The Swiss federal government said on Wednesday it would give Croatians access to its labour market this summer, as it struggles to resolve a dispute with the European Union over new immigration restrictions.
Sweden appointed a new ambassador to Switzerland Wednesday, a day after a media report that the current envoy lobbied Swiss parliamentarians to promote the sale of Swedish fighter jets.
Michael Albasini of Switzerland won a shortened first stage in front of his home fans on the Tour of Romandie cycling race on Wednesday.
Head into any French office these days and you are likely to hear a mixture of French peppered with examples of classic English office jargon. The author of “The dictionary of New French” tells The Local why the tide of Anglicisms will not be resisted in French workplaces.
Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were on Wednesday sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion, going against a prosecutor's call last month to have the pair acquitted.
Almost 450 police officers will be on hand in the central Sweden town of Jönköping on Thursday in preparation for a potential repeat of last year's May Day flare-ups.
Germans will find any reason to celebrate, so before the anarchy on May 1st can begin, they like to bid the evil spirits of winter goodbye by dressing up as witches and warlocks and dance around bonfires.
A man was caught on Tuesday straddling the back of a train from Rome's central station, in a desperate attempt to catch his flight after the doors closed before he could get inside a carriage.
A rare crisis hit the town of Schmallenberg near Dortmund on Monday morning when a raging bull escaped from an abattoir, but then jumped through a butcher's shop window where he was shot.
A man in Catalonia was so determined to save his pet dog from drowning in a local well that he gave his own life while attempting to rescue it.
Notorious French philanderer Dominique Strauss-Kahn, or DSK as he is better known, is not very happy about a new sex club that opens this week. While that may sound surprising, the reason for his anger is because the new brothel is called 'DSK'.
Almost half of all Catalans would vote to become independent from Spain, a recent poll by a Catalan government research group shows.
If you’ve been living in Germany for any length of time, Germanisms will have surely crept into your mannerisms, speech and even the way you cook your pasta. Find out how German you've become.
UPDATE: Hopes have been dashed that eight observers, including four Germans, from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) who were captured by pro-Russian militia in Ukraine on Friday will shortly be freed.
If you see a naked woman travelling backwards later today, it could be a drunk Swede using public transport on Walpurgis Night. It could also simply be one of our Swedes of the Week, the witches setting off for a date with the devil.
Sweden's Handelsbanken posted growing profits on Wednesday in the first quarter, nudging slightly ahead of analysts' expectations.
Spain's government on Wednesday upgraded its economic outlook, tipping faster growth, a lower jobless rate and a slimmer public deficit.
German prosecutors will work with US police to investigate the shooting of a Hamburg exchange student in Montana, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. His alleged killer, meanwhile, has received death threats.
The unemployment rate in Italy reached 12.7 percent in March, an initial estimate from national statistics agency Istat showed on Wednesday.
France added its voice on Wednesday to the outcry prompted by a bungled execution in the American state of Oklahoma and called on the United States to abolish its death penalty.
The mammoth project to refloat the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship has been suspended until a decision is made over which port will scrap the wreck, Italian media said on Wednesday.
In their first month in power France’s historic crop of new far-right mayors have not been afraid to court controversy by introducing a range of measures that have provoked anger among their critics, as well as approval among their voters. Here are the 'highlights'.
Hundreds of Swedes turned up at the royal palace on Wednesday to celebrate the king's birthday. His tiny princess granddaughters also chimed in, with one of them making an appearance on social media.
A ban of the use of rubber balls by police in Spain's Catalonia region came into force on Wednesday, at a time when the regional Mossos d'Esquadra police force is scrambling to clean up its tarnished image.
Swedish food is, of course, a matter of taste. And many would argue that it's delicious. Our loyal followers on Twitter and Facebook shared what they thought were the best of them all.
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi will begin community service on May 9th and work with Alzheimer's patients, the director of the centre where he will serve his tax fraud punishment said on Wednesday.
A groom who allegedly strangled his wife-to-be to death ten days before they were due to get married appeared in court in Bavaria on Tuesday charged with murder.
The family of a senior Italian diplomat detained in the Philippines for alleged child abuse insisted on Wednesday he was innocent, as they accused authorities of misinterpreting his efforts to help homeless children.
Spain dreamed Wednesday of an unprecedented Madrid derby final to the Champions League, as the nation's sporting press gloated over Real Madrid's demolition of the mighty Bayern Munich
E-cigarettes could soon be banned from public places , such as bars and cafes, in France, as the country’s health minister reiterated her desire to tighten the laws around the use of the devices.
A 21-year-old man was sentenced to jail on Wednesday for his involvement in an assault in Malmö when an immigrant man was nearly thrown off a bridge, all while the victim's 18-month-old son looked on.
