A Norwegian MP has been sharply criticised for posting a picture on Instagram of a man showing his penis as he prepared to urinate from a balcony during Norway’s National Day.
Aargau cantonal police said on Tuesday that a criminal investigation was continuing into the death of a 64-year-old company employee who was apparently killed in a collision with a car after working in a manhole.
Norwegian literary star Karl Ove Knausgård has called Norway “a fucking disgrace” for its plans to tender out exploration blocks in as yet untouched parts of the Arctic Barents sea, in an interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper.
The European Commission launched legal action against Germany on Tuesday, accusing the government of illegally applying the national minimum wage to a number of trucking and haulage companies from Austria, Poland and Hungary.
A 24-year-old expat from Mauritius who studied music in the UK is carrying the banner for Switzerland in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest getting under way in Vienna on Tuesday night.
Next month’s political festival on the island of Bornholm has already attracted Islam critics and nationalists – now it will also include the Mohammed drawings that were the target of a shooting in the US earlier this month.
The leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) warned on Tuesday that his own party has the potential to turn into a German version of the National Front, France's far-right political party.
Thousands of teachers took to the streets of France on Tuesday to protest against the government’s latest controversial reform package. Teachers told The Local that France is in need of change but what is being proposed is not the answer.
Two pilots survived unscathed after they were forced to eject from a Swedish-made fighter jet that veered off a landing strip and crashed in a field on an air base in the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
The lead vocalist of a rap rock band was among 19 people arrested on Tuesday for threatening politicians, writing disparaging messages about terrorism victims and glorifying terrorist groups, all on social networks.
A baptism notice heralding the arrival of Lucy, a little girl with 666 curls, slipped unnoticed by editors onto the family pages of one of Sweden’s main daily newspapers on Tuesday.
An Italian charity has complained of discrimination after a group of Down’s Syndrome passengers were twice denied the right to buy their own train tickets because they were “too slow”. As a result, they missed their train.
UPDATED: French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday there was "no question" of introducing a migrant quota system in Europe, as proposed by the European Commission.
By abusing the power to bring the country to a halt at a stroke, train drivers' union GDL is endangering rights for all workers - and its own cause, argues The Local editor Tom Barfield.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged speedy efforts for debt-hit Greece to reach a deal with its international creditors.
Cannes Film Festival organisers were forced on Tuesday to deny a report that they were enforcing a strict high-heel rule for women on its legendary red carpet.
The Italian women’s football cup final has been scrapped after a football chief allegedly described women players as “lesbians”.
As Spain heads towards Sunday’s municipal and regional elections, the country's political parties are scrambling to woo wavering voters, who look set to decide the outcome in one of the closest elections in memory.
Deutsche Bank has launched a review to decide whether to relocate some operations to Germany if Britain votes to leave the European Union in a planned referendum, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
The Swedish state became the unlikely new owner of two domain names used by The Pirate Bay after a court ruling on Tuesday.
A Hanover police officer already under investigation for allegedly harshly mistreating at least two refugees had previously pointed his gun at another officer and ordered him to perform sex acts.
The multi-resistant bacteria MRSA was discovered in eight out of 25 packages of pork in a recent test, up from one in every five packs just eight months ago.
Airbus on Tuesday warned of a technical bug potentially affecting the engines of its A400M that was discovered during an internal test after one of its military planes crashed in Spain.
Norway has the slowest internet in Scandinavia and has even slipped behind former eastern block countries such as Romania, the Czech Republic and Latvia, according to a new global report.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel jointly pledged on Tuesday to do their utmost to ensure an "ambitious" UN deal to combat climate change is reached this year.
Barcelona's captain Xavi Hernandez will leave the club he has served since boyhood for Qatari side Al Sadd at the end of this season, his father said on Tuesday.
A drunk father in central France has landed his 12-year-old son in trouble with the law after he enlisted him to drive him home following a boozy fishing trip.
Anti Social Media's quest to bring the Eurovision crown back to Denmark begins in Vienna on Tuesday – here's what you need to know about the Danish entry in the song contest.
UPDATED: Just three years after winning Eurovision, Sweden is again tipped as one of the favourites to take home the crown on Saturday. Here, The Local brings you the five things you need to know about the 28-year-old Swedish heartthrob who has stirred up quite the social media buzz in Vienna.
The French government’s planned education reforms aimed at ending growing inequality and elitism has kicked up a huge row. As teaching unions take to the streets in protest on Tuesday here’s a look at what's provoked their ire.
A biker gang in Cologne decided to save themselves a trip on Sunday night by having a mass brawl right in front of a hospital.
On Saturday Germany's Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ann Sophie will carry the expectation of the nation on her shoulders. Has she got what it takes to win one of the most (un)prestigious prizes in music?
After coming in at a disappointing 21st place in 2014, Italy now stands a serious chance of winning this year’s Eurovision song contest with the song Grande Amore by Il Volo. Here’s all you need to know about the pop opera trio.
France has suffered an absolutely shocking run at the Eurovision song contest in recent years, but could Lisa Angell turn it around in 2015 with her song "N'oubliez pas"? Definitely not, says The Local's Oliver Gee.
