A Romanian people smuggler who welded the doors shut on 26 refugees he was illegally transporting across Austria in August was sentenced to two years in jail on Friday.
German airline Lufthansa cancelled 290 flights Friday, grounding 37,500 passengers, as cabin staff began a week-long blitz of walkouts in a long-running battle over savings aimed at fending off competition from low-cost rivals.
Germany on Friday passed a law banning professional assisted suicide services - even if practitioners say they do so purely in the interest of suffering people.
Berlin is still honouring an agreement struck with Spanish dictator Francisco Franco to pay pensions to fascist volunteers who signed up to fight for Hitler, it has emerged.
Four ex-mayors of Milan are been probed over seven asbestos-related deaths connected to the prestigious Teatro alla Scala opera house.
Swedes celebrated Father's Day this Sunday. Here are four facts and statistics about being a dad in the famously most gender equal country in the world.
Spain's government said it would go straight to court if Catalonia's regional parliament votes to launch a secession process next week, in what has become a major headache for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
France will officially welcome 200 refugees in total this month, a figure that pales in comparison to the 180,000 who arrived in Germany in October.
Norway’s government has not ruled out shutting the country’s northern border with Russia, after an extraordinary meeting held on Friday to discuss record refugee numbers.
Spain's next government after elections in December should repeal a highly contentious "gag law" that a raft of critics say is muzzling the media, a group of press freedom groups said.
A 15-year-old boy has spoken of the moment a masked swordman stabbed him in the stomach, after killing one of his fellow pupils and a teaching assistant in an attack on a Trollhättan school.
Norwegian singer Aurora Aksnes has been accused of “ruining Christmas” by fans of Brit Pop legends Oasis, after recording a slowed-down version of the song Half the World Away for the UK's highest profile Christmas advert.
The Spanish National Police reported on Friday that they had arrested a woman at Málaga airport upon her arrival back in Spain after allegedly trying to join Isis.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has vowed to revive the oft-mooted ambitious plans to connect Sicily to mainland Italy via a bridge over the Strait of Messina.
A massive manhunt is underway after a 42-year-old man, who was serving a life sentence for murder at a prison in Lecce, escaped during a hospital visit on Friday.
Berliners were outraged this week after it emerged that some tourist souvenir stands are selling hats made of dog fur. The Local headed to sightseeing hotspots to investigate.
Richemont, the world's second-biggest luxury goods company, on Friday reported strong profits but acknowledged that a currency windfall caused most of the rise.
UPDATED: A loud 'explosion' which sparked frantic police activity and global media attention in Stockholm on Friday turned out to be nothing more than a man hanging curtains, a Swedish tabloid has reported.
The Kremlin on Friday angrily condemned France's Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine for publishing political cartoons on the subject of the Egypt plane crash in which 224 people died, most of them Russian tourists.
Political protest and social activism might not come to mind when you think of flamenco, but for some performers it has been a powerful tool for voicing political protest.
Spain has the third-highest rate of store thefts in Europe and the sixth-highest worldwide according to a new report.
Concern about the impact of the refugee crisis on Austria is growing, with 60 percent of people saying that the arrival of thousands of refugees and migrants is a cause for fear and worry, according to a new survey.
Residents of the town of Regensburg in central Bavaria have found a rather clever way of blocking demonstrations by the far-right Pegida movement – by block-booking all the town's squares for their own rallies.
Düsseldorf city councillors narrowly approved on Thursday the mayor's bid to host the opening stage of the world's most famous cycling race, the Tour de France, in 2017 - in the face of widespread criticism.
UPDATED: Sweden’s declaration that it can no longer guarantee refugees a roof over their heads has sparked a back-and-forth debate between Danish and Swedish ministers.
Thieves stole all the boots of Sporting Braga players from their changing room as they prepared for their Europa League match at Olympique Marseille, police said.
La Estrella was once a bustling village, but for nearly half a century it has been home to just one couple.
A self-proclaimed Islamic radical has been arrested in France after it emerged he was planning to attack a French Socialist Party MP. The shocked MP had been due to meet him in the coming days.
