Austrian NGOs and unions have taken the opportunity one day ahead of the FIFA World Cup kick-off in Brazil to renew their criticism of the human rights violations surrounding the sporting event.
Thailand's military junta has threatened to block Norway's Telenor from bidding in the country's upcoming 4G auctions in retaliation for revealing that it was ordered to block Facebook in the immediate aftermath of last month's military coup.
OPEC has reached a "consensus" to maintain its oil output ceiling, Venezuela's energy minister said Wednesday, as the cartel's members met to formally agree the no-change decision.
Chancellor Werner Faymann of the Social Democrats (SPÖ) has sharply criticised the Europe-wide scuffle over the next EU Commission president.
A 46-year-old Norwegian man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for raping two Filipina au pairs.
A group of police officers based in a Paris suburb are under internal investigation after photos of them at a “negro party” with their faces painted black, surfaced on social media.
When Hollande decided to ditch his chief economic advisor this week, many on the French left probably felt relieved. Until that is, they heard who the replacement was – Laurence Boone, the former Bank of America chief economist with a very "Anglo-Saxon CV”.
The 82,000 votes are in, they have all been counted, and now The Local can reveal which seven amazing wonders of nature have been labelled Spain's best in 2014.
Guatemala's former police chief Erwin Sperisen has appealed against the life sentence he received last week in Switzerland for the murder of seven prisoners in his Central American home country.
US Vice President Joe Biden suggested Germany was hostile towards immigrants in a speech on Tuesday, in which he described the US as the only "non-xenophobic" major economy in the world.
According to the current "European Cities Review" of UK wealth consultant Knight Frank, Vienna's top properties are most in demand among the super-rich from Russia and other ex-Soviet countries, followed by Germany and Saudi Arabia.
Two doctors attempted to descend 1,000 metres underground into Germany’s deepest cave on Wednesday to rescue severely-injured explorer Johann Westerhaus.
Danes who want to be legally viewed as a member of the opposite sex will no longer have to go under the knife, but can simply switch their legal recognition after a "reflection period".
Many expats come and go in Austria, but occasionally circumstances conspire to make them stay longer. The author came for six months only - and that was in 1992. Vienna has worked changes - some good, some bad, but all... Austrian.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday met top leaders of China's ruling Communist Party, the latest European leader to beat a path to Beijing's door hoping to attract more investment.
The head of Norway's football association has backed his Dutch counterpart's call for Sepp Blatter, the embattled Fifa president, to quit next year.
A student who fell off a truck during a traditional Swedish graduation parade was taken to hospital on Wednesday after the truck ran over his body.
Wondering what World Cup games they're showing on free-to-air TV in Spain and which ones you'll have to watch in a bar or pub? The Local has trawled through all the Spanish TV listings to offer you a comprehensive viewing schedule of Brazil's 2014 World Cup.
The Spanish government has presented an anti-alcoholism draft bill which would impose €300 ($430) fines on the parents of under-18s who knowingly allow their children to get drunk.
A pair of dog breeders in the Spanish province of Valladolid were shocked recently when two pups were born green.
So you're moving to Stockholm - but have you found a place to live yet? The city's housing market is not like any other you'll have encountered. But fear not: where there's a will, there's a way.
Thousands of taxi drivers in German cities protested on Wednesday against what they see as unfair competition from app-using car services such as Uber and Blacklane. Convoys of taxis took to the streets in Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg.
According to an article in Der Standard newspaper, the University of Vienna plans to set up an interdisciplinary Chair in the Yiddish language and Yiddish studies.
One hundred jobs will be lost in Italy as the French food industry giant, Danone, closes a factory near Milan, the company announced on Wednesday.
Italy on Wednesday marked 30 years since the death of Enrico Berlinguer, the Communist leader famed for breaking away from the USSR, and whose funeral brought more than a million people to the streets of Rome.
Germany’s disgraced “bling bishop”, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who earned his name blowing €31 million on his luxurious headquarters in central Germany has been given a new home in Bavaria.
Fredrik Westerlund has cerebral palsy and his three-year-old son was just diagnosed with cancer. Crushed but not defeated, the Swede has set out to climb at least five mountain peaks to raise money for cancer research.
Spanish global clothing giant Inditex, owner of fast-fashion brand Zara, announced Wednesday a rare fall in quarterly profits even as it pushed ahead with an aggressive international expansion.
Imagine you were forced to leave Germany tomorrow and told you could never return. What would you miss the most? The Local List this week goes into exile to take a look.
Developers of a luxury housing complex in Berlin are building a five-metre-high concrete wall around a play park to shield future residents from the sound of children. The construction of the barrier, which is taller than the wall which once divided the city, is causing controversy.
Peter Seisenbacher, Austria’s most successful judo fighter and winner of two Olympic gold medals, is under investigation on suspicion of sexually harassing and sexually abusing under-age girls.
UPDATED: Commuters in France will face another day of travel chaos as rail unions voted to continue a nationwide strike on Thursday in protest against proposed rail reforms. To make matters worse taxi drivers, angry over the rise of internet-based firms like Uber, also staged industrial action.
Japanese engineering giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has joined the international battle to buy the massive energy operation of French group Altsom. The struggle to own Alstom has prompted nationalist opposition in France.
One of the most embarrassing moments during her four-year tenure as US Secretary of State was when she had to face Silvio Berlusconi after Wikileaks published diplomatic cables revealing what the US really thought of Italy’s former prime minister, Hillary Clinton has written in her memoir.
There might be no fan park in Paris to watch the action at this year's World Cup but the French capital is clearly not short of great venues to catch the football. If you are fan of England, Australia, the United States or even France, here's ten great options for you.