Funny, intelligent and highly controversial, US comedian and talkshow host Bill Maher has won himself fans and enemies alike on both sides of the pond. Here, he tells The Local's Emma Löfgren how he thinks his particular brand of telling-it-like-he-sees-it comedy will fly when he hits the Oslo stand-up stage next week.
A 55-year-old hiker died after falling 80 metres from a cliff in the Alpstein mountain range in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, police said on Tuesday.
There are times when a Leberkässemmel from your favourite sausage stand just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you have an important date lined up - but where's the best place to splash out on for an evening of fine dining? Barbara Cação recommends ten high end restaurants in Vienna for an evening to remember.
Sweden's court of appeal has ruled that eight-year-old Yara Alnajjar was murdered by her uncle and his wife.
Campaign videos can be cringeworthy but this effort by the PP mayor of Oyón surely takes the crown as the most cringeworthy of them all.
Silvio Berlusconi has effectively confirmed that AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi will be sacked at the end of what has been a bitterly disappointing season, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
France revealed on Monday that 45 teenage French girls are waging jihad in the Middle East as well as a worrying trend that has seen a 203 percent rise in the number of its nationals heading to the region.
Vienna’s new gay-themed traffic lights are here to stay - after an overwhelmingly positive response and attention from international media.
Crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary of Denmark pulled out the crowds on a visit to Hamburg on Tuesday morning at the head of a economic mission called 'Danish living.' The visit lasts three days and includes a stop-off in Munich.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday upped Italy's 2015 growth forecast.
She is hoping to take the Eurovision crown for Spain this Saturday but who is the sultry pop star representing Spain in this year’s competition? Let us introduce you to Edurne.
We all know living abroad brings lots of adventure and excitement, but also raises lots of questions. And when it comes you and your family's health, we often don’t know what questions to ask until an unforeseen event prompts us to look for answers.
Scientists have discovered four large craters at the bottom of Lake Neuchâtel that rate among the largest of their kind in the world.
UPDATED: More than 50 people have been arrested and 30 are under investigation as part of an inquiry into match-fixing in Italian football, with some of the alleged fraud linked to mafia organizations.
Over coffee in their apartment, students Karolína Marcinová and Jenni Uimonen tell us why Malmö is the perfect university city - and offer some tips for settling in.
Austria’s Eurovision act is a far cry from Conchita Wurst’s triumphant bearded lady - they may have beards but retro rockers The Makemakes hark back to the 1970’s with their long hair, cute smiles and more macho vocals.
Darth Vader may have rattled his last breath more than thirty years ago, but that hasn't stopped the German government from enlisting him to connect with kids on bicycle safety.
An illuminating video newly released by the European Space Agency shows off Spain from a whole new angle, 400km above Earth.
Sweden’s financial watchdog has hit two of Sweden’s biggest banks, Nordea and Handelsbanken, with heavy fines for their failure to prevent money laundering.
It's never fun to lose your job, but luckily the Danish Salaried Employees Act gives you plenty of rights. Human resources expert Nancy Rasmussen gives you a rundown.
John Malkovich has filed a defamation suit against French newspaper Le Monde over Swissleaks reports the US actor says incorrectly stated he owned a secret Swiss account, his lawyer said on Monday.
Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of Muhammad following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team in January, said on Monday he was leaving the paper.
Train drivers will walk out on strike for an indefinite period on Tuesday afternoon after last-minute talks between rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the train drivers' union GDL failed.
Only a fourth of the world's workforce have stable contracts, leading to growing job insecurity, a report from the Geneva-based International Labour Organization said on Tuesday.
While the European parliament continues to wrestle with the privacy repercussions of a proposal on collecting passenger data, Denmark plans to move ahead with its own domestic plan.
A German national carried out a suicide bombing against Iraqi security forces near the city of Baiji on Monday, the Islamic State group claimed in a statement posted on jihadist forums.
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio insists the Turin giants are firmly focused on ending their 20-year wait to lift the Italian Cup as their Champions League final date with Barcelona looms.
Starbucks customers could soon be listening to Spotify lists as they sip their lattes, after the coffee giant announced a new partnership with the Swedish streaming leader.
German forces will join in a pan-EU mission to stop people traffickers operating in the Mediterranean, agreed on at a meeting of foreign and defence ministers from across Europe in Brussels on Monday.
With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.
More than half of workers employed in the private sector in Switzerland are entitled to only one day off for paternity leave after a child is born, a labour group says.
Sweden's ability to defend its borders remains a hot topic as fears of an aggressive Russia grow stronger. In this week's debate article, defence expert Bruce Acker argues that the Nordic country's neutrality plays right into the hands of its eastern neighbour, which is unlikely to launch a military attack on Sweden as long as it is not in its interest to do so.
A company owned by scandal-hit Swedish industry giant SCA is suspected of having been part of two secret cartels to push up the price of, among other things, toilet paper and diapers in Colombia, according to a Swedish newspaper.
A 15-year-old Austrian schoolboy with alleged ties to Islamist extremists, who is accused of intending to launch a bomb attack in Vienna last year will be tried on May 26, officials said on Monday.
Two of the three baby penguins supposedly stolen from a Norway aquarium by rowdy students have been found dead in nesting boxes inside the park.
Almost half children born to Roma Norwegians in Oslo are in foster care or risk being taken into it, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks has claimed in a highly critical report.