Spain is full of holiday magic in December - ice skating rinks, Christmas markets and a "polar bear" swim.
A 28-year-old Swiss man ejected from a Zurich restaurant by security guards in the wee hours of Monday returned with an assault rifle to threaten them before being overpowered, city police said.
Britain's Prince Charles said on Monday that he feared for the very existence of traditional French cheeses as he received a prize in Paris for his long-term commitment to organic farming.
A wolf has been found dead near a motorway in Baden-Württemberg - the second time in recent months one of the rare predators has been found dead in the southern state.
They say love knows no distance, but when hearts are yearning, sometimes the only option is to bridge the gap: that’s exactly what Toto, a Dachshund, or sausage dog, did when he dodged traffic to cross two Campania provinces in search of his love.
EU counter-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove has called for the European parliament to secure an agreement with member states that would require airlines to share passenger data by the end of the year.
As European leaders gather for climate talks in Paris, The Local takes a look at ten catastrophes that could befall Spain with climate change.
The prosecutor in the trial of two Gothenburg men who have been charged with terrorist offences in Syria has asked for life imprisonment for the duo after reviewing video evidence.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi joined other world leaders in Paris for the COP 21 climate conference on Monday, promising that Italy was ready to play a key role in preventing man-made climate change.
The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee said on Monday that Hamburg's referendum rejecting its bidding for the 2024 Olympics is a "lost" opportunity for Germany.
Worried about staying slim this festive season? It might be time to ditch the chocolate calendar and open up YouTube - because a pair of German fitness coaches have come up with the perfect route to a "guilt-free" Christmas.
The Paris restaurant Le Petit Cambodge, where 15 people were gunned down in the Paris terror attacks has announced that it plans to reopen because not doing so "would be to admit defeat".
Spain's King Felipe VI has honoured Sephardic Jews who were banished more than five centuries ago during the Inquisition, after a law allowing dual citizenship for their descendants came into force.
Police in the city of Salzburg are searching for a teenage boy who broke into a girls boarding school in Itzling during Sunday night and molested two students.
Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for Zurich-based Fifa's prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy for world's best footballer, along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.
Sweden's economy is growing faster than expected and is now at an historically high level, according to figures from national number crunching body Statistics Sweden.
A French mum was lucky to be reunited with her six-year-old son after she left him behind at a rest area and he tried to hitchhike home along the motorway.
The number of refugees arriving in Germany has fallen off sharply in the past few days, with police reporting half the number of new arrivals this weekend compared with last.
With most of the Christkindlmarkts already open in Vienna, it's time to start thinking about Christmas, if you haven't already. Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky has advice on how to survive the festive season.
A Polish serial killer who murdered and tortured an elderly couple in Austria may have carried out similar crimes while living in the UK.
The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), ruling party in Bavaria, want to pass a new law making it illegal for anyone to wear a burqa in Germany.
There was some good news for travellers and commuters in Paris on Monday when transport chiefs vowed to invest €1.78 billion in the network in 2016.
World leaders gathered in Paris for the COP 21 climate conference must find an "ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding" way to stop global warming, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.
The councillor who was expelled from the Ciudadanos party for claming expenses for the commute to attend council meetings from Chicago has stripped off for the cover of a glossy magazine.
UPDATED: Following heated debate, Norwegian officials have dropped the requirement that any buildings that house refugees remove their religous imagery in order to not offend the newcomers.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of an Italian doctor in Kenya.
The Austrian supermarket chain Zielpunkt is formally beginning insolvency proceedings with the Vienna court of commerce. Nearly 3,000 employees are expected to lose their jobs before Christmas.
Christmas dominates the proceedings in December, but the month still features several promising shows, particularly within the drum 'n' bass and heavy metal genres.
The controversial trial of five people involved in the latest Vatican leaks scandal was adjourned on Monday until next week, after one of the accused asked for more time to prepare her defence.
With the crucial COP21 climate summit kicking off in Paris on Monday here's a look at what France might look like in 2050 if temperatures continue to rise.
Denmark saw its economy contract for the first time since 2013 while unemployment fell to its lowest level in over six years, official data showed on Monday.
Austrian police are searching for two conmen who allegedly stole bracelets and wristwatches worth several thousands euros from two jewellers in Vienna in the past week.
Best-selling Swedish author Camilla Läckberg has co-written one of the of the 28 entries for Melodifestivalen 2016, the competition designed to choose Sweden’s entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
French President Francois Hollande turned up the pressure on heads of state gathered for the opening speech of a UN climate conference on Monday, saying life itself was at stake and a deal must be reached.
So what do you cook when you're feeding 150 presidents, prime ministers, and kings at an environmental conference? We take a look at the menu on the table for Monday afternoon at the COP21 climate summit.
