From 1953’s Roman Holiday to The Talented Mr Ripley in 1999, Italy has long held an allure for foreign filmmakers.
The latest draft of a map that would slash the number of France’s regions by 40 percent won approval from lawmakers in the lower house of the French parliament early Friday. It’s part of an effort to streamline the country’s costly and pervasive bureaucracy.
Yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead over the rest of the pack after winning stage 13 of the Tour de France on Friday. The Italian reigned supreme on the first day of riding in the Alps leaving his rivals trailing in his wake.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday spoke out against independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia, siding with the Spanish government's official position that the territorial integrity of Spain must be protected.
The latest trend among internet-savvy Swedish bird-watchers is to kick back in the comfort of their own homes and observe their feathered friends live-streamed via nested webcams.
The City of Light’s famous month-long summer beach festival "Paris Plages" opens on Saturday and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We've scoured the programme and found the top ten activities that'll make you want to head down to the water.
Italy has been warned that EU funding to preserve the ancient ruins of Pompeii will be lost by the end of 2015 unless work on the restoration project is accelerated.
Fed up with the recent heatwave? There's good news coming your way as temperatures will fall as much as 10 degrees in some parts of Spain in coming days.
After a month in Vienna one thing in particular stands out for American journalism student Gretchen Henderson, as she writes for The Local.
Germany captain Philipp Lahm, who announced his retirement from international football on Friday, is one of the greatest players of his generation.
Italians tried to con the EU out of €68.5 million worth of funds last year - by far the highest figure out of all European countries - new statistics show.
The Palestinians have asked France to push the leaders of Hamas to broker a truce with Israel in hopes of ending the blood shed brought on an Israel bombing campaign and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
As the foreign ministry says no Danes were among the victims, Helle Thorning-Schmidt says the international community must reach agreement on how to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson reported a leap in net profits for the second quarter 2014 on Friday, beating analyst expectations.
Spaniards spend an incredible 8 hours and 48 minutes a day using devices outside work, making them the most tech addicted people in Europe, a new study has found.
Swedish defence and security group Saab posted a substantial growth in profit on Friday on the back of an aggressive programme of cost-cutting.
More than 7,400 migrants have been arrested in the French Channel port of Calais for trying to illegally cross the Channel into Britain in the first half of 2014, more than double the figure a year ago, officials said on Friday.
A 28-year-old Carinthian man triggered alarm at Klagenfurt airport on Wednesday after making an unauthorised low pass in a power glider over restricted airspace.
Germany is the most energy efficient country in the world, according to rankings by an environmental group. The award came as a new poll showed support for switching to green energy was slipping in the wake of high bills.
A German publisher has gathered hundreds of rare colour photographs of World War I to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the conflict.
Vienna’s most notorious graffiti sprayer, who calls himself Puber (German for 'adolescent’), is due to appear in court, charged with causing damage amounting to €50,000.
The Faroese designers who created Sarah Lund's trademark knitwear lost a legal battle to keep a Danish firm from selling a similar – and much cheaper – version.
The people behind the mobile taxi app Uber have gone on a charm offensive, offering free ice creams on Friday afternoon to users in Barcelona, a city where use of the controversial app is currently banned.
Rosenborg lost 2-1 at home to Irish League minnows Sligo Rovers in the first leg of the second qualifying round for the Europa League on Thursday.
As world leaders demand answers on the alleged shooting down of a jet plane over eastern Ukraine, commentators examine how the tragedy could affect foreign minister Federica Mogherini’s already fragile path to becoming EU foreign policy chief.
Spanish authorities on Friday called in the British Ambassador to Spain in retaliation for a similar move by UK authorities a day earlier, after a Spanish naval vessel allegedly blocked two commercial UK ships from entering Gibraltar.
The suspected shooting down of a passenger plane by Russian separatists in Ukraine has triggered more international pressure on France to pull the plug on its €1.2 billion deal to sell two warships to Russia. But experts say Paris is likely to withstand the calls.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked Swiss President Didier Burkhalter to organize an urgent conference regarding the current deadly conflict in the Middle East.
Police authorities in Paris have banned a pro-Palestinian rally set to be held in the capital at the weekend over worries it could turn violent. A recent demo against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, led to running street battles between rival factions. (see video)
Tenerife's Siam Park has been named the world's best water park by the TripAdvisor travel site, good news for the Thai-themed venue which is home to a group of sea lions.
An Italian appeals court on Friday cleared Silvio Berlusconi of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power in a surprise ruling that will strengthen the former prime minister on the political scene.
Former premier Enrico Letta had a “good chance” of becoming the new EU Council president, but Prime Minister Matteo Renzi chose not to nominate him, a German MEP has said.
Glenn Thomas, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation, was among the 298 people killed in the crash in eastern Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines jet, the Geneva-based UN agency said on Friday.
Police have carried out a crime scene reconstruction with a teenage suspect who is accused of murdering his 16-year-old friend in Graz in June.
