After issuing a veiled threat last year to leave Geneva because of high taxes, ultra-luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe has announced plans to invest 450 million francs ($442 million) on an expansion project in the canton.
The President of Catalonia Artur Mas announced on Wednesday that voters in the region will go to the polls in 2015. Pro-independence parties will not however, join forces to win the election.
A record 25.5 million passengers used the Zurich airport in 2014, up 2.5 percent from the previous year, according to figures released on Wednesday.
Leading Norwegian Muslims have criticized the new cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which features the Muslim Prophet Muhammad crying and holding a ‘Je Suis Charlie’ sign. The decision by some Norwegian media to reproduce it has also come under fire.
With three million copies of Charlie Hebdo's latest issue sold out by Wednesday afternoon and two million more scheduled to be printed, The Local asked Muslims in Italy what they thought about the magazine's contentious cartoons.
Up to 20 people in Italy are being investigated for their alleged links to extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, according to Italian media reports.
Spain's foreign minister called for more international help for Gaza as he met on Tuesday with families who lost their homes in last summer's war with Israel.
As shell-shocked France looks for answers in the wake of its worst terror attack in decades, The Local casts an eye into the not-so-distant future to look at what may change politically and socially in the still traumatized nation.
The Pegida movement in Germany has been branded as xenophobic and racist by many, but the organizer of the first Pegida event in Denmark tells The Local that the Danish version will be a cozy affair free of "racists, Nazis and militants".
Jews in Sweden have received numerous threats from Islamic groups in the days since the terror attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead, the head of the Jewish council told The Local.
A serial taxi thief in Madrid has been arrested by police after he stole a vehicle with a two-month old baby on the back seat.
Italian austronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is "safe and doing well" at the International Space Station after an alert sounded on Wednesday that could indicate a dangerous ammonia leak, but may have been a false alarm, the US space agency said.
Geneva seems an unlikely place for author Dimitry Elias Léger to be writing about his native country of Haiti — but then again maybe not.
World leaders including France's Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and China's Li Keqiang will gather at the annual Davos forum next week, seeking to chart a path away from fundamentalism towards solidarity.
UPDATED: The president of the Swedish Pirate Party's youth wing has told The Local that Sweden's leading security and military experts searched for 'holidays' and 'forest hikes' during working hours, after he tricked them into logging onto an unsecure server at a conference.
Three Palestianian men admitted on Wednesday that they carried out an arson attack on a synagogue in North Rhine-Westphalia in June 2014.
Spain's Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would examine a paternity a suit against former King Juan Carlos who abdicated in 2014.
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green's tale of teenage heartbreak, topped Spain's bestseller charts in 2014, according to a new study, which shows Spaniards opened their wallets for a mixture of home-grown talent and international authors last year.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said that France is now engaged in a "war on terrorism", announcing plans to ramp up intelligence capabilities, aimed at amending the faults that lead to the country's "clear failings" over the Paris terror attacks.
Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson has filed a complaint against Apple in a US court over the iconic American brand's use of its technology in iPhones and other wireless devices.
Engines usually purr, but in this case, it meowed loudly and started to smoke while the car was being inspected, it was reported on Wednesday.
As French media remains focused on the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, The Local has put together a list of what else is going on across the country - including job cuts at Air France and a possible makeover for Paris.
Sweden's anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party called a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Wednesday in yet another attempt to rattle his minority government.
The Paris shootings may have been on French soil and carried out by home-grown terrorists but the tremors were felt across Europe. The Local’s teams across the continent have been reporting on some of the knock-on effects of the bloodshed in France.
In our weekly feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to David Helgason, co-founder of Unity Technologies, makers of one of the most popular licensed 3D game engines.
A higher proportion of women work in the former eastern states than in the western states, a new survey showed on Wednesday, and experts say it has everything to do with Germany's divided history.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva on Wednesday urged "respect for each other's values" amid Muslim anger over the new Charlie Hebdo magazine cover showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
A photo tribute to Anita Ekberg has been draped over the Trevi Fountain in tribute to the Swedish actress, who passed away on Sunday more than 50 years after taking a dip in the famous monument.
Spanish people have been told to pay special attention to people of Arab origin carrying large amounts of cash or video cameras outside of tourist areas as part of new anti-terror measures.
Two boys who tortured and killed wild boar piglets in Vienna’s Lainzer Tiergarten last August have been sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to undergo psychotherapy.
The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo sees the surviving members of staff mock the gunmen who slaughtered their colleagues. The Local France takes a look inside.
Two Chilean men were struck by a train, one fatally, in the western suburbs of Copenhagen on Tuesday night. The accident came just six days after a 13-year-old Afghan boy was killed on the tracks.
The Supreme Court ruled today on the dangers of some so-called "legal highs", setting new sentencing thresholds for possession of the drugs.
With three million copies of Charlie Hebdo's latest issue sold out by Wednesday afternoon and two million more scheduled to be printed, The Local's Norhan Elhakeem asked Swedish Muslims what they thought about the magazine's contentious cartoons.
Spainsh pop singer Edurne will represent Spain the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, it was announced on Wednesday, in a press conference that had to be brought forward because the news was leaked online — by none other than the singer herself.
Austria’s highest court has lifted a ban on same sex couples adopting children, the court’s president Gerhart Holzinger announced on Wednesday.
Swiss travel group Kuoni said Wednesday it was exiting the tour operating sector to focus on core activities.
