French international footballer Laurent Koscielny, who plays with Premier League team Arsenal, has demonstrated his Gallic principles of solidarity and fraternity by reportedly stepping to help save a doomed accordion factory in France.
Switzerland said on Thursday it was prepared to freeze any funds Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovych might have in Swiss banks.
In 2012, a couple of Italian marines were arrested for shooting two Indian fishermen off the coast of India. The incident has sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries that shows little sign of ending anytime soon.
The distribution of wealth in Germany is the most unequal in the eurozone, a report released on Thursday revealed. Large differences remain between men and women and east and west.
Several Swedish bookies have pulled out of Melodifestivalen, Sweden's qualifying rounds to Eurovision, because a vote-placing robot has left organizers scratching their heads.
The deputy of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been admitted to using cannabis on at least one occasion,after being questioned by police following a drugs raid on several schools in the city of Bergen.
Swiss economic growth slowed to a crawl at the end of 2013, official data showed on Thursday, amid concern that the strong Swiss franc and recent vote limiting immigration from the EU might further hamper the country's economy.
One of Spain's best-loved TV presenters recently spent an hour lying to the whole country. Was it a master stroke or a cynical ratings grab? Opinions are very much divided on our latest Face of the Week, Jordi Évole.
The British officer charged with running the Royal Marines' winter training in Norway has dismissed as "a nonsense" claims that his troops are confined to barracks when temperatures get "too cold".
Full-time employees are entitled to a wage they can live on, the Swiss Trade Union Federation said on Thursday at the launch of its minimum wage campaign.
PICTURES: A pair of the most venomous lizards in the world were born this week in a Swedish animal park, the first of their species ever born in Europe.
Archaeologists have discovered Germany’s second oldest church hidden within a cathedral in the west of the country.
Italian captain Francesco Schettino lashed out at a media "frenzy" on Thursday after his first return to the Costa Concordia, saying people who accused him of abandoning the ship had not understood "a bloody thing".
The head of France’s opposition party was pushing back hard on Thursday against charges of financial irregularities regarding €8 million in party spending during the 2012 election.
Lawmakers in Spain voted on Thursday in favour of a bill that will reduce the capacity of the country's courts to pursue cases of human rights abuses committed abroad.
To mark the death of Spanish guitar great Paco de Lucía on Tuesday, the Local has put together a collection of songs that have helped break down the barriers between flamenco, rock, jazz and world music.
If The Local's German of the Week is successful, giant marbles could soon be heating the country. Andre Broessel has invented a way of harnessing the sun's power through a glass sphere, and is gearing up to go into production.
The activist sister of Norwegian Finance Minister Siv Jensen has warned politicians not to be "sweet-talked" by her politically savvy sibling into allowing the Norwegian oil fund to continue investing in coal.
Police on Thursday uncovered an "enormous" haul of cannabis in Tuscany, seizing 5,000 plants and arresting a Chinese gang accused of being behind the drug factory.
Western Norway has seen the warmest winter since records began in 1861, government meteorologist Kjersti Opstad Strand has told the Yr.no weather portal.
A retired 73-year-old fireworks fancier accidentally caused a massive explosion on Wednesday afternoon when he dropped a bag of rubbish into a curb side container.
President François Hollande pledged in a speech in Nigeria to help fight terrorism and extremism there not simply with 'political' means. He also plans to meet French troops on Friday deployed in the Central African Republic.
Less than 40 percent of the food eaten in Norway is now grown in the country, new figures from Norway's Directorate of Health and Social Affairs have revealed.
Ten thousand internet voters have spoken and named and shamed the worst restaurants and clubs the City of Light has to offer. The black list even contains some well known establishments frequented by Anglos. Find out if you have been eating in the wrong places.
There are 290 municipalities in Sweden, each with their own slogan. We trudged through them all and selected our ten favourites... from the weird and the ingenious, to the downright terrible.
A Spanish conservative lobby group on Thursday delivered more than 200,000 signatures to Belgian King Philippe in Brussels, urging him not to sign controversial child euthanasia legislation passed by parliament.
A Malmö court has ruled that a man is the legal father of twins, conceived "against his wishes" when his wife lied to the fertility clinic abroad.
Spanish Police's Twitter hotshots have taken just 13 hours to locate a reckless driver who posted a video of himself steering his vehicle from the passenger seat.
A 41-year-old man has died while apparently trying to reverse his car into a parking space.
Investigators are currently working to determine the cause of death of a 21-year-old American student found dead in a train tunnel over the weekend.
Bosses of ski stations in the French Alps are furious over a planned strike by French rail workers this weekend that is timed for when 50,000 skiers will be heading to and from the slopes. One resort chief said strikers were 'holding skiers to ransom'.
UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Britain on Thursday to stay in the EU but played down David Cameron's hopes that her visit to London would bring major reforms.
Germany's Rhineland exploded into colour and music on Thursday morning, signalling the beginning of the Karneval season. Cities in the area transform annually for a big party.
