Les Bleus put five goals past Switzerland in a one-sided group E clash in Salvador on Friday to almost ensure their place in the knock-out stages of the World Cup. The Swiss pulled back two consolation goals late on.
France thrashed Switzerland 5-2 on Friday in a World Cup football match in Salvador, Brazil the Swiss will want to quickly forget.
Confidence reaches the highest levels since June 2007 and unemployment numbers are at the lowest point in five years – is Denmark out of the crisis?
Felipe VI's absolute legal immunity as king of Spain means only he can legally file for divorce if the royal couple’s marriage is on the rocks.
UPDATE: Ex-German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is being treated for leukaemia at a clinic in Cologne. The shock diagnosis came after he sought treatment for a minor sports injury.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will seek to exploit disagreement within a deeply divided EU over a Kremlin-backed gas pipeline as he looks to seal Vienna's support for the project during a visit to Austria next week.
Feisty septuagenarian, Ute Bock, is regarded as somewhat of a legend in Austria for her tireless work to help struggling refugees.
As of July 1, property owners will no longer be able to shoot their neighbours' pets, all thanks to a Lab named Balder.
A 21-year-old man was sentenced to three and a half years in custody after being found guilty of drug dealing on Friday in a court in Feldkirch.
France's annual live music bonanza will be quieter than normal in Paris this year with 50 venues planning to boycott the event as part of a protest against a crackdown on late night revelry by the capital's noise police.
After a heated debate, Berlin's state parliament has voted not to rid Weimar-era German President Paul von Hindenburg of his honorary citizenship, dismissing claims that he enabled the rise of his successor Adolf Hitler.
Bavaria's population is growing, a new study shows. By 2032 the southern German state will swell by a further 350,000 inhabitants - but not because more babies are being born.
A man who opposes the expansion of a neighbouring car dealership is driving a hard bargain: he is demanding a new Mercedes in exchange for dropping his objections.
José Tomás, one of Spain's most famous matadors, was gored after turning his back on what he thouht was a vanquished animal during a bullfight on Thursday in Granada, Spain.
A 71-year-old Frenchwoman is to undergo psychiatric testing after killing her husband and cooking his heart, nose and genitals.
A new plan to boost tourism will allow for commercial development on protected shores. Free wifi in cities and exploiting the popularity of Hans Christian Andersen are also among the highlights.
A Viennese organisation which assists refugees to find work and shelter has registered a dramatic rise in the number of homeless asylum seekers in recent weeks.
Two people have been put under house arrest over accusations that they physically and mentally tormented dementia sufferers at a Milan care home.
Unions representing staff at Paris department stores, including Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, have blasted plans to open stores on Sundays insisting there would be no economic benefit. They called on shop staff to strike on June 24th.
Italian police have seized thousands of wheels of Parmesan, after milk used to produce the cheese was found to be contaminated.
A 75-year-old woman has died after thieves who were being chased by the owner of a vehicle they had just torn apart, threw pieces of metal onto the Madrid motorway she was driving on.
Spain's trade union confederation CCOO has claimed that 40 percent of those employed in the southern region of Andalucia by Santander, Europe's largest bank, take antidepressant medication as a result of pressure at work.
Fear of the dentist can make people do strange things to avoid having their teeth checked including inventing a story that you have been kidnapped, as one boy in France did recently. Police spent a month investigating his tale.
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz says that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was disrespectful of Austria by campaigning for the Turkish elections during his visit to Vienna.
A 14-year-old deaf French boy is in a coma after being struck by lightning at Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy on Thursday. According to reports he had not heard a warning to close his umbrella.
In protest against surveillance laws, a group of activists released the social security numbers of 91 politicians. Now one of the hackers faces numerous police charges.
After suffering from a fever this week, Swiss world number three tennis player Stan Wawrinka is back on the practice courts in readiness for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.
You need to understand three key words to communicate properly with northern Germans, according to Australian writer Liv Hambrett who has fallen for one of them. She takes us on a linguistic tour.
How long is too long to wait for your asylum claim to be processed? With Friday being World Refugee Day, The Local looks into the plight of one man who has been waiting for 18 years.
The Pope has refused to meet with migrants living in one of his favourite churches in Rome, in case it is seen "as a political gesture".
Swedish language teacher Ebba Åkerman, also known as the "Minister of Dinners", explains how she managed to bring immigrants and Swedes together at dinner tables across Stockholm.
Silvio Berlusconi's appeal trial against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute opened on Friday without the former premier, who was doing community service for a separate tax fraud conviction.
Supporters and opponents of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan clashed yesterday afternoon resulting in fourteen arrests.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage's decision to admit the Sweden Democrats (SD) into its European parliament group helps to give the party with fascist roots greater credibility and acceptance, according to a Swedish expert.
