Once a staunch opponent of NATO, its new leader Jens Stoltenberg could be a key voice of calm as the Western military alliance seeks to mend relations with an increasingly pugnacious Russia.
An Italian official was forced on Friday to reassure residents their water is safe to drink, after tests showed that toxic waste had leaked into the supply in the central region of Abruzzo.
A film about plans for the remodelling of Stockholm's Slussen road junction went viral in Sweden this week after it was accidentally leaked online. The film's editor chats to The Local about why he thinks the Stockholm icon needs to stay.
This week French people were asked to submit and vote for their favourite newly-invented Gallic words, that in the future could find their place in a dictionary. The suggestions were both inventive and hilarious. We've selected ten of the best.
The first FabCafe in Spain opened on Thursday, allowing customers to print their own 3D models and watch lasers cut their designs while they sit down with a relaxing cup of café con leche.
Judges sentenced a 93-year-old Frenchman to a decade behind bars on Friday for brutally slaying a female friend who rejected his romantic advances. He later told police he wanted to teach her a lesson.
At the age of 22 most young Frenchmen are still wondering what to do with their lives, but not the self-titled political 'crocodile', Robin Reda. Hailed as a political genius by some of the Right's top politicians, Reda has just been elected France’s youngest mayor.
After a 40-centimetre dead rat went all kinds of viral, The Local speaks again to the man behind the catch about fame, ruining a career in Hollywood, and getting accused of animal cruelty.
A Frenchman who terrorized holidaymakers with a series of night time rapes and sexual assaults of young girls at campgrounds was sentenced on Friday to 13 years behind bars. The youngest victim was just six years old.
Swedes throng the Italian joints all the time, but what about the natives? There are 1,882 restaurants in Stockholm serving Italian food, but the Italian expats haven't been much satisfied by any.
Former Norwegian premier Jens Stoltenberg was named the next NATO chief on Friday, taking over from current secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the alliance said.
A warmer weekend is set to chase Germany's cooler week away, with sunshine and highs of 23C forecast.
After a French consumer watchdog said it was suing Twitter, Facebook and Google over alleged "abusive" privacy practices, The Local talked to the group’s lawyer who, perhaps not surprisingly, said a clash of Anglo and French cultures was at the heart of the rift.
A far-left demonstration, a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping and an impatient Angela Merkel are all featured in The Local's pictorial review of the last seven days.
Lufthansa pilots will strike for three days from Wednesday next week, disrupting services at the start of the Easter holidays in some German states.
UPDATE: Chinese President Xi Jinping began a landmark visit to on Germany Friday for the third leg of his European tour, which is expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis.
Italy needs to revamp its language lessons in school and begin teaching young children subjects in English, the education minister has said.
Film director Carlos Saura is one of several high-profile figures who think it's a "mistake" for foreign films and series not to be shown in their original language and instead to be dubbed into Spanish.
For this week's property, The Local heads to the southern Italian region of Puglia, where oddly-shaped trulli homes, a traditional feature of the area, can be found for as little as €25,000.
Swedish pop music is currently so much in the ascendancy that pop stars, the blogosphere and the music press seem to be acclaiming a “new Swedish sensation” every month, argues The Local's music contributor Paul Connolly.
A mass assault on the border fences of Spain's north-African enclave of Melilla by 800 would-be immigrants chanting "Spain! Spain!" and "Freedom!" was caught on camera by witnesses including celebrity journalist Jordi Évole.
A young man in central Sweden found himself the owner of a military tank this week after he saw it for sale and decided he couldn't do without it.
Italy's borrowing costs fell on Friday in a bond auction that raised €6.75 billion in the latest sign of improved investor confidence as the economy gradually emerges from a painful recession.
A 36-year-old man with links to an organized criminal network is one of five men suspected in the arson attack against a high profile restaurant in central Stockholm in early March.
Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement has mocked the Italian government for trying to claw back money spent on a fleet of luxury cars through eBay, saying that while 170 cars are being sold, “210 are about to be bought”.
France rolled out the best of its sacred cuisine on Thursday for a lavish 18-course dinner that was served to China’s President Xi Jinping and designed by the country's top chef. Take a look the gourmet courses that Xi feasted on, every eight minutes, no less.
The full scope of Spain's evictions epidemic has been revealed in figures from the General Council of the Judiciary which show that 67,189 people lost their homes in 2013.
Federal authorities are studying the possible creation of two new national parks to add to the Swiss National Park, the only one in the country, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
A Malaysian couple accused of beating their children with sticks and coat hangers have been convicted in a Swedish court and will serve time in prison for "repeated violence".
Hate the system? Think you could run things better? Jan van Leiden did. He took over Münster in the 16th century to create a new kingdom for God. But things did not go as planned.
Germany has no other sensible source of gas and oil other than Russia, the country's energy minister said on Thursday. His statement came hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she foresaw an energy overhaul.
France's historically unpopular President, François Hollande was handed another embarrassment this week when the top constitutional authority partially struck down another one of his laws. That strike-out left Hollande as the holder of a record he won't be proud of.
