiss dentist famous for treating movie stars from Charlie Chaplin to Elizabeth Taylor and other international celebrities has died at the age of 100.
A Norwegian national accused of killing his friend and cellmate in a Congolese prison was given a life sentence for murder on Wednesday.
Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo has lashed out at Matteo Renzi, saying the prime minister designate is "not credible" and declaring a political "war" against the country's prospective new leader.
With Spain's crazy carnival period already upon us, The Local has put together a list of politically questionable costumes that are bound to get people's tongues wagging.
Almost 50 percent of Swedes want King Carl Gustaf XVII to abdicate and Princess Victoria to take the throne, a marked change from a similar survey three years ago.
The mayor in the German-French border town of Saarbrücken is planning to ban street prostitution in most areas, as the region's notorious sex trade problem continues to spiral out of control.
A Spanish policeman who claimed to be a secret agent and offered potential recruits jobs in exchange for sex has been found guilty in court.
For many Italians, family comes first. But it is the common practice of nepotism – giving jobs to family members – that is driving young talent away.
A coalition of left-wing parties on Wednesday called for Spain's Interior Minister to step down after 15 immigrants died while trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in early February.
Police are intensifying their efforts to quash a network of 40 children forced into drug dealing in southern Stockholm, some as young as eight years old. Older children in the gang are reportedly paid in drugs.
A new study published on Monday may strike a chord with those foreigners who have found it hard to find a flat. The research found that a person with a foreign acccent was subject to discrimination when enquiring about flats to rent.
A group of French publishers and book sellers held a naked protest this week. Their big strip was aimed at a French politician and his recent call to censor a children’s book. The act comes amid a national controversy about what kids should or shouldn’t be learning.
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino on Wednesday warned that Ukraine risked descending into "civil war", after at least 25 people were killed in overnight clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in the country’s capital Kiev.
Patrizia Kummer nabbed Switzerland’s sixth gold medal at the Sochi Olympics after finishing first in the women’s parallel giant slalom on Wednesday.
UPDATED: French President François Hollande has urged the EU to impose sanctions against Ukraine's leaders over the deadly crackdown on protesters in Kiev. Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both condemned the "unacceptable" acts.
Spain's public prosecutor sought on Wednesday a criminal tax indictment against Barcelona football club over the signing of Brazilian star Neymar, a copy of the filing showed.
Three men in their twenties have been charged for assaulting a black man in northern Norway, allegedly telling him "we do not like immigrants in Verdal" as they hit him on the back with a snow shovel.
UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande condemned “shocking” violence in Ukraine in a joint press conference on Wednesday. Possible sanctions will be decided upon on Thursday, said Merkel.
The French government says that nearly 16,000 people have declared funds hidden abroad after Switzerland curtailed its vaunted banking secrecy.
Harry Shindler, a war veteran who on Wednesday was awarded an MBE (Order of the British Empire) in Rome, has called on fellow expats to use their vote, as part of a campaign he has taken to the EU.
The arrest of a man in connection with the cold-blooded murder of a British-Iraqi family and a French cyclist has not "cleared up" the mystery, prosecutors said on Wednesday, adding that as yet there was no obvious link between the suspect and the victims.
Sweden won another two medals on Wednesday as both the women and men's team sprint athletes finished third. But the race wasn't without a touch of controversy for the men's team.
France and Germany will send parts of a joint military brigade to Mali in its first military deployment to Africa, following a meeting between the two countries defence chiefs.
A Norwegian children's charity left a thinly-dressed 11-year-old boy shivering at a bus stop in the winter cold to test how many people would spontaneously help him.
Norway's cross country skiing superstar Marit Bjørgen on Wednesday took her country to victory in the women's team sprint race, the fifth Olympic gold of her career.
With French lawmakers vowing once again to ban the growing of GM corn by the country’s farmers, The Local heard from representatives on both sides of the argument. One says the health risks are too significant, the other says farmers have to earn a living. What do you think?
Italy's prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi has taken a battering in opinion polls even before he takes office, with many unhappy about his grab for power.
A front-page article in the New York Times about Spain's potential time zone change has led to a raging debate in the US on whether Spaniards are right or wrong to do everything later.
From the boy who had his thumbs chopped off, to the youngsters baked alive and fed to chickens, Germany has more than its fair share of scary children’s stories.
Police in the Spanish region of Aragon have apologized for using 'highly erotic' videos to demonstrate first aid techniques during a training course on Monday.
The population of Sweden saw the biggest yearly increase in 70 years last year, according to new statistics, thanks largely to the almost 120,000 immigrants who arrived throughout the year.
With a ‘death or glory’ shot from the British captain, Norway's curling team were knocked out of the Olympics on Tuesday. But not before wowing their fans with another display of their outlandishly flamboyant trousers.
Armed pirates struck in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Corsica this week, when they stole a luxury French yacht. The boat's terrified owner, wife and friend were tied up for several hours before being set adrift in a life boat.
