It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month's jihadist attacks.
How will 2015 be defined in Germany? The Local takes a look at the biggest stories that impacted the country this year.
An abandoned greyhound puppy who guided and protected his blind sister have been adopted by a family as a companion for their blind dog.
An Italian appeals court has upheld the right of a lesbian woman to adopt her partner's biological child, a gay rights group said on Wednesday, in a landmark case for the Catholic country as it considers granting rights to same-sex couples.
Do you know what it means to have the peach or why it might be really bad if your new love has a heart like an artichoke? We explain some of the many food-based idioms that pepper the French language.
Italy's President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday reduced the sentences of two former CIA agents, including a station chief, over the kidnapping and extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian imam in 2003.
Christmas Eve marks the culinary highlight of the year for French families, when they settle down for "Le Reveillon", a marathon feast fit for kings which often begins AFTER midnight mass. Take a closer look here.
Watch out Hollywood! Spanish films are enjoying new popularity making 2015 one of best years at the box office.
A pro-government armed group in Mali accused the French military on Wednesday of killing four of its fighters during a weekend clash with an Al-Qaeda-linked movement in the country's restive north.
Porn star Rocco Siffredi, known as the 'Italian stallion', has launched a petition demanding sex education become mandatory in Italy's schools and offered himself up as a teacher.
The French Mediterranean island of Corsica has become the latest European territory to take a nationalist turn, with an unprecedented victory in regional elections that has put independence activists in the seat of power.
A helicopter battling a wildfire in northern Spain has crashed, killing the pilot, emergency services said.
Nothing was safe from the Nazis' attempt to infiltrate every corner of German life - right down to how people celebrated Christmas.
In the latest Nordic thriller series to hit TV screens, a Stockholm mum takes over her late husband's marijuana business. The Local speaks to star and co-producer Alexandra Rapaport about Gåsmamman, which she hopes will go global.
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