Police in Norway said on Monday that they had closed a preliminary investigation into a complaint by mass murderer Anders Breivik that his prison conditions amounted to "serious torture".
Freed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko will go for medical treatment in Germany next month as the ex-Soviet state struggles to resolve its worst crisis since independence.
Think you know the French? Well, to test your knowledge of our Gallic cousins we've put together 10 facts or stats about them that may surprise you, or at least raise a few eyebrows. However to make it a little trickier we've included two made up ones. But can you spot them?
Former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, mocked for his lack of foreign language skills when in power, has said demanding fluency in English would exclude the "sons of workers" from positions of responsibility.
Ex Formula One driver Michael Schumacher could face a lawsuit after he knocked over a motorcyclist in Spain just weeks before a serious ski accident that has left him in a coma.
Dubbed the "Thatcher of fashion" by the Italian press, British-born Jane Reeve was recently headhunted by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion to become its first chief executive. As Milan Fashion Week comes to a close, The Local quizzes her about her role.
Switzerland’s top court has ordered the release from detention of a teenage violent offender who sparked controversy over the lavish therapy he received.
The EU forced Swedish wolf hunters to hang up their rifles, but increasingly audacious predators have rural dwellers speaking of torment, injured dogs, clawed livestock, and a ban that disrespects democracy.
The city of Stockholm has one of the EU's highest proportions of employees with technical expertise, showed a new European comparison carried out by Belgian labour market researchers.
EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians are leaving Germany each month to return home, putting into doubt fears of a mass immigration from eastern Europe to the country.
A new study has found that while the oft used French-bashing slant of France being "a nation of hypochondriacs" might not be true, more than ten percent of the country do suffer from the condition, with younger men being the most common victims.
Are you longing for a bit of sun and warmth? Sweden can take quite some time to warm up in the early part of the year, but there are plenty of direct flights to sunny destinations where you can kick-start your spring.
A rising German biathlete star has died aged 19, according to reports on Monday. She is believed to have taken her own life. The Olympic team was told of the loss as they brought home their medals from Sochi.
Giorgio Armani rounded off Milan Fashion Week on Monday, as reports of an investment in a young designer by luxury giant LVMH and a Chinese firm's purchase of historic label Krizia signalled shifts in the industry.
Michelin, the famous oracle of gastronomy, announced its new rankings on Monday and handed its coveted three star award to just one new French restaurant. It comes after one French food critic accused those behind the Michelin guide of “losing the plot”.
The Michelin guide, the so-called oracle of gastronomy revealed its new stars for 2014 on Monday. In total 64 restaurants across France picked up a star in the 2014 guide. Here's the complete list to see if there is one worth checking out near you. Let us know what it was like.
Two days after violence erupted over a planned new airport in western France, the country's prime minister was trying to squelch a row his comments had sparked.
A Spanish policeman who caused the death of a German cyclist while driving under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to three years and seven months in prison for reckless homicide.
A new nuclear waste inspection has revealed rust on every fourth barrel containing radioactive material at one of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall's nuclear power plants in Germany.
Hundreds of Barcelona's historic shops are facing closure because of impending rent hikes and locals are worried plans to save them are "too little too late".
India has dropped a plan to use a tough anti-piracy law to prosecute two Italian marines who killed two fishermen, the Supreme Court heard on Monday, amid a diplomatic row.
A 31-year-old mother caused havoc on the roads of St. Gallen on Sunday whilst driving under the influence with two young children in the car.
A recent study found French managers spend on average 16 years of their lives holed up in meetings. So given that you could face such a lengthy period of your expat life in a French 'reunion' here's a guide on everything you need to know about meetings in France.
A priest in Norway returned to the vestry after serving mass on Sunday to discover a particularly unscrupulous thief had made off with his wallet and mobile phone.
German business confidence hit the highest level for more than two and a half years in February, as the outlook for Europe's biggest economy continues to hold up, data showed on Monday.
Bathing in UHT milk and smoking a sausage “cigar”, a theatre director has helped a German supermarket advert go viral at home and abroad – despite the fact most people watching it won't understand the words.
The brother of a Naples shopkeeper who committed suicide after his business was threatened with closure has sparked controversy by saying that crime syndicate the Camorra would have given him more time to pay.
Populist Swiss cabinet minister Ueli Maurer says he doesn’t believe Switzerland’s string of deals with the European Union are at risk following a national vote to restrict immigration.
UPDATED: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a "radical and immediate change" in Italy in an energetic and impassioned speech to parliament on Monday which outlined his government programme but was light on detail.
Police on Monday said they have uncovered a €13 million cocaine haul at Italy’s Gioia Tauro port, named last month as the transfer point for Syria’s deadly chemical weapons.