The European Union has blocked Switzerland from its Erasmus+ student exchange programme as a result of the vote to re-introduce quotas on EU citizens.
Italian family-run fashion house Versace said on Thursday it had agreed to sell a 20-percent stake to US private equity firm Blackstone in a deal that values the group at €1.0 billion ($1.4 billion).
A Barcelona-based career development course for aspiring prostitutes has outraged Spanish activists who say positive media coverage of the event could see Spain becoming "the whorehouse of Europe".
A 45-year-old French woman says she had no idea she was pregnant until her baby literally popped out while she was on holiday at a ski resort in the Alps this week. It may sound unbelievable but the phenomemon is not as uncommon as you might have thought.
Amelia, Beatrice, Astrid... and top dog Desirée. None of these princess baby name predictions stuck, however. But what did Average Sven think of the name? And what about you?
Angela Merkel’s visit to London shows how much more David Cameron needs the German Chancellor than she needs him. Until Thursday, her trip was ignored by the German papers who accuse the British press of “hyping” the visit.
Leipzig zookeepers found out the sex of their two-month-old baby gorilla and gave him a name on Monday, after weeks of waiting for an opportunity to examine the animal.
UPDATE: Former German President Christian Wulff was on Thursday cleared of charges he received financial favours during his time in office as state premiere of Lower Saxony.
One of Oslo's top undercover policemen has been charged with gross corruption after a local drug kingpin claimed he had made regular protection payments to him over several years.
Two French citizens, who are former inmates at the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp have asked a French judge to subpoena a former prison commander thay accuse of overseeing an alleged "systematic plan of torture and ill-treatment".
Images of children dressed as their "hero" Pope Francis have melted the hearts of many Italians. But when the pontiff finally met one of his miniature selves on Wednesday the meeting didn’t exactly go according to plan.
Italian captain Francesco Schettino on Thursday prepared to return on board his Costa Concordia cruise ship, more than two years after leaving it in a hurry as it sank in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.
A row has erupted in north-eastern Italy after a priest reportedly refused to host a vegan book launch, claiming that the meat- and dairy-free diet can prompt eating disorders.
Swedish exports decreased seven percent in the past year, yet trade was comparatively buoyant in the last quarter of 2013 compared to the months prior.
Censors in Australia have effectively banned a Swedish film due to scenes of child nudity, with anyone caught selling or showing the film in public risking hefty fines and up to ten years in prison.
The International Olympic Committee is demanding that Oslo provide its officials with an entire VIP floor of a luxury hotel, with their own dedicated medical staff available 24/7, as part of the price of hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022.
For the first time in 88 days, no weather warnings have been issued in Spain for Thursday, the country's meteorological agency have reported.
The Spanish production company behind 'Pocoyo', a children television's show screened internationally and starring an animated toddler and his animal friends, said Wednesday it had filed for bankruptcy protection.
Despite the number of unemployed people in France hitting a new record this week, with 3.31 million people now out of work, the country's labour minister has insisted the government has the jobless rate under control.
Real Madrid notched up a rare victory on German soil as they romped to a 6-1 win at Schalke 04 in Wednesday's Champions League's last 16, first-leg clash.
After three days of intense parliamentary debate, Spanish voters believe Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy performed marginally better than his opposition socialist PSOE counterpart, two polls published on Thursday show.
A year-long restoration of the Farnese Gallery at the French embassy in a Renaissance palace in Rome will begin next month, officials said on Wednesday.
Transport Minister Doris Leuthard has outlined plans for a new road fund to ease congestion in Switzerland.
A diplomatic rumpus between France and Morocco deepened on Wednesday when the North African country broke off all judicial cooperation with Paris. It stems from a row over allegations of torture directed at Morocco's intelligence chief.
French and Italians are Europe's biggest "love-rats" according to a European poll on infidelity published this week. The poll also revealed that the more disciplined couples of northern Europe were not complete angels though.
When even their former prime minister is caught having raunchy "bunga bunga" parties, it is perhaps unsurprising to find the hot-blooded Italians topping a poll for infidelity.
Germany on Wednesday rejected a fresh Nazi-era reparation claim by a Greek city's Jewish community but offered the group cooperation on future projects.
The central Berlin street home to the British Embassy could be opened to traffic again after 11 years, with politicians putting pressure on security officials to remove the bollards.
A study of over 2 million Swedes has found that those with older fathers face higher risks of psychiatric problems and attention disorders, announced researchers on Wednesday.
Real Madrid cruised to a rare victory on German soil as they romped to a 6-1 win at Schalke 04 in Wednesday's Champions League's last 16, first-leg clash.
The widow of a Swedish media tycoon donated two paintings by Picasso to Stockholm's Museum of Modern Art, along with six other pieces by other European artists.
Swedish police have retracted a statement that an eight-year-old in a Stockholm suburb was selling narcotics, part of a network of underage couriers in a neighbourhood said to be blighted by drugs.
Sweden's main white-collar union TCO has said most big IT and telecom companies worldwide are happy to work with its ethical certificate scheme, bar one - Apple.