Switzerland's central bank said Wednesday it had signed a pact with the People's Bank of China (PBOC) to set up clearing arrangements for renminbi trading in a move hailed by the domestic banking lobby.
What do a rabbi, an archbishop, a top Islamic academic and former British prime minister Tony Blair have in common? Quite a lot, it turned out, at an unusual panel on religion at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, where they found shared ground on extremism, violence and freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in Davos on Wednesday that more than 9,000 Russian soldiers were currently backing up pro-Moscow fighters in the separatist east of the country.
A 31-year-old Swiss carpenter who shot a woman with the goal of having sex with her corpse was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in jail by a court in Aarau in the canton of Aargau.
Cameroon said on Wednesday its forces have freed a German hostage kidnapped six months ago in Nigeria by Boko Haram, as African leaders appealed to the United Nations for support in fighting the Islamist militants.
People in France with the same family name as the Paris terrorists have reported being targeted and harassed, with some even ending up on the receiving end of death threats.
Fight or Fashion? It's your pick this week, with the Swedish capital hosting its biggest Ultimate Fighting Championship to date on Saturday night, and Stockholm's Fashion Week getting underway, alongside plenty of other action elsewhere in the country.
New green card rules have been in effect since the beginning of the month but existing green card holders still feel that the rules' retroactive application is unfair so they've turned to a well-known immigration attorney.
Berlin Fashion week is underway and a new – and very young – model with a familiar face is making waves with her runway debut on Tuesday.
Corruption, bestiality, forced marriage: Spain's new penal code looks at a wide range of offences. Here The Local rounds up some of the key points.
The first person to be shot dead in the Paris terror attacks, a maintenance man who was working in the same building as the Charlie Hebdo offices, has been laid to rest. His brother has referred to him as the "forgotten victim".
Italy's Senate on Wednesday adopted the framework of a new electoral law aimed at ending the country's chronic political instability thanks to a deal between Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Silvio Berlusconi.
An English version of a viral Swedish children's cartoon featuring dancing genitals, is set to be released next month, its composer Johan Holmström has told The Local.
A left-wing youth collective has occupied a library in Catalonia demanding that the opening hours be lengthened to include Monday mornings and lunchtimes.
A new report shows Switzerland has the highest cost of living in the world, ahead of Norway.
Helen Rudinsky is originally from America but has lived in several countries since she was a 12-year-old, including Russia, Finland, Holland, Switzerland, Kenya, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. She is now based in Vienna where she works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and counsels couples, individuals and children from the expatriate community. She spoke to The Local about the ups and downs of expat life.
Michelin-starred chef Nelson Müller filled up his baskets at Aldi and Lidl on Tuesday night to find out whether the discounters' groceries are up to his high standards - and found there's some things the discounters can't magic away.
Sweden has a global reputation for being an expensive place to visit, but results from a recent study reveal it is cheaper to live there than in France, Australia, the UK and even Venezuela, at least based on crowdsourced data.
Hours after a regional weather warning, a crash between two trucks just outside Örebro in central Sweden left one person dead and forced an ambulance and a fire engine off the road.
A new index puts Denmark as number five globally when it comes to the cost of living, but Danish rents are just one third of those found in New York City.
Norwegian military police have launched an investigation after six rookie soldiers were sent out for a run stark naked in -20C temperatures.
Three French Twitter users were fined this week for sending tweets that included homophobic hashtags. It's the first time a French court has handed out convictions for homophobic abuse on Twitter.
English words have been creeping into the Italian language – but not all are used correctly. Here we list 15 particularly confusing – and in some cases amusing – misuses of English words.
Prosecutors in Rome have asked for the Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona to stand trial on charges of defaming Attilio Beffera, the former president of Equitalia, the Italian tax agency.
Enramada beach on the Canary island of Tenerife played host to dozens of horses on Tuesday as part of the annual festival of Saint Sebastian, said to protect animals against disease.
It's always nice to find a ten euro note in your wallet that you didn't know you had, but what about a €73 million lottery ticket? One lucky Frenchman found his fortune just in time.
Europe has squandered three years of opportunity to carry out badly needed economic reforms, former Bundesbank chief Axel Weber said in Davos on Wednesday, warning the ECB against taking too much action to compensate for governments' failure to act.
Shares in Italy's cooperative banks rose strongly on Wednesday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government approved a decree that will force the largest among them to become joint stock companies.
Sweden's Security Service, Säpo, has confirmed data suggesting that at least one hundred Swedes have fought alongside Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria.
Austrian prosecutors said Wednesday that they have charged a British soldier for allegedly breaking into a local family's house and sexually abusing their six-year-old daughter.
More than 100 artists on seven continents will take part in a "Live Earth" global concert on June 18th to galvanize demands for climate action, former US vice president Al Gore said on Wednesday in Davos.
Austria’s deradicalization hotline - part of a new counselling centre for extremism - has received 115 calls in the first 50 days since it was set up.
If your child is called either Elsa or Lucas, you've given the most popular names in Sweden during 2014.
