Bergen ex-bouncer Carl Espen Thorbjørnsen went through to the finals of Eurovision on Thursday night after a powerful and passionate performance of his song Silent Storm.
Russia on Thursday accused the United States at a World Trade Organization session in Geneva of breaching the rules of global commerce by slapping sanctions on its banking sector over the Ukraine crisis.
With 8.5 million people in the heart of Europe, Austria is an oft-overlooked nexus of culture, cake and music. The Local is ready to shine a light on what happens in the centre of Europe.
The ICRC appealed on Thursday for a record budget to help Syrians affected by the humanitarian catastrophe in their war-ravaged country, in the largest funding of an operation since the 1990s Balkan wars.
Nearly two-thirds of Spaniards intend to vote in the European Parliament elections later this month, and over half have a favourable impression of the EU, according to a poll released on Thursday.
The Tatars of Crimea fear they will be squeezed out as Russia tightens its grip in the region.
Since the first Golf rolled off the production line in March 1974, the original hot hatchback has spawned seven generations and over 30 million cars. A German classic that helped Volkswagen conquer the globe, the Golf is our German of the Week.
After Sweden and Finland signed a military agreement to strengthen joint defence resources, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences talks to The Local about Nato, the "myth" of Swedish neutrality, and Sweden's weakened armed forces.
President Francois Hollande on Thursday hit back at the growing anti-EU rhetoric in France fostered by the far right in its campaign for the European parliamentary elections.
Police in Ragusa, southern Sicily, are investigating the murder of a migrant who on Wednesday arrived on a rubber dinghy along with 102 African migrants. Two men have been arrested and charged with people smuggling.
UPDATE: The equality commissioner at the German Family Ministry won a court case on Thursday against her own employers over the appointment of three men to key positions in 2012.
From Bobbysocks!'s 'Let it Swing' to 'Fairytale' by Alexander Rybak, Norway has a Eurovision history to be proud of. Here, on the day of Carl Espen's semifinal performance, is a Spotify and YouTube playlist of the country's finest moments.
Sweden's prime minister has said that a Pfizer takeover of AstraZeneca could slash jobs, undermine research, and offer little value for money for Swedish citizens whose taxes have been invested in the life sciences.
A manager for Milan Expo 2015 has been arrested while five others have been jailed as part of an investigation into a corruption scandal that also caught ex-politicians allegedly taking bribes, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
Spanish discount supermarket group Dia announced Thursday it is selling its troubled French operations, which employ some 7,500 people in 900 stores.
Stockholm may be "the next big thing" on the world's start-up scene, but eager workers are turning up their noses due to the acute housing shortage. The Local chats to housing and start-up experts Billy McCormac and Tyler Crowley.
Swiss-based mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata announced Thursday that it had made former BP chief Tony Hayward's interim stint as company chairman permanent.
A politician with the far-right Northern League party who is running for election to the European Parliament has released a controversial campaign video in which immigrants in Italy warn their compatriots against coming to Italy.
The world's biggest temporary staffing group, Swiss-based Adecco, on Thursday announced a better-than-expected net profit for the first quarter, confirming that the long-depressed European market is on the rebound.
An estimated 200 priests have descended on Rome and Bologna this week for a training course on how to rid people of demons as demand for exorcism rises in Italy.
A Scandinavian Airlines flight had to take last minute evasive action to avoid colliding with a Russian spy plane just off the Swedish south coast in March, according to a report which emerged on Thursday.
Former US president George W. Bush has paid homage to his political ally and good friend former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar by painting a portrait of him and posting it on Instagram.
UPDATE: Germany’s football coach Joachim Löw revealed his provisional 30-man squad on Thursday for the World Cup in Brazil which starts next month.
A 34-year-old man was given life imprisonment on Thursday for the murder of a 15-year-old boy and 57-year-old woman in Ljungsbro in eastern Sweden in November 2013.
The Spanish town of Belmonte hosted a medieval fight contest recently, with women allowed to compete in the gruelling battles for the very first time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend ceremonies in France next month marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day, despite the standoff between Moscow and the West over Ukraine, the ambassador to Paris said on Thursday.
Germany's parliamentary committee investigating the NSA spying scandal in the country intends to call whistleblower Edward Snowden as a witness, it said on Thursday.
