A report in the Swiss broadsheet Der Tagesanzeiger alleges that Swiss investigators found sophisticated monitoring cameras bugging talks at Swiss and Austrian hotels.
Former Nobel Peace Prize committee secretary Geir Lundestad has complained of a "very stupid" decision to throw him out of his office at the Nobel Institute following a row over his tell-all book.
Kenya's President may order a Norwegian ship to be blown up in the harbour, after rifles and machine guns were found on board in Mombasa on Thursday.
Four Turkish tourists have been airlifted off Trolltunga, the spectacular rock formation which is one of Norway's leading tourist attractions, after they got stuck up there in the dark.
A CCTV video of the kidnap of a Norwegian, two Canadians, and a Filipino on the island of Samal on Monday night has been released, showing the assailants taking the victims away at gunpoint.
A Geneva public prosecutor has ordered that a precious Roman-era sarcophagus be returned to Turkey five years after it was seized by customs in the Swiss canton.
Swiss firms Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) and AC Immune, a biopharmaceutical company, announced on Wednesday a new partnership to develop an early Alzheimer's diagnostic test.
Switzerland has authorized the extradition of Venezuelan Fifa official Rafael Esquivel to face corruption charges in the United States, the Swiss department of justice said in a statement on Wednesday.
You apply for a job where you meet all the requirements but don’t get called for an interview — is it because you are foreign, female or over 50?
Parents have hit out after their 13-year-olds were asked to write a suicide letter in Swedish class. But the school says the controversial assignment was only a misunderstanding.
The Spanish capital’s left-wing mayor has scrapped the annual subsidy of over €60,000 for a bullfighting school because it "goes against animal rights".
There's a lot of doom and gloom surrounding France at the moment, but a major new report on the state of the country in 2015 shows there are many reasons why France should feel good about itself.
Spain's victims of thalidomide have lost their appeal for compensation from the pharmaceutical company responsible for a drug taken by their mothers during pregnancy.
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn quit on Wednesday afternoon after coming under intense pressure over a pollution cheating scandal that has sparked a US criminal investigation and worldwide legal action.
A 55-year-old man from Ghana died from multiple organ failure in Hamburg earlier this month after five different hospitals refused him surgery.
Integration Minister Inger Støjberg wants her proposed changes to citizenship requirements to apply to all unprocessed citizenship applications that have been filed within the past 14 months.
Italy's far-right, anti-euro Northern League party on Wednesday submitted more than 82 million computer-generated amendments to a draft constitutional reform in a bid to trump the bill.
Sweden has been named the third best country in the world for expats. But there is one area where foreigners seem to struggle: how do you make friends with the reserved and seemingly cold-hearted Swedes?
When Khaled Moustafa's sister called him in Stockholm to say she was stuck on a sinking refugee boat heading for Greece, the Syrian sought help from Sweden's emergency services, and managed to kickstart an amazing rescue operation.
The Italian coast guard saved 282 people from a boat in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, as European leaders prepare to discuss how to handle the increasing number of refugees and migrants arriving in the region.
Catalans would lose their Spanish nationality if the regions breaks away from Spain, Madrid warned ahead of an election that has become a de facto vote on independence.
American coffee behemoth Starbucks is set to boost its presence in France after its local partner won a contract to open up new 'salons du café' inside the country’s upmarket Monoprix chain of supermarkets.
Celebrity-packed New York and quirky London have offered up their best efforts under the relentless glare of the catwalk lights and the world's media.
The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Austria, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
Egypt has agreed to buy two Mistral warships which France built for Russia before scrapping the sale over the Ukraine crisis, Paris said in a statement on Wednesday.
Russia warned on Wednesday that it will rebuild its nuclear presence in Europe if the US carries out plans to extend its nuclear arsenal in Germany.
An 18-year-old girl died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Ibiza becoming the fifth person to die after taking drugs on the island since the start of the summer.
The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Sweden, France and Germany.
The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into France as well as 18 other countries, accusing Paris of not respecting the laws around the right to asylum.
The European Commission has opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Spain.
The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Spain.
A man in the northern Italian town of Pordenone has been sentenced to three years in jail following years of domestic abuse suffered by his wife, who in one incident was tied naked to a tree.
A farmer in southern Italy allegedly chased and shot an immigrant labourer in the back, killing the man after he reportedly tried to steal melons from a farm.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday rejected what he called German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" as he outlined his own rival plan to tackle Europe's migrant crisis.
Lindt savoured a victory over Haribo on Wednesday in a long-running legal battle after a German federal court ruled that the chocolate teddy bears made by the Swiss confectionary giant were not a copy of the German sweets maker's gummy bears.
Catalonia's leader Artur Mas says the region will not need a referendum to break away from Spain if pro-separatist candidates win a majority of votes in Sunday's regional election.
Danish women have the lowest life expectancy in western Europe and Danish men are also near the bottom, a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday.
