Police are searching for a convicted 46-year-old paedophile who went missing after failing to show up for treatment at a university psychiatric treatment clinic in Basel.
France joined forces with the UK on Monday in urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to comply with international law over the crisis in Ukraine, described by observers as the worst in Europe since the Cold War.
Half-Norwegian supermodel Chrissy Teigen (28) hardly covered her father's homeland in glory at the Oscars on Sunday night, after she decided to tweet out the 'poo names' of famous Hollywood stars.
Norwegian chess phenomenon Magnus Carlsen has expressed bemusement at his own prodigious talents, telling an interviewer that for him, "one of the greatest mysteries of chess is: 'Why me?'".
While the anticipation of low taxes lures business people to consider a move to Switzerland, the reality of regulations, legalities and language hurdles can make the journey demanding, says Carolina Souviron, founder of Swissbenefits AG.
Peugeot's 308 picked up the Car of the Year award in Geneva on Monday, a boost for the troubled car company that recently had to be rescued by the French state and China's Dongfeng.
VIDEO: A steamy video shot by a group of half-naked French firefighters, which shows them strutting their stuff in a fire station to the tune of a famous pop song, was only meant to be a joke. But they ended up receiving a scolding from their commanders. See for yourself why.
Thought Carnival in Spain only involved dressing up and drinking in the streets? Think again. The Local has found some of the strangest and, in some cases, downright scary traditions seen in Carnivals across the country.
Former Russian oil tycoon and Swiss resident Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison in Russia, offered on Monday to travel to Ukraine to help resolve the spiralling conflict there.
Some 120 public transport projects, worth around €6 billion, are sitting idle in France, because of a government decision to suspend its plan to raise money by introducing an "ecotax" on trucks, French media reported on Monday. Find out if your local services have been hit.
The 2014 Oscars ceremony could be one to forget for Spanish actress Penélope Cruz after it emerged the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists doesn't actually know who she is.
In this week's JobTalk, The Local gives the lowdown on PhD studies in Germany. What are the best types of courses and should you choose Germany?
Police in western Germany have hailed a "sensational" find of around 3.5 tonnes of cannabis, discovered in a truck travelling from Italy, officers confirmed on Monday. Five suspects have been arrested.
Two Sicilian men who falsely claimed they were blind managed to swindle €230,000 in state benefits, before getting caught shopping and driving cars, police said on Monday.
The increase in women at executive level is so slow that Sweden won't have equality in the boardrooms until the year 2022, the diversity lobbyists AllBright warned on Monday.
An expert at the Swedish Defence Research Agency said on Monday that news Russia had set sail to a large-scale Baltic Sea training operation was "nothing new".
The head of Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement party (M5S), Beppe Grillo, was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday for breaking a police seal on a building during a protest.
As part of a new series The Local France has lined up two very different dream homes in contrasting parts of France, but that have similar market prices. For the first edition of "French Property Face-off" it is Brittany versus Provence. Which home would you spend your money on?
Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has slammed claims by retired defender Sol Campbell, who reckoned he would have been the captain of the national team "for more than ten years" if his skin was white.
Angry demonstrators took to the streets in the Spanish city of Bilbao on Monday to protest the presence of an economic conference during which IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Spain's economy had "turned the corner".
Crash investigators were probing on Monday the wreckage of a helicopter which plunged into the Baltic Sea on Friday evening, killing three people on board.
A priest from Cosenza, a province in the southern Italian region of Calabria, was killed after being beaten across the head with an iron bar.
A long-term stand-off between Russia and the European Union over the Ukraine would be "a totally awesome situation" for Norway, one of the country's top analysts has told Norway's Dagens Næringsliv business newspaper.
Police in Barcelona have arrested six members of a gang of thieves who stole credit cards from tourists and used them to ring up huge fake bills at a city restaurant.
France is poised to finally officially recognize that its fabled wine industry is a fundamental part of the country’s cultural heritage and deserves protection.
Nine out of ten women in Norway whose unborn child is diagnosed with Downs Syndrome choose to have an abortion, new figures from the country's Medical Birth Registry have shown.
British TV series Broadchurch, featuring actor David Tennant, has wooed millions viewers on this side of the English Channel thanks to its classic "British atmosphere". Indeed it has proved such a hit that France is set to make its own version of the crime drama.
The Ukraine crisis is the worst in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall and diplomacy is now essential to avoid military escalation, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday.
The mayor of Rome has signed a ten-month ban on using the public water in an area north-west of the Italian capital, after tests showed it was contaminated.
Thousands of revellers hit the streets of western Germany on Monday preparing to watch a very political parade as Karneval celebrations culminated.
