Norwegian fur farmers have denounced a government proposal to slash financial support to the controversial industry, warning that it could lead to farm closures in vulnerable rural areas.
Swissmedic, a surveillance agency for medicines, renewed warnings on Tuesday about the dangers of weight-loss remedies purchased through the internet after more than 60 products were tested.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Monday called for an EU-wide quota to help accommodate the thousands of refugees reaching Europe's southern shores by boat and prevent further deaths.
The world's largest particle smasher resumed colliding protons Tuesday as it gradually reboots following a two-year upgrade, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said.
If you hear a loud siren go off at noon on Wednesday, remain calm.
A widening scandal over claims Germany helped the US spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel's coalition on Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the "untouchable" chancellor.
Norway has joined AT Kearney’s list of the 25 best countries to invest in for the first time since it was launched back in 1998, with the management consultancy praising the country’s “strong natural resource base” and “highly educated workforce”.
Scandal-hit global bank HSBC on Tuesday posted rising quarterly profits, but added regulators have requested more information about its controversial Geneva-based private bank.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's visit to Egypt on Monday - his first since Abdel Fatah el-Sisi came to power in a 2013 coup - has been condemned as "sad" and "wrong" by experts.
A man who instructed his dog to attack young people with non-Swedish ethnic backgrounds has been found guilty of inciting racial hatred and instructed to carry out 120 hours of community service.
French MPs gave the green light to a new law on Tuesday that grants the state sweeping powers to spy on its citizens despite criticism from rights groups that the bill is vague and intrusive.
France is overflowing with the visually stunning - and most of it looks even better with a setting sun in the background. Here are the best of the best when it comes to France's sunsets.
Sweden's economy is set to get a boost in 2015 and the coming years, with "strong investment and a brightening outlook for exports", according to a key EU report released on Tuesday. The Local looks at why the Nordic nation is on the up.
A university, a hospital and a public school were the targets of three bomb threats delivered within a span of less than four hours on Tuesday.
A French mayor backed by the far-right National Front was accused of racism on Tuesday after using the names of school children in his town to decide how many were Muslim.
A Basque journalist has been chosen as the only Spaniard to be honoured on a Reporters Without Borders list of 'information heroes' who have been an inspiration to those aspiring to freedom.
An evening course that promised to teach students how to improve their own eyesight has been pulled by Sweden's largest adult education organization after opthalmologists described it as "pure quackery".
The horrors of Mauthausen concentration camp, which was liberated 70 years ago today, were brought to the world’s attention in part due to the many photographs smuggled out by Spanish prisoner, Francisco Boix.
A councillor from the Spanish town of Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava is set to flex his muscles in the annual male beauty contest.
Many of our expat readers who live in Austria have questions about GIS (Gebühren Info Service GmbH) - the company responsible for administering television and radio licenses. Who has to pay, how much is it, and what should you do if the GIS man comes knocking on your door?
Germany took eighth place worldwide in a ranking of the best countries for mothers released by Save the Children on Tuesday.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed scepticism on Tuesday about whether Greece would be able to strike a deal with international creditors in the next few days on vital financial aid.
They are worlds apart socially and economically, but the arrival of Princess Charlotte in the UK and the birth of a migrant baby during a perilous sea crossing in the Mediterranean have both melted Italian hearts.
Italy is the 12th best place in the world to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s annual scorecard, ahead of Switzerland, Singapore, the UK and the US.
Denmark has been among the top ten countries in Save the Children's annual global scorecard since 2000 and moved up two spots in this year’s ranking.
"Get your paws off me!" was the message from female French journalists to the country's lecherous male politicians on Tuesday when they published a petition denouncing sexism.
Spain took seventh place worldwide in a ranking of the best places in which to be a mother, released by Save the Children on Tuesday.
The likelihood of Austria’s economy picking up this year looks slim, according to the latest forecast from the European Commission (EC).
UPDATED: Around 40 migrants died when an inflatable boat carrying more than 100 people sank off the coast of Italy, Save the Children quoted survivors as saying on Tuesday.
A court in Kassel sentenced a man to three years in jail on Monday after his children died in the bath while he was checking train times at the station.
Spain registered its steepest decline in the number of jobless people for April in almost two decades, government data showed on Tuesday, as the eurozone country's economic recovery gathered pace.
Italy’s economy is expected to return to growth this year and the recovery to strengthen in 2016 as external demand and exports pick up, according to the latest forecast from the European Commission (EC).
A Romanian man who tried to seize the wheel of his friend’s minibus because the pair were fighting over a cigarette caused a deadly accident on the A1 motorway in Upper Austria on Monday morning.
Two chimps made a break for freedom and escaped from their enclosure at Mallorca’s Sa Coma safari park on Monday causing panic among visitors.
