Swedish consumers are choosing cheaper options in their weekly shop as the mounting eurozone debt crisis and fears of recession begin to bite.
German comedian Martin Sonneborn is well-known for jokes bordering on the tasteless. But a satirical political billboard of him posing in blackface makeup as US President Barack Obama is sparking outrage.
Berlin's Jewish Museum is marking its first decade by asking the question “What does it mean to be German?” hosting a string of artistic events and throwing a giant birthday bash.
Swedish public service broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR) has been reported for hate speech after featuring a programme in which a Somali imam called for all converts from Islam to be killed.
A poem about passionate sex written by Prussia's Friedrich der Große (Frederick the Great) has been unearthed after being archived and - perhaps deliberately - lost for hundreds of years.
The world's leading central banks have decided on joint action to provide banks with extra dollar liquidity, the European Central Bank said on Thursday.
Switzerland has maintained its position as the richest country in the world, according to the Allianz Global Wealth Report 2011, which estimates Swiss residents’ personal wealth at almost €207,400 (250,113 francs, $286,215).
An appeals court overturned former French interior minister Brice Hortefeux's racism conviction on Thursday, a legal victory for one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's closest political allies.
A French appeals court on Thursday ruled that the Hermes family does not have to buy up the outstanding shares in the luxury goods company, freeing them up to fight off rival giant LVMH.
The world’s biggest pharmaceutical firm Pfizer is cutting more than 500 jobs in Germany – around one in eight of the work places in the country, according to insiders who have spoken to the Handelsblatt newspaper.
Zurich city parliament on Wednesday rubber-stamped a loan earmarked for the construction of drive-in sex stalls where punters can meet prostitutes at purpose-built venues away from the city centre.
The Sweden Democrats have reacted in anger to the participation of a rabbi and an imam at the church service which is the traditional start of the customary pomp and ceremony before the opening of the Riksdag.
Several Swedish naval ships were deployed in Gothenburg harbour on Thursday in a hunt for a suspected submarine thought to be spying on Sweden.
The new Palestinian ambassador to Sweden, Hala Husni Fariz, is hoping that Sweden will vote in favour of the Palestinian territories at least getting non-member permanent observer status in the General Assembly, the same as Vatican City, if the matter is brought up before the UN' next week.
Renate Künast is hoping to be elected the first Green mayor of Berlin on Sunday. The Local's friends at English-language magazine Exberliner spoke to her about her priorities for the German capital.
The trial against a Swedish doctor accused of infant euthanasia entered its second day on Thursday with the mother of the baby describing the care received as "beneath contempt".
Swiss banking giant UBS said on Thursday it had lost $2 billion (€1.46 billion) through unauthorised trading, after London police arrested a man suspected of committing the massive fraud.
Two people died and around a dozen were injured in a fire that broke out in the engine room of a Norwegian fjord cruise ship on Thursday, forcing hundreds to evacuate, officials said.
A vegetable grower upset with the eating habits of vagrant elk is filing suit against his township for costs and lost produce.
71-year-old Gullan Holmgren from Piteå, in northern Sweden, is 'too old' for pain rehab, according to the pain rehabilitation unit at the local hospital that turned her away.
Residents of the Bavarian village where it emerged this week a man raped his daughter over a period of 34 years, fathering three children with her, say they are worried they will be stigmatized by the story – and blamed for not raising the alarm.
French champions Lille threw away two points in their Champions League Group B opener at the Stadium Nord on Wednesday, gifting two late goals to Russian visitors CSKA in a 2-2 draw which
threatens to cost the French dear.
Apple said on Wednesday that an iPhone application called "Jew or not Jew" which drew criticism from anti-racism and Jewish groups has been removed from the App Store in France.
This Week's Highlights: Renaissance portraits in Berlin, an autumn festival in Frankfurt, and Oktoberfest parades in Munich.
A random check on an ageing Peugeot 306 led to the discovery that its driver was an 83-year-old woman who had no driving licence and was running her own taxi business.
Muslim community leaders reached an agreement with police on Wednesday to open a mosque in the north of Paris, aimed at bringing to an end prayers in the street in the Goutte d'Or quarter of the city.
The management group of Scandinavian Airlines, or SAS, is on course to lose Norwegian representation on its board when its commercial director steps down in six months' time.
When anti-war crowds marched to end the Vietnam conflict in the 1970s, the makers of GI Joe decided it was time to pack up his army fatigues and dress the doll for civilian life.
The Swiss central bank pledged on Thursday to buy unlimited quantities of foreign currency to defend with "utmost determination" its cap on the franc's exchange rate against the euro.
Emma, Jade, Zoé and Nathan, Lucas, Jules are the most favoured names for new babies in France, according to the latest statistics published in the annual guide to first names, L'Officiel des Prénoms.
Germany and France believe debt-ridden Greece's future lies in the eurozone, as Athens vows to stick to the harsh austerity measures needed for an EU bailout.
Swiss banking giant UBS revealed on Thursday that a rogue trader had lost an estimated $2 billion (€1.46 billion) in unauthorised trades, and that it may plunge into the red as a result.
German communications giant Deutsche Telekom wants to introduce technology to help companies guard against US government snooping.
Six Socialist candidates who are aiming to be chosen as the party's candidate for presidential elections in the spring of 2012 will face each other in a first televised debate on Thursday evening.
Swiss club FC Sion took their feud against UEFA to Bern on Wednesday, saying that they had written to ask the Swiss finance minister to withdraw tax breaks to Europe's football governing body.
A Norwegian man who became a celebrity for documenting “a year” of living in the Norwegian wilds has confessed he spent much of the time living in a hotel in northern Sweden.
An elk drunk from eating fermented apples in southern Sweden ended its binge by making off with a family's swing set and hiding it in the woods.
Following in the footsteps of Swedish streaming music service Spotify, a group of tech entrepreneurs believe they've found a similar solution that could revolutionise the book market, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.
The activities of more than 50 Swedes who spied on their fellow citizens for the East German intelligence service during the Cold War have been described in a new book.
Italy's gaffe-prone Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appears to have insulted German Chancellor Angela Merkel using a vulgar phrase about her figure during a recent phone call.
German carmakers will this week unveil a range of new small, fuel-efficient cars at the world's biggest motor show to challenge a market currently dominated by French and Asian rivals.