The labels “Absinthe” and “Fée verte” cannot be restricted to such alcoholic beverages made in the Val-de-Travers, a district in the canton of Neuchâtel, the Swiss federal administrative court has ruled.
Following through on a 2011 promise, the government will appoint a commission to look at the effectiveness of national terror laws and their effects on residents' rights.
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Hollywood star George Clooney's fiancee Amal Alamuddin has declined her nomination to join a commission probing Israel's Gaza offensive, the head of the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday.
Russian billionaires are snubbing Sardinia’s swanky Costa Smeralda because of the conflict in Ukraine, hoteliers there have said.
A blue shark that made a rare appearance in the shallow waters of a popular beach resort near Rome sparked panic and excitement among holidaymakers.
The imam who was shot in the head in Sweden in 2012 has finally emerged from his two-year coma. His family has criticized Swedish police for sluggish investigation and lack of thorough protection.
Police on Tuesday arrested four men, three of whom admitted starting the fires that raged through Berlin's abandoned Spreepark theme park on Sunday night.
Acclaimed director Roman Polanski announced on Tuesday that he would not attend the Locarno film festival in Ticino in a bid to defuse a growing storm over his planned appearance.
The Geneva-based UN refugee agency on Tuesday accused Sri Lanka of breaking international law in its growing campaign to kick out Pakistani asylum seekers without a fair hearing.
Italy has a total of 66,458 citizens on jobless benefits in Germany – higher than the EU’s ten Eastern European members as well as the crisis-hit nations of Portugal, Greece and Spain.
Households across France are starting to receive notice of how much they owe in income tax on their earnings but figures released on Tuesday show more people than ever are struggling to pay the tax man.
The Stockholm branch of Sweden's governing centre-right Alliance released its election manifesto on Tuesday, promising to make it easier for immigrants to use their skills and education in Stockholm - but focusing primarily on unemployment.
Seven activists from the Association against Animal Factories held a naked protest in central Vienna on Tuesday, packed into oversized meat trays in front of St Stephen’s Cathedral.
A French lawmaker who was caught on camera saying Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler "did not kill enough" Roma gypsies was fined €3,000 by an appeal court in France this week.
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The vice president of Catalonia has admitted that the region's planned referendum on possible secession from Spain, scheduled for November 9th, might be postponed if it is vetoed by the Spanish government.
A nurse has been arrested for administering insulin to her four-year-old son in a suspected case of Münchausen syndrome by proxy, where the guardian of a child induces illness to gain attention.
Determined seniors living in a former Berlin retirement home are using an online campaign to take on a Swedish property developer in a bitter dispute over spiking rents and living conditions. Guest reporter Tomas Urbina met them for The Local.
The Austrian town of Grossmugl has built what is thought to be the world's first permanent star walk installation, open 24 hours a day.
In paying tribute to the American actor Robin Williams on Tuesday the French press pointed out that the Francophile comedian was partial to a bit of light-hearted French-bashing during his comedy routines. Watch the videos here.
A 55-year-old man in western Sweden illegally purchased sex from two women - and then called police to complain about their "outrageous" prices.
Germany said on Tuesday it was ready to send non-lethal military aid such as armoured vehicles to help Iraq push back against the advance of Islamist insurgents.
A group of Holocaust survivors who escaped Nazi-occupied Austria will be visiting Vienna in September at the invitation of the city’s Jewish Welcome Service.
Up to 100 flights to and from Stockholm's Arlanda and Bromma airports may be delayed on Tuesday due to a radar fault.
A "shocked" Jewish group in France has written to the government to demand the name of a tiny French hamlet be changed from "La-Mort-aux-Juifs" (Death to Jews) to something less offensive. Local leaders are against any name change however.
The number of people using Spain’s long-distance trains jumped 7.5 percent in 2013 but the overall rate of public transport use is still sliding in the crisis-hit country.
Tuesday 12th August is Tax Freedom Day in Austria - the first day of the year in which the average Austrian taxpayer no longer pays his or her entire income in the form of taxes, but instead keeps their earnings.
The Local looks at just how did France manage to attract over 84 million tourists last year - far more than any other country - and hear's from one tourism industry chief in the country who believes the figures do not tell the full story.
At least 20 patients have been infected by the bacteria and food authorities have traced the outbreak to a cold cut producer in suburban Copenhagen.
A gay religion teacher from Spain's Canary Islands who recently wrote a letter to one of Spain's major newspapers praising local religious authorities for their tolerance has now been sacked from his job.
Thirteen people have been arrested for luring eleven Romanian women to Spain with the promise of a better life before forcing them to work as prostitutes.
French president François Hollande expressed his "grave concerns" on Tuesday to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the "unilateral" Russian humanitarian mission in Ukraine.
Not just one but four separate windmills on the western coast of Jutland each passed the 100 million kwh mark, the first in the world to do so.
Rwandan authorities said on Tuesday that a German man put in isolation with fever had tested negative for the deadly tropical disease Ebola.
Germany has become a nation of obsessive gamers, new figures show. Two in five adult Germans now admits to being a regular gamer - half of them play every day.
According to a recently-released report called the Global Peace Index (GPI), Austria sits in third position, behind Iceland and Denmark, as three of the most peaceful countries in the world.
Police in Vienna are searching for a man who robbed a cash delivery van belonging to the Austrian Post on Friday, making off with €100,000.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was voted in as President on Monday, prompting Germany to ponder whether Turkey was or would ever be European enough for the EU. The Local's media round up looks at the reaction.
