Populist pontificator Christoph Blocher, known for his virulent campaigns against immigration, the European Union and Islam, is not running in Switzerland's upcoming elections, but remains the country's most talked-about politician.
Forget the 35-hour week. It’s too long says France’s leading trade union, which has launched a campaign calling for a 32-hour week to create jobs and save posts under threat.
An increasing number of children in Austria are being brought up in relative poverty, according to a new report that warns young people are suffering due to rising inequality around the world.
The Swiss head to the polls Sunday to vote in a new parliament, with the populist right seen as likely to strengthen its already dominant position amid concerns over migrants and asylum rules.
More than 600 asylum seekers are set to move into the world's most northerly ski resort as Sweden struggles to find enough temporary accommodation for record numbers of new arrivals.
Just what is going on in the Spanish startup scene? The Local takes a look.
The spiralling refugee crisis will cost Austria €1 billion ($740 million) in 2016, the finance ministry announced on Wednesday, as the country expects 85,000 new asylum-seekers by the end of this year.
Italy’s top court has ruled that an employee of Fiat did nothing wrong when he watched porn films during his lunch break, and so could not be sacked.
Nine smelly barrels discovered on an allotment south of Stockholm last week were initially thought to be filled with toxic waste, but officials say that the containers were in fact packed with sauerkraut, the pickled cabbage dish loved by Germans.
Refugees who snuck into a truck in France's northern port of Calais were given the fright of their lives when it emerged the lorry contained a polar bear, which was being transported to a UK zoo.
A new study shows that German women are some of the most pessimistic in the developed world about the effect starting a family will have on their career.
Are you suffering from a raging tomcat after a heavy night out? Or are people saying you've got a bird and you just don't understand what they mean? Germany certainly doesn't hold back when it comes to animal-based idioms. We take a look at a few of the funniest.
Denmark, Sweden and Norway are all vying for a spot in Euro 2016 in France next summer, but the Scandinavian rivals could knock one another out at the playoff stages.
The ex-girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, Valerie Trierweiler, said on Wednesday that she has stopped her tell-all book about their time together being made into a movie.
Sweden, Norway and Denmark are all vying for a spot in Euro 2016 in France next summer, but the Scandinavian rivals could knock one another out at the playoff stages.
The Danish Royal House made the unusual move of sending out a press release to counter a gossip magazine's report that Princess Marie had undergone breast enhancement surgery.
French rail operator SNCF has been forced to deny suggestions it is allowing refugees to travel en masse for free on trains across France after a leaked memo to staff provoked anger from those on the right.
An internal investigation at Volkswagen (VW) has revealed that at least 30 managers were involved in the company's cheating on emissions testing for its diesel vehicles, Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday.
Berlin's world-renowned film festival, the Berlinale, on Wednesday announced Meryl Streep as its jury president for the 2016 event.
A Spanish archbishop has called into question whether Spain should be welcoming refugees, asking "are they completely trustworthy?"
UPDATED: France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced new measures to appease protesting police on Wednesday, who said they were fed up with a lack of resources and an ineffective justice system.
Italy’s Lower House has backed new legislation granting citizenship to babies born in Italy to foreign parents.
Sweden's housing market is continuing to heat up, despite warnings from top economists that the situation is a bubble waiting to burst.
For the first time since 1928 the Swiss federal government will next month conclude a four-year term without any changes in the seven-member lineup. Can the team stay together?
A 69-year-old woman stands to inherit a fortune of €3 million after DNA proved that she was the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Andalusian landowner.
The Ministry of Defence and Galicia’s regional government will fund the €55 million facility - one of the few in Europe dedicated to drone research.
Stefan Löfven gave an olive branch to leaders of the opposition in a heated parliament debate on Wednesday which focused mainly on the escalating refugee crisis.
Danish archaeologists have uncovered well-preserved traces of an entire Iron Age community, including several bogs filled with the skeletons of human and canine sacrifices.
France's most popular baby names for 2015 were revealed on Wednesday, together with a few names that fell foul of the law, including that of a prince.
A video by BuzzFeed about Italians' mostly stereoptypical habits has been met with a hilarious response in Italy.
