The Swiss government has presented a bill for new quotas on immigration from the European Union, a year after voters narrowly approved such curbs and put the country on a collision course with Brussels.
Separate motor vehicle fires in motorway tunnels caused massive pileups in Geneva and Zurich during the evening rush hours on Wednesday.
British opposition leader Ed Miliband went on the offensive on Wednesday over an international scandal involving London-based HSBC and its Swiss banking arm, accusing Prime Minister David Cameron of being soft on tax avoidance.
Safety questions have been raised over the death on Wednesday of a 25-year-old man after the ski trail grooming machine he was driving across Lake Silvaplana, southwest of Saint Moritz, broke through the ice.
According to a report from Reuters, a consortium including U.S. investor Excellere Capital Group is seeking to acquire the 'bad bank' formed as part of the process of disposing of the assets of the failed Austrian bank, Hypo Alpe Adria.
The United States has praised Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as “everything we asked for” in a ringing endorsement of the former Norwegian Prime Minister’s first four months in the post.
UPDATED: An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino to 16 years and one month in prison for causing the 2012 cruise ship disaster which claimed 32 lives.
Norwegian phone giant Telenor has reported disappointing profits on the back of high costs and squeezed margins in its fast-growing Asian business, sending its shares down more than 6.4 percent by the end of trading on Wednesday.
Morocco on Wednesday vowed further crackdowns on illegal migrants after rounding up hundreds of foreigners close to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, in a move criticised by local rights groups.
Residents of Fanø were treated to an usual sight on Wednesday: the partially rotting corpse of a 12-metre sperm whale.
A far-right French mayor has stoked a new row thanks to his new poster campaign which tells the locals that police in his town of Beziers have a new “friend” – namely their 7.65 calibre pistols. Some say the campaign is more suited to the Wild West.
French president François Hollande said he travels to Minsk on Wednesday with a “strong will” to thrash out a last-ditch deal with Russian and Ukrainian leaders to end the conflict. Analysts however suggest the chances of the Franco-German diplomatic push succeeding are thin.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has compared prostitutes to flying fish and has lost his temper at the probing questions about his sex life as he faces the judge for the second time in his pimping trial.
Eggs, tomatoes and smoke bombs were thrown at the German Consulate in Venice on Wednesday, and windows were smashed, as anti-austerity protesters in Italy reacted to Germany’s tough stance on Greek debt.
A retired French electrician's claims that the artist Picasso gifted him 271 works of art were tested in court on Wednesday during an extraordinary trial in the south of France. The 75-year-old and his wife are accused of stealing the artworks.
Spain´s socialist party was thrown into chaos on Wednesday when its Madrid chief refused to step aside quietly after being sacked over allegations of misconduct.
The Swiss government says it suffered its first federal budget deficit in nearly a decade last year following a surprise nine percent drop in tax revenue.
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven criticized Russia's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine ahead of an informal EU summit on the crisis and vowed to pay a visit to Ukraine in the near future.
The recent spate of bad weather in Spain has led scientists in Asturias to discover prehistoric trees, which would have been growing before even dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Italian senators on Wednesday voted in favour of a bill criminalizing Holocaust denial, following changes to the proposed law to protect freedom of speech.
Munich prosecutors are set to return 543 stolen books - including first editions by Galileo and Copernicus - to Italy on Friday, after recovering the trove from a Munich auction house in a real-life crime thriller.
UniCredit returned to profit in 2014, netting €2.0 billion $2.26 billion, Italy's largest bank said on Wednesday, while touting it had stepped up lending to households and small businesses.
If you don't have a special someone to treat come February 14th, don't despair: the internet is here to help with more options than you can shake a box of chocolates at.
What's in a Swedish meatball? That's what the European Parliament wants to find out. A resolution signed off on in Strasbourg on Wednesday has moved to see stricter labelling of processed meat.
An almighty row has broken out after French bureaucrats told the country’s top baguette maker he couldn’t open seven days a week. But a French union chief tells The Local the country’s notorious rules are spot on and not at all complicated.
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's failure to follow through on a promise to meet with the Dalai Lama has caused her political headaches, but the Tibetan spiritual leader told the media he understood the decision.
Despite the mission in Afghanistan winding down, Germany's army, the Bundeswehr, is dealing with a sharp rise in soldiers reporting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Stargazers were amazed to see a ball of light speeding across the sky over Catalonia on Tuesday night.
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino broke down in tears in court on Wednesday as he made an emotional last-ditch appeal to judges to clear him of causing the 2012 disaster.
Security checkpoints in European airports are too inconsistent and too inconvenient, representatives from Denmark’s three largest airports say.
Crikey! The Land Down Under - where the beer does flow and men chunder - is about to join the Eurovision Song Contest in Europe for the very first time.
A band of elderly thieves on bicycles has allegedly robbed a pharmacy in central Italy, armed with toy guns.
A Norwegian-Somali arrested in Kenya in connection with two bloody Al-Shabaab massacres has been released after Nairobi police determined there was insufficient evidence against him.
The sordid details of 'libertine' sex parties, DSK’s rampant sexual appetite and what prostitutes must do to earn a living have been laid bare at the pimping trial of the ex-IMF chief in Lille. Here's some of the stand-out statements from DSK and the prostitutes he romped with.
