Hoverboards may have yet to make the leap from the "Back to the Future" movies to reality, but Austria's transport ministry has given them the green light anyway.
Two Oslo brothers have been charged with murdering a 22-year-old Somali man by slitting his throat with a pizza cutter, simply because he owed them money.
The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) may have dramatically increased its representation in the lower house of parliament but many Swiss voters are not looking for a change in the federal government, according to a new poll.
There are plenty of Nordic traits that might first seem unusual, but can quickly become part of everyday life if you move to Sweden.
The electoral success of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) will make an initiative curbing immigration from the EU more difficult to implement in a way that is favourable to Switzerland’s economy, a leading Swiss banker says.
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and his ex-wife Elena on Tuesday announced they had reached a deal in Switzerland to settle their divorce, which had been dubbed the costliest break-up of all time.
After first blaming France, Moscow on Tuesday lodged an official protest against Switzerland over a Swiss warplane that allegedly flew too close to a plane carrying Russian politicians.
A jury led by Chinese activist Ai Weiwei is set to hand out one million kronor at this year's Stockholm Film Festival to a director who has made an impact in the world of movies.
A 27-year-old Utøya survivor is to become the new deputy mayor of Oslo, as Norway’s Labour Party and its Green and Socialist Left allies retake the city after eight years of Conservative rule.
France's asylum procedures have been slammed as too long and inefficient, with as many as 96 percent of refugees who are refused asylum not being deported, an official report found.
The decaying bedroom of a Pompeii home, including a graffito perhaps scrawled by Emperor Julius Caeser's second wife, could finally get the restoration it deserves. If enough people donate online, that is.
When pet cat Aljosha disappeared from his home in North Rhine-Westphalia for seven weeks, his owner feared the worst. But Aljosha hadn't gone far – he'd been holed up in a neighbour's wine cellar lapping up €40 worth of Riesling.
At this time of year Spain puts on a splendid show of autumn colours. Here are some of our favourite photos taken by The Local readers.
Eight young men appeared in court in Cologne on Tuesday charged with robbing churches and schools to finance Isis' religious war in Syria.
Greenpeace applied on Tuesday to take over the German brown coal operations of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, pledging to close them down to protect the climate.
While French trade unions have come under fire for blocking labour reforms, boycotting talks, ripping off executives' suits and are generally seen as doing everything possible to prevent change, experts say France would be a lot worse off without them.
A heartbroken Swedish student has received thousands of offers after his social media appeal to find a date for a concert went viral – just a week after his girlfriend broke up with him.
Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the town of Haltern am See on Tuesday to mourn with the parents and other relatives of the sixteen schoolchildren and two teachers killed in the Germanwings plane crash in March.
Fifa's executive committee reconfirmed Tuesday that they will hold the election for a new president to replace Sepp Blatter next February.
A group supporting France's disabled community has handed a "file of shame" to the French government as it has emerged that thousands are forced into "exile" in Belgium where facilities and support are considered far better.
It's been all over the news recently: politicians and other high-profile people putting a little extra gloss on their qualifications. Tom Ireland of StartupCVs investigates the extent of the problem - and how you can toy with the truth without feeling guilty.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will next week address the United Nations' top human rights body in Geneva, the UN said on Tuesday, as a wave of violence in Israel continues despite international calls for calm.
Ferrari makes its stock market debut on Wall Street on Wednesday with owner Fiat Chrysler hopeful the luxury sports car maker will roar off the starting grid.
The Venstre government is preparing its next round of tighter immigration laws, this time targeting those who want to obtain permanent residency.
German industry was initially eager to welcome the hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving into the country - but sceptical voices are being raised about the potential costs of the huge influx to Europe's biggest economy.
As experts worry about persuading noble heirs to take care of Germany's castles, The Local finds out what is takes to run these historical buildings – and why the pressure might be too much for the next generation of aristocrats.
Proving that no one is immune to the long arm of the law, Donald Duck is at the centre of a police investigation for hidden advertising on behalf of the aquarium Den Blå Planet.
Four years after it renounced violence, the Basque terrorist group breathes its last without dissolving, while many hope a change in government in Madrid will finally turn the page on decades of conflict.
London-born Eugene Quinn is a founding member of culture group space and place, which this year is putting on creative events celebrating Vienna as a city to explore on foot - all part of Vienna’s Year of Walking campaign.
Slovenian soldiers will help police manage a surge of migrants and refugees from Croatia, the country's government said on Tuesday after an all-night emergency meeting. More than 4,280 people entered Austria from Slovenia on Monday.
A pair of surfers turned entrepreneurs are hoping to ride on the wave of popularity as they launch their invention worldwide.
Prosecutors in Sicily are seeking a 10-year prison term for a priest who allegedly extorted sex from asylum seekers in return for helping them to obtain residency permits.
From this week a dozen Spanish airports will offer travellers free Wi-Fi, a service that will be extended to all AENA operated airports by the end of the year.
The 2016 edition of the Tour de France will cover 3,519km starting from Mont Saint-Michel on July 2nd and finishing in Paris three weeks later.
The highest mountain in western Europe, Mont Blanc will take a starring role in the 2016 edition of the Tour de France, whose complete route was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday. The iconic Mont Ventoux will also feature once again.
