Swedish furniture giant Ikea used East German political prisoners in the 1970s and 1980s to help build sofas at a factory that sat adjacent to a prison, according to German media reports.
A Swiss company is seeking to get tech-savvy city dwellers to become more e-mobile with the launch of a new bicycle that communicates with its rider using an internet connection and sensors.
When Kristina Karlsson arrived back from work on Monday afternoon she found her car was occupied by an unusual stowaway.
Unloved, ineffective and on his political deathbed, Guido Westerwelle has become a foreign policy liability for Germany, writes The Local's Marc Young.
Deutsche Bank is reportedly developing emergency plans for what to do if the economy worsens - including saving up to €2 billion by cutting jobs in investment banking.
Swedish banking giant Nordea’s decision to stop all cash handling at certain offices is exposing staff to threats and offensive behaviour, according to the Financial Sector Union of Sweden (Finansförbundet).
Despite the official start of autumn on September 1, much of Germany looks set to enjoy a warm and toasty weekend with temperatures going up to 30 degrees.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Friday that a bid by Palestinians to win UN recognition as a state would risk triggering a dangerous diplomatic confrontation.
Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) hopes to turn the page on a string of electoral defeats in a poll in the north-eastern German state Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Sunday.
The 37-year-old man who claimed he accidentally killed a 17-year-old girl during a sex act "that went too far” was given a longer sentence by the Swedish court of appeals on Friday.
The classic ultra-violent video game "Doom" can now be sold openly in Germany, 17 years after its release, following a decision by the government agency responsible for protecting young people from violent media.
International schools in Switzerland have seen their pupil numbers explode in recent years, mainly driven by demand from expatriate employees of multinational firms and international organisations.
World leaders meeting in Paris unlocked $15 billion in funds on Thursday to help Libya's victorious rebels rebuild the war-torn country as fugitive strongman Muammar Qaddafi issued a new barrage of threats.
Libya's ousted strongman Muammar Qaddafi should be arrested and tried but it is up to the Libyan people to decide whether to try him themsleves, Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron said on Thursday.
A police officer in Malmö in southern Sweden is under investigation after having called homosexuals a “cancer on society” in reference to a lesbian colleague who also serves as the department's hate crimes educator.
Following France’s example, offices in Sweden are now competing to create the most elaborate Post-it characters displayed in their windows.
Motherhood in the Fatherland follows mum Sabine Devins as she navigates the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany. In the latest instalment, she discovers how nudity supposedly helps baby development.
Swiss stocks briefly plunged over three percent in nervous Friday morning trade, tracking losses in other key markets ahead of the release of key US jobs data.
One of the most beautiful gemstones in the world, a five-carat red ruby worth an estimated €1 million, has been stolen from a Monaco jewellers in a sting operation involving a fake sheikh.
A woman is taking legal action against mobile operator SFR after claiming the company's failure to let her keep her old phone number meant she lost the chance of a job.
Three employees at a company in Piteå, in the north of Sweden, have been fired and one reported to the police after posting “threatening” comments against one of the managers on Facebook.
The IFA consumer electronics fair, which opened to the public in Berlin on Friday, is shaping up as a battleground for tablet computer makers to attack the Apple iPad's dominant market position.
Friday sees the start of the 37th American Film Festival in the northern coastal resort of Deauville, with stars including director Francis Ford Coppola and actresses Shirley MacLaine and Naomi Watts expected to attend.
The official insolvency procedures of energy firm TelDaFax have begun in a Bonn court, but refunds appear to be a pipe dream for most of the failed utility's 700,000 former customers.
Behind the Stockholm council's draconian "zero tolerance" policy on graffiti is hidden a rich but underground Swedish graffiti culture, inspired by the scene in New York City, contributor Katherine Dunn discovers.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of the hard-line nationalist Front National, has compared her political views to a range of other politicians, claiming she is "neither right-wing nor left-wing."
Switzerland said on Thursday it wanted to unlock $420 million (€294 million) in frozen Libyan assets to assist the country's new interim government.
Sweden’s juvenile offenders are increasingly sentenced to community service rather than juvenile detention or paying fines related to damages, according to an assessment by the National Council (Brottsförebyggande rådet - Brå).
German Development Minister Dirk Niebel has ruled out handing out any more development aid for Libya, saying there was no need.
David Fincher, the director of the forthcoming Hollywood version of the Stieg Larsson novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor) has changed the ending of the story
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has told the leadership of his Christian Democratic Union party that he wants the European Union to create a new treaty that gives Brussels greater powers in financial policy.
The 15-year-old Swedish boy who has been held in custody on suspicion of being behind the pre-school blast in the Stockholm suburb of Sköndal three weeks ago was released on Thursday.
The Bavaria cow named Yvonne who escaped from a farm in May, went on the run and had a hefty bounty put on her head, has finally been caught.