The International Olympic Committee (IOC) invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit its headquarters in Lausanne following the Sochi Winter Olympics, the committee said on Thursday.
Eskil Pedersen, the Labour party youth leader sharply criticised for fleeing Utøya when Anders Breivik attacked in 2011, has announced that he is stepping down from the role.
Cheese is a staple part of the Swiss diet, a fact confirmed by figures released on Thursday that show residents of Switzerland ate even more of it in 2013 than in the previous year. But foreign varieties are increasing their market share in the Alpine country.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday angrily rejected allegations of corruption that have threatened his political career, in his first public reaction to a phone-tap scandal that has gripped France
Evidence suggests Moscow is preparing a large-scale assault in southern and eastern parts of Ukraine, the crisis-hit country's ambassador to the United Nation in Geneva warned on Thursday.
Switzerland's central bank on Thursday kept its key interest rate unchanged and restated its longstanding pledge to prevent the Swiss franc from gaining too much value.
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, has moved back home to Sweden from Switzerland after four decades abroad. The elderly Swede plans to spend his days with family, but also to keep working.
Anne Hidalgo is the favourite to become the first ever female mayor of Paris. Days before Parisians are set to vote Hidalgo tells The Local what she would do about the dirty Paris air, Sunday shopping, the nightmare of flat hunting, and the Paris nightlife. Oh, and those love locks.
A bakery sign in Rome banning "gypsies" from entering has sparked outrage in Rome, with one organization likening it to those in Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa.
Ancient manuscripts in the Vatican library penned from East Asia to the Pre-Colombian Americas will be digitized by a Japanese company as part of a global project to make the collection available for free viewing by the public.
A Spanish island hopes to become the first in the world fully powered by renewable energy later this year when it launches a new wind and water energy plant, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Italy has tried to crack down on the sale of trashy souvenirs, with the city of Pisa imposing hefty fines on shops caught selling underpants with its famous tower resembling a penis, but others have been harder to weed out.
New figures reveal that the Chinese and Middle Eastern markets have put a swing in the step of Sweden's giant milk cooperative Arla.
Daredevil Alain Robert, nicknamed the French 'spiderman', once again defied belief and his own fear of heights when he scaled the 186 metre high Total Tower in the La Defense business district of Paris on Thursday.
The European Parliament elections have long been democracy’s poor relation, with only four in ten people using their votes last time around. With the next election approaching in May, the EU’s man in Stockholm tells James Savage why people - and expats in particular - should pay more attention.
A fascinating mix of contrasts - chi-chi shopping streets, history-laden docks, villa-lined leafy avenues, tough neighbourhoods and a famed red light district, Hamburg rewards those looking for something specific.
Germany's triple Olympic champion Maria Höfl-Riesch on Thursday announced her retirement following an injury-hit season that deprived her of the World Cup overall title but did win her the downhill crown in her final campaign.
A Swedish court has sentenced a man to prison for repeatedly publishing an intimate video featuring his ex-girlfriend.
Luxury jeweller Bulgari on Thursday answered the Italian government's appeal for help in financing a renovation of Rome's famous Spanish Steps.
Wildcats are making a comeback in rural areas of western Germany. Experts said on Wednesday that there were around 300 living in the region.
Over 600,000 Spanish citizens have left Spain since the country's economic crisis began give years ago, new government figures show.
It seems the manic hunt for parking spaces in Paris is forcing drivers into some tight spots. The search went awry for one driver on Wednesday who accidentally drove into a Metro station entrance on the Champs Elysées of all places.
An auctioneer who valued a carpet at €900, only for its anguished owner to see someone else sell it for €7.2 million has been told he will not have to pay compensation to the owner who missed out on the windfall.
France needs to learn to love companies in the way the UK and the US does. That's the view of Fabrice Brégier, the CEO of France-based aviation giant Airbus, who spoke to The Local and other media on Thursday. Brégier says he is a Frenchman, but "no longer thinks like one".
Spain's Justice Minister told American Jewish groups on Wednesday why the European country is offering citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492, an event he has labelled "the biggest mistake in Spanish history".
Social services in Paris made a shocking discovery when they found four children, aged between two months and six years old, they believe have been kept locked in the same apartment since birth by their parents. The two eldest "could barely talk or walk".
Valencia celebrated the end of its annual Las Fallas festival on Wednesday night with the dramatic annual burning of the festival sculptures, known as La Cremà.
Sifting through Munich's riff-raff is no easy task - Klaus Gunschmann did it for two decades at the door of the city's most famous nightclub, P1. The empire he ran - as doorman and boss, turns 30 this year - he's our German of the Week.
UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the EU would target more figures with travel bans and assets freezes over the Ukraine crisis, and also warned of economic sanctions
This ten-month-old baby has just received some very good news indeed. Meet The Local's youngest ever Spanish Face of the Week Mateo Schell.
A Norwegian ship was on Thursday the first vessel to reach the area of the Indian Ocean where possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was spotted by Australian authorities earlier this week, Höegh Autoliners, the ship's owner has reported.
