A homeless man died in Paris on Thursday morning, as temperatures plunged below zero.
Austria's cash-strapped state of Carinthia edged closer to bankruptcy Thursday after creditors rejected its plea to forgive some of the debts owed by stricken state lender Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA).
It's cold and looks set to stay that way for a while longer. To help thaw your pessimistically polar disposition, The Local reminds you with these photos just how magical a German winter can be.
A tearful Sophia Loren on Thursday led a string of Italian cinema luminaries paying their last respects to legendary film director Ettore Scola, who died this week.
A man in western Germany is to stand trial after trying to buy an AK-47 assault rifle using an identity card from the non-existent 'Free State of Prussia'.
A woman in northern France managed to fight off a gang of sex attackers by biting the penis of one the men until she drew blood.
Photo identification checks introduced for people travelling between southern Sweden and Denmark by train earlier this month are costing millions of kronor a week.
The 80-year-old husband of a child minder was handed the sentence by a Geneva court after being found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.
A convicted rapist has escaped from his guards while on a visit to a brewery in Cologne and is on the run, police said on Wednesday.
Aksel Lund Svindal and his Norwegian teammates on Thursday put the finishing touches to their preparation for Kitzbuehel's World Cup downhill, the alpine skiing equivalent of the Monaco Formula One race.
"We report neutrally, transparently and actively about criminality - no matter what some so-called 'trusted source' claims."
The UN's top human rights body took Denmark to task on Thursday over its treatment of asylum seekers, with diplomats voicing alarm over rising xenophobia and a plan to seize valuables from migrants.
Sweden is considering cooperating with Nato's centre for strategic communications in Latvia to battle an 'information war' with Russia, but the director of the centre says the Nordic country should consider becoming part of the defence alliance instead.
France sent a stern message to Britain on Thursday with the president and his PM telling David Cameron that the eurozone is their priority, not the UK's demands to reform the EU.
Just weeks after the US tech giant said it would pay Italy millions of euros owed in tax, Apple is opening a product development facility in Naples, the company said on Thursday.
An eleven month-old baby in Spain has been diagnosed with scurvy after it was fed on almond milk alone.
Stay right where you are and allow Google's stunning new Street View project to take you to the very top of Mont Blanc.
Italy's upcoming parliamentary battle over gay civil unions has opened with a group of senators proposing prison terms for couples who use overseas surrogate mothers to have a child.
Nine Spanish towns have just been added to the prestigious list of the "most beautiful towns in Spain". So get your skates on and check them out before the hordes of tourists descend.
Residents of the far north Norwegian city of Tromsø celebrated the return of the sun over the horizon after two months of darkness as only they know how – by baking thousands of ‘sun-cakes’.
Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy embarrassingly admitted to having an "empty diary" when he was duped in a radio show prank.
Inexpensive compared to their northern European couterparts, why aren't more students choosing to take their degree in Spain?
It's teeth-chatteringly freezing in Paris right now, as The Local's Oliver Gee finds out on the (semi) frozen waters of the Paris canal.
Poor communication by China's economic managers has led to uncertainty and exacerbated market fears, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday at the annual Davos summit of economic and business leaders.
Former winner Stan Wawrinka maintained his dominance over Czech opponents with a straight sets win against Radek Stepanek to advance to the third round at the Australian Open on Thursday.
Denmark has been on the end of some bad press recently, due in no small part to the loud voices of aggressive politicians and concerned citizens. But The Local's Michael Barrett argues that if you take a closer look – it’s not as bad as you think, even if you’re not a Dane.
An Italian man is facing charges for claiming that the hactivist group, Anonymous, had foiled a New Year’s Eve terrorist attack in Italy.
The gay president of an Italian fifth division club has called for Serie A players and officials to declare their homosexuality, as the furore over Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri's gay slurs continued on Thursday.
Sweden's Princess Madeleine has published pictures of her family escaping the Nordic winter in the Maldives – while hitting out at paparazzi disrupting their beach holiday.