Nearly eight years after a tragic underground railway accident in Spain's Valencia region which killed 43 people, a judge has finally called in three top railway officials for questioning.
Prosecutors declared on Thursday that there was no crime involved when a nine-year-old boy died in February after he was hit by a vehicle in a parking garage.
State prosecutors in Hamburg could open a criminal investigation into suspicions of embezzlement and fraud in the long-running scandal over the city's €800-million concert house.
Ceremonies are taking place in Vienna to commemorate the end of World War II, 69 years ago.
Spain's factories are gently lifting production in response to a hesitant, jobs-starved recovery from years of recession, official data showed on Thursday.
The divide between Germans in the former West and East even extends to teeth. Despite lagging behind in wealth and employment indicators, eastern Germans top the tables for dental hygiene.
Good news for coffee drinkers - a daily cup of your favourite brew consumed without milk could be a way of detoxing, according to scientists in Graz.
France said Thursday on it would deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist violence in the vast and largely lawless Sahel region of Africa.
A police officer from Venice who was fired in 2006 for dressing as a woman may soon be able to return to the force, as well as claim damages, after a court ruled he was suffering from a “disease”.
Police have found DNA matches in three separate cases linked to the so-called “crucifixion killing” of a prostitute whose body was found tied to a horizontal bar in a position similar to that of crucifixion in the outskirts of Florence.
Norwegian shipping magnate John Fredriksen has reportedly reached a secret deal with Norway's tax authorities after a plan to use the Arctic Svalbard Islands as a tax haven for his Seadrill business was rejected.
Sweden's Chancellor of Justice ruled on Wednesday that those listed in an illegal Swedish police register of Roma will be entitled to receive compensation of 5,000 kronor ($768), an award dismissed by a leading representative as "a disgrace".
UK bank Barclays on Thursday announced plans to seriously streamline its business, with the company's Spanish operations now considered surplus to requirements.
A former minister in Silvio Berlusconi's last government has been arrested for allegedly helping a businessman, convicted of collusion with the mafia, escape Italy.
A hygiene scandal involving one of Germany’s biggest Burger King franchises has hit the American fast-food chain where it hurts, with branches reporting revenue losses and a fall in customers.
Campaigners from Orkney, Shetland, and the Western Isles are pushing for a referendum that could grant them independence from Scotland on the grounds that they were all historically part of Norway.
Whisk, a Labrador retriever in the canine squad of the city of Lausanne’s police department, is making history.
Ada Colau, the woman who's fought for thousands of families facing eviction in Spain's economic crisis, has decided to quit her role as spokesperson for her controversial lobby group the PAH.
US rock'n'roll godfather Chuck Berry has been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize, referred to by some as the "Nobel Prize of Music", landing a cool one million kronor ($153,000) to be shared with US opera director Peter Sellars.
Switzerland needs to change its agreement with Italy over the taxation of cross-border workers to make it less appealing for them to work in the canton of Ticino, Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf says.
Norway's Congo Village art project has triggered a Twitter storm across Africa, with many commenters seeming to wrongly believe that the two artists plan to fill their "human zoo" with real African villagers.
Spain saw its carbon dioxide emissions drop 12.6 percent in 2013, the third highest fall in the European Union. The news came on the same day as the World Health Organization issued a warning about the risks of air pollution.
UPDATE: Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed Vladimir Putin's "constructive tone" on Ukraine on Thursday, after the Russian president told rebels in the east of the country to halt plans for an independence vote.
The Italian mafia is suspected of being behind the shooting of the 77-year-old head of one of Monaco’s richest families outside a hospital in Nice on Tuesday night.
A jeweller in western Germany turned robber in a desperate attempt to save his struggling business. The 48-year-old carried out a series of raids on banks and even another jewellery shop.
Police in Benidorm have arrested a Colombian man after he was found to be carrying a ham and cheese sandwich stuffed with over 100 grams of cocaine.
Pablo Picasso's 1932 oil painting "Le Sauvetage" sold at auction for more than €22 million($31 million) on Wednesday after a bidding war at Sotheby's in New York which saw it surge past its estimated pre-sale price.
Austrian drag performer Tom Neuwirth's character Conchita Wurst certainly made an impression on people.
Real Madrid's La Liga title hopes were all but ended as they conceded five minutes from time to draw 1-1 away to Valladolid on Wednesday.
The majority of Germans are unaware of who is representing the country at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night.