Brazil's World Cup dream was smashed into oblivion as majestic Germany ran riot to win an extraordinary semi-final 7:1 and send the South American hosts crashing to their worst ever defeat in their 100-year footballing history on Tuesday.
Switzerland is to ban imports of live pigs and pork from several EU countries in a bid to stop an African swine fever outbreak from reaching the country.
Swiss helicopter company Rega on Tuesday denied that any of its staff had been involved in leaking a medical file on injured Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and filed a lawsuit over the theft.
The Local columnist Michael Booth is taking part in a TV series examining foreigners' opinions on Denmark. If history is any judge, it won't be pretty.
Young Spanish conductor Antonio Mendez will for the first time conduct the orchestra on Saturday at the open air stage of the Wolkenturm in Grafenegg in Lower Austria.
With the celebration Tuesday of his tenth year in office, The Local's Austrian of the Week is President Heinz Fischer. He was honoured for the occasion with a ceremony in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna.
Germany's Marcel Kittel sprinted home to win stage four of the Tour de France on Tuesday and in doing so the giant German picked up his third stage win of the 2014 so far. Chris Froome had crashed earlier in the race.
A 23-year-old man from Nottingham was taken to hospital in a serious condition after Tuesday’s second running of the bulls, part of the weeklong San Fermín festival in the Navarre capital.
Pier Silvio Berlusconi, the elder son of Italy’s former prime minister, has been cleared of tax fraud allegations at the family’s Mediaset empire.
The partial closure of the Channel Tunnel caused havoc in France on Tuesday as migrants crowded round trucks queuing for ferry services, trying to sneak on board in desperate attempts to get to Britain.
The captain of a Russian plane forced to abort a landing at Barcelona’s airport on Saturday has said passenger safety was never threatened, but air traffic controllers have apologized after another craft crossed the runway in front of his aircraft.
A man in Gothenburg grabbed a flier from the Sweden Democrat party and crumpled it up - prompting a campaign worker to run after him and spray him with red paint.
Rosenborg striker and Danish international Nicki Bille Nielsen, 26, has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a night out in Copenhagen earlier this year.
US rapper Azealia Banks faces a fan backlash after she cancelled her latest show at the Hove festival, Tromøya this week.
As chests puff in Germany once again over the behaviour of the US intelligence services, the Tagesspiegel's Malte Lehming argues it's time for Germany to stop complaining and wake up - and tool up - in the cyber age.
The controversial poster of this year's Life Ball, showing a naked transgender man, does not violate the pornography law, according to the Viennese public prosecutor.
UPDATED: Three men were given life sentences on Tuesday for the murder of an Italian waiter in what was described as "an appalling and sickening group attack".
The Spanish secretary of state for tourism has weighed into the controversy over an alleged fellatio contest in a nightclub in the Majorca resort of Magaluf, saying that such activities should not be "criminalized".
All traffic has been stopped on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden due to a car accident. Officials estimate that it will remain closed until 5.00pm.
The Austrian government has officially nominated Johannes Hahn (People's Party/ÖVP) as Austria's member of the EU commission.
As EU ministers met on Tuesday to discuss how to help Italy deal with thousands of boat migrants, the European Commission said the refusal of member states to be flexible on asylum requests was fuelling the crisis.
One in four university students in Vienna are foreigners, according to a new study, which also warns that the Austrian capital risks losing out to other European cities as it does too little to attract international students.
A new Swedish study revealed that children aged 10-11 who play computer games are better at English than their peers, with researchers saying they were "very surprised" at the kids' vocabulary level.
Debris from a missile fight between Israel and Hamas landed on a German cruise ship with 2,700 passengers and crew aboard on Monday night.
A French court hit notorious Norwegian heavy metal musician Kristian Vikernes with a fine and six-month suspended prison sentence for blog postings that allegedly glorified war crimes and promoted discrimination against Jews and Muslims.
The Turin-based giant Juventus FC have recently celebrated their 30th Italian championship and now a young Dane joins the club.
A new method for detecting dangerous skin spots is being used for the first time at Karlskoga Hospital in central Sweden.
UPDATE: German football fans watching their side play Brazil on Tuesday night in the World Cup semi-finals are set to get very wet with storms hitting parts of the country.
