The European Union agreed Tuesday to resume talks with Switzerland on setting an overall framework for their relationship, frozen since a controversial Swiss vote calling for curbs on immigration.
Last year's Eurovision winner, Emmelie De Forest, has declared her support for Norway's entry Carl Espen in this year's contest.
Switzerland was among 47 countries that signed up on Tuesday to automatically share bank account data, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said, in what has been touted as a major step towards cracking down on global tax evasion.
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is skipping the Madrid Masters tournament to be at the side of his wife, who on Tuesday night delivered twin boys, the star said on his Facebook page.
France, still shaken from a faulty breast implant scandal that saw thousands of women suffering ruptures, has banned implants made by a South Korean company after the firm’s products failed to meet safety standards.
More than 26,000 patients lodged official complaints about treatment in hospitals and doctor's surgeries in 2013, with most complaints from patients coming in the aftermath of surgery.
Italian auto giant Fiat Chrysler announced on Tuesday that it will invest around $7 billion through 2018 to relaunch the high-end and sporty Alfa Romeo line with eight new models expected.
Two police officers accused of accepting gifts including legs of ham and tickets to bullfights in exchange for doing favours for a high-profile Spain-based Chinese criminal gang have denied any wrongdoing.
A majority of chief editors at French daily Le Monde resigned from their posts on Tuesday amid a conflict with management over editorial reforms. The mass resignation comes while staff at another French newspaper are in uproar over plans to turn into a "social network".
Sweden's finance minister has recalled that Pfizer's old promise to keep Pharmacia in Sweden fell flat, which makes him worried as the US drugs giant moves in on Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca.
Tickets for Austria's home matches in the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers have all sold out, just two hours after being released.
The 42-year-old owner of a restaurant on the outskirts of Spain's capital was found dead at his home in what police believe was a gruesome robbery.
A Frenchman recently released on parole purposefully cut off his electronic tag, knowing he would be sent back to prison. The reason why? He was desperate to get away from his girlfriend.
German-Turkish actress Sibel Kekilli has reached international stardom through her role as the beautiful Shae in the fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones. She talks to The Local about her character and violence against women.
A 48-year-old man suspected of shooting three Napoli fans ahead of the Italian Cup final in Rome on Saturday has tested negative for gunshot residue, the Italian news agency Ansa reported on Tuesday.
One day after the body of a woman was found taped to a horizontal bar in Florence “as if she had been crucified”, police are investigating possible links to six other cases from the past ten years as fears grow that there could be a serial killer on the loose.
Sweden offers the world's third best deal for mothers, but was beaten to the top spot by two neighbours. In contrast, the new report said that Somalia and the US needed to buck up and invest in maternal and infant health.
A new exhibition at the famous Paris gallery at Quai Branly opened on Tuesday that honors the art of tattoos. Take a look inside with this video courtesy of Parisian News TV.
Germany has been ranked as one of the best places in the world for mothers to raise children. But how family-friendly is the country?
A German couple who disappeared while on a sailing trip in the Philippines could have been kidnapped by a Muslim extremist group with ties to Al-Qaeda.
UPDATE: The reclusive German son of a Nazi-era art dealer who hoarded hundreds of priceless paintings in his Munich flat for decades including works plundered from Jews died on Tuesday aged 81.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Tuesday stuck by his government's plan to curb women's abortion rights but said he was open to debate on the bill which has sparked angry protests.
Italy's long-term borrowing costs fell on Tuesday below the three percent level for the first time since the creation of the euro amid a resurgence in investor confidence in the eurozone.
Police have raided an apartment near the Leaning Tower of Pisa which was used as a laboratory for the packaging of heroin. A young couple has been arrested.
The Vatican has recognized a supposed miracle attributed to Paul VI and will beatify the late Italian pope in October, which would leave him one step from sainthood, a Vatican source said on Tuesday.
A mother is believed to have killed her three children and attempted to take her own life through carbon monoxide poisoning by lighting two barbecues in a bedroom.
Despite Sweden's pyjama-party heyday and an MI6 lure called "Ann" with a fail-free seduction record, the Swedish security service Säpo failed to honeytrap Leonid Brezhnev's son during the Cold War thanks to a tattle-tale defector.
Norway has leapfrogged Sweden to second place in a list of the world's best country in which to be a mother, after reporting a slight rise in maternal mortality.
Can a work of art happen in a minute? Austrian artist Erwin Wurm's bizarre One Minute Sculptures series is being showcased in a new exhibition at Frankfurt's Städel Museum.
Several Swedish cabinet ministers have failed to report being off sick, even as one tweeted about 40C fever. The oversight has allowed them to avoid the first-day-off reduction in salary that all Swedes face when feeling too poorly to work.
Under pressure from the EU to protect western Europe's only species of wild hamster, France has launched a €3million preservation programme for the endangered Great Hamster of Alsace, whose numbers are rapidly dwindling.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Tuesday that the Ukraine crisis risked degenerating into a full-scale war in eastern Europe.
An Iranian man who posed as the CEO for an oil company fooled ten aspiring European and Asian models into being his sex slaves at his palace in the Spanish luxury resort of Marbella.
The rector of one of Italy’s top universities in Milan is pushing ahead with a plan for degree courses to be taught in English despite a Lombardy court ruling against the move.
Jakob Oftebro, who played menacing green activist Mads in The Bridge, the hit Danish TV series, has been chosen to host the national television coverage of Norway's Constitution Day on 17 May.
Credit Suisse, facing potential criminal charges for helping Americans dodge taxes, has created a "bad bank" unit for US clients, Swiss media reported on Tuesday.