They wanted to enact a fantasy said to be very much in fashion in Pompeii: having sex in the ancient city’s red light district. But that dream was soon put to bed after the threesome – one Frenchman and two Italian women – was caught in the act.
Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård paid tribute to Robin Williams on Tuesday, recalling the "immensely exciting" experience of working with him in Good Will Hunting.
Some beaches in Germany have stricter rules than expected: In Sylt sandcastles are completely forbidden and others have restrictions on height and width.
41-year-old father pled not guilty to stabbing his 16-month-old baby and 33-year-old wife, the latter of whom was stabbed at least ten times in the neck.
Italy’s Minister of the Interior Angelino Alfano has been accused of racism after he used a derogatory expression to describe African street pedlars, sparking comparisons between him and the new Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio.
A panel of medical experts has determined it is ethical to provide experimental treatments to patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said Tuesday as the global death toll topped 1,000.
Media in Israel have identified the three Israelis who died on Monday when a Zentralbahn train crashed into a minibus at a level crossing in the canton of Nidwalden.
According to a survey by the economic think tank WIFO for the ministry of family affairs the state pays out €9 billion a year to support families, but this money is being used ineffectively.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is set to come to Norway next year for a student festival in Trondheim, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
A politician on the Spanish island of Majorca has filed an official complaint about t-shirts distributed by a local nightclub which show a man shoving a woman to the ground with the caption, "Problem? No problem".
For the seventh year running, the sleepy Carinthian town of Velden hosts one of Europe's most charming - if low-key - gay festivals.
A woman from Malmö purchased a cappuccino from McDonald's that was tainted with cleaning chemicals, leaving her throat burning as the cup disintegrated in her hands.
Update: The number of foreigners from crisis-hit EU countries receiving unemployment benefit in Germany has risen sharply, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, while youth unemployment is at an all-time low.
Police announced on Tuesday that a 14-year-old boy was suspected of playing a part in killing a 17-year-old, a murder that shook southern Sweden last week.
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A father whose son was attacked by a neo-Nazi during a family hike in Styria has complained that the police failed to take his child to hospital and blamed him for being out so late with his children.
The Spanish priest with Ebola who was recently repatriated from Liberia has died, despite being treated with an experimental drug designed to combat the deadly disease.
A 39-year-old Irish man has been arrested by police in Valencia for possession of 55kg of cocaine after throwing a suitcase full of drugs from a hotel window in a suspected attack of paranoia.
The aperitif is a tradition engrained deep in French culture but the pre-meal ritual doesn't come cheap. A study has revealed that some in France are paying more for "aperos" than others, and it all depends on which region they live in and where they shop.
After a nude female cyclist raised eyebrows in Pernitz, Lower Austria last week, a naked man has been snapped taking his dog for a walk in the same town.
The chief minister of Gibraltar has hit back at "unobjective" media coverage in Spain in the wake of a report from the EU's anti-fraud office calling for Spain and the UK to tackle the problem of cigarette smuggling in the UK territory.
A boy of nine has been praised for his quick-thinking when he managed to avoid disaster after his grandfather died suddenly at the wheel. Dodging passersby, the boy was able to steer the car for 500 metres before it crashed into a parked van.
When Sweden's intellectually disabled Swedish football team couldn't scrape together enough money to fly to the World Championships in Brazil, they found an unexpected guardian angel in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
A truck driver accused of a five-year indiscriminate shooting spree on German motorways to teach on the road users a "lesson" went on trial on Monday.
An officer with Copenhagen Vestegn Police is suspected of loaning money and giving confidential information to a criminal who was acting as a police source.
A British family have said they were robbed by thieves who pumped noxious exhaust fumes into their campervan as they slept in a rest area by the side of a motorway in France.
Mo Farah, the reigning world and Olympic 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre champion is set to compete in Zurich this week after missing the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because he collapsed and knocked himself out on a bathroom floor and spent four days in hospital.
UPDATE: Berlin police said on Tuesday afternoon they had ruled out arson as the cause of a fire in a mosque in Berlin's Kreuzberg district. Authorities had earlier suspected "political motives."
Sweden's Liberal Party said on Monday that it planned to bring back behavioural grades for students in middle school and high school.
The Swedish government wants to put an end to the state-run Swedish for Immigrants courses (SFI), proposing on Tuesday that the courses get taken over by the municipal adult education programme (Komvux) instead.
A four-year-old girl died on Monday after being struck by a car as she traversed a pedestrian crossing on a bicycle in Lax, a village in the canton of Valais.
In Copenhagen, two-wheeled travellers act like they own the place. Columnist Michael Booth has had enough of the pushy, entitled cyclists.
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi telephoned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, seeking an early resolution of a case involving two Italian marines that has soured diplomatic ties, Modi's office confirmed on Monday.
Scandal-hit Carlo Tavecchio was elected president of the Italian football federation on Monday, winning 63.63 percent of the vote despite a furore sparked by a racist comment during his campaign.
An airplane travelling over Norway was forced to land in Trondheim after an African passenger having a coughing fit triggered an Ebola fear on Monday.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov saw off a challenge from chess legend Garry Kasparov to be re-elected for the 20th time as president of FIDE, in Norway on Monday.
The wet and windy weather did not stop the chic and the trendy turning out for Norway's first-ever digital fashion show in Oslo. The event was launch night for the second edition of the Oslo Trend Fashion Festival.