French MPs are set to overwhelmingly give their backing to a bill that will grant intelligence services sweeping new surveillance powers in the name of fighting terrorism. Here are five reasons why opponents of the bill say we should all be concerned.
Swedish ice hockey club Frölunda Indians have caused a stir after they were reported to Sweden's Equality Ombudsman for their logo depicting a Native American. But the case does not count as discrimination, a spokesman for the government agency has told The Local.
Spain's courts have ruled that a Spanish banker cannot take his prized Picasso to London because of the painting's great importance within the cultural heritage of Spain.
A woman who went to hospital for what was meant to be a routine stomach operation was left blind, with her family now suing for damages to the tune of €2 million.
One of Germany's oldest burglars has had to spend his 70th birthday in a police hospital after being caught during his latest break-in attempt.
Sweden remains among the top five countries in the world to be a mother, according to Save the Children's annual global scorecard, with Stockholm singled out for tackling inequality among women.
After eight months of living in Stockholm, The Local's Editor Maddy Savage has embraced the city's nature, eaten her bodyweight in meatballs and made some wonderful friends. But she's not so impressed by the (lack of) kindness of strangers in her adopted city.
The spate of black metal church burnings which ended in a murder, shocking Norway in the early nineties, is being made into a Hollywood feature film by Bladerunner-director Ridley Scott’s production company.
The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, has a bumper crop of great new Swedish songs for you to enjoy during these early summer nights.
A Bavarian nightclub owner has introduced a ban on refugees after claiming that they were causing trouble in his establishment.
Despite its wealth, Switzerland ranks behind Scandinavian and other European countries among the world's best places to be a mother, according to an annual scorecard from Save the Children International.
Schools across Italy will close on Tuesday as teachers rally against premier Matteo Renzi’s school reform bill.
After being suspended by France's far-right National Front, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on Tuesday hit back at its current leader, his daughter, saying it would be "scandalous" if she were to be elected president of France.
Police in Vienna are sceptical of a new agreement between the interior and justice ministries, which could see day release prisoners working in police stations in the capital.
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has had the pleasure of tasting the first ever espresso brewed in space, thanks to a pioneering coffee machine made to operate in such extreme conditions.
Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.
Meteorology institute DMI has warned that parts of Denmark can experience massive downpours on Tuesday.
An amateur diver has stolen the show a week ahead of the Cannes Film Festival's launch after he took a camera under the sea and showed the polluted wasteland that lurks beneath the surface of the French Riviera.
UPDATED: Many parts of western Switzerland remained on alert as weather forecasters called for additional rain on Tuesday, heightening the risk of more flooding and transportation disruptions.
A quarter of a million Germans were fathered by Allied soldiers after the Second World War. Many have spent their lives not knowing their fathers and stigmatized by their own society.
France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has urged the hundreds of migrants living in squalid make-shift camps in Calais to forget about going to the UK and seek asylum in France.
UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, on Tuesday reported higher than expected profits for the first quarter of 2015 of almost two billion francs, virtually twice as high as the same period a year earlier.
Spain has recovered only five percent of €51.3 billion ($57.2 billion) of state aid given to the country's banking sector since 2009 to prevent its collapse, the Bank of Spain said on Monday.
A woman has admitted to a Lübeck court that she placed needles in meat packets in a supermarket in northern Germany, hoping to discourage them from eating mass-produced food.
A Spanish judge Monday took a step towards seizing the assets of Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI, pending her trial in a fraud scandal that has shamed the royal family.
The beginning of a six-day strike by train drivers on Tuesday left millions of people across Germany struggling to get to work on Monday morning.
A rare Nordic language used by a tiny forest community in Sweden is a hot topic at an international linguistics conference in Copenhagen this week, as Scandinavian language experts campaign to stop it dying out.
The second person in France to receive a much-hyped new-generation artificial heart has died eight months after receiving the transplant, biomedical firm Carmat said Tuesday.
Sweden is known as one of the world's most tech savvy countries. But high mobile broadband prices force many customers to turn to operators across the border in its Nordic neighbour states, where internet access is often cheaper and more generous.
Italy reacted on Monday to the arrival of thousands of new migrants at its southern ports by demanding that its European Union partners meet the cost of taking them in.
Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak has spent the past 13 years imprisoned in Eritrea, which has been criticized by several human rights organizations. In this week's exclusive debate article for The Local, US campaigner Kerry Kennedy writes that it is time for the Swedish government to step up the fight to secure his release.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has brushed off suggestions Juventus will be easy opponents when the sides meet on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Turin.
Almost half of Swedish voters – and a majority of two of the Nordic country's centre-right parties – want to co-operate with the nationalist Sweden Democrats on some issues, while 41 percent of voters want to limit the party's influence, according to a poll by Ipsos.