Austrian law graduate Max Schrems, who is suing Facebook for various rights violations, has won a victory in his fight at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
France has once again failed to shine in a global rankings on expat quality of life, but it's not all bad news. We take a look at what the country is doing well, and where it's falling down.
A German court ruled on Wednesday that German Haribo gummy bears had no grounds to complain about copyright infringement by their Swiss chocolatey cousins from Lindt.
A marketing campaign that lets people personalize their jars of Nutella, the famous Italian spread, has not gone to plan, with participants designing labels that read "diabetes" and "poop".
The French public prosecutor's office on Tuesday requested the dismissal of a negligence case against IMF chief Christine Lagarde linked to her role in an arbitration case while she was finance minister.
A 12-year-old girl from Upper Austria has died after falling from a loft bed and suffering fatal head injuries.
Sweden's international retail giant H&M has defended itself following allegations that workers are hired on insecure temporary contracts in some of its overseas factories.
Galyna Paliychuk, the Head of the NFGL Lund Network, made a video about the group's recent trip to Bosjökloster. Now she tells SI News about the motivation for the video, and how to encourage others to be more active and make positive change.
We take a stroll through the sometimes surprising history of the French capital's arrondissements.
One year ago on Wednesday, Los Angeles native Michael Scott Moore was set free after being held hostage by Somali pirates for 977 days. The German-American journalist tells The Local how after his release Berlin became his sanctuary to recover from the trauma of captivity.
A tourist celebrating his wedding anniversary at a Venice restaurant was reportedly beaten by waiters after refusing to pay for a steak that was badly cooked.
A majority of Germans believe in intelligent life beyond our planet, a poll by YouGov revealed on Wednesday.
Border guards in crisp blue uniforms rush onto the train as it grinds to a halt, quickly rounding up around a dozen African men and herding them into a nearby hall.
The mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, has come under fire for his plans to travel to Philadelphia to take part in Pope Francis' US tour this week, despite the politician's trip being paid for by his hosts.
From carnivals and street parties to light festivals and even a dash of Glühwein, there's an awful lot going on in Germany this autumn. So if you've decided to give Oktoberfest a miss this year, why not check out a few alternative ways to enjoy the cooler months?
Spain is a paradise of socializing, culture and good health, just don’t come here to make your fortune or climb the career ladder.
The former home of Josef Fritzl - who held his daughter captive in the cellar for decades - could be used as accommodation for refugee families after the local council failed to find a buyer for the property.
Swiss Re, the world's second largest reinsurance group, announced Wednesday it plans to buy Guardian Financial Services for £1.6 billion (€2.2 billion, $2.4 billion).
A 91-year-old woman who worked at Auschwitz has been accused of complicity in the murders of at least 260,000 Jews during World War II, the German news agency DPA said Monday.
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) plans to upgrade 3,000 passenger carriages to improve their energy efficiency over the next five years.
Robert Lewandowski admitted he had little idea how fast his goals flew in after scoring five times in nine minutes to write Bundesliga history in Bayern Munich's 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg.
Spanish leaders raised pressure on Catalonia over its independence drive warning that it would put pensions and bank deposits at risk, as insults and threats heated up campaigning for the region's crucial election.
The UN's envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, held meetings in Geneva this week aimed at reviving peace talks, a statement said on Tuesday, amid mounting pressure to end the four-year war.
Sweden will end up helping traffickers and terrorists if it continues to have such open borders, Finland’s Foreign Minister Timo Soini has suggested.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has said that there is little risk that terrorists are among the refugees and migrants currently entering Denmark.
UberPop, the controversial taxi service, will remain banned in France after the country's highest court dismissed an appeal by the US based company.
UPDATED: Barack Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday - the first black US president hailing the first pontiff from the Americas as a unique moral authority.
The opposition Green Party claimed on Tuesday evening that the German government admitted to knowing about Volkswagen's emissions cheating software in July - and did nothing about it.
Europe has shouldered responsibility for the wave of refugees reaching its shores, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday after EU ministers agreed to relocate 120,000 refugees around the bloc.
Dark winter days are just around the corner. Which means it's time to embrace autumn in Sweden – while it lasts. From cosy candles to cinnamon buns, here's The Local's guide to enjoying the year's most colourful season.
Mario Balotelli scored the first goal of his second spell at AC Milan as the Serie A giants held on for a hard-fought 3-2 win at Udinese on Tuesday.
After EU interior ministers voted to distribute 120,000 refugees within Europe at emergency talks on Tuesday, Denmark’s integration minister said the Union can now move on to focusing on the causes of the continent's worst migration crisis in decades.
Sweden’s Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has been asked to explain claims that his country has been holding “more or less secret” talks with Nato, in a meeting with the country’s Parliamentary Defence Committee.
Many Danish artists have paid tribute to their nation through popular music, but did you know that Denmark has worked its way in to all kinds of songs by international artists?