An Australian lawyer and jurist, Francis Gurry, was on Thursday renewed for a second term as chief of the UN's influential intellectual property agency based in Geneva.
Swiss skier Lara Gut achieved a podium finish in the giant slalom race at Åre, Sweden on Thursday, four days after a disappointing elimination from the downhill at Crans-Montana in her home country when she slightly injured her right knee.
A car thief has been nabbed by police in Norway after he stole a Saab convertible, almost immediately ran out of petrol, and then called the owner from her own car phone to ask where the fuel card was.
Spain's interior minister said on Thursday the country's foreign enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in northern Africa were experiencing "a state of emergency" in the face of pressure from immigrants.
More parents in Germany are struggling to cope with the fast pace of modern life, according to a study into families with young children released on Thursday
Switzerland has finalized a 13-year process of returning more than 4,500 ancient artifacts to Italy that were stolen by a criminal gang, the Swiss justice department said on Thursday.
Amputee, cancer survivor, and Winter Olympic debutante at the age of 42. Our Swede of the Week is parathlete Helene Ripa, who only started skiing a few years ago.
A Spanish television station has been left with egg on its face after misplacing several European countries on a map used in a report on Ukraine's crisis.
The feminist group Stop Porn Culture has planted fake tabloid newspapers plastered with near-naked men and women on newsstands across Norway, in a protest at "the porn culture in the mass media".
A man protesting against ‘The System’ used a spatula to stuff faeces into the money slots of 17 cash machines in a western French city, police said on Thursday. It turns out this wasn't his first protest using human waste.
Widely considered to be the country with the highest number of bars per capita, Spain saw an unprecedented 10,000 bars and restaurants close last year.
A last-ditch attempt to bridge the impasse over mackerel fishing rights in the North Sea and north Atlantic broke down on Wednesday, meaning there will be no agreement for the 2014 fishing season.
UPDATE: A third of Germans expect there to be an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia over Crimea, according to a poll on Thursday. It comes on a day of frenzied diplomacy by Germany to defuse the crisis.
Italian senators have voted to introduce a torture law, a long-awaited move hailed by the justice minister as bringing Italy up to international standards.
Almost every other cleaner and one in three doctors in Sweden was foreign-born in 2012, statistics published on Thursday revealed. Many immigrant doctors lived together, while truck drivers often ended up with nurses.
Thai boxer by night, head of Porsche's supervisory board by day, Uwe Hück made the news this week by calling for shorter working hours. He is The Local's German of the Week.
Students are holding a "long night of the delayed coursework," in Germany on Thursday. It is an annual event in which even the laziest students get a motivational push to sit down and write.
Caveman is a successful solo comedy about a man, woman and relationships. It is being performed in English in Zurich on March 22nd and 29th at the ComedyBühne Weisser Wind, Oberdorfstrasse 20 at 8pm. And it's a must see if you haven't.
Celebrity magazine Closer was ordered to pay €12,000 ($16,500) to the French president's ex partner Valerie Trierweiler on Thursday over pictures of her in a bikini. On the same day, François Hollande's mistress Julie Gayet brought her own privacy suit against the magazine.
From the heel of Italy's boot to the northern economic powerhouse, Italians have been ranking their city mayors. The Local takes a look at the most popular ones in the country and how they are trying to transform their metropolises.
Shares in Norwegian Air Shuttle tumbled on Thursday morning after the company announced that growing competition had driven down its yields, which reflect average fares, by 21 percent in February, compared to the year before.
Social media sensation Zach King, famed for his six-second videos showing him apparently pulling off impossible feats, turned his attention to the Eiffel Tower this week. Watch him at work.
This will probably be one for history buffs more than the price conscious, but a Napoleonic fort is up for sale in Italy, and right in the heart of one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
Italy's new foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, warned Libya on Thursday that political instability is hampering international efforts to provide assistance to the deeply divided country.
Several major Unesco World Heritage-listed buildings in Spain including Seville's famous cathedral could eventually be swallowed up by rising sea levels, a new study claims.
A woman who allegedly killed and then froze two of her own babies is facing up to 40 years in jail for the horrific crime.
Switzerland has finalized a 13-year process of returning more than 4,500 ancient artifacts to Italy that were stolen by a criminal gang, the Swiss justice ministry said on Thursday.
Footage of a 14-year-old girl beating up a classmate because in her own words she "had good reason to" has sent shockwaves throughout the country.
Police seized a self-portrait by the Scream artist Edvard Munch when they raided the flat of alleged drugs kingpin Gjermund Cappelen in December, Norway's VG newspaper has reported.
