A man who acknowledged lying when he served as a key witness in a major French tax fraud investigation was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term in the Swiss canton of Ticino on Friday.
Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers march through Copenhagen to denounce the results of Denmark's controversial fact-finding mission to the east African country.
In a nearly identical repeat of a 2013 incident, a bomb threat at Odense Station shut down train traffic across Denmark for hours on the year's busiest travel day.
A former airline boss is making waves in France after he claimed that the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March had been covered up, and that the aircraft was likely hijacked by a hacker and possibly shot down by the US.
Two powerful Swedish lobby groups have turned to the European Commission to try and get a complete ban on alcohol advertising on television, after it emerged some channels were dodging the ban by being registered abroad.
In the latest instalment of our entrepreneur series, The Local speaks to Jesper Buch, the co-founder one of Scandinavia's leading online fashion retailers and founder of Just-Eat, which went from being a company founded in a basement to having offices across Europe.
Updated: The man who rammed a car loaded with gas bottles into the headquarters of Spain's ruling Popular Party in Madrid on Friday morning has said any party could have been the target of the attack as "all politicians are the same".
A Norwegian housemaid who was set to inherit a fortune from her millionaire employer has lost her appeal against her conviction for his murder.
As the annual Christmas battle over nativity scenes rages in France, it was a victory for the traditionalists in southern Montpellier on Friday as a court refused to order the removal of a town hall creche.
A outspoken Norwegian doctor whose efforts to treat Palestinians wounded in the Gaza conflict garnered worldwide attention has been named person of the year by the country’s largest tabloid, Verdens Gang (VG).
The German Ethics Council said the law should not be changed to permit assisted suicide in a paper published on Friday.
Moroccan authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of three babies and six adults who died while trying to cross to Spain in a small boat.
A UK man wanted by Spanish police in connection with the Alicante murder of a fellow Brit in April has been arrested while trying to enter the UK in a light aircraft.
The world's "coolest concert" is set for a Texas twist in 2015 when Luleå's innovative Ice Music welcomes American musical talent from Austin, home of the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival.
The iconic ruined themepark in the centre of Berlin - a long-time favourite of hipster adventurers - needs a clean-up costing at least 14 million euros, the Berlin government has revealed.
Officers in Nuremberg arrested a man on Thursday evening after he called in a false bomb threat against the main train station
There was a whole lot of revving and red hats going on in central Paris on Thursday evening when some 3,000 bikers dressed up as Santa - or his little helpers – rode through the City of Lights for the 12th year in a row in support of the orphaned children of firefighters.
What's the best thing about Christmas in Sweden? The worst? And perhaps most importantly, the tastiest? The Local's Paul O'Mahony hits the Old Town's Christmas market as the first snow of the season falls to find out more.
Chinese conglomerate Fosun on Friday sweetened its offer for French holiday group Club Med, raising it by nearly €100 million, in a move to try to trump an Italian rival in what has been described as the longest bidding war in Parisian stock market history.
Every country does Christmas slightly differently, and the French - who, to their credit, rarely do things like the rest of the world - naturally have their own Christmas traditions, that they have just about held on to over the years.
The rise of UKIP broke up what had been a good 2014 for Cameron and Merkel.
Pope Francis on Friday said he will not still be in the Vatican in ten years time, during a meeting with athletes and officials from the Italian National Olympic Committee.
The Local List shines a little light on some of the charming eccentricities of the German language.
Several mini-earthquakes with a maximum magnitude of 4.1 shook Italy's famous Chianti wine region on Friday.
Christmas shopping can be challenging when it comes to finding authentic ‘Made in France’ gifts. Here's a list of classic ones to take home. Warning: Some might be more more tacky than tasteful.
UPDATED: Sweden's Royal Court has announced that Princess Madeleine is pregnant with the second child of her financier husband Chris O'Neill.
For the first time since Catalonia’s independence drive began to pick up momentum in 2012, more people are against independence from Spain than in favour of such a move, a new poll run by the regional government shows.
Police in Barcelona have arrested a young man who allegedly set fire to a warehouse with 14 African migrants inside after they failed to pay rent on the property.
A French court on Friday barred a mayor from France's far-right National Front party from practicing politics for a year, citing a "particularly serious infringement" of the country's campaign financing rules.
A Berlin court has said that infamous human taxidermist Gunther von Hagens can open a museum in the capital - over objections from local officials.
As parents fret over children’s internet habits, a network of bilingual schools in Germany shows that putting computers in the classroom from an early age yields positive results.
Police on Friday arrested ten people accused of running a cocaine trafficking operation with its criminal headquarters in the heart of Venice.
A Swedish woman who killed and then hacked up a female love rival has been sentenced to 16 years in prison and also ordered to pay damages to the victim's family.