Germany's second biggest union will target online retail giant Amazon with a fresh round of strikes over the next few weeks.
The 50-year-old rapist who posed as a fashion photographer and was dubbed a sadist by the prosecution has had his prison sentence reduced by a Stockholm court from from nine to eight years.
Foreigners living in Switzerland cannot be asked to pass a Swiss driving test in order to swap their foreign driving licence for a Swiss one, regardless of when they apply, the Federal Court has said.
Sweden has been ranked as the third most innovative country in the world, a step down from last year, according to the 2014 Global Innovation Index.
The chairman of the opposition liberal NEOS party, Matthias Strolz, has said he wants to reform the Austrian Social Partnership.
One international survey after the other has pointed to Denmark as the world's happiest country and now a researcher in England tells The Local that he may have discovered the reason why.
Spanish police have arrested 66 people belonging to an organized crime group that arranged fake marriages and printed bogus residency documents for Indian and Pakistani citizens trying to get into Europe and the USA.
Temperamental Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini has apologized after being heard hurling a racist insult at a Serb rival that later circulated on YouTube.
An Italian appeals court prepared to issue a ruling on Friday in the case against ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi for having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power.
Police in the town of St Michael in Lungau, south of Salzburg, have tracked down the thieves responsible for the theft of a massive 80kg sausage from an Italian market last weekend.
The US Ambassador to Sweden pedalled in to Stockholm on Thursday after completing a trans-Sweden bike trip to promote a US-EU free trade agreement and to see a little more of his adopted country.
The gaffe-prone mayor of Madrid caused a stir on Thursday when she said that women weren't able to work as firefighters because they didn't have the right physical attributes.
One Viennese teenager has already joined the newly founded so-called caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and a further three Austrian minors have been stopped by authorities en route to the war zone - according to a report in Der Standard newspaper.
Storm warnings were in place for much of western France on Friday, with heavy rain, hail and high winds expected to hit the region by the end of the day. The extreme weather will bring an abrupt end to France's brief but sweltering heatwave.
UPDATE: Captain Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from international football on Friday following Germany’s World Cup win in Brazil.
Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann has called for a “rapid and comprehensive” investigation into the Malaysia Airlines jet crash and expressed his sympathy for the families of the victims. The plane crashed in pro-Russian separatist territory in eastern Ukraine and is believed to have been shot down.
Swiss International Air Lines will no longer fly over Ukranian airspace following the devastating crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in the east of Ukraine on Thursday amid reports it was shot down.
An oil spill thought to have been caused by a passing ship has destroyed over a kilometre of coastline on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, just weeks after Spain announced it would allow gas and oil drilling off the Canary coast.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has described as "horrible" the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine on Thursday, citing evidence incriminating pro-Russian separatists.
Police in Saxony discovered 11 large cannabis plants on Wednesday growing on a grass bank next to a busy motorway.
With 2,7 million articles under his belt, a Swede tops the list over the amount of items published on online encyclopedia Wikipedia, making up almost one tenth of the total content on the site.
No Danes are thought to be among the 298 casualties when a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, but an unverified report says an outbound flight from Copenhagen was close behind. Martin Lidegaard said the international community needs answers.
UPDATED The Spanish prime minister said on Friday "the world has a right to know" who fired the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines plane in pro-Russian separatist territory in eastern Ukraine.
UPDATED: Two French trains, one of them a TGV, collided in south western France on Thursday afternoon, leaving at least 40 injured, three of whom were said to be in a critical condition. Initial reports suggest the crash was caused by a signal failure.
An Italian judge has refused to reopen the investigation into the death of a British woman, who suffered multiple stab wounds to the throat, closing the case as a suicide. The Local speaks to her family about their “horror story” in the Italian justice system.
The creator of a Swedish sci-fi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers and set to become the next big TV export after being bought by some 50 countries since its 2012 premier.
Football fan and F1 world championship leader Nico Rosberg was on Thursday told not to use an image of the World Cup on a helmet designed to celebrate Germany's triumph at his home Grand Prix this weekend.
The development ministry on Friday announced an 11 million kroner contribution in emergency aid to help those affected by the "spiral of violence" in Gaza.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister and Conservative Party chairman Kåre Willoch has called the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip "meaningless and grotesque".
France has demanded an immediate inquiry into the crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, which several sources say was shot down. The shocking incident however, is unlikely to see the EU harden its stance towards Russia, one expert tells The Local.
A stalker was jailed for life on Thursday for murdering his former dance partner in south-west Germany in her front garden.
An Italian-Dutch citizen and her son were among the 298 passengers who where killed when a Malaysian Airlines jet crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
UPDATE: Four Germans were among the 298 passengers and crew members killed on Thursday when a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into pro-Russian separatist territory in eastern Ukraine, believed to be shot down. Germany has called on Russia to help de-escalate the crisis.