A British court on Friday ordered the extradition to Italy of a former Sicilian mafia boss who has lived under a pseudonym in a London suburb for 20 years.
Dutch prisoners have gone to court to block a ground-breaking plan to rent out spaces in their jail for criminals from Norway, where the prison service faces a serious capacity shortage.
Fears a fresh wave of migrants could be poised to leave Libya for Europe mounted on Friday as tales from those who have reached Italy revealed how terrifying conditions have become in the conflict-torn north African state.
Passengers boarding French trains without a ticket will now be hit by heftier fines, the SNCF railway network has announced.
The culture clash between Anglos and French is never greater than when it comes to weddings. The Local's Ben McPartland examines why his attempts to organise his own cross-Channel marriage keep breaking down.
A Moroccan court sentenced a former Spanish soldier to eight years in jail Friday for heading a cell that planned to carry out "terrorist acts" in the north African kingdom, the MAP news agency reported.
An Arab sheikh gave two Spanish brothers a dose of their own medicine by paying them with photocopied money for a fake Goya painting they tried to flog him.
The Italian parliament will vote whether to recognize the State of Palestine on February 27th.
Barcelona have paid tribute to former coach Tito Vilanova by naming the principal pitch at the club's training ground after him.
Personal tragedy and lyrics that live on created a myth surrounding Steppeulvene, a band that lasted less than a year but managed to lay the cornerstone of homegrown Danish rock. With a biopic about singer Eik Skaløe currently out in theatres, the band has arguably never been more popular.
Nico Rosberg and his wife Vivian Sibold are expecting a new addition to their family, the Formula One driver announced on Friday.
With the double whammy of low interest rates and favourable exchange rates, a property expert tells The Local that there's never been a better time for foreigners to buy their dream home in France. The Local speaks to a family who is set to do exactly that.
French President Francois Hollande stressed on Friday that crisis-hit Greece should stay in the 19-nation eurozone, ahead of a crunch meeting in Brussels on the issue.
At least 500 people turned out Friday as the gunman who killed two people in twin attacks in Copenhagen nearly a week ago was laid to rest.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the "Minsk II" ceasefire deal in Ukraine to be "fully respected" after meeting in Paris on Friday.
The Swedish Armed Forces are determined to have a gender advisor in every regiment by 2016, as part of an ambitious action plan to help the military develop its gender policies.
Almost three quarters of Italians fear that Isis will attack Italy, according to a new poll which also looked at Italian opinions of politicians.
Italy’s ambitious reforms should enable its economy to grow by six percent over the next ten years, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The rambling musings of a father-to-be on an ad to sell his green Opel Tigra on Ebay (“because girlfriend said so”) have created a new star. Now Opel says they will send him a brand-new vehicle.
Spain's main tax collecting body is planning to use information available through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to spy on people it believes are involved in financial fraud.
Police officers armed with machine guns have been stationed outside Jewish buildings in Sweden this week in the wake of the attack on a Copenhagen synagogue. The Local speaks to the President of the Jewish Council, Lena Posner-Körösi about rising anti-semitism in Scandinavia.
Italian fashion retailer Benetton has agreed to pay into an international compensation fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in which 1,138 people died.
Germany's influential and veteran Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is deeply pro-European but unbending on the need to stick to commitments and seems at the end of his tether with debt-wracked Greece.
The French coast came in for a lashing on Friday as a precursor for next month's 'tide of the century' saw surging seas pummel the Atlantic seaboard. It led to some dramatic video footage, including the sight of a famous French weather forecaster nearly being washed away.
A 16-year-old boy says he feared he would die when he made an emergency call to report he'd been shot, but wasn't believed by the operator.
British buyers are leading the pack when it comes to snapping up properties in Spain encouraged by a weak euro and a property market at rock bottom.
Anyone with a work mobile phone in France will have to mind how they text from now on after a court order awarded bosses the right to read through employees messages.
European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Friday called for tough action to be taken against Dutch football fans who clashed with Rome police in riotous scenes that Mayor Ignazio Marino said “devastated and injured” the capital.
Austrian police have helped bust an international counterfeiting ring and arrested two men who had €50,000 worth of fake bills hidden in their car door, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BK) confirmed.
Update: Top European officials were engaged in furious diplomacy on Friday to build a bridge between fiercely divided Greek and German ministers whose agreement is needed to solve a bitter row over Greece's huge debt.
Spain's central bank has warned that more and more Spanish talent is being steered abroad by the success of their expat counterparts and the reassurance they're giving them on online platforms, “a potential threat to Spain’s economic production”.