Former culture minister Uffe Elbæk has had enough of the 'us versus them' mentality that has defined the Danish immigration debate for years. We should instead be talking about what it means to be a part of a modern and diverse Denmark, the MP argues in this op-ed.
Two children found a bag containing at least 2.5 kilos of marijuana as they dug a hole on a beach in Pescara, Italian media reported.
The Tyrolean branch of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) waded into the debate over 'beggar mischief' in Innsbruck with an unusual approach. They hired a private detective to investigate the activity of the city's beggars, and claimed to have confirmed a few suspicions.
Spain's major political parties are failing to make the grade on transparency, a new report shows. Only three small groups have received full marks for making public all of their lawmakers' activities.
Floods hit Milan on Tuesday after the river Seveso overflowed following heavy rain, forcing part of the metro to shut down and traffic to grind to a halt.
Police in southern Spain have brought in reinforcements to try and stop the lynching of a clan of suspected thieves after angry locals torched homes belonging to the group over the weekend.
Danish international Nicki Bille Nielsen, 26, has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a night out in Copenhagen earlier this year.
Hikers recently found the frozen body of a mountain climber who disappeared on Mont Blanc over 32 years ago. Sadly two other families are just beginning their wait for news after two climbers vanished on the peak this weekend.
Two British tourists were woken up by a naked man in their room late at night in a hotel in Krems on the weekend.
The man who brought the capital to a standstill in June is set to face charges of aggravated criminal threats and false alarms for the incident. The trial date was announced on Tuesday.
The Austrian Automobile Association (ÖAMTC) has warned that those who might be tempted to cycle home after a few glasses of wine on a warm summer evening - whether at home or abroad - could incur hefty fines.
The State Secretary of Finance Jochen Danninger (ÖVP/Austrian People's Party) says his party remains opposed to the introduction of property taxes in Austria.
Italy has been told to step up its efforts to help integrate immigrants, many of whom “are among the working poor”, while children of immigrants must also be better integrated.
Nobody has reached more World Cup finals than Germany and Brazil, the two footballing giants of their respective continents. But their joint history, relations and links go far beyond meeting on the pitch on Tuesday.
The three Tour de France stages in the UK made a lasting impression on those close to the sport back in France. Enthralled two-time race winner Bernard Thévenet tells The Local why the riders might actually be glad to be on French soil and why France needs to produce a homegrown winner.
After operations in Brazil go worse than planned, the Danish company will no longer operate three blocks it purchased there in 2011.
A hospital in Toledo sent a billing letter to an uninsured Nicaraguan woman who dropped dead after spending just four hours in the centre’s emergency care department in May.
The second installment of the bestseller crime series from world-renowned Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen will hit cinemas in October. See the trailer now.
Germany’s plans to start charging foreign drivers on all of the country’s roads, which were unveiled on Monday, are upsetting some its neighbours. Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands are all threatening to react.
US expat Faith George tells The Local about how she mastered the Swedish language, seeing the positives in being made redundant, and how she plans to show Swedes another side of the United States.
A policeman in Milan has been jailed after Facebook photos showed him working as a lifeguard in southern Italy, during one of his three summers on full-pay sick leave.
Pétanque is a game many in France might associate with daytime boozing and elderly men, but some take this quintessential Gallic pastime quite seriously, it seems. In fact one team dropped out of this year’s world championship after reportedly receiving death threats.
While many doubt that the Germans' proposed toll on foreign drivers will pass EU muster, Danish MPs are ready to respond when a toll of their own if the plan succeeds.
"Clap along if you know what happiness is to you," Pharrell Williams sings and the room pulsates with clapping hands and joyous dance moves.
Looking for a house that looks like something from The Secret Garden, with decor reminiscent of The Great Gatsby? Your dreams may just collide in this week's glorious property.
At least 280 scientists are threatening to boycott the Human Brain Project (HBP), a Geneva-based research project budgeted at more than €1 billion, that aims to use supercomputers to simulate the human brain.
Slap on the sunblock - the warm weather is set to continue for a while yet, with temperatures of over 30C to bask down on some parts of the country.