A 14-year-old deaf French boy is in a coma after being struck by lightning at southern Italy’s Mount Vesuvius on Thursday.
Les Bleus face their first stern test at the World Cup when they take on Switzerland in Salvador on Friday. The upbeat mood of the nation is a far cry from this day four years ago, when at the last World Cup, the French national team went on strike.
Some 60 cases of genital mutilation have been discovered in Norrköping in eastern Sweden since March with all 30 girls in one school class found to have undergone the procedure.
Chancellor Werner Faymann started a trip through the ex-Yugoslavian countries in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday.
Spain's ruling party is rushing to shield the country's former King Don Juan Carlos from any possible scandal with a legal reform presented in Parliament on Friday, just one day after he stepped down from the throne and lost his absolute royal immunity.
Spanish students sitting English tests to gain a high-grade baccalaureate qualification were ordered this week to answer the question "How would you convince a friend not to vote for [political party] Podemos?", leading to official complaints from teaching unions.
Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger (ÖVP) sees no need for explanation to his counterparts in the EU about the planned investor's 'haircut' at Hypo Alpe Adria Bank.
Star striker Mario Balotelli has said that he wants a kiss from the British Queen, if Italy help England stay in the World Cup by beating Costa Rica tonight.
A woman in western Germany got a shock when she returned to her locked car and found a strange dog staring back at her from the back seat. The mysterious incident was the result of a series of unlikely coincidences.
Ahead of Switzerland’s crucial clash against France in the FIFA World Cup tonight, Swiss police have warned they will fine car drivers who obscure indicators on rear-view mirrors with decorative World Cup flags.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday said he had "faith" in the financial police, despite the force being hit by a corruption scandal earlier this month.
Temperatures are set to plunge in many parts of Sweden on Friday as Swedes gather for Midsummer festivities, according to the latest weather forecast.
Only Iceland is ranked higher in the 2014 Global Peace Index.
Okay, we love Midsummer. But one must admit... there are a few things that get on an expat's nerves. We asked, you answered.
One of former Norway PM Jens Stoltenberg's most important task as Nato's new head will be to turn around the tumbling defence budgets of the alliance's members, outgoing chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has warned.
A self-portrait by American pop artist Andy Warhol sold for $35 million on Wednesday at Art Basel, the world’s largest contemporary art fair, as naked Swiss performance artist Milo Moiré is denied entry.
It's probably the last thing that beleaguered travellers in France want to hear, but flights in France could be severely disrupted next week after air traffic controllers called for a six-day strike.
The Norwegian krone crashed 2.3 percent against the euro on Thursday, after the country's central bank revised down its economic forecast on expectations of a downturn in the country's oil sector.
The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people in Spain to evolve facial traits more quickly than others, a study said on Thursday.
Germany may be forced to reshuffle their back-four for Saturday's World Cup clash against Ghana as Mats Hummels struggles to recover from a thigh injury.
UPDATE: Injured cave explorer Johann Westhauser has been moved to a clinic in Murnau in Upper Bavaria following his dramatic rescue that ended his 11-day ordeal in caverns deep in the Bavarian Alps.
The battle for French engineering giant Alstom neared the finish line on Friday with rivals General Electric and Siemens, Mitsubishi both sweetening their offers in a bid to convince the President François Hollande and the government.
Mafia proceeds amount to 1.7 percent of Italy’s GDP, the country's justice minister said on Thursday.
Two men have been charged in connection with the brutal knife attack on the imam of Oslo's largest mosque, Norway police announced on Thursday evening.
A French rail strike that has caused travel havoc across the country continued on Friday but reports suggested most strikers had returned to work and services were getting back to normal, although there was still disruption in certain parts of the country.
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Germany's finance minister called on Thursday for an investment boost to help spur economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.
Fancy owning your own Viking ship capable of carrying an 80-strong landing party to ravage the destination of your choice? The craftsmen at The Viking Ship Museum are now selling replicas of Norway's Gokstad ship for a mere €160,000.
Freelance photographer Daniel Rye Ottosen travelled to Syria to document the ongoing conflict and was captured by ISIL forces.
Norway's government on Thursday announced plans to sell off a 47 billion Norwegian kroner ($7.8 billion) tranche of shares in mobile phone giant Telenor and the industrial conglomerate Kongsberg Gruppen.
Cesare Prandelli said Italy will not use the heat and humidity of Recife as an excuse if they slip up against Costa Rica in their Group D match on Friday.
The body of a porn star was recovered by police from Italy's Lake Garda on Thursday, four months after she went missing.
Danish People's Party's ECR group may become the third largest in Brussels following the joining of Belgium's Flemish N-VA.