The official view of everyday life in socialist East Germany was beaming children and happy farmers rather than grey concrete and queues - as is shown in a new exhibition of official colour photos from the GDR.
UPDATED: A Swedish teacher who pulled a misbehaving student out of the classroom will not have to pay damages to the pupil's family, a district court said in a ruling welcomed by the teachers' union.
Bucking concerns over the strong franc, Swiss exports showed “Olympic form” in February, jumping 7.1 percent over the same month a year earlier to 17 billion francs ($19.2 billion), a government report said on Thursday.
Joshua French, the Norwegian ex-soldier jailed for more than four years in Congo, has stopped eating, leading his lawyer to speculate that "it is only a matter of time" before he dies.
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, has moved back home to Sweden after four decades abroad. The elderly Swede plans to spend his days with family, but also to keep working.
Norway has cancelled a string of future diplomatic meetings with Russia in protest at the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
France will not make a decision on whether to scrap a controversial €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) deal to sell two Mistral warships to Russia until October. Paris hsa come under pressure to cancel the sale because of Russian agression in the Crimea.
Swedish emergency services have warned people against opening their homes to people who claim they are firemen calling in to check the fire alarm.
In a scenario reminiscent of a Hollywood film, a Sicilian mobster who went missing in 2002 is thought to have been dissolved in acid, after being strangled with a seat belt by his enemies, police said this week.
If the players of PSG didn’t already have enough motivation to win the club’s first Champions League title, they certainly do now. Reports in France say each player will be rewarded with a €1 million ($1.4 million) bonus if they bring the trophy to Paris.
Germany took a step towards rental capping measures to prevent rent in property hotspots from being more than 10 percent above average for the area, with a 40-page draft law published on Thursday.
A Civil Guard policewoman in northern Spain has been freed on charges after it was revealed she had given a local drug dealer her gun in return for 150 grams of speed.
Sarah Ferguson credits her time in Verbier, the mountain resort town in the canton of Valais where she has a holiday home, for helping her lose 45 pounds (20 kilograms) since last October, according to a Swiss magazine report.
Even though one in five Germans will suffer from depression at some time in their lives, more than half of those who become badly ill do not receive sufficient medical help, according to new figures.
A 14-year-old Norwegian boy has been hospitalized with kidney failure after drinking four litres of a caffeine-laced energy drink during a marathon 16-hour computer games binge.
An Australian man has been jailed for an abusive tirade against a French tourist in which he told her to "speak English or die", according to reports on Thursday. A video of the shocking incident went viral around the world.
A charismatic nun has wowed judges on an Italian reality TV show with her powerful rendition of Alicia Keys' hit “No One”. Watch her heavenly performance below.
The Christian Democrat party has faced an uphill struggle for political influence in "family-hostile" Sweden and against socialist and liberal press, leader Göran Hägglund said on Thursday as the party turned 50.
Four soldiers remain missing after a military helicopter exploded near the Canary Island of Fuerteventura late on Wednesday evening during exercises.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed Jens Stoltenberg as the next Nato Secretary General as early as October, opening the way for talks throughout the winter with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Norway's DN business newspaper has reported.
Sweden's top golfer Henrik Stenson is heading into this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill with the Masters on his mind, and with plans to dominate the year's first major showdown.
China's richest man Wang Jianlin has made a massive bid to buy a historic Madrid skyscraper, offering hope that a key part of the city centre could be rejuvenated, a source said on Wednesday.
Just days before the local elections a French mayor has invited ridicule by telling police officers the reason he was speeding at 60km/h over the limit was because he was trying to dry his vehicle after going to the car wash. But did the cops fall for his excuse?
Swedish budget furniture maker Ikea has recalled almost 3 million canopies used for a children's bed, citing fears their design might put kids at risk of being strangled.
Two men in their mid-twenties and one older woman were arrested on Wednesday night after an explosion in a storage room in Sweden's south.
The brutal murder of a three-year-old boy in a mafia ambush in southern Italy shows that the so-called "code of honour" among members of organised crime groups is pure myth, according to experts.
An Italian man was stopped by police on a Swiss train after a bulge in his trousers turned out to be €40,000 in banknotes stuffed into his underwear.
Italy's billionaire magnate Silvio Berlusconi voluntarily withdrew from an order of knighthood on Wednesday following a tax conviction, meaning supporters will no longer be able to use his favoured nickname, "Il Cavaliere".
Hollywood's Russell Crowe, star of the big budget biblical epic "Noah", attended Pope Francis's general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, but did not get the pontiff to agree to a screening of the film.
Practically every second bottle of wine bought in Germany comes from one or other of the country's fable discount supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi.
Rome treats Venice and the surrounding area "like the suburbs of the Roman Empire", the president of the Veneto region said Wednesday, as local residents vote on whether to split from Italy.
The chief of the IMF Christine Lagarde again insisted she was innocent of any wrongdoing in relation to a high profile corruption probe when she was questioned by prosecutors in France on Wednesday. "I have always acted in the interests of my country," she said.