The burnt body of a 43-year-old Swiss woman was found on Wednesday in a wooded area of Italy's central Emilia-Romagna region, Italian police say.
Men are by far the main breadwinners in most French households, with three out of four women earning less than their other halves - in many cases a lot less - according to figures released on Thursday. The government has taken steps to try to redress the balance.
Germany has more than one million job vacancies, with the number of work openings at its second highest level in almost ten years.
Sweden's Supreme Commander on Thursday rejected the call for a "new defence doctrine", as proposed by the deputy prime minister in response to Russian actions in Ukraine.
Norway has pledged to give financial support to the new government in Ukraine so long as it commits to put in place measures to reduce corruption.
The burnt body of a 43-year-old Swiss woman was found on Wednesday in a wooded area of Italy's central Emilia-Romagna region, police have said.
What happens when a young boy addresses his Christmas letter to the North Pole but it ends up in the letterbox of a Spanish consultancy firm?
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni launched legal action on Thursday over the publication of secret recordings during his term as head of state. The tapes revealed, among other things, that Sarkozy was a 'kept man' during his time in power.
Brew an espresso, watch a movie on a large screen, surf the internet or simply sit and chat with friends?
A Stockholm woman has made headlines in Sweden after she racked up enormous debts by purchasing everything from candy to energy drinks via the controversial system of SMS loans.
A box containing a pig’s head was sent to the home of Riccardo Pacifici, the president of the Rome Jewish Community, days after similar packages were sent to the city’s synagogue and museum.
Italy's most valuable football club, AC Milan, is considering a sale according to a report on Wednesday by financial news agency Bloomberg.
A French pensioner has pressed charges against a policemen, who was captured on amateur video footage repeatedly punching him during a routine road stop in Paris. SEE VIDEO.
A mystery brunette has the world transfixed by her spot-on interpretations of what different languages sound like to outsiders. So perfect is her imitation of a Swede that The Local was ready to place bets on her actually being Swedish...
A teenage student died while “train surfing” in Berlin on Tuesday night. He was thrown from the roof of the train onto the tracks as the S-Bahn went into a tunnel.
The leader of a key workers' lobbying group has resigned after it was revealed he was being investigated for child porn allegations.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his counterparts from Italy, Britain, France and Germany in Rome on Thursday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.
Spain's government plans to spend big on new measures to combat the ever-increasing influx of migrants trying to swim across to its African enclaves.
Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset says citizens should be able to vote this year on a proposed new health insurance system that would replace multiple private insurance providers with one single insurer.
France looks set to host two of the biggest celebrity weddings of the year on the same day. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are to marry in Paris on May 24th, which is reportedly the same day Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are to tie the knot in the south of France.
Only one in five Spaniards believes Spain's economy will improve over the next 12 months, despite repeated assertions from the government that the country's economy has turned the corner, a new poll shows.
Swedish school children are embracing an increasing number of interactive computer games in the classroom, but critics have scorned developments saying there's plenty of time for fun and games at home.
France might have only just scraped through to the World Cup finals in Brazil but they showed on Wednesday night in their comfortable 2-0 win over the Netherlands that they could be a force to be reckoned with in the Summer.
Switzerland’s top two universities have boosted their global reputation in the eyes of academics, according to a new survey.
Italy's new prime minister on Wednesday appealed to private investors to help restore the damaged ruins of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage landmark.
Jerome Kerviel, a French rogue trader who cost Société Générale bank nearly €5 billion in high-risk transactions, is said to be walking the 1,400 kilometres between Rome and Paris as a protest trek against "the tyranny of the markets".
Notorious rogue French trader, Jerôme Kerviel, who lost his bank €5 billion ($6.7 billion), is marching home from Rome to Paris on foot after meeting the Pope, in protest against the "tyranny of the financial markets". By the time he arrives home he could be marched off to prison.
The global reputation of German universities is increasing, with the country now having the third highest number of institutions in the Times Higher Education rankings.
Undeterred by spiralling violence, Ukrainians at Berlin's tourism fair were marketing Crimean resorts, Black Sea cruises and picturesque Kiev as holiday destinations.
Behind barbed wire fences at a top-security site in a German forest, workers in hazard suits will soon destroy remnants of Syrian chemical weapons of a type first tested here during World War I.
A nine-percent increase in jobs in the Swedish restaurant industry has mostly benefited the young and employees born abroad, a review of jobs statistics from 2012 has shown.
The rotten winter has British transplant Paul Connolly wondering whether the promised snowy lands of northern Sweden haven't just turned into.. the sodden UK? The current mediocrity is not what he signed up for.