Italy has passed a law limiting workers' strikes at some of its prized monuments following embarrassing debacles at both the Colosseum and Pompeii.
Swedish Nordic Noir heroine Lisbeth Salander could be returning to Hollywood. It's been reported that a controversial sequel to Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy is set to be turned into a movie.
Danish shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk on Friday reported a near halving of profits as it was hit by weaker container freight rates and lower oil prices.
Sweden’s declaration that it can no longer guarantee refugees a roof over their heads has sparked a back and forth between Danish and Swedish ministers.
A Swiss International Air Lines plane flying from New York to Geneva was forced on Thursday to abandon a landing at the Swiss city's airport at the last minute because of a problem with its autopilot landing system, the carrier said.
Stefan Theissbacher, 33, is one of the founders of a free social media network called Frag Nebenan (Ask Next Door) which proved an instant hit after its launch and connects Viennese residents living in the same neighbourhood.
Danish citizen Peter Frederiksen will face charges of conspiracy to murder his wife in addition to the assault charges tied to the gruesome discovery of female genitalia in his South African home.
France is to deploy its biggest aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf as the country's armed forces step up their campaign against Isis in the Middle East.
The number of serious bicycle accidents in Switzerland last year rose 14 percent from 2013, while the total of deadly or injury-causing mishaps involving e-bikes set a new record, the accident prevention bureau (BFU) said in its annual report.
Italy may be famed for its healthy lifestyle and Mediterranean diet – but the country is facing severe future health problems because of its overweight children.
An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.4 made the earth move in the south east of France on Friday morning. Although it was minor, experts say a big one is due to hit the region.
A man who has made a name for himself over the past ten years as a Chinese artist has revealed that he made the entire character up and that he's actually French.
In a bid to boost security, France will bring back its border checks during the COP 21 climate summit which will take place in Paris later this month, the country's interior minister said on Friday.
Five weeks before they hope to sign off on a pact to curb global warming, more than 60 environment and energy ministers gather in Paris from Sunday to narrow political rifts.
Refugees and Roma people are among a 150-strong group of people and organizations who have asked to be civil witnesses at the maxi Mafia trial which began in the capital on Thursday.
One hundred percent of the electricity used in Austria's largest state is now generated using renewable sources of energy.
A 21-year-old man with mental problems has admitted to repeatedly stabbing and killing his own mother, police said on Thursday night.
Updated: German airline Lufthansa said it will cancel 290 flights later Friday, the first day of a planned week of walkouts by cabin staff in a long-running dispute over cost-saving measures.
The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, offers up his top selection of Swedish tracks for you to stream or download to cheer up your November.
A passenger train hit a US military truck that had got stuck on a crossing in Freihung, Bavaria on Thursday night, killing two people.
A growing number of wealthy Germans are paying tens of thousands of euros to move olive trees from their sunny habitats in southern Spain to cold northern climes.
Three teens have been arrested in connection with the Thursday stabbing death of a 17-year-old in the Copenhagen suburb of Hillerød.
Qualified banker Stephan Lichsteiner said he feared his playing career was over prior to undergoing heart surgery that sidelined him from the Juventus team for over a month.
Spain’s Constitutional Court has unanimously rejected blocking the debate and vote on the motion declaring the start of the Catalan independence process.
A group of teenagers from north Africa who were living in Stockholm have been found guilty of gang raping a 23-year-old woman on the island of Södermalm.
Germany plans to speed up repatriations of rejected asylum-seekers from new central hubs, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition allies agreed Thursday, vowing to bring order to a record migrant influx.
Six out of 16 secondary border crossings on the Swiss-Italian border could be closed at night to allow border guards to spend more time chasing criminals, under a proposal made by the federal government.
If you have Swedish friends you have almost certainly been made to taste snaps. But have you ever made your own? Food writer John Duxbury shares one of his favourite recipes with The Local.
Swedish charities have denounced the government's reported proposal to slash overseas development aid by 60 percent to pay for a record influx of migrants.
Countries are nearing agreement in Geneva on using satellites to track flights, as they strive to prevent a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014, a high-level US official says.