Nato head Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that the alliance does not want to get dragged into an arms race with Russia but it had to boost its defences to counter Moscow's "aggressive actions" in Ukraine.
Norway’s unemployment rate has hit a nine-year high on the back of the downturn in the oil industry, with 4.2 percent of the workforce without jobs, Statistics Norway has reported.
Norway’s intelligence services have thrown cold water on shock claims that fake mobile base stations have been set up around Norway’s parliament to eavesdrop on politicians’ conversations.
US agriculture and seed giant Monsanto restated its hope to acquire Syngenta Wednesday despite repeated rejections by the Swiss company, calling the deal the "logical next step for our business."
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has taken a swipe at Switzerland for providing only limited information about wealthy tax evaders from cash-strapped Greece who are believed to have stashed billions of euros in Swiss banks.
We followed the build-up to the royal banquet at the Presidential Palace in Berlin on Wednesday as top dignitaries arrived. The Queen was ten minutes late!
Prosecutors in Naples on Wednesday asked the judge in Silvio Berlusconi's latest corruption trial to send the former prime minister and media tycoon to jail for five years.
A judge has ordered the exhumation of one of Spain’s most notable aristocrats to determine whether a woman who claims part of his inheritance is really his daughter.
Revelations that the US spied on three French presidents sent shockwaves around France on Wednesday. Here's a look at how the day's events unfolded.
The Swedish government is set to invest another five million kronor ($604,671) to fight the country's surging mosquito population, it was announced on Wednesday.
Germans are more negative about the United States than the rest of Europe, but still largely support Americans' efforts to fight Isis, according to a new poll.
A new report from the Danish Immigration Service showed on Wednesday that 2015 is on pace to be another record year for the number of migrants who came to Denmark seeking asylum.
German media has been speculating for days about what the Queen might carry in her favourite black leather handbag. But what she's really smuggling into Germany this week is a bit too big to fit inside one tiny leather purse.
A 91-year-old Italian grandfather has finally completed middle school after a lifetime spent working and looking after his family.
Grey days and rain clouds have so far put a wet blanket on the Swedes' summer spirit. But the sun is waiting just around the corner, forecasters promised on Wednesday.
Despite overcast skies and unseasonally cold weather, Berliners flocked in their thousands to catch a glimpse of Queen Elisabeth II on the first day of her State Visit to Germany on Wednesday. But a glimpse was all they would get.
Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli, jailed for seven years for gambling away $2.3 billion in Britain's biggest ever fraud, has been released from prison, a source said on Wednesday.
"Seat reserved for Germans only": A provocative experiment on a bus in Essen has examined how members of the public react to racial discrimination. A worthwhile study of racism in German society or pointless confrontation?
While the French political world reacted with anger and shock – at least publicly – to the revelations that the US spied on the country's presidents and demanded firm action, the reality is, while they may have been a little angry, no one was truthfully shocked.
The Italian farmers association Coldiretti has warned of a growing number of counterfeit Italian goods in Russia after a fake Italian cheese was discovered in the Russian pavilion at the World Expo.
Italian champions Juventus have handed Argentinian Roberto Pereyra a four-year permanent deal after impressing at the Turin giants while on loan from Udinese.
Nestlé chief Paul Bulcke says he has drawn the lessons from India's shock ban on its Maggi instant noodles over a health scare and is now trying to salvage the image of the Swiss-based food giant.
A French television programme has revealed France's favourite village.
A Hamburg homeowner shot dead a masked man who broke into his house on Tuesday night. It was the third such fatal incident to have taken place in the last half year.
The construction of a new mosque in the Nordvest district is expected to begin in 2017 and will be funded by private "no strings attached" donations, the Islamic Society in Denmark said.
France's economy minister has warned against the creation of an "a la carte" European Union but said he was willing to discuss reform proposals put forward by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Residential rents in Austria have risen by a whopping 15.1 percent in the last five years, according to new figures from government agency Statistik Austria.
A social experiment exposing class discrimination in Sweden has called the Nordic country's image as a tolerant nation into question. The Local spoke to a member of the duo behind the viral sensation.
As The Voice reaches its finale on Wednesday, this year's most memorable contestant chats to The Local about his Twitter fan club, his love of Miley Cyrus and why the church needs to follow his hip example.
Italian pro-euthanasia campaigners on Tuesday said that a terminally ill patient who travelled to Switzerland to end their life changed their mind at the last minute.
Young people in Sweden's biggest cities are living at home for longer, but remain among the quickest in Europe to fly the family nest.
Reports in France suggest the US spied on French presidents from a secret spy nest on the roof of its embassy in Paris, which stands just a stone's throw from the Elysée palace.
A secondary school teacher from Styria who was suspended in May after allegations that she gave some of her students drugs and sexually abused them is being held in custody after making a partial confession.
