Denner, the Swiss discount supermarket chain, is pulling the sale of horsemeat from its shelves again in the wake of concerns repeatedly raised by a Zurich-based animal rights group about the provenance of such meat.
A former banker of Credit Suisse on Wednesday pleaded guilty to assisting US customers avoid taxes by hiding assets in secret Swiss bank accounts.
Nearly a third of the 22 regions in mainland France on Wednesday were on a maximum pollution alert including a swathe of the country's north, centre-east and around Paris. In the capital authorities announced that Velib' bikes and Autolib' cars will be free from Thursday.
New Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday laid out his plan to transform Italy with a package of reforms headlined by a ten-billion-euro tax cut.
Nurses in Catalonia have warned that Spain’s economic crisis is having a profound effect on the health of mothers and their new-borns.
The Czech government announced on Wednesday that it was extending its lease on over a dozen Swedish fighter jets until 2027.
The body of a 45-year-old man, thought to be a canoeist who disappeared in January, has been found off the coast close to Rome, Italian media reported on Wednesday.
A French surgeon found more than he had bargained on this week when he opened up a patient to try and discover the cause of his chronic stomach pains. Inside the unconscious man's intestines was hidden 600 grams of cocaine in little balls.
Italian drinks group Campari, one of the world’s biggest firms in the market of premium spirits, has said it will buy Canada’s Forty Creek Distillery (FCD) in a deal worth €125.5 million.
The head of Norway's oil fund has said that he wishes Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone had been "formally suspended" pending his trial for bribery in Germany.
A cow injured two men in central Germany on Wednesday while making a break for freedom from an abattoir. One of the victims was so badly hurt he had to go to hospital.
A truck driver in southern Sweden tried to get out of a speeding fine by blaming his right leg, and claimed he simply could not be held responsible for smashing the speed limit.
A giant herd of 2,000 reindeer has forced Norway's National Road Authority to shut off a major road between Oslo and Bergen to prevent them being killed by passing cars.
Germany’s Catholic Church has a new leader after Munich's Archbishop was chosen to head the national Bishop Conference.
The French president François Hollande made it clear to Vladimir Putin that annexing Crimea would be "unacceptable", as the West steps up the pressure on Russia over its actions towards Ukraine.
A British 35-year-old accused of instructing a Norwegian mother to drown her one year old daughter in a bucket live over MSN messaging has denied the charges, claiming instead that he tried to stop the abuse.
Roma people fled their camp on the outskirts of Naples on Wednesday morning after clashing with local residents over an alleged attempted attack on a teenage girl.
A man in southern Sweden contacted police after he witnessed a couple making love in their own home. Swedish police were less than impressed.
A new Nasa photo gallery inspired by the Oscar-winning movie Gravity features a stunning image of the Iberian Peninsula at night.
A wounded otter ran amok in a fast food restaurant in western Norway on Tuesday, terrorising the restaurant's owners and giving the wildlife officer sent to subdue it a nasty nip on the finger.
The deputy leader of Germany's left-wing Die Linke party has called on Western powers to accept the results of an "illegal" referendum due to take place in Crimea on Sunday.
Do you still remember the high-frequency chug of the rotary dial telephone? Or the click and the clack of your old computer keyboard? A Swedish museum has set out to record a huge array of near-extinct sounds before we lose them forever.
A lawyer in Milan has been attacked with a hammer and a letter knife, reportedly for refusing to see a client without an appointment, Italian media reported.
German is the language that just keeps giving. Two years ago The Local ran through 12 German words which you won't find in English. But 12 is not enough.
Two restaurants in Norway have won their first Michelin stars as the capital finally begins to punch its weight against its Scandinavian rivals.
Swedes should be able to keep working until they reach 69, a pensions review committee led by the social insurance minister proposed on Wednesday.
The French government has been forced to deny accusations of "political espionage" over the decision to tap the mobile phone of former President Nicolas Sarkozy as the scandal appears to have engulfed top ministers.
A married couple from Barcelona has been charged for claiming that the husband’s deceased mother was behind the wheel of their cars when they committed numerous speeding offenses.
A highly organized ring of women shoplifters helped themselves to an estimated €1 million in upmarket brands of perfume, handbags and clothes from chic boutiques on the French Riviera, police said on Wednesday.
