Norway's only Tour de France entry, Alexander Kristoff, won the latest leg of the Tour de France after a sprint finish on Thursday.
Alitalia has rerouted its aircraft to avoid flying over eastern Ukraine after a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed near the town of Shaktarsk on Thursday, killing all 295 people on board.
A northern county on Thursday began proceedings to sue a Norwegian government sub-contractor for destroying a 1,000-year-old ancient stone during a roadside project in Nordland.
A Swedish court has ruled that e-cigs should be treated as a pharmaceutical product subject to approval and thus illegal for sale in grocery and convenience stores.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will travel on Friday to Egypt and Israel for talks aimed at bringing the deadly conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians to an end, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.
UPDATE: The CIA station chief in Germany left the country on Thursday after Berlin's shock decision last week to demand his expulsion, the US and German governments said.
The British government summoned the Spanish ambassador to the Foreign Office in London on Thursday over the actions of a Spanish naval vessel near Gibraltar.
France’s lifetime ban on gay men donating blood is facing a serious legal challenge after an influential judge in Europe’s top court found the prohibition amounts to discrimination.
Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff won stage 12 of the Tour de France on Thursday after an exciting finish to the 185.5km ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint Etienne (see video).
Lionel Messi may have just been named the most valuable player at the World Cup in Brazil but that is unlikely to soften the blow of having to pay Spain's largest tax bill — a whopping €53 million ($71 million).
With US reality show stars shedding their clothes in droves, Swedish broadcasters have indicated that they are open to trying the same thing in Sweden.
The company organizing Spain's world famous Tomatina festival has been pelted with claims of corruption by the town's opposition party, accusing them of reaping massive ticket profits illegally.
A deadly start to the climbing season on Europe’s tallest peak, Mont Blanc, has prompted renewed calls to impose restrictions on scaling the mountain that attracts up to 30,000 climbing parties each year and has the reputation of being one of the world's deadliest summits.
Every Thursday lunchtime for the past several months, a small but determined group of Ukrainians has been gathering outside the head office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at Vienna's Hofburg.
A Swedish court on Wednesday upheld an arrest warrant for Julian Assange, a decision which has generated debate worldwide. The Local has asked local Swedes for their reaction to the legal impasse.
There could scarcely be another contender for The Local’s German of the Week after national coach Joachim Löw hit the footballing jackpot in Brazil on Sunday, guiding Germany to its fourth World Cup title. But the 54-year-old's career has seen its share of bumps too.
Grammy award-winning American blues legend Johnny Winter has died aged 70 in a hotel room near Zurich, Swiss police said on Thursday, confirming a statement on his official Facebook page.
Swedish bank Nordea on Thursday posted falling profits in the second quarter while competitor Handelsbanken announced growing figures for the same period.
The Austrian computer pioneer Heinz Zemanek, known for designing Europe's first computer, has died aged 94 in Vienna.
Quirky tributes poured in for Chancellor Angela Merkel as she celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday, along with some advice from her former mentor, elder statesman Helmut Kohl.
American auction site eBay and French luxury goods maker LVMH have struck an agreement that ends a years-long court battle over the online sales of knockoff products. However, the details of the deal are sparse for the moment.
The home of Denmark's national team and FC Copenhagen will now bear the name of the Swedish telecommunications company Telia.
A group of domino enthusiasts has attempted to set a new world record by creating a chain of more than 8,500 packs of Mannerschnitten wafers in Vienna’s City Hall.
Italy reacted with disbelief on Thursday to charges that Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini would be too pro-Russian as the European Union's next foreign policy chief because of Italy's economic ties with Moscow.
An overwhelming majority of Berliners believe the law should be changed to allow foreigners to vote in city referendums.
Shares in Italian auto giant Fiat jumped by 1.91 percent to €7.745 in Milan on Thursday on a German magazine report of a possible takeover by Volkswagen that Fiat denied.
British tourists in the infamous party resort of Magaluf in Majorca have destroyed the apartment block where they were staying when a prank involving an aerosol and a lighter went horribly wrong.
The defence lawyer for mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik blasted his prison sentence as an "inhumane experiment" on Thursday.
The Higher Regional Court in Innsbruck has lifted the sentence against a former top candidate for the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Tyrol.
Rome prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for four protesters, believed to have taken part in a violent march in April in which dozens of people were injured.
Austria’s High Court is set to decide whether two parents in a same-sex relationship should both receive child support payments.
The number of Danes undergoing cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance increased by 30 percent in just one year and the numbers are likely to keep growing.
New allegations have emerged linking Swedish-Finnish telecom firm Telia Sonera with the family of Azeri dictator Ilham Aliyev, a claim to which the company's CEO has admitted knowing nothing.
Rankings have just been released that show where in France, residents are most likely to be burgled. And it's bad news for anyone living in the south of the country. Find out if you stand more of chance of being broken into where you live.
Dog owners in the Catalan capital will soon need a licence to let their pets off the leash if they don't want to cough up €600 ($800) in fines.
A group representing Nazi concentration camp victims has criticized a decision to close Austria’s Mauthausen memorial site on Mondays for most of the year.