A new cost of living index has found restaurants in Italy are among the most expensive in Europe, while buying groceries and renting property are relatively cheap. We take a look at the figures to find out how much it really costs to live in Italy.
Spain's Princess Cristina is said to have come to an agreement over the sale of her luxury villa in Barcelona, although a judge will have still to sign off on the sale.
Town hall websites in the northern Spanish region of Navarre came under attack from terror group Isis on Tuesday evening, with messages including "I love Isis" and "Je suis Muhammad" being posted online.
The world's political and business elite gathered for their annual meeting in the glitzy Swiss ski resort of Davos on Wednesday, with the shadow of the Paris attacks and ongoing global conflicts looming large.
Chelsea are preparing a bid for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado although La Viola would not sell the Colombian for less than €35 million, reports in Italy said on Wednesday.
A new report shows Switzerland has the highest cost of living in the world, ahead of Norway.
Police in southern Jutland have been helped out by an unlikely source: a Google Street View photo that shows two men carrying out an unsolved theft from 2012.
France announced on Wednesday an arsenal of measures aimed at preventing further terror attacks, including the creation of nearly 2,800 jobs to help monitor 3,000 potentially dangerous individuals in France. Here's a run down of what PM Manuel Valls put forward.
New ire has come from the leader of anti-Islam movement Pegida after newspapers revealed on Wednesday that he once posted a picture of himself dressed as Adolf Hitler captioned: "He's back".
Ever dreamt of running Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, or how about Rome’s Borghese Gallery? For the first-time ever, Italy is searching internationally for museum directors, with the deadline for applications set for February 15th.
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt called on Deutsche Bahn (DB) on Wednesday to add free high-speed internet access to all its regional and local train services.
Spain is one of the cheapest places to live in Western Europe and is 35 percent cheaper than New York according to new figures.
Six people were on Tuesday convicted of having fascist sympathies and found guilty of racial and ethnic hatred in Rome, after targeting leading politicians and the head of the Jewish community with offensive graffiti.
There were a total of 959 strikes in Spain in 2014, down nearly a quarter on the number in 2013, new statistics reveal.
French police have detained five Chechens on suspicion of possessing explosives, and media reports suggest that one of the suspects has Austrian citizenship.
After banning them in 2004, Munich is poised to allow the small brass Holocaust memorial plaques known as 'Stolpersteine' to be placed on the streets, despite a Jewish community leader's continued opposition.
Currency speculators are closely eyeing Denmark's deposit rate cuts as a sign that it might drop its peg against the euro but the economy minister cautions that "situation should not be overly dramatized".
UPDATED: France has formally charged four suspects with assisting one of the Islamist gunmen who carried out the Paris attacks, with a prosecutor adding that further investigations "could take years".
The Catalonia region plans to open more offices representing its interests abroad in the hope of facilitating secession from Spain if Catalan separatists win a regional election, a source said.
During a speech by President Barack Obama, members of the US Congress waved pencils in the air in tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attack two weeks ago.
A doctor in Augsburg is alleging that his American patient could still be alive today if police had not taken away his medical marijuana, it was reported on Tuesday.
Amedy Coulibaly, the man who killed four people at a kosher supermarket in the Paris terror attacks, was reportedly pulled over by police in a routine check ten days before the attack.
The deep freeze that was said to be on its way to Denmark last week is looking like it was nothing more than a bunch of hot air.
Roger Federer was at his problem-solving best as he overcame a swollen finger to bounce back after losing the first set and run through Italian Simone Bolelli at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
While Europeans can move to Italy with relative ease, staying in the country is for Americans a greater challenge. The Local speaks to Coral Sisk, from the US, about how she turned her Italian heritage into citizenship.
Police in Skåne in southern Sweden have recorded 137 anti-semitic hate crimes in the past two years, according to an investigation by Swedish broadcaster SVT.
An environmental mobility association is petitioning Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the federal Transport Minister Doris Leuthard to restore overnight trains to international destinations.
Burundi police on Tuesday arrested the head of a key radio station close to the opposition in connection with the murder of three Italian nuns after broadcasting an alleged confession of the killer.
The leader of France's far-right National Front (FN) said she hopes the radical left-wing Syriza party will win Greece's general election.
The mayor of Paris is so upset about reports by US chain Fox News that there were "no-go zones" in the French capital for police and non-muslims, that she announced on Tuesday she intends to sue the channel.
Toyota sold 10.23 million vehicles last year, it said on Wednesday, outpacing General Motors and Volkswagen to remain the world's biggest automaker, but a shaky outlook for 2015 could see it lose the title to its German rival.
It's no secret that Swedes have a sweet tooth. The Local finds out about a 156-year-old candy favourite, the polkagris, its humble origins, and how it took over the world.
Sweden’s capital and several other parts of the country have been told to expect 10 centimetres of snow and dangerous driving conditions in the next few days.
Austria's government has announced a plan to spend nearly €290 million (US$335m) to combat terror over the next four years.