Retirement assets totalling close to three billion francs ($3 billion) are lying dormant in Swiss occupational pension funds because their beneficiaries cannot be traced, according to a report.
Men of ‘Arab background’ were likely responsible for mass sexual assaults in Cologne over the New Year, police said on Monday - as a social media storm accused police and media of a cover-up.
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has riled religious leaders in France after its special anniversary edition blamed religion for terror attacks.
As of January 2016 France officially has just 13 regions, but what really separates a Breton from a Parisian or an Alsatian from someone from the Basque country?
Sub-zero temperatures look set to continue across large parts of Sweden this week. But those longing for deep snow may have to wait until the weekend.
France is preparing to pay homage to the victims of last January's terror attacks in Paris which left 17 dead, including many of the staff at Charlie Hebdo magazine. Several ceremonies and homages are planned
Germany warned Saudi Arabia on Monday it could review military exports in light of Riyadh's mass executions of prisoners two days earlier.
Long-serving Roma captain Francesco Totti could retire at the end of the current season and is already considering his options elsewhere within football, his wife said on Monday.
A Swedish man in his sixties is in hospital with serious injuries after a chemical reaction took place while he was helping a contact to deep clean their apartment.
A refugee who walked the length of the Channel Tunnel from France has been granted asylum in the UK.
A joiner from Berlin has invented a switch which can turn off the flow of sperm from a man’s testicles. The device could change contraception forever.
Berlin police had to do without 90 patrol cars on Monday as the sudden cold snap hitting north-eastern Germany left them stuck in their parking lots.
At least three people have reportedly drowned as a group of 200 people attempted to cross into Spain’s enclave of Ceuta from Morocco.
Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena has lived up to her scrupulous standards by refusing to accept a Christmas gift from a businessman.
A woman is being charged with gross negligence causing death after her 13-year-old daughter was found dead on New Year's Eve.
An Italian nun has alleged that she and her fellow sisters were encouraged to write their vows using their own blood, engage in self flagellation and eat expired food while cloistered at a convent in Italy.
The UN expert on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories resigned on Monday, complaining that Israel had never granted him access to the areas he is meant to monitor.
La Vijanera carnival took place in Spain on the first Sunday of January as thousands of people gathered in the Cantabrian town of Silió to bid farewell to winter.
The much-maligned Saxon dialect was the clue that led police to a bomb hoaxer in Munich over the weekend.
Swiss multi-billionaire businesswoman Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, whose partner is the former head of the Swiss National Bank, is pregnant with twins, due in the spring.
Expensive taxi journeys, fear of profit loss and guilt about complaining as the refugee crisis continues. The Local spoke to travellers affected by the new checks on trains going over the Öresund bridge.
Extra security forces will be deployed to patrol shops and malls in Rome ahead of the winter sales, which usually get underway on the national holiday of January 6th.
2016 is getting off to a wet start in Spain, where 38 provinces are on alert for severe winds and rain.
Border controls have been reinstated between Denmark and Sweden. But The Local looks into why so many new arrivals would still rather seek asylum east of the famous Öresund bridge.
Norway plans to send between 4,000 and 5,000 refugees back to other EU countries, including some 860 to Hungary.
Austria has introduced a new law to clamp down on cyberbullying - which is designed to protect children and teenagers in particular from being insulted and abused on social media sites.
UPDATED: Sweden's decision to introduce controls on its frontier with Denmark has pushed its Nordic neighbour to announce tougher checks on its border with Germany.
A mammoth operation begins on Monday to drain and clean out the picturesque Canal Saint-Martin in Paris. But what will happen to the fish and what will the cleaners find?
Denmark will begin "temporary' passport checks on the German-Danish border, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said on Monday.
The Feast of Epiphany is traditionally Spain's main festive holiday, when children receive their presents brought not by Santa Claus, but by the Three Kings.
Italian diplomat Filippo Grandi began work on Monday as the new head of the UN refugee agency, facing the mammoth task of leading efforts to deal with record levels of displacement worldwide.
UPDATED: Denmark began random ID checks at the Germany border on Monday in direct response to Sweden's new border controls.
