Norway will introduce a new law governing sex changes, the government said on Friday after an expert group recommended an end to what critics call "medieval" treatment of transgender people.
The Catalonian town of Navás has installed Spain’s first stolpersteine - stones commemorating victims of the Holocaust.
It is well known that France imports Spain’s wine, its jamon and its olive oil, but now Spain is sending a rather different cargo over the Pyrenees to its northern neighbour.
The French economy is like “an exceptionally gifted student" whose talents are being stifled by excessive bureaucracy, says the influential head of France's Medef employers' union.
A 39.3 billion kronor ($5.5 billion) deal signed by Swedish defence company Saab to build and sell 36 Jas Gripen fighter jets to Brazil is being investigated by Brazilian prosecutors.
The economic and political powerhouse of Europe ranked 14th place worldwide for overall social progress in ratings released on Thursday, but lagged behind other European leaders in areas like religious tolerance and violence towards minorities.
France's defence ministry on Friday dismissed claims by self-proclaimed Islamic State cyberjihadists that they had posted classified army documents online when they hacked into a major television channel.
French club PSG reacted angrily on Friday to the four match ban handed down to star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his angry rant at a referee in which he was heard saying 'France is a shit country'.
Moas, a humanitarian venture that was co-founded by an Italian woman, has teamed up with the aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, to rescue boat migrants in the Mediterranean.
Vienna’s traditional coffeehouse culture, steeped in history, dominates the local café scene but a few rebel places have managed to mix up old world tranquillity with some exciting twists.
Denmark ranks eighth in the world in an index released on Thursday measuring what makes a country a good place to live, falling behind fellow Scandinavian countries Norway, in first place, and Sweden in second.
Bank deposits in Austria will no longer be protected by the state in the event that a bank fails, according to new legislation which will come into force in July.
15 years ago today, on April 10th 2000, German Chancellor Angela Merkel became the first female leader of the CDU.
Denmark does not need a special whistleblower law for public authorities, an expert committee has concluded.
Eighteen construction and civil engineering students from Sweden are taking part in a restoration project on the Norwegian island Utøya, where a youth politics conference is taking place this summer for the first time since dozens of young people were killed by Anders Behring Breivik in 2011.
Italy ranks 31st in the world in an index measuring social progress for 2015, falling behind Costa Rica and the Czech Republic.
State prosecutors in Cologne are investigating star boxer Felix Sturm, who is alleged to have hired a hitman to kill his former promoter.
Italy debated on Friday whether a deadly court shooting in which a man on trial for bankruptcy pulled out a gun and shot a judge and two others dead was a symptom of deeper social ills.
A protest song about farming in Norway has become a surprise hit on YouTube, although its success may hang more on the spectacle of young women prancing about in green overalls than from its political message.
Police are warning Danes visiting internet dating sites of ‘romance scams’ after love-seeking Danes have reported being robbed of thousands of Danish kroner by online suitors.
The Swedish Armed Forces have posted a photo online of the latest evening meal eaten by Swedish soldiers in Mali as part of its efforts to disprove claims its staff are going hungry during their UN-led mission.
A Spanish satirical comic is enjoying record breaking sales this week, thanks to its latest cover star - a cartoon version of Luis Bárcenas, the man at the centre of a corruption scandal.
EasyJet has laid on flights across Europe to retrieve groups of school children and passengers left stranded by the two-day French air traffic controller strike this week. More walk-outs are planned for later this month.
Police have arrested a member of an Italian criminal gang who spent years living along Spain's Costa del Sol, frequenting luxury restaurants and keeping tabs on transnational drug trafficking.
The annual Vienna City Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 12th, with thousands of participants flocking to the capital.
Pope Francis’ liberal credentials have taken a blow after the Vatican reportedly refused to accept the nomination of the new French ambassador, a close aide of President François Hollande, because he is gay.
The number of child adoptions in Switzerland has plummeted over the past two decades, reflecting similar declines in other European countries, figures released this week show.