ChemChina has completed the acquisition of just under 87 percent of Pirelli's ordinary shares, leaving it within touching distance of its goal of delisting the iconic Italian tyremaker.
Police in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, have warned parents in the town not to post pictures of their children online where they can be seen by anyone – sparking massive debate among social media users.
Leading Hamburg academics have blasted city authorities for misleading the public about the true costs of the Olympic Games they intend to host in 2024.
On Tuesday, German MPs, journalists and others took to the Spree river in a boat once used by refugees to get an idea of what dangerous Mediterranean crossings are like. The Local's Hannah Butler was amongst the boat's passengers - and was shocked by what she experienced.
Pope Francis apologized on Wednesday on behalf of the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican.
A French porn actress had a very public spat with an airline this week all after the company's tweet to explain a delayed flight included a joke about her choice of career.
UPDATED: A rapping and singing children's television presenter and four dancing tampons feature in a new video designed to teach Swedish children to celebrate menstruation.
A court in central France has officially registered a person as being "gender neutral" rater than either male or female - the first ruling of its kind in France.
The video site has released a list of its most viewed videos on its tenth anniversary and only one Spaniard makes the list... can you guess who the hero is?
A British tourist died while swimming off the coast of the Italian island of Elba on Tuesday.
James Hansen, the campaigning climate scientist, has called on Norway to halt oil drilling in the Arctic to prevent "a dismal future on a planet that will become less and less habitable and governable".
Seventeen-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer crashed out to little-known Spanish left-hander Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a major shock in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.
Depending on which service is to be believed, Denmark is either in for a winter that will be much colder that usual or one that will be wet and dreary as usual.
Norway's national football have failed to secure an automatic qualifying spot in next year's Euro 2016 after the unbeaten Italian side vanquished them 2-1 at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening.
Santiago Calatrava has been announced as the 2015 winner of the European Prize for Architecture. The Local takes a look at some of his best work.
Former French international footballer Djibril Cissé has insisted he is innocent a day after he was arrested and questioned over an alleged plot to blackmail fellow footballer Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape.
The German Weather Service (DWD) reported snow in some low-lying areas of the country on Tuesday night, marking the low point of this week's cold snap.
As Democratic candidates squared off for their first debate of the US presidential campaign, Denmark took a central role in the opening minutes.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo admitted on Tuesday he felt no satisfaction despite winning a record fourth Golden Boot as the top scorer in Europe's domestic leagues last season.
Alessandro Florenzi inspired Italy to a late fightback that saw the Azzurri stun Norway 2-1 in their final Euro 2016 qualifier at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday to finish top of Group H.
A poll published on Tuesday showed that a majority of Germans think that there are too many asylum seekers in the country and that Chancellor Angela Merkel is wrong to say "we'll manage this".
Ukraine's ambassador to France has voiced his "shock" at the new 2016 edition of a French atlas which features a map showing "Crimea as being part of Russian territory."
Residents of Switzerland are the wealthiest in the world but the country also has one of the highest levels of inequality among developed nations, a report from Credit Suisse says.
A people smuggler who crammed 42 refugees into just six square metres in the back of a lorry was sentenced to three years in jail in Austria on Tuesday.
Germany's biggest newspaper Bild shuttered its online service on Tuesday to users who have installed so-called adblocker software.
A sports marketing company run by the nephew of embattled Fifa chief Sepp Blatter has confirmed its CEO in Italy is under investigation as prosecutors probe the sale of Serie A television rights.
Gothenburg police are investigating an explosion in the suburb of Biskopsgården, which has been hit by multiple attacks in the past year amid rising concerns about gang crime in the city.
Police were called in after a wild boar ran amok through central Malmö, Sweden's third-biggest city. It was understood to still be at large early on Wednesday morning.
The Local's opinion columnist and 'The Danish Way of Parenting' author Jessica Alexander writes cutting up a lion in front of school kids is just a manifestation of Danes' honest approach to life.
Swedish is a fun language to learn, but there are some words which can bring a blush to English-speakers' cheeks. Here are eight words which we still find awkward to use in conversation.