Police in Norway secretly filmed Oslo's top anti-gang policeman holding clandestine meetings with alleged drug kingpin Gjermund Cappelen, VG has reported.
An Italian priest has been accused of sexually abusing ten girls, who were parishioners at his church in Agordino, a small town in the northern province of Belluno.
The Temple of Venus and walls of a tomb and shop in the long-neglected ruins of Pompeii near Naples have been damaged, possibly due to heavy rain, officials said on Monday.
A bomb threat on the Stockholm island of Södermalm saw hundreds of workers forced to leave their offices on Monday morning. Police removed the cordons at lunchtime after a four-hour search revealed nothing of note.
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki is appealing again to Switzerland for help in returning as much as 600 million francs in assets deposited in Swiss banks by the “clan” of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s former leader.
France’s Foreign Minister vowed to put pressure on the Russian President Vladimir Putin through diplomacy accusing him of violating international laws by sending troops into Ukraine. Paris said, however, it would not be suspending its military contracts with Moscow.
The controversial editor of Spanish right-wing newspaper La Razón has said "Spain should act like Sweden did during World War II, let the Nazis through into Norway".
Norway has condemned Russia's occupation of the Crimea as a violation of international law, with Foreign Minister Børge Brende saying on Monday that the invasion violated "basic treaty obligations".
If this charismatic German is successful, giant marbles could soon be powering our planet. Now he hopes to go into production. Meet Barcelona-based architect and inventor Andre Broessel.
Italy's economy shrank by 1.9 percent in 2013, hitting a new record of 132.6 percent of GDP but staying within the European Union's limit in mixed news for the country's new government, official figures showed on Monday.
Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt came under fire after he said on Sunday that Russia's involvement in Crimea was "somewhat understandable".
The Swedish prime minister has accused the Social Democrat leader of concealing the truth about his dependence on the Left Party to form a government, if they oust the eight-year-old conservative coalition in September.
A 36-year-old woman was found among piles of rubbish in an apartment in Naples after allegedly being held captive there by her mother for eight years.
Around 50,000 Syrians have applied for 5,000 asylum places in Germany, prompting calls for the country to take in more refugees from the war-torn country.
Pope Francis made a rare linguistic error during his weekly blessing on Sunday, transforming a harmless Italian word into one of the strongest swearwords in the dictionary.
Thousands of people took to the streets in towns across the cantons of Valais, Jura and Fribourg at the weekend as carnival season in Switzerland gets under way.
Are you longing for a bit of sun and warmth? Germany 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.
Tourists coming to Berlin will have to pay more tax if they bring their dog, it was reported over the weekend.
Paris’s police authorities cooked their crime statistics as part of a decade-long effort to make the capital seem safer than it was, according to new government data released on Monday. In one year 16,000 criminal acts were wiped from the books.
Spanish police have caught a sub-Saharan immigrant hiding inside a suitcase as his carrier attempted to drag him across on foot into Spain’s African enclave of Melilla.
A Spanish journalist has been freed by Syrian rebels with links to Al-Qaeda after six months in captivity but two of his Spanish colleagues remain hostages of the jihadist faction.
Much of France’s Atlantic coast was once again placed on alert on Monday for flooding as gale force winds and high seas posed a "real danger" to the area. The public have been warned to stay away from the shore after a hiker died in Brittany on Sunday.
A French engineer who shot and killed in Libya on Sunday became the latest victim of a spate of deadly violence carried out against foreigners since the country's 2011 revolution.
Paris Saint-Germain continued their relentless quest to retain the Ligue 1 crown on Sunday as they overcame bitter rivals Marseille 2-0 at the Parc des Princes to move eight points clear. Catch up on the latest Ligue 1 action here.
A third person has died following a killing spree by a disgruntled restaurant chef in western Germany on Friday.
As the police patrol outside and pace the corridors of her office, anti-mafia prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti talks about her specialty - breaking the power of the clans by turning their women.
We've reached the stage where the regulations take priority over the entertainment factor. Do we really have to do this again, asks The Local’s die-hard schlager fan, David Jørgensen.
Dozens of lynx were hit and killed by cars last year in what experts believe could be record numbers of Swedish deaths for the night-prowling felines.
Italy's The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), a magical and at times cynical romp through a Roman dreamscape, won the best foreign language film Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday.
When foreign students in Sweden finish their studies, they face a race against the clock - ten days - to find work and get employment visas. Almost four in five want to stay and work but just 17 percent succeed, reports AFP.
Transport fans have been given an unexpected lift by news that a cable car will be built in time for the international garden show which will be hosted by Berlin in 2017.