Two British expats in Germany hope to claim the title of having the world’s oldest cat following the death of the previous holder, 24-year-old Poppy. They believe their pet has one important advantage over other contenders.
Police in Madrid have arrested William Thomas Robert Paterson, wanted over the murder of a gangland enforcer in a car park in Scotland.
Beppe Grillo has clinched a meeting today for his Five Star Movement (M5S) with the prime minister's Democratic Party (PD), to negotiate a new electoral law.
Stealing bicycles is big business in Germany, with more than 300,000 vanishing last year. But police are still plodding way behind the thieves with dismally low detection rates, and one top officer has blamed cyclists.
Italian police on Thursday arrested three men suspected of extorting a production company shooting scenes for a television drama about the mafia in a mobster's villa.
While autopsies relieved fears of a new outbreak of a deadly seal plague, otters are reportedly making a comeback on Zealand.
A priest in northern Italy has been arrested for allegedly dealing cocaine, after police raided a drug-fuelled party in Milan, Italian media reported on Wednesday.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio will next week become an honorary citizen of Grassano, a town in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.
Organizers of the 67th annual Locarno Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled the programme for this year’s event, set to roll in the canton of Ticino city next month.
After successfully opening an Ikea store in the centre of Hamburg, the furniture giant has decided to consider its new urban concept for its home market of Sweden.
Biodegradable toilet roll tubes that can be thrown down the bowl once finished seemed like revolutionary invention that would cut down on waste as well as domestic disputes, but authorities in Paris have become suspicious.
Named 'businessman of the year', José Mestre headed Barcelona's biggest port container operator before being charged with smuggling 186 kilos (410lb) of cocaine. The Local looks at his fall from grace and takes a sneak peek at his impressive mansion, Barcelona's most expensive.
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has appealed to the state prosecutor after receiving dozens of anti-Semitic comments on his Facebook page last Wednesday following a post where he called for peace in the Middle East.
UPDATE: A former rising star of German politics was charged on Thursday for allegedly possessing indecent images of children.
The city of Salzburg has refused to renew a licence for a silent disco clubbing event in the Volksgarten after complaints that it was “too loud and wild”.
Germany World Cup winner Toni Kroos on Thursday agreed a deal to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich on a six-year deal, the Spanish giants announced.
The head of a Spanish far-right group appeared in court on Wednesday over statements he made justifying a blood bath in Catalonia if the Spanish national government failed to quash an independence movement in the region.
A new report into tourist accommodation in France has raised doubts about the legality of the popular accommodation rental site Airbnb. It comes after one Frenchman was fined €2,000 for illegally subletting his apartment on the site.
UPDATE: German World Cup star Toni Kroos has signed for Real Madrid from Bayern Munich for a reported fee of €30 million, the clubs announced on Thursday morning. Germany, meanwhile, have returned to the top of Fifa's World rankings for the first time in almost 20 years.
A demonstration in central Stockholm on Wednesday evening calling for peace in Gaza ended with angry scenes outside the Israeli embassy.
Mogens Lykketoft and other prominent Danish politicians joined hundreds of demonstrators in calling for an end to Israel's attacks on Gaza.
In a sensational find for Austrian archaeologists, aerial photographs taken two years ago on the southern outskirts of the Burgenland town of Rechnitz have revealed the existence of circular trenches dating back to the Neolithic Period.
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis says its net profits for the first half of 2013 shot up by 13 percent from the same period a year earlier as it stuck by its forecast of continued sales growth across the year.
The bank released strong quarterly results on Thursday but its overall savings plan is likely to eliminate Danish jobs.
Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos will have to wait to find out if he is to become head of the Eurogroup of EU finance ministers after the European Council was unable to reach a decision on key roles on Wednesday.
Millions of workers in Germany saw a real increase in pay in the first half of the year, with wages negotiated through collective bargaining agreements recording their highest rise for 15 years.
After weeks of grey skies, downpours and even hail storms, France will be bathed in sun on Thursday, with the mercury set to rise towards the 40°C mark in parts of the south west.
It's been a tough week for Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini. As she visited the Middle East in a bid to broker peace between Israel and Palestine, critics in Europe tried to derail her from becoming EU foreign policy chief. The Local finds out a little more about the 41-year-old.
Gunmen on motorcycles kidnapped a German national on Wednesday in north-east Nigeria, police said, in the latest assault in the region repeatedly assailed by Boko Haram.
In the mid-00s Trojan horse virus programmes were found on two computers belonging to the Swedish foreign office with links to a company in Beijing, according to a report on Thursday.
Forecasters are anticipating a heatwave in Germany with temperatures of up to 36C coming to some parts of the country by the end of this week.
Australia's attorney-general prompted an angry response from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday after he said he should be "man enough" to face Swedish sexual assault allegations.
A carer in Sicily is believed to have buried an elderly man in her care, after he died at home, in order to continue claiming his pension.
Norway's foreign minister Borg Brende had to take cover in an underground shelter after missiles struck nearby during his visit to Israel on Wednesday.
Fruit lovers are in for a shock after it was revealed over 80 percent of Norwegian berries contain pesticides, says a report.