France and Ireland are set to do battle in Paris on Saturday in the climax of the Six Nations rugby tournament. Both teams know that victory could seal the title, with England also in with a chance.
Property developers take note: two islands are up for sale in Italy, one in the north-east and the other off the coast of Sicily.
Weighing in at less than 300 grams and standing under 65 centimetres tall, the heavy weight champion of Paris baguettes was named on Thursday in the Town Hall’s eagerly awaited annual competition. The winner will now bake for the French president for the next year.
The terror cell broken up on Friday by Spanish and Moroccan security forces was among the most active in Europe, the Spanish interior minister has said.
The drinking game Neknominate, which recently hit Italy's social media sphere, is facing fierce opposition from a group of booklovers intent on driving out the deadly trend.
Two Sherlock-obsessed Norwegian TV executives have cooked up what must be the best parody yet of the BBC's updated Holmes and Watson series. Warning: It's a bit risqué.
A Barcelona restaurant is giving a new twist to the concept of exclusivity by only having one table and letting clients choose the meals, cutlery and décor they want.
The past seven days have produced some rather varying images. The Local has run through some of the best.
German authorities on Friday charged four alleged Islamist militants for plotting a failed bomb attack at a railway station and the murder of a far-right anti-Muslim activist.
Sweden's European Affairs Minister Birgitta Ohlsson argues that Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson must come out of his EU closet. Will the party join forces with the National Front or not?
PICTURES: Architects have added several metres to a behemoth south Stockholm apartment block, and finally released the first set of drawings of what will become northern Europe's tallest block of flats.
Italy’s new prime minister Matteo Renzi has announced ambitious plans to transform the country, including cutting taxes. But while the move may help boost popularity, commentators say it will do little to cure Italy's ills.
Norway's foreign minister will on Friday evening lead a candlelit vigil from the roof of Oslo's Opera House to mark three years since the start of the Syrian civil war, a conflict which has displaced 40 percent of the population and left more than 146,000 people dead.
Italy must stop imprisoning journalists for defamation, the country's highest court has ruled, a move seen as a boost for press freedom following widespread criticism from rights groups.
A woman well into her sixth month of pregnancy was snatched from her home in France by her boyfriend and his family and driven towards Spain where they intended to carry out a forced abortion, prosecutors reported this week.
Luxury car maker Porsche will give its workers €8,000 each as it celebrates a record year. The Stuttgart-based firm reported operating profit in 2013 of €2.58 billion – a six percent rise on the year before.
US tech giant Apple has infuriated French publishers after it reportedly barred the online sale of a novel because the front cover featured a nude woman. An irate worker at the publishers told The Local: “How can they ban this and not Fifty Shades of Grey”.
A secession referendum due to be held in Crimea this weekend is a dangerous farce, but it's not too late for Russia's president to end the crisis, argues Paul Johnston, British Ambassador to Sweden.
Spanish flag-carrier Iberia on Friday settled months of bitter dispute over layoffs and cutbacks by striking a final deal with unions to cut ground staff's salaries, managers said.
Eighteen young people aged 14 to 18 are suspected of assaulting other youths as part of an organized gang in Yverdon-les-Bains, say Vaud cantonal police, who are investigating the death of Dylan, a 17-year-old boy.
Police in the Spanish city of Valencia brought in strippers on Friday to draw attention to what they are calling "deplorable" working conditions.
New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has branded the Stability Pact rules for eurozone economies "A Stupidity Pact."
The Swedish government has pulled back from a much-criticized proposal to cut student grants, a budget saving that Rosenbad will now make up for with even higher alcohol taxes.
Switzerland beat the United States to win the mixed team event at the alpine skiing World Cup finals on home snow at Lenzerheide on Friday.
A news website was ordered on Friday to take down leaked recordings of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy that were secretly made during meetings with his advisors in 2011. Sarkozy and his ex-model wife Carla Bruni also won thousands in damages.
Spain reported Friday its public debt soared to a new record high in 2013 despite a slew of budget-cutting measures, ballooning to nearly 94 percent of the economy's entire annual output.
Italy's foreign minister and the mayor of Rome will on Friday participate in a candlelight vigil to mark three years since the start of the Syrian civil war, a conflict which has displaced 40 percent of the population and left more than 146,000 people dead.
Paris, like much of northern France, is on maximum alert due to dangerously high levels of air pollution. Parisians who are having to deal with the dirty air on a daily basis are, unsurprisingly, unhappy and increasingly concerned, as several told The Local on Friday.
The Spanish city of Toledo on Friday welcomed back the master painter El Greco, whose vivid works have returned from around the world to adorn his adoptive city 400 years after his death.