For anyone who received a new sledge under the Christmas tree, there may finally be a chance to put it to use.
In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career The Local talks to Sienna Brown, founder of Las Morenas de España, a community that is redefining the black experience in Spain.
He may be struggling to form a government but Mariano Rajoy proved he could still get into the groove as he celebrated New Year’s Eve at a party in Galicia.
A man living in a refugee home near Frankfurt was wounded by a bullet early on Monday morning after unknown attackers fired on the building several times .
Legendary carmaker Ferrari completed its spinoff from Fiat Chrysler Autombiles with a debut on the Milan stock exchange on Monday, its shares opening at €43 before slipping in early trading.
The burning of toxic waste by the local mafia is behind the above-average number of deaths and cancer cases among residents in and around Naples, a health survey has confirmed.
Snow has finally arrived in the Swiss Alps after a month of warmer than usual weather, although the white stuff came too late for many Christmas season holidaymakers packing their bags on Sunday.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faces a tough 2016, with a number of unfinished or pending reforms needed to work their way through parliament.
Spain’s Environment Ministry is planning a special route through the Mediterranean that will protect whales and dolphins from the dangers of oil drilling.
Zoo workers in Berlin admitted on Monday that they had made a mistake about the sex of the newest member of their elephant herd.
The broadcast of an alleged rape by two men on a “groggy” woman on the social media site Snapchat has caused outrage in France and led to police opening an investigation.
January 2016 sees the introduction of numerous new rules and law changes in France. Here's everything you need to know.
A man from Tyrol who continued to drive without a license despite being caught and fined by police an astounding 40 times now faces three years in jail.
Facebook reversed course on its decision to block a politician’s photo of the Little Mermaid for violating its terms on nudity and sexual suggestiveness but the MP found that posting a picture of one of Denmark’s most famous icons is still problematic.
A €1 New Year's Eve price hike at an ice cream parlour and café in Turin has provoked a backlash on social media.
A walker who fished a suitcase out of Traunsee lake in Upper Austria made a gruesome discovery on Sunday when he opened it to find a woman’s dismembered body.
A multi-generational inheritance squabble in one of the world's foremost art-dealing dynasties with a penchant for thoroughbred racehorses will be played out in a Paris court from Monday.
The Norwegian Medical Association (Legeforeningen - NMA) wants a smoke-free society by 2035 and has proposed a ban on the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2000 as a first step.
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka is looking to give himself the best possible preparation for the first Grand Slam of 2016 in Melbourne later this month by winning the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament, which starts on Monday.
A Frenchman of Tunisian origin was charged on Sunday with attempted homicide after he tried to run down troops guarding a mosque in the southeastern town of Valence, a prosecutor said.
Most of Germany is experiencing sub-zero temperatures on Monday, with temperatures in the north-east of the country diving as low as -15C in some areas.
Bad weather has forced a sailboat crew headed by Swiss billionaire Dona Bertarelli and her partner to abandon a bid to claim the Jules Verne trophy for the fastest yacht voyage around the world.
A cold trail led to a hot chase for Swedish police who nabbed a peckish trio after the bungling burglars left behind footprints in the fresh snow.
Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer's call for Germany to take a maximum of 200,000 refugees per year stirred anger on Sunday, with other leaders clear they would never back the move.
Charlie Hebdo will mark one year since the bloody attack on its offices with a special edition of the satirical magazine featuring a gun-wielding God on its front cover.
Weekend rain washed away the dangerous pollution that has afflicted Rome in recent weeks but left city authorities with a new headache: roads and pavements made treacherous by bird droppings.
More than 70 percent of Swedes want to reintroduce conscription for men and women alike, according to a fresh survey.
Delays were expected on Monday as controversial ID checks to stem the refugee flow into Sweden came into effect just before midnight on the Danish side of the Øresund Bridge.
UPDATED: Travellers experienced short delays on Monday as controversial ID checks to stem the refugee flow into Sweden came into effect on the Danish side of the Öresund bridge.
Briton Deri Thomas makes his living from the running industry in Sweden and is pushing for more free events designed to unite amateur athletes in the Nordic nation.