UPDATE: Two girls aged four and eight were killed and four people injured in a house fire in central Germany on Friday morning.
They may have been around for over 50 years but the appetite in France for British rock group the Rolling Stones shows no sign of diminishing. All the 75,000 tickets for their Paris gig in June were sold in under an hour on Friday.
A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to prison for five years and six months for raping a 92-year-old woman on Christmas Eve last year.
Spain's head of police has warned there is a "growth in violence" aimed at "destabilizing the rule of law" in Spain, but many Spaniards think his words are a trumped-up "conspiracy" to justify harsher police powers.
Swedish homeowners paid the lowest amount of money for electricity in a decade during the winter according to new figures, with the mild weather believed to be one of the main reasons for the savings.
Spanish toll-road operators on the brink of going bust have been offered a lifeline in the form of a nationalization package that would see the state take on €2.4 billion ($3.3 billion) of the €4.6 billion that the companies owe to creditors.
Ryanair once boasted that it was Europe’s most punctual airline, but standards seem to be slipping after more than one hundred passengers were kept waiting for more than five hours at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Thursday night.
Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino will travel to Saudi Arabia this weekend to secure investment in the city, just weeks after the Italian capital won government funds to stave off bankruptcy.
A large-scale break and entry by Greenpeace activists at the Oskarshamn nuclear power station in the south of Sweden in early March cost between 25-30 million kronor, according to plant operator OKG.
In a bid to improve road safety in France, a proposal is set to be put forward to the government that would allow learner drivers as young as 15 to get behind the wheel of a car if they are accompanied by an adult.
Vegetarianism has yet to make major inroads with the Swiss population who in 2013 ate more meat than in the previous year, apparently brushing off concerns raised by horsemeat scandals, new figures show.
Opponents of new anti-abortion laws currently pending in Spain have used inflatable sex dolls to draw attention to what they describe as "women's rights being trampled by politicians and legislators".
Police in Rome are hunting for the killer of a 37-year-old man in Rome who was shot at least seven times in the head, Italian media reported on Friday.
Swedish DJ Avicii pulled the plug on a show in Miami after being taken to hospital but organizers have yet to reveal why the award winning artist failed to turn up on stage.
An electrician has stumbled upon the partially-dissolved body of a man in a warehouse north-west of Florence, thought to be the remains of a man allegedly killed by his brother.
Not all Parisian restaurants live up to their billing, including the presidential palace it seems. A French minister described the grub served up by the Elysée chefs for a state banquet for the Chinese leader this week as “disgusting”.
Welfare cuts ordered in the wake of Europe's economic crisis are hitting Spain's poor disproportionately hard, with child poverty rising and people's health at risk, a leading Catholic charity warned on Thursday.
A national newspaper has slammed a group of students that prevented a young Sweden Democrat from speaking at their school. But really we should be proud they took a stand, argues contributor Ruben Brunsveld.
Court psychiatrists in Norway believe that Ammaz Omer Qureshi, the British man accused of ordering his Norwegian girlfriend to abuse her daughter live online, is a psychopath with narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders.
British jeweller Graff has unveiled what it described as the "most valuable watch ever created" — a timepiece replete with more than 110 carats of diamonds costing $55 million.
A team of intrepid Finnish divers have defied a ban on plumbing the depths of Norway's Plura caves and successfully retrieved the bodies of two of their countrymen who died there in February.
The head of the Sheraton Hotel sent an open letter of apology to the Roma expert who staff turned away from breakfast this week, a letter which promised that staff would undergo re-training.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday told US President Barack Obama he looked to him as "a source of inspiration and a model" and would apply his "Yes we can" slogan to Italy.
Chinese President XI Jinping demonstrated his knowledge of French culture on Thursday as business took a back a seat on the final day of his state visit to France. Elsewhere however Chinese business leaders promised investments in France if the red tape was cut.
The German government reached an agreement on Thursday on loosening citizenship laws, allowing people born in Germany to foreign parents to hold two passports. But the plan was criticized by the Turkish community.
The 82-year-old mother of a disabled woman must stop her daughter making too much noise, a court in Bonn ruled on Thursday.
Jens Stoltenberg's chief rival for the leadership of Nato has informally conceded defeat, writing on Twitter that the former Norwegian prime minister would "indeed be a good Nato Secretary General" and that "Poland will support him."
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi asked on Thursday for US help in resolving a long-delayed court case in India against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
An elderly woman was jailed for 14 months on Thursday for stalking a Catholic priest for more than 13 years. She stripped naked and danced in front of him on more than one occasion, the court heard.
Hundreds of Eurostar commuters suffered severe delays on Thursday after a lightning strike sparked a fire on the English side of the cross-channel rail link, forcing one train to turn back.
A man in northern Norway accidentally ran over and killed his own 74-year-old father on Thursday afternoon as he came to pick him up for a hospital appointment.
All petrol and diesel cars should banned from the city of Oslo by 2035, Norway's Labour Party has declared in its draft environmental policy for the city.