Spaniards have always known about the benefits of an afternoon nap, but now American scientists have proved that regular siestas can have multiple health benefits.
The number of people prosecuted under Norway’s prostitution law in Oslo has dropped by 40% since last year, as police divert resources to other priorities.
Swiss mining and commodities giant Glencore on Wednesday announced plans to unload its 23.9 percent stake in South African platinum producer Lonmin and distribute the shares to its own shareholders.
A video launched by Sweden's Ikea to promote an emoticons app designed to 'help couples communicate better' has gone viral, just in time for Valentine's Day.
British motoring TV show Top Gear has become a worldwide phenomenon with it unique blend of cars, humour and antics. Now there are reports that a German broadcaster will try to ape its success.
France urged its citizens to leave Yemen on Wednesday and said it would soon close its embassy over mounting security fears in the country.
A catholic priest in a traditional Swiss village under fire for blessing a lesbian couple has defended his actions and rejected calls from the church hierarchy for his resignation.
Swedish truck maker Volvo has agreed with German engine maker Deutz to pull the plug on their planned joint venture in China.
A former prison inmate has filed suit against the city of Berlin on Tuesday, claiming he suffered during his incarceration because his cell was too small and he had to spend too much time inside.
Contrary to reports, Isis hostage did not work for the Danish Refugee Council, the organization said in a statement that expressed its sympathies to the 26-year-old American's family.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande of France meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk on Wednesday to try and put an end to the Ukraine crisis. The Local looks at just what the stakes are at the negotiating table.
An exhibition in Valencia has revealed some of the very familiar political figures who will be satirized then set alight during Valencia’s biggest festival in March.
UPDATED: Global security threats dominated Margot Wallström’s first foreign policy declaration in parliament on Wednesday, as the foreign minister came under fire for Sweden's sales of arms to Saudi Arabia.
Got tickets to fly Germanwings on Thursday or Friday? You may have to make alternate travel arrangements as the airline warns of "considerable disruption".
A woman in her mid-twenties took her breast surgeon to court in Klagenfurt on Tuesday after claiming that he boobed by giving her breast implants which were bigger than she planned, according to a report in the news daily Heute.
Up to 300 people are feared to have drowned trying to reach Italy, a spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency told The Local on Wednesday.
Italy's cabinet on Tuesday approved a slew of anti-terrorism measures, including jail terms of up to six years for "foreign fighters" as well as those who recruit would-be jihadists.
Rome investigators are checking up on 600 doctors over their signing sick notes for hundreds of police on New Year’s Eve, a night in which over 80 percent of the force failed to show up to work.
Britain's financial regulator says it had no knowledge of an investigation by tax authorities into allegations that banking giant HSBC helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes through its Swiss private bank.
Despite being forced to quit as leader of France’s main opposition party after being charged over a finance scandal, Jean François Copé has landed a job at a prestigious French university, giving a course in political governance.
Real Madrid's plans for a multi-million euro redevelopment of their Santiago Bernabeu stadium have suffered a setback after an agreement with the city council was quashed by a Madrid court.
An American film distributor has bought the US rights to a documentary about Charlie Hebdo, one month after the deadly attacks at the French satirical magazine's headquarters.
Austria is home to some weird and wonderful superstitions, with some of them still practised today. Ahead of that traditionally inauspicious date - Friday 13th - we explain ten of the most common Austrian superstitions.
Who do you get when you need a leading man who can switch effortlessly back and forth between Danish and Spanish? Why, Viggo Mortensen of course. Check out the trailer for his new film Juaja here, where he speaks Danish for the first time on film.
UPDATED: Dozens of rough sleepers have been evicted from one of the Swedish capital's largest public squares, amid rising concerns about the growing numbers of beggars in Stockholm.
King Felipe VI will earn 20 percent less than his abdicated father, the palace said on Tuesday, detailing its first budget since he took the crown vowing to polish its image.
An elderly couple in Paderborn got a shock on Tuesday morning when they opened the curtains to discover their fence and hedges crushed by a British army tank.
As a companion to our ongoing series on how to find a job in Denmark, we are happy to welcome Nancy Rasmussen on board to answer the questions that arise after you've landed the gig - from taxes, holiday time and career advancement.
A drug dealer in France can count himself unlucky after he threw his cannabis stash out of his flat, only for it to fall straight into the hands of police stationed outside.
Three members of Sweden’s Pirate Party were involved in an online store selling legal highs that have been linked to the deaths of fifteen people, it has been claimed.
Greece's prime minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday that the country "cannot return to an age of bailouts and suppression," ahead of critical talks with Athens's EU creditors.
Francesco Schettino, the skipper of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, could learn on Wednesday whether he has been convicted of manslaughter and other charges over the 2012 disaster.
Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is preparing to take Norway’s Ministry of Justice to court, arguing that his prolonged solitary confinement amounts to “torture”.
Germany attracted a record number of foreign visitors in 2014, the federal statistics office said on Tuesday.
Sweden has announced a 1.5 billion kronor ($180 million) Palestinian aid package. The move came as president Mahmoud Abbas made his first visit to Stockholm since 2009.