Protests against the annual gathering of global elites were relatively subdued but both the lack of transparency and cost of security ruffled feathers in the capital city.
Germany may not be British comedy's natural home, but it hasn't stopped comic Bill Bailey visiting Berlin on his whistle-stop Europe tour. The Local caught up with him under a giant fish tank to pick his brains.
For everyone out there with a thing for Spanish men, The Local has put together a list of the best looking machos roaming the land. Bon appétit!
Gay activists are outraged after officials in a Paris suburb ordered the removal of artsy advertisements which appeared to show two stunning women about to kiss. But wait, it gets even worse.
It wasn't all politics in the aftermath of the European elections. This week's pictorial review takes us via an abandoned airport-park into the stratosphere and back down to earth again.
Despite being described as a "reluctant heiress", Miuccia Prada has taken the reigns of her family's fashion house and made it a global brand. The Local looks at the life of the billionaire designer, on and off the catwalk.
Spanish foobtall club Real Madrid will see part of their Santiago Bernabéu stadium closed to fans after some supporters engaged in racist behaviour in the team's Champions League semi-finals clash against German side Bayern Munich.
Norwegians may see themselves as sporty outdoorsy types, but according to a new global study funded by US billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, more than half of the population is now clinically overweight.
Travel north of Vienna, and you enter the scenic state of Lower Austria. Passing apple, apricot, and pear orchards, you reach the oldest and largest winery in the country - the Klosterneuburg monastery.
In an industry dominated by luxury, the best anti-wrinkle cream in Spain costs only €2.99 ($4). This is the surprise finding of a new study by the country's main consumer watchdog.
Beppe Grillo has hit back at criticism from those within his Five Star Movement party about his newfound friendship with Nigel Farage, the leader of UKip, saying the British politician “is not racist”.
The town hall of Barcelona on Friday called a halt to the demolition of an illegally occupied building after four nights of violent protests followed their decision to evict residents.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg should become the next European Commission president, succeeding Portugal's Jose Manuel Barroso.
A long running debate over the location of a controversial memorial to murdered deserters of Hitler's army in the town of Goldegg, near Salzburg, has finally arrived at an interim solution.
A farmers’ rights group angry over the arrest of some of its members, ‘detained’ one of the French president’s agricultural advisers on Friday, which capped off a terrible week for the historically unpopular leader.
Swedish artist Mikael Genberg's crazy idea of sending a sculpture in the shape of a house to the moon looks set to become a reality. For daring to go where no artist has gone before he's our Swede of the week. Obviously.
The first of a host of celebrity Life Ball guests have landed in Vienna, direct from New York on a special Boeing plane - and were greeted with champagne, music and lots of cameras.
An Italian port has beaten off foreign competition to scrap the hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off the Tuscan coast in 2012, leaving 32 dead.
Norway's Football Association said it had banned political messages backing Ukraine or homosexuals during a friendly match against Russia on Saturday in Oslo.
Rome's city council has voted to open up public buildings, including the city's most famous monuments, for wedding ceremonies, Italian media reported on Friday.
A new OECD study of 34 countries shows Austrians pay the third highest level of tax, and there are calls from a number of groups for urgent and sweeping reforms.
Germany's former president Christian Wulff has written a book telling his account of the corruption scandal which pushed him from office, his subsequent trial and his eventual acquittal, in which he argues he was set up.
Poverty among young Germans is on the rise, a new study shows. Reasons for the increase are thought to be failings in education and vocational training.
French actor Gerard Depardieu's protest against high taxes in France may have paid off, with reports saying he is subject to a single-digit rate in his adopted home of Russia.
The German love of nature keeps this country beautiful and its city dwellers sane, as writer Liv Hambrett discovers.
Norwegian producer duo Stargate has opened up for the first time about what it's like to work with Rihanna, the R&B singer behind hits like "Diamonds" and "Only Girl (In the World)".
Police were forced to empty out their icebox to accommodate a half-eaten alligator which was found dead on a nature trail in southern Sweden.
Spain on Friday reported a feeble increase in consumer prices in May as the eurozone struggled with the spectre of an economically damaging deflationary spiral.
A Madrid neighbourhood fighting to get rid of the bothersome parasites has raised the alarm over a problem being seen across Spain. Experts say there are 70 percent more bedbugs now than five years ago.
Police are prepared to take action against Greenpeace's ship Esperanza as soon as they receive the legal go ahead, the chief of police in Troms said on Friday.
Spanish security forces launched pre-dawn raids on Friday to break up a jihadist cell in Spain's north African territory of Melilla, arresting six suspects, the government said.