Feel like you and your partner are drifting apart? Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky looks at how to revive a sense of friendship in your marriage.
Are firstborns more intelligent? Are the babies of the family the rebels? It's a theory that's dominated psychology since the 1990s. But new research by Leipzig and Mainz universities suggests there's little to support it.
From the number of Cretans to be executed for every dead German soldier to advice on which brothel to use, new research is shedding light on Nazi wartime atrocities in Greece.
Israel's ambassador to Sweden has strongly criticised videos circulating of a pro-Palestinian rally in Malmö in which protestors appear to praise recent attacks in Israel.
An 89-year-old gran who was spotted driving her mobility scooter (maximum speed 10 km/h) down the hard shoulder of the A1 motorway in Lower Austria has received an official police warning.
Next year's Tour de France cycling race will have a spectacular itinerary amid the Swiss Alps with riders also zooming into the country's capital of Bern, organizers said on Tuesday.
A Swedish man is on trial accused of attempting to cover up a homosexual relationship by killing his victim, drinking his blood and using it to draw a pentagram on his wall.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front, went on trial on Tuesday on charges of inciting racial hatred after comparing Muslim street prayers to the Nazi occupation.
Italian bank Unicredit will give €50,000 to the creator of the best mobile banking app as part of Appathon 2015, which takes place in Milan, Munich and Vienna in November.
Next time you are tempted to browse through your significant other’s emails or texts, be warned – you could end up being banged up in prison for breach of privacy.
Unicredit, Italy’s second largest lender by market value, will give €50,000 to the creator of the best mobile banking app as part of Appathon 2015, which takes place in November.
Rome's outgoing mayor, Ignazio Marino, has fiercely denied the expenses scandal that forced him out of office earlier this month, saying the dinner receipts were forged.
One Deutsche Bank customer got quite the surprise when they found $6 billion had appeared in their bank account. The error is the latest in a long line of bad headlines for Germany's largest bank.
UPDATED: After Danish police determined that there were no grounds to charge controversial Swedish street artist Dan Park, he will get off with a fine for his flyers comparing refugees to terrorists.
A Spanish woman has been arrested at Madrid airport on her way to Turkey with the intention of crossing into Syria to join the Isis (Islamic State) terrorist group.
Popular streaming website Netflix will be available in Spain from Tuesday, eight years after it was launched in the United States.
Former Miss Austria Ena Kadic has died in hospital from injuries sustained after she fell down a mountain while jogging in her home state of Tyrol.
Italy is willing to keep its troops in Afghanistan “at current levels”, it was reported on Monday.
The cost of parking is increasing in many Swiss cities as municipalities struggle to deal with rising traffic and clogged roads, resulting in visitors and residents paying higher prices to leave their vehicles in busy urban centres.
The German Football Federation (DFB) are considering reporting ex-president Theo Zwanziger to police in connection with allegations Germany bought the 2006 World Cup.
In a segment for ‘Last Week Tonight’, comedian John Oliver joined the international criticism of the Odense Zoo’s lion dissection by painting Danes as blood-thirsty brutes with silly accents.
Madrid's left-wing city government has said it may challenge its costly interest-rate swap agreements in court, just days after it announced it would drop the services of credit rating agencies.
As the “New Jungle” at Calais reaches breaking point with the number of refugees hitting 6,000, many refugees now head to other camps in northern France. The Local reports from a squalid settlement near Dunkirk whose population has exploded but the aid has not followed.
French bank Credit Agricole has agreed to pay €700 million ($800 million) to the US to settle charges it conducted illegal business in Iran and other sanctioned countries, reports have claimed.
In Dresden on Monday thousands of people at a Pegida rally cheered after a speaker said, half in jest, “it's a shame the concentration camps aren't up and running”. It was a moment that showed how far the anti-Islam movement has slid over its year in existence.
As the thermometer dips towards zero in Germany, thousands of asylum seekers spending their nights in tents are pleading for authorities to find them alternative housing.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has demanded his side forget their domestic woes with a Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach that would put them within sight of the last 16.
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in football, FIFA's Ballon d'Or or Golden Ball prize.
The trial of a Danish man accused of being behind an online paedophilia network gets underway on Tuesday.
Rail security guards will be able to search suspicious passengers at train stations and on the Paris Metro under new plans to boost security on public transport put forward by the French government this week.
Five years ago, cyclists across the world rejoiced to discover that European innovation had made nearly-invisible helmets a reality. Yet the Hövding helmet is still unavailable in its largest market: the US. CEO Fredrik Carling tells The Local how transatlantic bureaucracy is stifling small businesses, and how the freetrade agreement TTIP would help.
Italy's Five Star Movement, the populist faction led by former clown Beppe Grillo, believes it is on the verge of transforming itself from protest vehicle to party of government, starting with a tilt at claiming control of Rome.
As Sweden prepares to host Eurovision 2016, the City of Stockholm should offer visiting LGBTQ people a safe meeting place where they can party without worrying about their safety, argues LGBTQ rights campaigner Julle Bergenholtz from RFSL Stockholm.
UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Tuesday condemned a series of suspected arson attacks on asylum accommodation as The Local spoke to officials planning Sweden's first tent camp for refugees.