UPDATED: Swedish billionaire Markus Persson is reported to have outbid the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce with his half billion kronor offer ($70 million) for a 2,000-square-metre Beverly Hills mansion.
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest - to be hosted by Austria in May - will be presented by three women, with this year’s winner Conchita Wurst in the Green Room.
A gang of Nigerian drugs traffickers has been busted for recruiting mules from Spanish unemployment queues, as well as for trafficking drugs into Japan disguised as sweets.
French truck drivers on Friday lifted an overnight roadblock of heavy vehicle traffic on the A10 highway that connects Paris with the south-western city of Bordeaux. The truckers staged the action to demand higher minimum pay.
A high-ranking employee of OW Bunker is wanted for fraud by Italian authorities and may also be involved in a case that implicates members of the Italian navy.
Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards remain a powerful symbol of the Vatican. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.
Austria has filed a lawsuit against BayernLB on the grounds that it believes it was misled by the German lender over the true financial state of the Hypo Alpe Adria bank, which had to be nationalised in 2009.
Around 200,000 people could lose their jobs just after Christmas when Spain scraps its current system of protected rents for small businesses. Critics worry the move could also turn Spain's high streets into bland, chain-store dominated affairs.
IT experts led by Berlin-based Karsten Nohl said on Thursday they had discovered security flaws in the mobile phone networks that would allow attackers to read users' messages.
Former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has been given a cautious thumbs up for his child-minding abilities after appearing on a Swedish Celebrity Babysitter show.
In what has been hailed a miracle, a baby boy has been born to an Italian woman pronounced clinically dead in October.
Chinese conglomerate Fosun raised its offer to buy French holiday group Club Med on Friday, as it strives to win the longest bidding war in Paris market history against an Italian tycoon.
In its latest forecast, France's national statistics agency predicts that the French economy will experience a slight boost next year, much thanks to lower oil prices and a weaker euro, but warns it won’t be enough to reverse the country’s soaring unemployment.
Swiss utility company Axpo said on Friday that eroding wholesale prices for electricity have forced it to write down 1.5 billion francs on the value of its power plants and energy supply contracts.
An upmarket jewellery shop in Vienna’s 1st district was robbed on Thursday afternoon by two masked men who attacked and injured a security guard.
President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday confirmed his resignation is “imminent”, paving the way for a new head of state to be voted in early next year.
Forget trekking to the Arctic. French tourists are opting for the luxury way to spend the night with a polar bear: beside a log fire not far from home. And the only thing on ice is the champagne.
We've all been there. New country, new culture. It's so easy to make mistakes, either embarrassing, or potentially fatal. The Local's François Badenhorst takes a look at some of the more common errors tourists make.
Three men suspected of being Turkish agents have been arrested by police, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.
From Freshers week to dressing up, Parisian journalist Priscillia Charles, who recently spent a year studying in the North East of England, points out the main differences between student life on both sides of the Channel.
A French reality star often referred to as the Gallic Kim Kardashian was released from jail under legal supervision on Thursday as she awaits trial for the attempted murder of her boyfriend.
Germany collected 7.3 percent more in tax in November 2014 than the same month last year thanks to the strengthening economy, the Finance Ministry said in its monthly report on Thursday, while pollsters found rising consumer confidence.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea has called a temporary halt on sales of its kitchen furniture and appliances in Russia as it couldn't cope with the extra demand brought on by the fall in the Russian rouble.
Rino Pensa and son have been making papal parchments for decades, crafting hand-painted blessing scrolls in Italy which are purchased by the faithful around the world to celebrate marriages, baptisms and anniversaries.
Major banks in Switzerland say they have no intention of charging small savers negative interest rates in the wake of the Swiss National Bank’s decision this week to charge such rates to financial institutions.
The Danish tourism industry has a little problem – albeit a good one – as new measurements show the nation's coastline is nearly 20 percent larger than previously thought.
Controversial new Thuringia minister-president Bodo Ramelow of the Left (Linke) party missed his first session of Germany's second house of parliament, the Bundesrat, to go on holiday with his family.
Police in northern Sweden are on the hunt for three men who assaulted a dog owner and then kicked his pet dog to death, in what was reportedly a failed mugging attempt.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has criticised a proposal by the Christian Democrats to reduce the costs of the asylum process, suggesting the idea may play into the hands of the nationalist Sweden Democrats.
Feel like dancing? Here's the song from Copenhagen native Nabiha that has made its way to number one on the Billboard Dance Chart.
The European Union's highest court ruled that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work.
A 21-year-old man from Austria, David Schopf, went missing while hiking in the Tararua Forest Park in New Zealand on Wednesday.