The man who threw a banana at FC Barcelona Brazilian player Dani Alves, sparking a global anti-racism campaign, has been arrested by Spanish police.
An Air France flight attendant took his employer to court this week for discrimination after he was forbidden from flying because of his shoulder-length braided hair.
Grassroots activists in Norway's Progress Party plan to force party leaders to campaign against Oslo hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022 at the annual convention on the weekend.
Residents who find Switzerland to be a costly place to live now have more proof: the mountain country ranks as the most expensive nation on the planet, according to a new study from the World Bank.
A new cold-water bathing craze has spread so fast on Norway's social media since it was imported from the Faroe Islands a week ago, that the man who started it now fears no one in the entire country will escape.
The expansion of the European Union eastwards ten years ago was a “godsend” and has created one million jobs in Germany, the head of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) said on Wednesday.
Legendary French lads magazine “Lui”, described as the Gallic answer to Playboy, has caused a bit of a stir around the world by persuading US singer Rihanna to pose naked for a racy photo shoot.
An MP who waved a fish around Italy’s lower house of parliament was on Tuesday suspended for 12 days, cutting €2,500 from his daily allowance, a move the politician dismissed as a "prejudiced" punishment.
Spain on Wednesday reported its fastest economic growth in six years in the first quarter of 2014 despite the blight of a 26-percent unemployment rate.
Spanish banking giant Santander on Tuesday launched a bid to take full ownership of its Brazilian unit in an all-share deal worth up to €4.7 billion ($6.5 billion).
A 38-year-old father of two from the town of Filadelfia, in the southern Italian region of Calabria has died after setting himself on fire on Easter Sunday. It's only the latest case of self-immolation to shock the country in recent months.
Norway's air forces are to work with the UK on sharing costs around the expensive F-35 stealth fighter both have ordered from Lockheed Martin.
UPDATED: Chairwoman of the Centre Party youth wing Hanna Wagenius was accused of breaking the law after her party urged members to tweet pictures of "zombie politics" May Day demonstrators with the hashtag #thewalkingred.
A Spanish van driver has caused havoc in the Belgian city of Leuven after he repeatedly crashed into shop windows and walls while trying to reverse down a narrow street.
Just days into the new season, Norway's roller skiers are already getting death threats from enraged motorists sick of them clogging up the country's narrow roads.
Children at a central Stockholm school were met by police officers on Wednesday morning as the police investigate threats made against the school.
A homeless man was arrested by police on Tuesday after he shoved a woman onto the Metro tracks at a station in the French capital, in an apparent random act of aggression.
The 2014 Champions League final came one step closer to being an all-Madrid affair when Real Madrid notched up a historic 4-0 away win against title holders Bayern Munich in Tuesday's semi-final in Bavaria.
A theatre centre in an off-the-beaten path corner of Tuscany has become a creative hub for thespians from around the world, offering residencies for established drama professionals and courses for aspiring actors.
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi is in hot water with the justice system again after mocking the community service he has been ordered to do for tax fraud, media reports said on Tuesday.
The board of French engineering group Alstom voted on Tuesday to accept a €12.35 billion takeover bid from US giant General Electric for its energy arm. The move will not go down well with the French government, who have appeared to favour a rival offer from Siemens.
The number of undocumented migrants scrambling into Spanish territory bordering Morocco surged by nearly 50 percent in 2013, although the numbers trying to reach Spain by boat decreased, the government said on Tuesday.
A Norwegian delicacy has won the same exalted status as Champagne, Parma ham, and Feta cheese under European Union rules, with "Tørrfisk fra Lofoten" on Wednesday receiving a 'protected designation of origin'.
Amanda Knox and her Italian lover slayed British student Meredith Kercher after an argument spiralled out of control, an Italian court said on Tuesday.
New Zealand police said on Wednesday they held "very real concerns" about the fate of three Germans who went missing on a sailing trip two weeks ago.
There was relief for France's Socialist government and the Prime Minister on Wednesday when MPs in the lower house voted through a controversial package of economic reforms aimed at cutting state spending by €50 billion.
The ruling government coalition has reached its lowest level of voter support since the Alliance was crafted in 2004, a new opinion poll revealed on Wednesday.
Foreign tourists in Berlin are splashing out more money than ever before in the capital, figures released on Tuesday show. But which nationalities are the biggest spenders?
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has admitted he was at fault as the holders suffered an historic 4-0 drubbing in the Champions League semi-final, second leg to Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
UPDATED: Two people were seriously injured at a residence for asylum seekers near Askersund in central Sweden on Tuesday night, with Swedish police trying to piece together why an alleged fight between three residents broke out.
Music boffin Paul Connolly has put his finger on the pulse of popular Swedish music and found the secret formula for the best acts - they're all women.