Italy's billionaire former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is officially divorced, paving the way for a possible future marriage with a woman almost 50 years his junior, the Italian media reported on Wednesday.
Pope Francis on Wednesday urged an end to violence by both sides in Ukraine, saying he was "concerned" about the deadly clashes in Kiev.
Loui Eriksson scored twice on Wednesday as the undefeated Swedish men's ice hockey team demolished Slovenia to advance to the semi-finals at Sochi.
Civil servants at Germany's defence ministry signed off a €55 million payoff as part of the Eurofighter project without asking parliament for permission, or checking with their boss, it emerged on Wednesday.
German archaeologists have recovered a find of over a million euros worth of Roman gold and silver jewellery from an amateur treasure hunter who dug it up illegally in a forest.
A Spanish court on Tuesday shelved a case against Scottish actor Sean Connery in a Marbella property scandal dubbed the 'Goldfinger case' but his wife remains under investigation.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Wednesday that the President of Ukraine was responsible for the bloodshed in Kiev, clashes which have caused at least 25 deaths.
Roger Waters, the founder of the British rock bank Pink Floyd, has unveiled a monument to his father, who was killed in Italy during the Second World War.
Japanese prosecutors on Wednesday raided the offices of the local arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis over alleged exaggerated advertising for a popular blood-pressure drug, local media said.
Two supervisors at a municipality in northern Sweden have been found guilty of driving a co-worker to suicide by bullying him at work in a landmark case on safety in the workplace.
French industrial tycoon Serge Dassault, the billionaire manufacturer of fighter jets and France's fourth richest man was in custody Wednesday for alleged vote buying, a judicial source said.
Bern-based vaccine company Crucell Switzerland AG, owned by American pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, has scaled back planned layoffs.
Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom has joined Spanish side Laboral Kutxa Baskonia on a two-month deal as he finishes his stint in rehab following a drink driving incident.
Five years after it closed for a two-year renovation, Paris's Picasso museum — which houses one of the world's most extensive collections of the Spanish master's work — is to reopen its doors.
Italy's famous sports car maker Ferrari has fended off competition from the likes of Google, Rolex and Coca Cola to be named the world’s “most powerful brand”.
Greenpeace has dumped a truck load of coal and 2,000 litres of "radioactive" water in Paris to demand that Germany and France seek greener energy solutions, before a summit between the two countries on Wednesday.
Just hours before Paris was set to host a Franco-German summit, activists from Greenpeace dumped a truck load of coal and 2,000 litres of "radioactive" water outside the Elysée Palace as part of a protest demanding the two countries seek greener energy solutions.
Goals by Lionel Messi and Dani Alves saw Barcelona take control of their Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City with a 2-0 win in Tuesday's first leg.
The deadly train bombings that struck Madrid in 2004 were directly planned by an Al-Qaeda member, a Spanish terrorism expert said on Tuesday, presenting a study of new evidence from intelligence officials.
As the Swedish women's hockey team sets its sights on a bronze medal, the Sochi Olympics have shown that Sweden and other nations have yet to catch up to powerhouses Canada and the United States.
Two women died on Tuesday morning in a fire on the Stockholm island of Södermalm. Emergency services remain unsure of what caused the blaze.
Five days after a young woman was found dazed and confused on a beach in northern Spain with a mysterious message written on her arm, Spanish police finally identified her as a missing French woman who had reportedly been suffering from amnesia.
Firefighters in Berlin are losing their cool after being called to a refugee home 160 times for no reason.
Stockholm's freeriders say a move to make public transport free in Estonia's capital has paved the way for a proper debate in Sweden, where they say train operators and politicians remain stuck in ideological gridlock.
Italy's top luxury brands show off their latest collections at Milan Fashion Week starting on Wednesday with high hopes for a recovery of the sector this year even amid the latest government crisis.
French champions PSG have one foot, perhaps even two, in the next round of the Champions League after they hammered Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in Germany on Tuesday. The win left coach Laurent Blanc a happy man.
Bavarian police are searching for the owner of tens of thousands of euros found shredded at a waste disposal site last Thursday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in a 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, putting Paris Saint-Germain on course for the Champions League quarter-finals and the Swede ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in an exclusive ranking.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in a 4-0 drubbing of Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night to leave Paris Saint-Germain on course for the Champions League quarter-finals.
While Sweden may not be known internationally as a culinary hotspot, the country's dessert scene offers plenty of classic dishes to satisfy your sweet tooth, says food blogger Maia Brindley Nilsson.
Russia expressed outrage on Tuesday after Sweden auctioned one of its diplomatic buildings near Stockholm following litigation between Moscow and a German businessman.
Norway on Tuesday took gold and silver in the large hill nordic combined at the Sochi Olympics, with the medallists saying the bleak and rainy conditions reminded them of home.