Italy's Giorgio Napolitano, who announced on Wednesday that he is cutting short his second term as president, is an former communist with formidable political skills and a reputation for neutrality.
In a move cheered by opposition groups, the justice minister says she wants to pave a legal path for prosecuting foreign fighters as traitors, but a leading attorney has his doubts that the legislation will work.
The cabinet agreed on Wednesday to push for a new law aimed at stopping people from leaving Germany to fight for Islamist movements in the Middle East.
Police are looking for a ten-year-old boy who disappeared on Tuesday morning on his way to school in Linz, Upper Austria.
Charges have been laid on behalf of 13 women against a former high-ranking doctor after it was discovered he was abusing unconscious women who volunteered for his medical study, it was reported on Wednesday.
The Swedish Church in Paris has announced it is broadcasting a live online service to remember the victims of the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week.
Mortgage rates have fallen to a new historic low in Switzerland, according to latest figures issued this week.
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi rejected speculation on Wednesday that he had his eye on the Italian presidency.
The ex-mentor of one of the gunmen who killed 12 in Paris has condemned the massacre, pleading with people not to connect it with the Islamic community.
The 'blood-stained' front cover of Wednesday's edition of Spanish satirical magazine, El Jueves, pays tribute those killed in the recent attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
UPDATED: Italy's veteran President Giorgio Napolitano resigned on Wednesday, setting the stage for the election of a new head of state, a thorny process which could prove a political headache for Matteo Renzi's government.
An unofficial off-shoot of the movement that has brought tens of thousands of people into the streets of Germany will hold its first march in Copenhagen on Monday.
A freezing Russian winter and high transport costs have postponed the return voyage of a new train which operators hope will regularly travel the 13,000-kilometre (8,000-mile) route between Madrid and the Chinese city of Yiwu.
UPDATED: Al Qaeda in Yemen released a new video on Wednesday claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. The video was released the same day the first edition of the newspaper produced since the attacks sold out across France.
Fierce opposition is mounting in St. Georgen an der Gusen (in the district of Perg in Upper Austria) to plans by the local municipality to build a housing estate on the site of a former concentration camp.
Armed response officers in North Rhine-Westphalia shot a 45-year-old man dead on Tuesday after being called out to a potential suicide.
Punters in French-speaking Switzerland hoping to get a look on Wednesday at this week’s special edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine were in for a disappointment because no copies were available.
Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) has said that anybody who returns to Austria after suspected involvement with the Islamic State (Isis) terrorist militia should be “interned” and have their citizenship revoked.
A 75-year-old ex-truck driver and his fortune teller wife, 48, told police they were inspired by the British comedy film, Saving Grace, after they were caught growing cannabis in a rented warehouse.
UPDATED: French comedian Dieudonné has been arrested for being an "apologist for terrorism" after he left a post on Facebook apparently sympathizing with one of the gunmen from the Paris terror attacks last week.
A gay man in central Italy was allegedly forced to go to a female prostitute to "prove" to his boss he was straight.
A bomb threat at Austria’s largest radio station Ö3 saw 30 police officers searching the broadcaster’s offices in Vienna before giving the all clear on Tuesday afternoon.
People in Düsseldorf were rudely awakened as two minor earthquakes rocked the area early Wednesday morning, the local geological authority confirmed.
A shocking new video has surfaced showing the Charlie Hebdo gunmen in the moments after the massacre at the newspaper. The pair are seen raising clenched fists in the street as they claim "revenge for the prophet" before opening fire on police.
Spain's conservative government and the main opposition Socialists are to meet on Tuesday to agree on tighter security measures to fight Islamic extremism in the wake of France's terror attacks.
The battle between Spain's ruling conservatives and the surging left-wing party Podemos shifted on Tuesday to Greece, with the Spanish rivals demonstrating support for their counterparts in the Greek snap election.
A new study carried out by Florian Kocher of the Innsbruck Medical University together with the Tyrol Cancer Registry shows that smoking is one of the most important reasons for lung cancer, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Investigators found a list of 3,500 German intelligence agents' names and their aliases on a hard drive belonging to a US double agent caught in July.
Copenhagen restaurant Noma's limited residency in Tokyo has hundreds of men vying to be the chosen birthday date of a self-professed San Francisco 'nerd'.
Copies of the first issue of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to be published since a jihadist attack decimated its editorial staff last week were sold out within minutes at kiosks across France on Wednesday.
Heavy snowfall is expected across most of Sweden on Thursday, although it will be followed by milder temperatures in the south at the weekend.
German President Joachim Gauck told the country's Muslim community Tuesday that "we are all Germany" at a rally to condemn the Paris jihadist attacks and take a stand against rising Islamophobia.
The EU signalled on Tuesday it would show leniency to overspending member states including Italy and France that are nearing an already extended deadline to get their budgets in line with Brussels rules.
India's top court on Wednesday allowed an Italian marine detained for the 2012 killing of two fishermen another three months at home to recover from heart surgery amid a diplomatic row over the case.
UPDATED: The nationalist Sweden Democrat party has sought a no confidence motion in parliament against Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Stockholm will host one of the world's leading electronic music festivals, Sonar, next month. Co-director Enric Palau chats to The Local about why an event born in the Spanish sunshine is now warming up cities across Scandinavia.
The Local's Oliver Gee has just left Sweden after four years, and reflects on what he found to be the five oddest habits of Swedish people.