It is the most glorious weather. Fifteen degrees (sixteen some days!) sunny, blue skies. The park’s grass is green and gold and purple and white, all the bulbs arriving early after a mild winter and what seems like an early spring.
Police in Spain and Morocco have dismantled a major terrorist cell that allegedly sent jihadist recruits to fight in Syria, Spain's interior ministry reported on Friday.
A British ballet dancer performing in neutral Spain during World War One was one of numerous females spies working for the Germans, a new book claims.
Two Italians are believed to have had a close encounter with a UFO after seeing a “bizarre object” flying in the blue skies of Rome in early February.
German politicians might be working hard to dissolve tension between Ukraine and Russia, but a recent poll revealed over half of Germans do not care whether the conflict sparks a third world war.
UPDATE: Bayern Munich’s boss Uli Hoeneß resigned from all his posts at the club on Friday morning and decided against appealing his sentence for tax evasion. It means he will now start a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence.
The gap between rich and poor has grown faster in Spain during the crisis than in any other country in Europe, but many austerity measures have helped put the brakes on this process, a new IMF report argues.
Swedish Top Model competitor Kevin Triguero Montero has lashed out after being told he is "too muscular" for the fashion world in the Thursday episode of the hit show. He told The Local that designers should embrace a healthy physique.
UPDATED: A Swedish court on Friday sentenced a man to 16 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend Marina Johansson, who was found dead two years after she went missing.
The fact the French national football team’s strip for the World Cup is 100 percent “Made in Thailand” has infuriated a French minister. He has called on the country’s football chiefs to come up with a “Made in France” version.
Bayern Munich’s legendary boss Uli Hoeness resigned from all his posts at the club on Friday morning and decided against appealing his prison sentence for evading taxes through Swiss bank accounts.
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's disgraced former premier, will stand as a candidate at the European Parliament elections in May, his political advisor has said.
A Swedish-American couple facing lower than expected maternity-leave pay tell The Local why they feel let down by the Swedish social security system and how it deals with international families.
Adults may be legally able to seek out clubs in certain Swiss cities to buy state-certified cannabis, free of chemicals, for personal use under a pilot project being drafted.
A police officer in western Sweden has made social-media waves after complaining about the low salaries of the national police force. He says it's time people realized that officers, just like nurses and teachers, have low salaries too.
Berlin will be the first city in the world to get its own domain name. Launching on Tuesday, .berlin already has 55,000 websites interested and other major metropolises will follow its lead.
The leading global anti-Semitism watchdog has called on the international Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) to denounce its Norwegian arm, after the group joined a boycott on goods and services made in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Swedish academics have warned the government that a cap on funding for Swedish for Immigrants classes would threaten vocational language courses for highly-educated migrants such as engineers and lawyers.
People living near the island of Utøya have launched a campaign to block a memorial planned to the victims of far-right extremist Anders Brievik, arguing that the winning proposal amounts to a "rape of nature".
Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari announced on Thursday it will open a 100-million-euro ($139 million) amusement park in 2016 with rides and a five-star hotel in Spain, its first such venture in Europe.
Germany’s business leaders launched an attack against the economic policies of the coalition government on Friday, ahead of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A four-year-old boy is fighting for his life after choking on a hot dog at the restaurant of an Ikea store on the outskirts of Rome.
A patient in Spain caught pneumonia from smoking an electronic cigarette too much, the second ever recorded case of lung illness from the devices, the hospital treating him said on Thursday.
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg has said that she plans to plough more of the country's oil money into renewable energy investments, using its vast $840bn oil fund to help combat climate change.
Traffic in central Stockholm came to a grinding halt on Friday morning when a crane operator drove through a tunnel and got stuck.
This is not a seagull, but a work of art. Norwegian artist Anders Eiebakke has disguised a camera drone as a seagull, as part of his work warning of increasing surveillance.
An Afghan interpreter who told The Local of his fight for asylum in Sweden has since fled his home country, after insurgents tortured a relative to find out where he was hiding.
Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari announced Thursday it will open a €100 million amusement park in 2016 with rides and a five-star hotel in Spain, its first such venture in Europe.
Are the Chinese losing their taste for Bordeaux wines? Exports for bottles of Bordeaux to China slid by six percent last year, meaning a worrying drop in sales figures of 1.4 percent overall.
Société Générale confirmed on Thursday the French bank's commitment to the Russian market and said any Western sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine would have a limited impact.
Germany is planning to restrict immigration from the Balkan states under a draft government bill. Asylum applicants could find their request turned down within a week under the new law.
Rare metal stamps used by the Nazis to tattoo prisoners at the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp have surfaced in Poland.