A 45-year-old woman linked to the Pink Panthers gang who aided armed holdups of jewellery shops in the Swiss mountain resort of Verbier and three other locations was sentenced by a Lausanne criminal court on Monday to ten years in jail.
EU anti-trust regulators on Monday cleared the merger of French giant Lafarge with Swiss rival Holcim to form the world's biggest cement group after both sold parts of their business to meet competition concerns.
UPDATED: A café owned by Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli was thrust into the centre of international news by a hostage-taking incident on Monday that ended in a hail of gunfire leaving three people dead and four injured in downtown Sydney, Australia.
France’s infamous literary rogue, Michel Houellebecq, has again displayed his talent for provocation with the announcement that his next novel, Soumission (Submission), is about a future France where a Muslim party wins the presidency.
The author of a new book on Danish custody law argues that Denmark's focus on forced cooperation leaves mothers – and particularly foreign mothers – feeling like they have no way out.
Twenty-two people have left Switzerland to fight abroad as jihadists since May, including eight in the past fortnight, the Swiss intelligence agency said on Monday.
Taxi drivers in Paris gathered in the capital on Monday, to protest against the urban car-sharing service UberPOP. The Local took to the streets to see whether Parisians had much sympathy for their notoriously rude taxi drivers.
The founder Norwegian, Bjørn Kjos, is planning to sell shares equivalent to 2 percent of the fast-growing budget airline, it was announced on Monday.
If you're puzzled by all the long queues on streets around Spain in the lead-up to Christmas, then wonder no more. Welcome to Spain's unique 'El Gordo' (the Fat one) lottery, the richest in the world.
Norway's government is under pressure from MPs after revelations this weekend that suspicious mobile base stations sited around Oslo were used to spy on people’s mobile phone use.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola admitted Monday he is relishing facing Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League when the clubs meet for the first time in the last 16.
Does "French Kissing" really come from France? Here The Local looks at 12 things that sound very French in name but actually have nothing to do with France.
Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has struck a deal with clothing chain Dressman, with plans announced to launch a new brand in the sporting department.
The number of divorces in Spain rose by 12.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014 with the economic crisis playing a role, according to official statistics released on Monday.
Spanish police have arrested four people including a former executive of Spain's right-wing Intereconomía news outlet over cyberattacks that crippled a rival site for three weeks.
Photos showing far-right Northern League leader Matteo Salvini posing half-naked for a gossip magazine have been put up for auction on the online auction website eBay, with the proceeds going to an anti-abortion organization and a cancer charity.
Cult director Terence Malick will give the world premiere of his latest film, Knight of Cups, at the Berlinale Film Festival, organisers announced Monday.
An Italian teacher has been disciplined under fascist-era rules for removing a crucifix from the wall of his classroom in a move denounced on Monday as "stupefying" by campaigners for secular education.
UPDATED: French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria, a police source told AFP.
Monday night's planned anti-racist rally in Stockholm marks one year since a similar gathering sparked violent clashes from neo-Nazi factions. Organizers and police are expecting a much calmer night.
The Local's Francois Badenhorst takes a whirlwind tour of a few of Austria's famous Christmas markets, and shares his views of the ones he likes. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments section below.
The city of Hamburg agreed to give a woman who refused to sanction long-term unemployed people while working at a Jobcenter a new post.
Berlin-Brandenburg Airport CEO Hartmut Mehdorn announced on Monday that he is stepping down from his position as soon as the airport authority finds his replacement.
Senior officials from the United States and Iran resumed talks on Monday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, a diplomatic source said, three weeks after world powers missed a deadline for reaching a deal.
Two people posing as tourists were arrested in central Rome on Monday after stealing thousands of euros using cloned credit cards.
A study from Gothenburg has found that while bullying is on the decrease in Swedish schools, immigrant children suffer at the hands of bullies three times more than Swedish kids do.
FC Basel will face one of Portugal’s top teams, FC Porto, as the draw for the final 16 in the Champions League football playoffs was unveiled on Monday.
Princess Cristina, the sister of Spain's King Felipe on Monday paid a civil bond of nearly €600,000 as she attempts to clear her name in a long-running corruption scandal.
France’s hell-raising actor Gérard Depardieu, notorious for his gargantuan appetites, has claimed that he once killed and then ate two lions while on a trip to Africa.
IN MY VOICE: NFGL student Iftekhar Ul Karim explains how his perception of Sweden have evolved since arriving in the country, and how the fate of two far-flung mosques contributed to the transformation.
Electronic cigarettes containing cannabis extracts which give you the relaxing and pain-killing effect of the drug but without the high are about to go on sale in France.
There was huge demand for tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest - to be held in Vienna in 2015 - with the first 25 percent selling out in 20 minutes this morning.
Denmark’s foreign minister has called in the Russian ambassador for talks after a Russian military plane nearly collided with a passenger plane out of Copenhagen on Friday.
UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel warned people against playing into the hands of xenophobes hours before an 'anti-Islamization' march in Dresden on Monday evening.