Combating violent extremism is a “priority” in Switzerland, Swiss foreign minister and former president Didier Burkhalter has said, telling a counter-terrorism summit in Washington this week that Switzerland has measures in place to prevent the radicalization of youth and the financing of terrorism.
France has triggered its crisis response plan after hospitals raised the alarm on Thursday that they were struggling to cope with the flu epidemic that has now struck down more than two million patients.
Sixteen prison guards working at a prison in Milan have been suspended for allegedly posting offensive messages on a Facebook page about a Romanian inmate who committed suicide.
A jogger who was handcuffed by police for running with his dog off the leash in a Vienna park is warning other dog owners in the capital to be wary of heavy-handed cops.
If you're looking for the best city in Germany for cycling, the German Cycling Club (ADFC) says Münster is top of the class. But cycling enthusiasts tell The Local that even in Germany's bike-friendliest city there's always more to be done.
In an interview with Dutch TV, Prince Consort Henrik said he will never accept nor understand why he's not seen as an equal partner to Queen Margrethe.
A Swiss court on Friday sentenced a civil servant from Assens near Lausanne in the canton of Vaud to 14 years in prison for strangling his wife to death at their home and burying her body in a nearby forest.
A prison guard from Vienna’s Josefstadt prison is in court on Friday on charges of abusing his power in order to receive sexual favours from inmates.
Sweden's Ornithological Society has banned several names for birds following concerns that they sound racist, after completing the first official guide to bird names in Swedish.
Chinese tourists are flocking to Spain in record numbers, with data showing they are now even bigger spenders than their Russian neighbours.
Facebook users take note: calling a colleague a “Milf” on the social networking site is a fireable offence in Italy.
A gourmet event in London's Hyde Park has brought the capital's attention upon Austria's culinary excellence - demonstrating that it's more than just apple strudel and Wiener schnitzel.
Are you looking for an internship in Sweden? NFGL member Severin Filonov has dreamed of working with Civil Rights Defenders - and his dream came true. Severin shares his experiences so far.
President Francois Hollande on Thursday stressed the importance of maintaining the country's nuclear deterrent in "a dangerous world", as he detailed France's atomic arsenal for the first time.
Organizers at the Paris's annual Agricultural Fair have decided to cut short the key night-time show after past years have seen drunken visitors pestering the animals.
Police are urgently searching for a man who allegedly set fire to the hair of young women in Berlin underground train stations, after a fresh report of another incident at Ostbahnhof.
There are blue skies ahead for the Danish economy according to the Confederation of Danish Industry, which calls for thousands of new jobs and more money in consumers' pockets.
UPDATED: Two trains slammed into each other in the Swiss town of Rafz, northwest of Zurich, early on Friday, leaving passengers injured and train carriages upturned, police and media said.
US smartphone app firm Uber reappeared in Spain Thursday as a home food delivery network after a court banned it from operating its taxi service following complaints from professional drivers
Prominent Danish free speech advocates like Flemming Rose remain defiant in the aftermath of the Copenhagen attacks, but an opinion poll reveals that Danes' support for publishing potentially offensive material has decreased.
Researchers at the Munich Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) plan to publish an annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's infamous book “Mein Kampf" [My Struggle] after its copyright runs out this year.
The Filipina wife of a Norwegian man found dead in his bedroom last summer has been charged by police for pre-meditated murder after an autopsy report revealed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
"No mama, no papa. All alone." Eleven-year-old Tanjin knows just enough English to sum up his situation in heart-wrenching fashion.
France's Socialist government survived a vote of no-confidence tied to its controversial economic reform package on Thursday. In a message to Socialist Party rebels Manuel Valls vowed: "We won't stop reforming" France.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Japan early next month for the first time in seven years for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an official said on Friday.
One of Rome's best-known squares was left looking like a war-zone after clashes between police and supporters of Feyenoord on Thursday.
Ahead of a meeting in San Francisco with Internet giants like Facebook and Google, France's interior minister has told the firms to do more to help battle online terrorist propaganda.
The Swedish government was on Friday coming under increased pressure over a military arms deal with Saudi Arabia, as three Social Democrat MPs called for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to end the agreement.
The 19-year-old Oslo woman hunted by international police on suspicion of planning a suicide attack has vigorously denied any such plans, telling Norway’s TV2 that she had been planning to come back to Norway.
UPDATED: A court has ruled that a woman who denied keeping her adult daughters locked up should not remain in custody, but police will continue to investigate the case.
Leaking names of writers shortlisted for Sweden's Nobel literature prize may disqualify them from the prestigious award, the head of the jury has warned.
Could cars drive themselves in the future? In tech savvy Sweden, this could soon become a reality. Volvo has completed designs for self-driving motors which it plans to put on the road in two years.