Spain's MPs have overwhelming approved the abdication of King Juan Carlos, paving the way for his son Prince Felipe to become the country's new head of state.
The Faroe Islands and the EU have reached an agreement that will see the autonomous Danish archipelago agreeing to end "unsustainable" fishing practices in exchange for Brussels lifting an import ban.
An elderly couple have been found dead in a house in Morzg, Salzburg. The bodies of an 89-year-old man and his 69-year-old wife were found on Tuesday afternoon.
An Italian newspaper has claimed that the tomb of Dracula - the brutal Romanian leader linked to the modern vampire novel and films - has been found in the centre of Naples.
A 21-year-old man was charged on Wednesday for 13 sex crimes against children at a day care where he was working as an intern. The man is suspected of both rape and sharing images of the children online.
Germany’s vice-chancellor and economy minister Sigmar Gabriel still wants to massively reduce arms exports to controversial countries, despite a report showing the government approved the highest amount of weapons deals for ten years in 2013.
The governing parties of Sweden proposed on Wednesday to spend 88 million kronor ($13.2 million) per year on a better job programme for immigrants.
A recent poll shows that while most Austrians feel ambivalent about the EU, the majority is against leaving the Union.
Spain's Catalonia region on Tuesday announced plans to fine drivers who use the taxi app Uber as much as €6,000 ($8,000), but the company told The Local they believe there is space for everyone to operate together.
An Italian man from Rome is suing two doctors after he was left with an erection that lasted “36-hours at a time, for more than a month”.
An estimated 500,000 Iraqis fled their homes in Mosul, fearing increased violence after jihadist militants took control of Iraq's second largest city, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration said on Wednesday.
Austrian President Heinz Fischer's planned trip to Iran is starting to take shape. Even though there is no fixed date yet, the preparations were in "full swing", Iranian circles told the APA press agency on Tuesday.
Three quarters of high school (AHS) directors are in favour of introducing Turkish as a Matura exam subject, as well as a Turkish teaching diploma at Austrian universities.
Germany’s former president, Christian Wulff, has blamed the judiciary and the media for his downfall in a book published on Tuesday about the scandal which led to his resignation. He claimed he should still be president today.
The phenomenon of "presenteeism", where unmotivated employees turn up for work, has a negative impact in countries around the world. But in France, where the cost is estimated at up to €25 billion, the particular working culture appears to make matters worse.
Spanish police said on Tuesday they found five snakes, two lizards and thousands of insects alive and hidden inside two suitcases that arrived on the holiday island of Gran Canaria on a flight from Madrid.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has spoken out against the bombing earlier this week of the Democratic Party (PD) headquarters in Florence, describing the attack as "a serious act of intimidation".
France's opposition UMP on Tuesday put a trio of former prime ministers in charge as it sought to move on from a campaign funding scandal linked to former president Nicolas Sarkozy's last re-election bid.
The Local's Oliver Gee wonders why Swedish people insist on replying to foreigners in English when we have tried to start a conversation in Swedish.
Prosecutors on Wednesday arrested a former employee of the Japanese unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis for allegedly manipulating research data to exaggerate the benefits of a popular blood-pressure drug.
The Geneva branch of HSBC Private Bank is suspected of helping almost 3,000 French citizens to defraud France’s tax department of more than €4 billion, according to a newspaper report.
The government is set to adopt a special law for the nationalized Hypo Alpe Adria bank - and Standard & Poor's has put seven Austrian banks on CreditWatch negative over concerns about the legislation.
Spain's major parties on Wednesday defended the role of the monarchy in Spain on Wednesday morning during a lively debate in the lead-up to a vote which will approve the abdication of King Juan Carlos.
Norway could introduce a national ban on begging next year after the country's ruling right-wing coalition struck a deal giving it majority support for the measure.
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday accused Italy of abandoning hundreds of refugees in car parks on the outskirts of Rome and Milan, leaving them without shoes, food or money.
For the second time in five weeks, divers have found a stolen vehicle sitting at the bottom of a lake.
A 30-year-old man was shot in the early hours of Wednesday morning in southern Stockholm, with police launching an investigation into attempted murder.
Mass murderer Mattias Flink is set to walk free on Wednesday exactly 20 years after he was sentenced for killing seven people.
Norway's industry minister has defended the country's majority state-owned telecoms company Telenor for blocking access to Facebook in Thailand on the orders of the country's new military junta.
Travel delays continued for a second day on Wednesday as fallen branches obstructed major railway routes in Germany following violent storms.
Australian health care provider Ramway has become France's largest private hospital operator after announcing on Wednesday that it had taken control of Générale de Santé.
Spanish MPs are set on Wednesday to rubber stamp the abdication of King Juan Carlos, amid noisy protests calling for a republic, paving the way for his son Felipe to assume the scandal-hit monarchy.
Taxi drivers in several European capitals, including Rome, will protest Wednesday against what they see as unfair and illegal competition from app-using car services such as Uber which have shaken up the taxi industry.
An eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old sister have been abducted by two masked men on their way home from school in Kongsvinger, on Norway's border with Sweden.
As Italy prepares for its first World Cup game against England in Brazil this Saturday, The Local has put together a video list of the team’s golden moments in the tournament’s history.
A group of journalists have set up a website inviting people to blow the whistle on shady goings-on at Milan Expo 2015 in the wake of a corruption scandal.
German carmakers are the country's most valuable brands, according to a study released on Monday. Mercedes came in first place, with BMW, Volkswagen and Audi in the top ten as well. But who made up the rest of the top 50?
Iran's oil output could reach 4.0 million barrels per day (bpd) in "less than three months" if Western sanctions are lifted over its nuclear energy programme, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Tuesday in Vienna.