A shocking documentary about a failed military coup in Spain was watched by over 5 million people on Sunday evening but not all was as it seemed.
It proved to be a deadly weekend on French ski slopes as a 13-year-old boy and a 53-year-old man were killed in separate crashes. At least one of the victims appears to have been wearing a helmet.
International football newcomer Gibraltar was briefly selected in the same group as Spain on Sunday during the blind draw for the EURO 2016 tournament qualifiers, but was immediately switched to avoid political tensions.
A nine-year-old boy who was found seriously injured in a carpark in northern Sweden has died, officials announced on Monday, with police suspecting he was knocked down by a vehicle.
More than two million carnival masks and costumes which put people’s health at risk have been seized in Rome, the city’s financial police said on Monday.
A British man who went missing after losing his job at a call centre has been found three years later living in Munich. His parents were due to be reunited with him in Germany on Monday.
Around 100 sub-Saharan immigrants are reported to have illegally entered Spain's north African enclave of Melilla on Monday morning after jumping the fences on its border with Morocco.
A Bavarian company has created the world's first James-Bond style “smart gun” which can only be fired by the owner. Supporters say it is safer than a regular pistol, while others claim it is too complicated.
A Swedish appeals court has crushed a suicidal man's last wishes by ruling that his text messages to would-be inheritors were not legally valid.
Russia's three medals on Sunday gave it a clear lead over its main rival Norway, both in terms of golds and overall medals won, ending a successful Olympics for the host country.
Billionaire 29-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Barcelona to deliver a keynote speech at the world mobile industry's biggest fair on Monday, fresh from his €14 billion ($19 billion) takeover of smartphone messenger WhatsApp.
A winemaker in France's Burgundy region is due to face court on Monday for refusing to use pesticides in his organic vineyard despite a government order. Other wine-growers around the region are backing the government.
A 21-year-old American student has been found dead in Rome after a night out with friends, after reportedly being hit by a train.
Norway's oil fund plans to double its staff of equity fund managers as it takes a more active approach to its investments, Petter Johnsen, its chief investment officer for equities, has told the FT.
International monitors pledged on Sunday to cooperate with a Spanish tribunal over their meeting with masked militants from the armed Basque separatist group Eta, saying there was a real chance for peace.
Atletico Madrid missed the chance to join Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as they were beaten 3-0 by Osasuna at El Sadar on Sunday.
Fairies in flowing dresses, little red riding hoods in fur and female knights in bejewelled chainmail took over the catwalk at Dolce&Gabbana's fairy-tale show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday.
In this week's My German Career, US pastor Jeff Ingram, 54, talks about life in the church and the advantages as well as the downside of Germany's desire for order.
Two children were killed in the French Alps on Sunday when a huge boulder broke loose from the mountainside and smashed into their chalet.
The terror threat against Norway will rise this year as militant Islamists born-and-bred in the country return battle-hardened from the civil war in Syria, the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) said on Monday. The NIS's report downplayed the risk of conflict in the Arctic, however.
Germany is being left behind in the global race to keep its brightest minds, according to a study which will be presented to Chancellor Angela Merkel this week.
French President François Hollande joined European leaders on Sunday in insisting that Ukraine's "territorial integrity" must be respected amid fears the country could split into two along its Russo-Ukrainian faultline.
Germany coach Joachim Löw admitted on Sunday he has a few concerns ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with several of his stars either struggling for form or injured.
Stockholm emergency services found a mortally wounded man on the commuter train tracks north of the capital on Monday, prompting delays for morning commuters.
The Swiss Army rejected 1,038 young Swiss conscripts last year, considering them too dangerous for military service.
More than 100,000 revellers, many dressed in masks and period costume, packed into St Mark's Square for the "flight of the angel" that marks the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice. Scroll down for the video.
Petter Northug was awarded a 'consolation medal' by Sweden's Expressen newspaper outside the Olympic village in Sochi on Sunday, as the tabloid continued its merciless mockery of the Norwegian cross-country ski star.
PSG relied on their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to maintain their five point gap over Monaco at the summit of Ligue 1 on Sunday when the Sweden international fired in a hat-trick against Toulouse. Catch up on the latest action from Ligue 1.
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three goals for French champions PSG in a 4-2 drubbing of Toulouse.
In an effort to enjoy this year's contest, The Local's schlager fan David Jørgensen headed to the gayest "Swedish" pub in London to take in the glitter and glamour. And it seems to have worked.
The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) will look into potential employment solutions for PhD students on scholarships, many of them foreigners, after a trade union slammed the lauded college for not keeping its promises.