A legal battle between a Swedish tobacco company and American regulators over warning labels on snus cans – the peculiar Swedish snuff used by almost a quarter of the Nordic country's male population – is set to reach a resolution on Friday.
Austria’s governing parties have agreed that a general ban on smoking in cafes and restaurants will not be imposed until May 2018.
A man in the Basque Country crashed his car into a supermarket after accidentally hitting the accelerator in stead of the brake.
A Frenchman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his British neighbour whose body was found at the bottom of a well in a Normandy village.
Following multiple high-profile shootings of unarmed black men by police officers in the US, debate is heating up about the use of body cameras. Germany is already a few steps ahead – but unions have a few reservations.
An excavator has been given a sixth-month jail sentence for hiding sarcophagi and other Roman artefacts in his home, Italian media reported on Friday.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen moved a step closer to pushing her father out of the National Front when she announced on Thursday that he would face a party disciplinary hearing after a series of inflammatory interviews. Her father has vowed to "go on the attack".
Norway has knocked Sweden off the pedestal as the world’s most socially progressive country, beating its Nordic neighbour in the Social Progress Index 2015 largely because of Norwegians’ superior “access to information and communications”.
Friday marks 100 days since the introduction of the national minimum wage in Germany, but politicians, economists and trade unions continue to debate the scheme.
Switzerland’s official jobless rate fell in March to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent in the previous month, driven by a drop in foreign unemployment, according to government figures released on Friday.
A court upheld a decision not to allow the self-proclaimed 'king of Germany' to drive on German roads on Thursday.
Last month’s 11-day pilot strike cost Norwegian Air Shuttle a massive 350 million kroner ($43m) as it cancelled almost 2,000 flights and cared for stranded passengers, the budget airline has revealed.
The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, chooses six songs to take you through the first bright days of spring as part of our monthly series of top Swedish tracks.
Do Italians have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, Anna Pujol-Mazzini lists a number of typical traits or customs that leave her Anglo friends bemused.
A Spanish judge has upheld genocide charges against 11 Moroccan ex-officials accused of killings and torture in Western Sahara -- a penultimate step towards calling them to trial.
Danish police have used a new law to seize a passport and issue a travel ban on a man suspected of planning to travel to an armed conflict to fight.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci insists the champions' feet are firmly on the ground despite a growing belief among fans the Turin giants can realistically aim for a treble of trophies this season.
Sweden could see temperatures soar to 20C this Friday as mild winds from Spain sweep in across the country. But enjoy it while it lasts. The mercury is set to climb back down again on Sunday, warn meteorologists.
When it comes to telling the time, the Swiss are world renowned for their precision instruments but this reputation has been tarnished by a costly clock in Quebec City, Canada that has fallen short of expectations.
A senior commander of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Cemil Bayek, has apologised to Germany for violent actions which the banned organisation carried out in the 1990s, it was reported on Thursday evening.
A British man has taken on the challenge of running the equivalent of ten marathons in seven days through the Italian hills, in tribute to his grandparents.
Malta prepared on Thursday to say goodbye to power cuts thanks to an underwater cable linking it to mainland Europe, which will serve as back up if the country's power stations overload.
Once persona non grata in Europe, India's prime minister Narendra Modi will be welcomed with open arms in Paris on Friday as he kicks off his maiden visit to the continent to woo investors to his fast-growing economy.
The US White House is considering Minnesota lawyer Samuel Heins as its new ambassador to Norway, after the first choice, hotelier George Tsunis, was dropped after showing embarrassing ignorance about the country.
One of Sweden's most famous dishes, 'Gubbröra' (literally 'Old Man's Mix') is a great recipe if you've still got any leftover eggs in the fridge after Easter. It's tasty on a slice of bread as a starter or a light spring lunch. John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.
Sweden and four of its Nordic neighbours announced far-reaching plans on Friday to extend their military cooperation. But one defence analyst has warned that Russia will perceive the message as aggressive.