With its ancient castles and palaces, the gorgeous landscapes around the Danube or the Rhine, the artistic heritage of Goethe and Beethoven and the traditions surrounding Christmas and Oktoberfest, Germany has tourist attractions to keep you busy all year round.
Medical authorities are scrambling to deal with an outbreak of tuberculosis that has affected both adults and children on a deprived housing estate in the Paris suburbs.
Pope Benedict XVI warned on Thursday Europe risked losing its cultural identity at a time when it was being challenged by foreign extremism, in a landmark yet controversial speech to the German parliament.
Maud Olofsson today held an emotional speech to the Centre Party congress in Åre in northern Sweden on Thursday, as she stepped down as leader.
A newlywed Swiss woman from Basel who killed her husband in a tragic gun accident in March has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter but will not serve a prison sentence.
From lakeside castles to elk safaris in the north, a holiday in Sweden has lots to offer. Here are some ideas of what to do.
As Pope Benedict XVI addressed the German parliament, Erin Huggins took to the sealed-off streets of central Berlin to see who was demonstrating against him.
Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick said he was resigning his post at the Bundesliga side due on Thursday to extreme burnout syndrome.
The 30-year-old mother who is suspected of having murdered her two young sons, whose bodies were recovered from a lake in Sigtuna north of Stockholm on Monday, confessed to their killing on Thursday afternoon.
Sweden has been told by the European Union to repay 870 million kronor (€94 million, $127 million) in agricultural subsidies, a third of which will be paid by farmers, an industry body said Thursday.
German police have released photos of a man they suspect of sexually molesting a baby girl in an appeal for help in identifying him – as they fear he may still be abusing her years later.
If the youth riots in Zurich continue, the Swiss army should be called on to come to the aid of the city’s police, according to a Zurich politician.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he wants to treble the number of cafes in Germany, and introduce a number of more locally-relevant products.
Kweku Adoboli, the equities trader accused in a $2.3 billion fraud at Swiss bank UBS, is "sorry" and "appalled" at the losses, his lawyer said on Thursday, as he was remanded in custody for another month.
As the autumnal equinox approaches at the end of this week, the change of season with its colourful leaves and shorter days is being sweetened by what Germans call Altweibersommer - or Indian Summer.
The increasingly bold anti-immigrant muttering of politicians and monthly hate mail that peaked in early summer has evaporated since the July massacre of the Labour Party's youth wing, Norwegian Muslims have said.
Sweden's top legal official has given backing to the decision to reassign the integration ministry civil servant who compared Islam to totalitarian ideologies.
A record number of candidates will stand for the Swiss legislative elections in October, authorities said on Thursday.
Sweden's Volvo Group, the world's second-largest truck maker, announced on Thursday plans to begin using new financial targets measuring not only growth but also how it fares against key competitors.
In the first of a new series to help The Local's readers discover more of what Stockholm has to offer, contributor Gwen Ramsey offers some tips on where people who lack a traditional office can open up their laptops and get something done.
Doctors say increasing numbers of German men are paying for surgery to their genitals, surprising even plastic surgeons with their demand for enlargement operations.
A vaccination programme to combat cervical cancer has suffered further delays after GlaxoSmithKline appealed a deal agreed between Swedish health authorities and a rival firm.
The 88-year-old boss of the pharmaceutical company that manufactured a drug accused of killing up to 2,000 people in France was placed under investigation by police on Wednesday.
A French police court on Thursday issued its first fines against two women charged in May with wearing the full-face covering Islamic niqab.
Two members of the secretive Roman Catholic society Opus Dei were to appear in a Paris court on Thursday after a woman claimed they brainwashed her and kept her illegally as a domestic servant.
A group of 22 holiday makers with hearing difficulties who were prevented from boarding an Air Méditerranée flight for "security reasons" will have their case reviewed by the state authority for defending human rights.
The French writer who alleges Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her said Thursday she wants to be brought face to face with the fallen IMF chief to dare him to tell her she's making it up.
A organization fighting stingy beer pouring has declared widespread fraud is occurring at Munich’s Oktoberfest, as visitors aren’t getting as much amber nectar as they’ve paid for in the festival's huge 1-litre mugs.
Chinese politicians have given Norway's newly installed oil minister the cold shoulder at a conference in Beijing on the capture and storage of carbon dioxide.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Wednesday on the United Nations to admit Palestine as a non-member state, upgrading its status as a simple observer but opposing a Palestinian bid for full membership.
Swiss computer peripherals maker Logitech on Thursday cut its 2012 full-year targets amid economic uncertainty in industrialised states.
France on Thursday said it deplored the execution of Troy Davis in the southeastern US state of Georgia and reiterated its opposition to capital punishment.
The controversial autobiography of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange hits the shops on Thursday, in which he repudiates the claims that he is guilty of raping two Swedish women.
Pope Benedict XVI's first state visit to his German homeland begins in Berlin Thursday with the threat of angry protests and the lingering taint of Church sexual abuse scandals set to cloud his welcome.
Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said Wednesday her country was in talks with Greece on a double-taxation deal to avoid Greeks cheating the taxman by parking assets secretly in Switzerland.
The government has allotted an additional 20 million kronor ($2.9 million) in scholarship funding to help offset tuition fees charged to students from developing countries who want to study at Swedish universities.
For the second year running, frozen food chain Picard is the favoured brand of the French, according to a survey by consulting firm OC&C.
This Week's Highlights: A music festival in Munich, a birthday party for an airport in Hamburg, and the Oktoberfest reaches Berlin.
As the 10th anniversary of Dawit Isaak's arrest in Asmara approaches, the Swedish-Eritrean journalist remains jailed without charge or trial, despite countless efforts to secure his release, the AFP's Rita Devlin Marier explains.
A 30-year-old Swedish man has been sentenced to death in Thailand for manufacturing methamphetamine, in what the man called a “political” ruling.
Hundreds of postal votes for last Sunday’s Berlin state election have been found in a bin – and are now being opened and counted, while criminal police start an investigation.
Officials in Sigtuna are looking into why it took 13 days without contact from the mother before schools contacted social services about the absence of two boys, aged 4 and 8, who were found dead in a lake on Monday.
Fearing an economic downturn, Germany’s flagship airline Lufthansa is cutting flights and capacity, the company announced on Thursday.
As Pope Benedict XVI arrives for an official four-day visit to Germany on Thursday, The Local asked the opinion of average people on the street for the first instalment of our new Zeitgeist series.