Swiss-based Adecco, the world's biggest temporary staffing group, on Wednesday posted a 48-percent jump in its 2013 net profit as the long-depressed European market began bouncing back.
A renowned French pastry chef, who has made a name for himself across the Atlantic, has wowed Americans again with his new creation that combines cookies and milk.
An Italian woman who found a safe filled with 100 million lire in cash has been told that her fortune has no value, because Italy has had the euro for over a decade, local media reported on Wednesday.
Swiss skier Lara Gut came first in the World Cup women’s alpine skiing downhill race on Wednesday before a home crowd at Lenzerheide in the canton of Graubünden.
Italian lawmakers on Wednesday backed the country's new electoral law, a welcome boost for new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his reform agenda.
A voice recording pinning a 40-year-old to a 1996 fatal stabbing cannot conclusively be tied to the suspect, whose lawyer said the case was now likely to be dismissed.
A mayor in southern Germany has fallen out with angry swingers after he said that a state-run ship company could no longer host their parties on tourist boats. He stressed this was not a moral decision, but a business one.
A nine-year-old Barcelona girl who went missing seven months ago has been rescued from captivity deep in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest.
A man from Italy’s fair city of Verona was so intent on showing God more of his natural self that he stripped in a church.
Swiss prosecutors have been investigating Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov's eldest daughter on suspicion of money laundering since late last year, a statement issued in Bern on Wednesday says.
Italian bank Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), one of the oldest and most prestigious lenders in Europe, on Wednesday reported an unexpectedly big loss for 2013.
Two Stockholm restaurants and one in Gothenburg were given Michelin stars on Wednesday, taking Sweden's total of Michelin-starred restaurants to 13.
Spain's national language academy isn't happy that the country's song for the 2014 Eurovision contest contains English lyrics.
The man who invented the worldwide web in Geneva 25 years ago is calling for a bill of rights to protect its users.
A wolf killed on the edge of Turin has sparked fears that the animals could be adapting to urban life, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
UPDATE: School pupils as young as 11 are taking crystal meth, according to a study commissioned by Germany's health ministry published this week.
As he remains hospitalized with major brain injuries, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has shown "small, encouraging signs" according to the statement released on Wednesday by his entourage.
Thousands of Spaniards have left Spain to find work during the country's economic crisis but most are eyeing a speedy return, a new survey shows.
Michael Schumacher's family is "confident" the Formula One legend will pull through and wake up from his coma, his manager said on Wednesday.
Police have arrested five people in Spain after a wealthy Lebanese man in need of a liver offered up to €40,000 ($55,000) to whoever was willing to undergo an illegal organ transplant.
The head of the World Jewish Congress urged Swedish authorities to redouble security around Jewish sites in Stockholm after a high school was the target of a Nazi graffiti attack on Sunday.
Speculation is mounting that Leonardo Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière, also known as Portrait of an Unknown Woman, will be lent to Louvre Abu Dhabi when it opens its doors next year.
France's flamboyant former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was allowed by the government to return to work for one day in the country's diplomatic service after 20 years away, so he would qualify for a €100,000 retirement package, a media report claimed on Wednesday.
Hundreds of asylum seekers attempt to get into Germany each year using fake or stolen passports – a practice highlighted by two Iranians on missing Malaysian flight 370 who were reportedly heading to Europe.
Governments in the "free world" are some of the worst offenders when it comes to spying, France-based media watchdog "Reporters Sans Frontières" declared on Wednesday. America's NSA and Britain's GCHQ are among the worst offenders, the group said.
Dressed in mourning black, Spaniards on Tuesday commemorated the country's deadliest peacetime attack, a decade to the day since Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers blew up four packed commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people.
An Islamist group has taken responsibility for the murder of a Swedish radio reporter, stating on its website that dual national Nils Horner was a spy for the British intelligence service MI6.
The French army was embroiled in another scandal this week after a female trainee accused her sergeant of filming her in the showers without her knowledge. It comes just after the French government had ordered a probe into sexual harassment in the armed forces.
Sweden was the worst among its Nordic neighbors at helping entrepreneurs set up new companies, the World Bank has warned.
Germany has the worst gender pay gap in western Europe, according to a report from movehub, a website that provides information for people moving abroad.
Holders Bayern Munich booked their place in the Champions League's quarter-finals on Tuesday, despite Arsenal earning a 1-1 draw in Bavaria in Tuesday's second-leg clash.