Voters in Canton Vaud in western Switzerland will decide next week whether or not foreigners can vote on a cantonal level and if they can be elected to political office. If the result is a ’Yes’, it will be a first for Switzerland.
Young Swedish teens who engage in consensual sex may find themselves dragged into court due to lingering uncertainties about how to interpret Sweden's child sex laws.
Cold air will stream in from the North Sea this week, keeping northern Germany damp, while high pressure will clear out the clouds over the central and southern parts of the country.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to push through a balanced budget amendment, dubbed the "golden rule", to reassure rattled markets, but economists complain the measure is too complicated.
Press Release: Launch of The Local in France first step of rapid expansion plan.
Germany sought to turn a new leaf on Monday by stressing its readiness to help with reconstruction and aid in Libya after failing to provide military assistance to the campaign against Muammar Qaddafi.
Eat dark chocolate, watch funny movies, avoid stressful jobs, and pedal hard when biking are all ingredients in the recipe for a healthy heart, according to experts meeting in Paris this week.
Porsche boss Matthias Müller has announced a new plan for the elite sports car brand to muscle in on the segment of the luxury market traditionally dominated by Italian rival Ferrari.
The government’s offer of performance-based bonuses to immigrants who learn Swedish in under a year has failed to produce results, according to a new report.
The interim leader of the Socialist party, Harlem Désir, has sparked outrage by comparing the interior minister, Claude Guéant, to one of the far-right Front National's most well-known elected officials, Bruno Gollnisch.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly unhappy with her new Airbus A340, which is used for official visits around the world. She now wants an older plane, which the government inherited from communist East Germany, to be given a new lease of life.
Nordea, the biggest Nordic bank which today employs around 34,000 people, said Monday it planned to cut some 2,000 jobs across the region by the end of 2012 to counter the effects of rising costs.
The Local, a leading source of English-language news in Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland, announced on Monday it has now established a news website in France.
UK native Suhail Din sparked a heated debate among The Local's readers with his reflections on why Swedes refused to talk to him and his family during a recent visit to Stockholm. Contributor Ruben Brunsveld examines why.
France reopened its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday after it had been closed for the last six months, a foreign ministry spokesman said.
Laurence Parisot, the head of the influential bosses' organization, Medef, has hit out at what she sees as deliberate attempts by the US to shift their own economic woes to Europe.
Female heart attack patients still receive inferior treatment than men, according to a new study.
Swimmers in the northern resort of Wissant had a shock when they were ordered out of the water after a shark sighting.
Frankfurt has been declared the most dangerous city in Germany according to still unreleased crime statistics for 2010, which apparently show the city had the largest number of murder and manslaughter cases per 100,000 residents.
The 900 job cuts recently announced at UBS and Credit Suisse could be just the beginning as Switzerland’s banks face massive belt-tightening across the board, a prominent Swiss banker says.
It's sunflowers instead of planes and kale instead of kerosene at the German capital's legendary Tempelhof Airport, site of the Berlin Airlift and now home to one of Europe's biggest and most unusual urban gardens. AFP’s Deborah Cole reports.
Starbucks, the Seattle-based chain of coffee houses, has announced the opening of its first stores in Sweden open to the general public.
An amateur pilot’s quick-thinking saved the lives of himself and his wife on Sunday, when technical difficulties forced him to land his hired sports plane on a road in the small Bavarian town of Stockstadt.
The Local, a leading source of English-language news in Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland, announced on Monday it has now established a news website in France.
After seven years in the online news saddle, The Local’s congenial canter across Europe has finally taken us to one of the continent’s most thrilling destinations. Keep checking in during the day for all the latest on The Local’s launch in France.
Education authorities want the government to spend billions on promoting 'collegial learning' to improve maths education in Sweden so students once again find themselves ranked among the top in Europe.
Switzerland's asylum procedure, which can take years, should be "drastically" speeded up, Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said in an interview published on Saturday.
A Swiss tightrope walker who had set out to beat seven world records in a week was forced to turn around Sunday half-way over a lake due to bad weather.
The economist who had an affair with Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2008 should testify in the case of a French writer who has accused the former IMF chief of rape, the writer's lawyer told Le Parisien on Sunday.
Election candidates for the far-right Swiss People's Party, Switzerland's biggest, signed a "contract with the people" on Sunday promising to deport foreign criminals and halt "mass immigration".
As grape-picking season gets started in some areas for this year's wine harvest, more French wine-growers are using satellite technology to improve the quality and profitability of their wine.
The captain of Räkbåten Tor, a vessel completing one of the last shrimp cruises of the summer season, is suspected of being drunk at the helm after guiding the ship onto an island in Lake Mälaren on Saturday.
A 15-year-old boy was killed in during a motocross competition in Sweden on Sunday afternoon in Västerås in central Sweden.
Influential British news magazine The Economist has published a damning analysis of the French Socialist party in its latest issue, describing it as "Europe's most unreconstructed" left-wing party.
Four Swedes were among those injured in an explosion in the resort of Kemer in Turkey on Sunday morning.
US internet giant Google has apologized to state prosecutors in Hamburg for accidentally including a link to a website critical of the authority in its online maps entry.
Tax relief promised for 2013 will be moderate, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview on Sunday offering an early glimpse of a policy held dear by her pro-business coalition partners.
He's a stork with a small moustache and a side-parting. Meet Storch Heinar. The cartoon parodying the far-right has been annoying the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) in the state election campaign in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.