Police were called to the idyllic village of Wattenberg in Tyrol on Saturday night when a teenager’s party got out of control after scores of uninvited guests turned up in response to a Facebook invitation.
A cat that disappeared one and a half years ago found its way back to its delighted owner after journeying 1,200 km across France from Provence to Normandy.
French champions PSG were drawn against premier league club Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday, giving Laurent's Blanc's team a chance of revenge after being knocked out by Jose Mourinho's side last year. France's other Champions League club Monaco will also play English opposition in the form of Arsenal.
The Local has been providing news in English from around Europe for ten years. To mark this milestone, we are delighted to unveil our fresh new logo. Paul Rapacioli explains.
The local council in the southern Spanish city of Malaga has announced that animal circuses will be banned in the city as it unveils a new federation for the protection of animal rights.
UPDATED: Rome will spearhead an Italian bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday vowing a strong campaign to win the event.
UPDATED: Sweden's Foreign Department called in the Russian ambassador after a Russian military plane almost collided with a plane near Sweden on Friday.
Industrial action between labour union Verdi and Amazon has escalated as workers walked off the job on Monday for the first of a three-day strike option in the final rush before Christmas.
Italy's financial police on Monday arrested six people accused of stealing millions of euros from the state with a fake contract to refuel a shipwrecked navy tanker.
An Italian teenager who along with two friends allegedly murdered his disabled uncle wanted to "teach him a lesson", by hitting him over the head with a metal baseball bat.
Firefighters in Lower Austria were called out to an unusual rescue operation on Sunday afternoon - not a cat stuck in a tree, but a sheep stuck on the roof of a house.
Two men were killed on Sunday in an avalanche on the Gran Sasso mountain in Abruzzo, south-central Italy, Italian media has reported.
An Air France passenger plane en route to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland after a fire alarm went off in the cargo hold. Air France told The Local the alarm was triggered by a shipment of fruit and veg from the Caribbean.
In what appears to be a case of mistaken identity, a local policeman in Spain's Catalonia region was abducted and beaten up before being dumped in a forest.
Vienna’s School Board has threatened a controversial private Saudi School with closure by the end of the 2014/2015 school year, after it failed to provide the names of its director and teachers.
Four Spanish government ministries were hit by serious cyberattacks in 2014, with the assaults targeting the mobile phones and personal computers of prominent government figures.
Germany's biggest TV show bowed out at the weekend after 33 years with a three-and-a half hour extravaganza featuring Hollywood actor Ben Stiller.
Taxi drivers in Paris held a go slow on the roads around Paris on Monday in protest against the urban ridesharing service UberPOP.
In our weekly feature series, The Local chats with a successful entrepreneur. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Simon Schneider, CEO and co-founder of networking tool Zyncd.
A young gay couple were attacked by ten Neo-Nazis in Madrid on Friday with one of the pair needing to be admitted to hospital after the assault.
One of German-speaking Switzerland's most popular TV shows, Germany's "Wetten Das", bowed out at the weekend after 33 years with a three-and-a half hour extravaganza featuring Hollywood actor Ben Stiller.
The majority of Germans support their country's bid to host the 2024 Olympic games, a survey published on Monday showed.
Denmark is making an historic push to lay claim to the North Pole and the Arctic seabed, the Foreign Ministry has announced, but how will that go over with the Russians and Canadians?
The EU has declared the German governement's plans to introduce a road toll targeted at foreigners in violation of EU law, it was reported on Monday.
After a whirlwind year that saw her win the Eurovision Song Contest and perform at the European parliament and United Nations, "bearded lady" Conchita Wurst is headed for the recording studio but doesn't rule out hanging up her stiletto heels in the coming years.
Top US diplomat John Kerry met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible lethal military aid for Ukraine.
The weekend's action in France's Ligue 1 was full of upsets as league leaders Marseille were beaten at Monaco and Paris Saint Germain finally lost their unbeaten record in a shock 1-0 defeat to Guingamp. Catch up on the action here.
The leaders of France and Germany discussed a shaky ceasefire deal and economic reforms for Ukraine in a telephone call with President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday.
Sweden’s Security Service, Säpo, says it believes around 40 people have returned to Sweden after going to Syria to fight for Islamist terror groups including Isis.
A lot of Danes are sick and tired of the immigration debate and think that the tone is far too negative, two new surveys showed on Monday.
Nobel peace prize winners in Rome on Sunday expressed deep concern about the growing threat of conflict, including nuclear war, and "a new and more dangerous Cold War".
Young Swedes working and living in Sydney say they were terrified as at least one armed gunman held customers and staff hostage in a cafe in the city’s central business district.
Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand thanks to Moscow's investments, despite a downturn in global defence spending, a Stockholm-based think-tank said on Monday.
Swedish brainbox Jonas von Essen has retained his title in the annual Memory World Championships and also helped Sweden claim the team gold at the tournament.
Tennis star Roger Federer was elected Swiss sportsman of the year for the sixth time on Sunday night at a televised Zurich gala, while Olympic gold medal skier Dominique Gisin was voted the country’s top sportswoman for 2014.