Spain's university graduates leave "a lot to be desired" when it comes to basic skills like reading comprehension and maths knowledge, the head of the OECD warned during a conference in Madrid on Monday.
Spanish police arrested 26 people thought to be members of Italy's Camorra mafia in raids in Madrid on Tuesday.
After months of reform the Vatican bank has opened the door to a "transparent" and "unburdened future", the institution's chief said on Tuesday as he announced a steep fall in profits.
Germany debated retaliatory measures against the United States on Tuesday after reports of an alleged double agent stoked still smouldering public anger over the NSA scandal.
The first chamber of parliament (Nationalrat) is set to pass a law on Tuesday that wipes out some Hypo Alpe Adria creditors, despite guarantees from the nationalised bank's home province of Carinthia.
A man in southern Stockholm was sentenced on Tuesday for torturing a man who renovated his house - because he was dissatisfied with the work.
A man in Stockholm county has been released by a court of appeals from a nine-year prison sentence for attempted murder, after allegations that he threw his wife off their balcony.
The murder of 21-year-old Jonas Thomsen Sekyere led to national headlines and mass grief in November 2012. After an international manhunt, the primary suspect has reportedly been arrested.
A leading German MP being investigated by police for alleged use of crystal meth is said to have used a "tiny amount" of the illegal drug, media reported on Tuesday.
The man who attacked Austria’s openly gay Greens politician Ulrike Lunacek with butyric acid at Vienna’s Rainbow Parade will not be charged.
An 18-year-old from Iceland teen was killed on Monday afternoon while riding on a rollercoaster at Benidorm's Terra Mitica theme park with his father and brother, officials said.
An IT error means that commuters throughout the island are looking at a rough morning. S-tog trains in the Copenhagen area are running as normal, however.
A man in western Sweden faces charges for illegal weapons possession after building a crossbow to protect himself from vampires.
Police discovered a professional scale marijuana plantation in the basement of a detached house in Vienna's Danube City on Sunday.
Driving in France might seem simple, but foreign motorists, especially Anglos can get in plenty of trouble here, thanks in part to the unique or lesser-known rules of la route. We've put together a list of those you need to know to avoid a police fine (or a crash) this summer.
Football giants Inter Milan have brought corporate communications to a new level with a statement in the purplest of prose announcing small changes to the club's logo.
Seven football players from Sudan who went missing more than a month ago have arrived in Östersund and applied for asylum in Sweden.
German exports fell by 1.1 percent in May, but the country's trade surplus widened as imports fell even faster, official data showed on Tuesday.
Fresh numbers from the Association of Danish Mortgage Banks show that the state of the national housing market varies throughout Denmark.
French President François Hollande's hopes of thrashing out a deal to create more jobs were scuppered when two unions said they would boycott an annual jobs summit on Tuesday. The labour groups accused Hollande of siding with employers.
Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue of human rights publicly in China on Tuesday, invoking the fall of the Berlin Wall and telling students their country needed "free dialogue".
Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stéfano, considered one of the greatest footballers ever, died in a Spanish hospital on Monday aged 88, drawing tributes from around the sporting world.
Passengers can expect delays on the both the Eurotunnel and Eurostar services on Tuesday a day after around 400 people had to be evacuated after a power failure caused their train to stop in the tunnel.
Germany coach Joachim Löw has tipped Brazil as favourites when the two sides meet in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final match. But he insists the German team has all the qualities to break through to Sunday's final.
A gang at Florence's central station have been filmed scamming tourists, by offering to "help" them with their luggage and then demanding up to €20.
The attitude some Italians display towards their pet cats and dogs can be disconcerting and upsetting. David Brenner, a British expatriate in Abruzzo, has noticed distinct differences in town and country approaches, and wonders how widespread the situation is.
Many pigs died and many more had to be slaughtered after a barn fire in Skjeberg, Østfold.
British cyclist Mark Cavendish is set to take legal action against Norway's Alexander Kristoff over claims the Brit crashed intentionally during the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.
An inquest investigating the case of an English schoolboy mauled to death by a polar bear during an Arctic Circle trek in Norway, found the organizers used a paper clip to secure trip wire that may have caused the tragedy.