Italy's Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said that Italy's predicted return to growth for 2015 could be harmed by the fallout of the recent Paris terror attacks.
Air pollution caused 84,400 premature deaths in Italy – the highest among the EU states – in 2012, according to the latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Stormtroopers took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday alongside Jedi kights, ewoks, wookies and Darth Vaders during Barcelona's ninth Star Wars parade.
The team behind The Bridge said discussions are underway about a fourth season, after the third reached a dramatic conclusion over the weekend. Meanwhile, the show’s Swedish star has some choice words for Denmark about its handling of the refugee crisis.
UPDATED: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has promised a further 250 million kronor ($28.5m) to fight global warming at the COP21 climate summit in Paris, a gathering seen by many as the last chance to reach a deal aimed at limiting global warming.
An ad by German supermarket chain Edeka makes an emotional plea to viewers to remember what's most important during the holidays: family. But did it make the message just a touch too dark?
Danes set an all-time spending record on Black Friday, smashing the previous mark by 13 percent.
The cat was trapped in a house fire in Galicia when firemen came to the rescue with a tiny oxygen mask and CPR.
When 150 world leaders come to town, you would expect there to be some knock-on effects. From free public transport to closed roads, here's how Paris is being affected by the two-week conference.
A 93-year-old man from the canton of Vaud died in a fire in his home that investigators believe could have been caused by an electric blanket, police said on Monday.
As organizers and world leaders are gearing up for the Paris climate summit, The Local gives you a rundown of the key facts and figures you need to know.
Around 150 leaders from around the world united in Paris on Monday for the COP21 climate summit, seen by many as the last chance to reach a deal aimed at limiting global warming.
Politicians and members of the public condemned protesters who ransacked the makeshift shrine to the Paris terror attacks victims to throw candles and other objects left by mourners at riot police.
The Spanish fashion giant is to install iPads in its changing rooms so customers can request clothes to be brought straight to them.
A cold front has reached the centre of Germany, casting a spell of cold over the north of the country, while the south remains warm.
Emma Morano became the longest living Italian ever on Sunday when she celebrated her 116th birthday. Her secret? Staying single, apparently.
A Norwegian man was arrested after a confrontation over whisky on a Torp-bound flight from Copenhagen.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced on Sunday that Sweden would contribute to a joint action plan agreed by nine EU nations designed to limit the number of refugees arriving in Europe via Turkey.
Hurricane-force winds affected some regions of Austria overnight, leaving a trail of damage behind them, but thankfully no recorded injuries.
Storm Gorm swept through southern Sweden on Sunday night, recording wind speeds of up to 32 metres per second. Here are some of the most dramatic photos to emerge from the chaos.
Bank creditors are tipped to meet on Monday to discuss the next steps in a restructuring process as the renewable energy giant looked set to become Spain's biggest ever bankruptcy.
Lorna Richardson, 42, recently moved from the UK to Umeå in northern Sweden, where she's started some unusual research involving both historic finds and the latest technologies.
Not even the impending arrival of Gorm the Storm could stop Copenhageners from turning out for their annual Christmas tree lighting tradition.
Italy's farmers on Sunday called for Alaskan salmon, Californian nuts and Peruvian asparagus to be banished from the nation's Christmas tables to support efforts to stop global warming after the Paris climate summit.
The Swiss federal government may have found a way to reach a deal with Brussels over immigration restrictions, according to a media report.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders agreed a joint action plan to limit the number of refugees arriving in Europe via Turkey at a Brussels summit on Sunday.
The Eiffel Tower turned green Sunday for the opening of the Paris climate conference, marking the launch of an art project that will see "virtual trees" grow on the landmark to support reforestation.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has slapped down a headmaster who has banned Christmas concerts and carols in his school near Milan in the name of multiculturalism.
Clashes broke out Sunday between hundreds of asylum seekers at a shelter in Berlin, in the second mass brawl to erupt over the weekend in Germany's crowded migrant accommodations.
After landing in Paris on Monday US President Barack Obama headed straight to the Bataclan venue to pay his respects to those killed in the recent terror attacks.
Swedish public broadcaster SVT has said it is in discussion with production companies and writers about a fourth series of The Bridge, after the third season reached a dramatic conclusion over the weekend.
The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, 'Call Me Francesco', which will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday.
Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics fell at the first hurdle on Sunday when residents voted 'No' in a crunch referendum as the German public again torpedoed plans to host a Games.
The world's top luxury company LVMH has taken a minority stake in Italian jeweller Repossi to help it expand its distribution network, the two parties said on Monday.
Following last week's announcement that Norway would immediately reject asylum seekers who have been residing in Russia, the two countries are sending the expelled back and forth.
UPDATED: Some schools remain closed and tens of thousands of people are still without electricity after a storm ripped through southern and western Sweden on Sunday night.