Trade between Italy and Russia reached €31 billion last year, with imports to Italy up 9.5 percent on 2012, according to figures released on Thursday by the Milan Chamber of Commerce.
Residents in the southern Spanish city of Seville are up in arms over a recorded message on the local town hall's switchboard which provides information about a religious event, describing it as a "scandal".
Böhm became famous in Austria and Germany for his role as Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria in the Sissi trilogy, starring alongside Romy Schneider.
An international team of scientists involving Swiss researchers say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure.
Swedes like conforming to their national norms - but they do it individually. Contributor Steven Schier muses about culture and why Swedes like to be "alone together".
A 27-year old man who strangled and then stabbed a 90-year-old woman to death before setting her house on fire has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
In a heartless act of animal cruelty, a man threw a puppy into a rubbish bin at Vienna's Westbahnhof station.
A proposed federal law to set uniform national opening hours for shops is running into opposition from cantons, municipalities and unions representing store workers.
The Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is aiming for 51 percent of Telekom Austria with his company America Movil.
The languages are much the same and they always give each other shedloads of points at Eurovision. Is there much to separate these Scandi cousins? The Local's Patrick Reilly finds out.
Traiskirchen, Austria's principal reception centre for refugees is overflowing once again, prompting the town's new mayor to demand a solution.
“I felt as though a vast, endless scream passed through nature,” painter Edvard Munch famously wrote. But he didn't mean it quite as literally as this.
The Upper Austrian Dental Association has filed a malpractice complaint against a dentist working in Wels after the magistrates office received a letter that he was regularly botching operations.
Flights in Milan and Rome could be delayed or cancelled on Friday as airport workers go on strike, while Italy’s public transport system will also grind to a halt as staff stage a nationwide walkout.
Italy’s former prime minister, Mario Monti, has said he has no intention of returning to politics after he was linked to the ruling Democratic Party.
France could ban e-cigarettes in public places as well as company logos and colours from tobacco packaging under tough new legislation that is to be introduced next month. Opposition is expected.
A lucky Frenchman who recently landed a €72 million EuroMillions jackpot said he'll give two-thirds of the loot to national charity groups. It's a first in France.
The Swiss federation of Jewish communities (SIG) has condemned a Swiss supreme court decision that making a Nazi salute in public is not necessarily contrary to the law in Switzerland.
Sweden's Green Party has earned its fourth seat in the European parliament after Max Andersson's triumph, who said he wants to fulfil some policies of the Pirate Party in Brussels.
The languages are much the same and they always give each other shedloads of points at Eurovision. Is there much to separate these Scandi cousins? Well, apparently there is. The Local took to the streets of Bergen to find out.
Berlin authorities have banned Hells Angels gang members from displaying the club's winged death head symbol in public.
A number of Amazon employees in Germany began a two-day strike on Thursday night in a fresh escalation of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
Thousands of gold and silver coins pulled from a 19th-century shipwreck went on show in a Spanish museum on Thursday after Spain won them from US treasure hunters in a court battle.
The Spanish government on Thursday gave oil giant Repsol the green light to explore for oil and gas off the coast of the Canary Islands, a move environmental groups described as "unjustifiable".
The Italian football association has confirmed that a footballer for Lazio's youth team is 17 and not in his early 40s, as previously alleged.
A crew of German, Russian, and US astronauts docked with the International Space Station as space cooperation between Moscow and the West continues despite their worst standoff since the Cold War.
An electric cable fault that hit Stockholm's commuter train lines on Wednesday may keep trains at a halt until Monday.
Researchers found less grey matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material, according to a new study from the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.
A Swedish man in Manhattan pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a host of hacking crimes, which could see him spend 17 years in prison.
Thousands of students in France's major cities demonstrated against the far-right National Front party, which won a quarter of the votes in Sunday's European Parliament elections.
From Brad Pitt trying to pass himself off as an Italian to an amusing video explaining the difference between “scopare” and “scappare”, YouTube is full of language-related gems.
Eighty-two parents have been reported to the police in Naples for not making their children go to school, Italian media reported on Thursday.
American regulators want French bank BNP Paribas to pay over €7 billion in fines on charges it violated economic sanctions against countries like Iran and Cuba. A settlement is reportedly "weeks away."
Swedish ice-hockey ace Henrik Lundqvist had an 18-save shutout as the New York Rangers advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in 20 years on Thursday with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
An exhibition in the Waldviertal region of Lower Austria tells the story of a bearded lady worshipped by those who sought the freedom to live their lives as they pleased, free from oppression.
With some Gothenburg residents set to trial six-hour work days, a Swede who's already tested the concept chimes in on working shortened days for full pay.