Heavy rain hit the canton of Fribourg, causing flooding in numerous communities on Monday afternoon, a day after hailstorms struck several regions of Switzerland.
The number of entrants in a competition to change Switzerland's national anthem has risen to more than 200, organizers who want to bin the less than rousing current version said on Monday.
A 16-year-old youth lost his life and an 81-year-old was severely injured in separate tree logging accidents in the canton of Graubünden on Monday.
Experts tasked with probing one of France's worst train accidents said it was only a question of time before disaster struck. Investigators found "a state of disrepair never seen before" on the rail network.
We take a final look at the 2014 Roskilde Festival and present our choices for the best concerts and the best photos snapped along the way.
Photographer Bobby Anwar picks his ten best photos from the 2014 Roskilde Festival.
Six police officers were injured at a demonstration in Berlin on Saturday afternoon when the brutal arrest of a man sparked a wave of violence.
The Galician town of Sabucedo played host to its dramatic Rapa das Bestas, or Shearing of the Beasts, festival on Saturday. Here The Local brings you the very best images of the event.
The famed Lipizzaner mares and foals of Vienna’s Spanish Riding School are being let out to graze and roam the grass of the city’s central Burggarten park.
Migrants in Spain could soon benefit from a European Union-backed program aimed at helping migrants by bringing helpful information to their fingertips via technology.
As reported in the Austrian magazine Trend, the Austrian accountability office has sent auditors to London in order to check gold reserves held by the Bank of England on behalf of Austria.
Thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society, a team of divers will be investigating the wreckage of Sweden's 16th century flagship - the 'alter ego' of mad King Erik XIV.
German cyclist Marcel Kittel blasted away the competition during an intense sprint into London for stage three of the Tour de France. It was Kittel's second stage win out of the three fought on British soil.
Another day and another legal probe for Nicolas Sarkozy to chew over. On Monday it emerged that the former president is the subject of a fresh legal investigation into the financing of his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.
Beijing, Oslo and Almaty will contest the race to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Monday.
The Swedish superstar has failed to sell his giant house in Malmö after more than a year on the market, with no one willing to pay the 30 million kronor ($4.3m) plus price mooted.
Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini kicked off Italy's EU presidency by travelling to Ukraine on Monday, where she hopes to broker a ceasefire between the country's army and pro-Russian forces.
A former Ukrainian police chief goes on trial on Wednesday in Vienna for attempted murder, after he allegedly ordered a Georgian assassin to kill his former business partner in Austria.
UPDATE: France has tracked down the IP (internet protocol) address of the computer used by the alleged thief of Michael Schumacher's medical records, prosecutors said on Monday, locating it in a Zurich-based helicopter firm that reportedly was to have transported the Formula One champion.
Two European engineers kidnapped in Libya at the weekend have been freed, while Rome is working for the release of their Italian colleague, officials said on Monday.
There is no rest from the labour of parenting - not even on the seventh day. Two parents in southern Germany spared the rod but did not quite spoil their child when they abandoned their 11-year-old in a car park so they could go to church.
A new smartphone app called Maseltov, which is partly funded by the European Commission, is being developed with the aim of helping migrants find their way in a new culture - and will be trialled with Turkish migrants in Austria.
Chancellor Werner Faymann (Social Democrats/SPÖ) refuses to accept Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger's (People's Party/ÖVP) warnings about a deficit of hundreds of millions of euros in the budget.
One of Germany’s oldest planes crashed in a field on Sunday evening, severely injuring the pilot and passenger.
An illegal Bitcoin trading network worth €200,000 was busted by French police, authorities revealed on Monday. It's the first time an illegal trading ring of the virtual money has been broken up in Europe, police chiefs in France claimed.
Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera announced on Monday the company would purchase operator Tele2's Norwegian division for 4.6 billion kroner ($743.92 million).
Spain's national ABC newpaper has been mocked after it used a fake 'historical' front page from the satirical US website The Onion to illustrate a recent feature on the beginnings of World War 1.
Spain's Civil Guard on Monday said it had arrested four suspected drug traffickers who were using Catalonia as a base to try and sell Russian-made surface-to-air missiles to paramilitary and criminal organisations.
The International Olympic Committee has given the go-ahead for Oslo to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Roma on Monday welcomed former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole before his proposed move to the Serie A runners-up.
Days after FC Midtjylland was bought by a British tycoon, one of its star players is shipped off to France.
As Washington state begins retails sales of cannabis, The Local sat down with Denmark's very own cannabis crusader, Khodr 'Cutter' Mehri, to get his thoughts on when Denmark will follow suit.
Japan striker Yoichiro Kakitani is set to join Swiss champions FC Basel, his Japanese club Cerezo Osaka said on Monday.
Germany's relations with the United States reeled further on Monday over new spying allegations, with commentators demanding a tough response to the reported US purchase of classified documents from a German double-agent.
Austrian banks have spent €44 billion (US$60 billion) to cover bad loans since the world-wide financial crisis erupted in 2008, according to an announcement by Austria's national bank on Monday.
Ever wondered what it would be like to cycle from the UK to France through the Channel Tunnel? Take a look at this video of Tour de France winner Chris Froome becoming the first cyclist to do just that.
A walkabout elk wandered into a family house in southern Sweden, but after making itself at home the animal had to be put down due to grisly injuries sustained during the break-in.
Police are hunting for clues at a dog farm in Selbu, South Trøndelag after a two-year-old girl died from multiple dog bites at the weekend.
As tourists flock to Tivoli and the Little Mermaid, a band of organised criminals follows and attempts to either trick, or outright steal, money and valuables from Copenhagen's guests.