Switzerland signed off on a secret deal with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1970 in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks on its soil, a new book suggests.
The clearing of a snow penis carved into a frozen moat in Gothenburg angered many Swedes. So now the man behind the removal has created an even bigger one.
Saga Norén is Sweden's coolest fictional detective, while Nordic-inspired cartoon Frozen's lead character is called Elsa. Now, both names are among the top five choices of Swedes with baby girls.
Apart from the thousands of beer and wine bottles and 100 Velib bikes, the cleaning of Paris's Canal Saint Martin has unearthed some far more bizarre objects, writes Katie Warren.
Germany's southern states are confiscating cash and valuables from refugees after they arrive, authorities in Bavaria confirmed on Thursday.
Uber's olive branch to French taxi drivers has been rejected as a "provocation" and it promises to spice up a planned protest next week.
Organizers of Siena's famous Palio horse race have declined an invite from the royal court of England to perform as part of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebrations later this year.
A man who shoved a 20-year-old woman to her death under a Berlin U-Bahn train on Tuesday evening had a history of violence and drug abuse in Hamburg, media reports revealed on Thursday.
Ever wondered what the inside of a glacier looks like? Let this revolutionary Swiss-designed globe be your guide.
France looks set to ignore critics and extend its controversial emergency powers even further.
A group of Spanish hairdressers are using their Sundays to give free haircuts to the homeless along with a chance to tell their stories.
A Christian Syrian family with small children is among those waiting to be sent to Russia without having their asylum applications considered – “inhumane,” say refugee activists.
Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary have been sharply criticised for their alleged involvement in a proposed Danish visit to Saudi Arabia.
A 20-year-old who died after being pushed in front of a train on the Berlin underground has been identified as a woman with Swedish citizenship. Her alleged killer was captured by fellow travellers.
Italy’s top court has ruled that a drunk driver did absolutely nothing wrong when he tried to bribe a police officer.
Italy's prime minister said on Thursday that the country's banking system was "much more robust" than investors thought after three days of meltdown of banking shares on the Milan stock exchange.
Google has immortalized the Spanish icon today in its Google Doodle. But who was she?
UPDATED: Spurning scathing international criticism, Danish lawmakers on Thursday gave a final nod to drastic reforms curbing asylum rights as legal and human rights experts castigate Copenhagen for turning its back on its international commitments.
Few cities have savoured peace in recent times as much as Spain's San Sebastian, which becomes European culture capital just a few years after Basque separatist group Eta ended decades of killings and kidnappings.
German brewers will be clinking glasses this year to the 500th anniversary of their "purity law", even as craft label designers complain the decree is cramping their style.
Italy is very proud of Dante Alghieri - so proud, in fact that it declared March 25th its national Dante Day. Who was he and how much do we actually know about him?
To honour the 750th year since the birth of Italy's most famous poet, Dante Alighieri, The Local met his great-great-great-great (you get the idea) grandson.
A car thief in Norway got more than he bargained with when the vehicle's owner, dressed only in his underwear, clung heroically to the vehicle's roof in temperatures of -17C to foil the theft.
A German court on Wednesday began the trial of an Islamic State 'storm trooper' who allegedly helped track down deserters for the jihadist group in Syria.
Sweden's gone Abba-crazy after the newest Mamma Mia! attraction opened in Stockholm. The Local picks the five greatest hits the capital has to offer for Abba fans alongside our regular listings.
A detained Swedish activist's 'confession' on television in China has prompted a journalism advocacy group to call on the European Union to impose sanctions on Chinese state media.
The families of two jihadists shot dead by French police are suing France for murder, believing they were wrongfully killed.
France's foie gras industry has taken a hit from both animal right's groups and more worryingly, from the ongoing bird flu scare, which has led to a massive drop in production.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could face questions from Swedish prosecutors “in the coming days” at his hideout at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, the President of Ecuador has said.
A French court on Wednesday sent a 41-year-old British woman to jail for attempting to sneak a young Syrian migrant into Britain.