The clean-up operation was underway after a night in which hundreds of thousands of people across Spain celebrated the summer solstice with a festival of fire.
The Gare du Nord train station in Paris - once dubbed "the squalor pit of Europe" - is set for a major facelift, officials announced on Wednesday. It will even include a gourmet restaurant.
Italy's former premer Silvio Berlusconi and leader of the resurgent Northern League met for a three-hour dinner in Berlusconi's villa at Arcore to discuss a possible strategic alliance.
As Venstre leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen continues work to form a government, Helle Thorning-Schmidt will be attending this week's EU summit on Denmark's behalf.
A driver in northern Spain got more than he bargained for recently when a sprinting brown bear was caught in his headlights.
The mood surrounding the German economy somewhat clouded over, as a leading indicator of the business climate slumped for the second month running.
Europe needs to find a solution to the migrant crisis or risk losing its identity, Italy's Matteo Renzi warned on Wednesday ahead of a key EU summit, as tensions rose over the asylum issue.
Swedish rising supernova Alicia Vikander is set to star opposite Matt Damon in the fifth Jason Bourne film, her agent told The Local on Wednesday.
Scottish economist John Kay argues that Denmark, and not the United States or China, is the world's 'Top Nation'.
Sweden won't make it illegal to beg, but will introduce a package of measures designed to limit vulnerable EU migrants making money on the country's streets.
The global insurance industry gained momentum last year, as economies improved and the long suffering life insurance sector returned to growth in Europe and Japan, says a Swiss study released on Wednesday.
Britain will increase screening of arrivals at Dover and create a task force to tackle people smugglers, officials said on Wednesday, as growing numbers of migrants step up efforts to cross the Channel.
More than half of candidates for the Zurich cantonal police force fail to qualify because their knowledge of the German language is inadequate, officials say.
Norway’s Police Security Service (PST) has warned an MP from the populist Progress Party about his excessive social contact with suspected Russian intelligence officers, Norway’s VG newspaper has reported in an investigative article.
A sculpture by renowned French artist Auguste Rodin, only cast in bronze for the first time last year, fetched more than $1 million at a London sale.
Austria has slammed Hungary’s decision to suspend a key EU rule that says it must take back asylum seekers who first enter Hungary but travel onto other countries - and warned of "negative" consequences.
Queen Elizabeth II has a packed programme in Berlin on Wednesday. Check back here throughout the day for regular updates.
Police in the canton of Basel-Country are investigating the crash of a truck that killed its 47-year-old driver on Tuesday after the vehicle ploughed head-on into the concrete pillar of an underpass.
The annual whale hunt is about to get underway on the autonomous Faroe Islands and Sea Shepherd will once again will try to disrupt the "barbaric" ritual.
The German government significantly cut back on the licenses it gave for weapons sales in 2014, fulfilling a promise from vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel to be more rigorous in arms sales.
Rights group Amnesty International has launched its first campaign against evictions, tackling the widespread problem in crisis-hit Spain.
Cross-Channel Eurostar train services resumed on Wednesday after they were suspended the day before when hundreds of protesting French ferry workers set fire to tyres on the tracks.
Sweden has been a magnet for foreign investment and people seeking a great work-life balance - but a lack of connectivity threatens to derail the trend. Isabelle Ducellier, Nordic CEO of French distiller Pernod Ricard - which owns Absolut vodka - tells The Local more.
A Venezuelan vet who allegedly implanted bags of liquid heroin inside puppies to smuggle drugs into America has been arrested in northwestern Spain.
UPDATED: Relatives of Lisa Holm, 17, who went missing and was found dead earlier this month have spoken for the first time about losing a happy, shy daughter who loved to travel.
Rome has become a multicultural city with one in eight of its legal residents now coming from overseas, according to a new report.
Young Danes moved a step closer to becoming European champs on Tuesday night and punched their tickets for Rio with a convincing win over Serbia.
Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour arrived back in Qatar on Tuesday, blaming his controversial two-day detention in Germany on pressure from the Egyptian government.
Here's a closer look at some of the key details revealed by the Wikileaks documents that showed the US had wiretapped three French presidents.
The United States spied on three French presidents including François Hollande through its controversial NSA program, according to explosive new reports in France.
A Nazi-looted painting that was hidden for decades is being auctioned by Sotheby's Wednesday in a rare sale as investigators work painstakingly to identify the origins of hundreds of other works from the same haul.
One of Sweden’s biggest nuclear reactors, Oskarshamn 2 looks set to close in the next few years, the German energy group which runs it has announced.
More than two decades in prison spent studying and writing has made convicted Sicilian killer Giuseppe Grassonelli a changed man.
A Swedish man who created a malware programme that infected half a million computers around the world has been jailed for 57 months in New York for computer hacking.
Summer always leaves foreigners baffled by Swedes' unique seasonal habits. Here's The Local's guide to navigating small talk when the sun comes out.