JobTalk this week looks out of the classroom window and up from the translator’s desk at some of the best jobs for expats in Germany.
A row has erupted in southern Italy after a religious procession was allegedly used to honour a local mafia boss, whose clan fed a man alive to pigs, by pausing with a Madonna statue outside his home.
Spain’s airport management firm Aena has said it will open an investigation into a runway incident captured on camera at the Barcelona-El Prat airport by a plane spotter on Saturday.
Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday that the suicides of clerical sex abuse victims weigh on his conscience as he thanked victims for shining a light on the "terrible darkness" at the heart of the Catholic Church.
The second speaker in parliament Karlheinz Kopf of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) defended the planned law on the Hypo Alpe Adria Bank on Monday in an interview with state broadcaster ORF radio.
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt presented his plan on Monday to charge drivers on all German roads. Critics claim the project, promised to be cost-free for German drivers, discriminates against foreigners and violates European law.
For Madrid dwellers who enjoy gazing out of the underground train window into the darkness outside, or sneaking a sly look at a fellow passenger, a change is at hand after managers decided to install hi-tech advertising systems.
Plans to try out a six-hour workday in Gothenburg were put on hold on Monday, with the city saying the experiment may not start until next year.
As part of a plan to fight the notorious French addiction to cigarettes, a park in Paris will soon be off limits to smokers. If the trial proves popular it could pave the way for smoking to be banned in all public parks, which is the wish of the government.
More than 2,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy this weekend, authorities said on Monday, including a woman in labour.
Lexbase, a controversial site which lets Swedes view their neighbour's criminal records, revealed on Monday that information on less-than-perfect doctors and dentists will soon be available.
Top officials from Ukraine, Russia and the European security body OSCE have called for urgent efforts to reach a peace settlement in Ukraine amid continued violence in the east of the country.
While Austria is widely considered to be an excellent place to live, it is not a large, or particularly well-known country for those living outside Europe.
Keen fisherman Liam Mårskon bit off more than he could chew when he reeled in an eight kilo pike, only to discover that it had a half-eaten sausage complete with packaging in its belly.
The government of Spain's Catalonia region has fined the popular holiday apartment rental site Airbnb €30,000 ($40,000) for what it describes as a "serious" breach of local tourism laws.
Unemployment in Switzerland fell below three percent in June for the first time in a year, according to government figures released on Monday.
The Italian government is calling on 100,000 young adults, including foreigners living in Italy, to apply for a training programme as part of plans to revamp Italy’s NGO sector and tackle chronic youth unemployment.
Three people died on Sunday in two separate hiking accidents in northern Italy, Italian media reported.
A 22-year-old Danish man faces charges of sexually abusing small children at an upscale international preschool in New York. His lawyer calls his treatment 'a miscarriage of justice' and the Consulate General of Denmark has launched an investigation.
The Austrian Canadian industrialist Frank Stronach intends to campaign for the regional election in Styria which will take place in 2015, he told the daily Kurier newspaper on Monday.
A giant nose, created by the same Austrian art collective which brought you the only rabbit you can see from space, has really got up the nose of a right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) politician.
The 2014 Tour de France moves on to stage three on Monday with riders to race 155km from Cambridge to London. It's set up for an exciting sprint finish on the famous Mall. Watch a video of the preview of the final stage in the UK before the peleton heads to France.
The Stockholm-set comedy 'Welcome to Sweden' will premiere this week across the Atlantic, and critics Stateside haven't held back in their critique of the show.
"There has never been an explanation," said 91-year-old Matilda Von Dardel, sadly, glancing down at a pile of her most recent letters and email exchanges with Moscow.
Spanish free Wi-Fi provider Let's Gowex revealed Sunday its accounts have been falsified for at least four years and said it is filing for bankruptcy protection.
France is "paralyzed" and needs urgent reforms to set it back "in motion", Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday on the eve of a job creation summit, that threatens to be overshadowed by a row between unions and the government.
Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera announced on Monday the company would purchase operator Tele2's Norwegian division for 5.1 billion kronor.
A battery from a model airplane is believed to have triggered a large fire in a barn in Obertrum (Salzburg province). Around 50 cows died in the blaze.
A beer bike ran over a three-year-old girl in central Germany on Saturday night, sparking a mass brawl with 60 people.
The first bull run of the 2014 edition of Pamplona's famous San Fermín festival concluded on Monday with one person being gored by a bull and three others receiving fractures.
The leader of the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) says that a burqa ban as proposed by his party isn't enough, and that he'd like to ban the chador as well, according to a report in the news daily Heute.
A woman in northern Stockholm was raped on Sunday evening by a masked and armed man hiding in the building's laundry room.
100,000 tickets sold. 31,000 volunteers. 166 concerts. 18.6 million kroner in profit. One giant party. The 2014 Roskilde Festival has drawn to a close.
Italian border police prevented a van from crossing the border from Austria after suspicions were raised that it was carrying migrants travelling illegally.
Emergency services had a busy night in south-western Germany when storms and heavy rain ripped up trees and flooded streets.
Fighting between African migrants in Morocco near the Spanish enclave of Melilla left at least 20 people injured on Sunday, local authorities said.
A controversial plan to slap a five-fold increase on hotel tax in France is set to be ditched, according to reports, after the government expressed its opposition to the rise.
UPDATE: China and Germany signed a string of trade and investment deals on Monday during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel, including two new Volkswagen factories and the sale of 123 Airbus helicopters.
A 38-year-old man in southern Sweden was assaulted on Sunday night after hanging an Israeli flag from his window, with police suspecting it is a hate crime.
UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that allegations of spying by a suspected US double agent are serious, after ministers in her government called for a swift response from Washington.