Ruptures, implants that fail to last the ten years promised, and a heightened risk of lymphatic cancer - a new official French report paints a worrying picture for the 340,000 women in the country who have had their breasts enlarged.
The Norwegian army's Combat Lab is developing a seriously nifty new use for Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset owned by Facebook: a viewing system which will make tank drivers feel they are sitting in a transparent vehicle.
France’s culture minister has ordered the removal of a giant advertisement for Apple’s iPhone that locals said was desecrating the facade of a historic building in one of Paris’s most beautiful squares, the Place des Vosges.
Albino California king snakes, originally brought to the island as pets decades ago, could take over 70 percent of the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, experts are warning.
François Hollande's second year as president of France was possibly worse than his first one. We look back at five of his worst moments in the last 12 months and five of his best ones. (Yes he did have some good ones)
Spain must urgently find a third way between an independent nation of Catalonia and the status quo, influential UK business daily the Financial Times said in an editorial published on Monday.
Calabria’s Regional Committee has approved a bill that will reward prisoners for reading books by reducing their jail time. Under the proposal, prisoners will see their sentences cut by three days for each book they read.
A man from Munich who wrote "bin Laden" on a bank transfer form as a joke has been added to the German Central Bank's terror blacklist for ten years.
Florence's museums authority on Tuesday played down the risk of Michelangelo's 500-year-old David statue falling down because of fractures in its ankles.
Sweden's Sanna Nielsen and her song Undo were voted through to the Eurovision final after Tuesday night's semi-final in Copenhagen.
Customs officials have found a large stash of heroin hidden in a car transporter traveling through Upper Austria.
OVER TO YOU: With threats to labour migration mooted The Local is inviting readers to tell us why Sweden needs skilled foreign workers. You can upload your videos or pictures via social media to be part of the debate.
Some of the world's best female tennis players have come together to raise their voice against violence against women in a video organized by the sponsors of the Madrid Open.
When his twin daughters were born, The Local correspondent Paul Connolly was told they'd be hot property on the dating market when they grew up - because his girls offered "fresh genes".
Tall ships from across the world, including the world's fastest and second largest, are preparing to set sail for Fredrikstad, southern Norway, for the Tall Ships Races, the largest regatta of its kind.
Authorities in Bern have frozen around 170 million francs in assets held in Swiss banks by members of the ousted former Ukrainian regime, latest figures show.
Germany is one of Europe's most hitchhiking friendly spots. The Local went on the road for 450 kilometres to figure out why.
A small Spanish town has made national headlines after a woman was hired to walk around the streets promoting the local festival of the bulls in only her knickers.
Two years ago François Hollande was cheered on by thousands of jubilant supporters at Place de la Bastille after being elected president of France. But now he is the most unpopular head of state in history. Can he really turn it around and what can he do?
Irate parents have emailed an anonymous murder threat to an "Arab-loving" Swedish school principal, after he split the seventh grade into smaller groups of students to welcome immigrant pupils.
The head of one of Germany’s biggest Burger King franchises quit on Monday following an undercover report exposing poor hygiene and bad working conditions at the fast food chain’s outlets.
Nine Maserati cars put up for sale by the Italian government on eBay have so far failed to attract a single bid, Italian media reported. The luxury official car sale is part of a symbolic effort to cut outrageous spending by ministries that has sparked public anger.
Austrian Airlines (AUA ) has started off the new financial year in debt. Operational losses for the first quarter reached 54 million euros - only two million less than in the first quarter of 2013.
A four-bedroom house perched on the Baggensfjärden strait offers prospective new owners unbeatable views, with Stockholm just around the corner.
UPDATED: Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared on Tuesday that a job-wrecking trend had been snapped after new figures showed a record slump in the jobless queue in April.
Swiss motorists traveled further and suffered through more traffic jams in 2013 than in the previous year, according to federal government figures.
The mayor of Turin sparked controversy on Monday evening after waving the middle finger at a group of Torino football fans in response to “being insulted” during a ceremony to commemorate the 1949 Supergra plane crash, in which almost all the entire Torino team was killed.
Spanish police detained nine people on Monday as part of a probe into suspected embezzlement linked to the construction of a high-speed rail link between Madrid and Barcelona, officials said.
Just a month before the Fifa World Cup kicks off in Brazil, European football's governing body Uefa has slammed racist attacks in Spain and called for action after fans subjected foreign players to monkey taunts and banana-throwing.
Switzerland's largest bank UBS on Tuesday posted a net profit of 1.05 billion francs ($1.2 billion) for the first quarter of 2014, up seven percent from the first three months of the previous year.
IN PICTURES: The Karlskrona couple held on suspicion of killing an 8-year-old girl in their care have told the police contradictory versions of what happened the night the young girl died.
A German footballer is being investigated for assault - after he allegedly threw a kebab at fans.
The French government on Monday rejected a bid by US industrial giant General Electric for Alstom's energy business, calling for a "balanced partnership" that could include a rail deal.
A woman in eastern Sweden was shocked when a letter from her insurance company informed her that she had been dead for more than a week.
US drugs giant Pfizer has said it was disappointed with Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca for not only rejecting its takeover bid, but refusing to discuss alternatives.
French coast rescuers said they had saved a 23-year-old Afghan trying to cross the Channel on a makeshift raft Monday using a bedsheet as a sail.
France definitively banned the growing of genetically modified corn on Monday after its highest court and Senate both confirmed an existing ban.
UPDATE: A man fell to his death from the balcony of a Berlin tower block on Monday night after the bodies of his partner and her child were found in his flat. He had reportedly been living with the bodies in the apartment for three days.
Norwegian cross-country skiing star Petter Northug, a two-time Olympic champion in 2010, has admitted to lying to police when they first contacted him about crashing his car drunk on Sunday morning.