Changes are afoot for Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest, as a plan to crack down on binge-drinking, loud live music and endless queuing for seats will be examined by the city council.
In what could turn out to be a canny career move, Nelson the baby parrot at Leipzig Zoo, dubbed Germany's ugliest bird, has been rejected by his mother, paving the way for what could be a Knut-esque career in the limelight.
East German political prisoners were not only making furniture for Ikea but also sewing bedclothes for West German companies such as Quelle and Neckermann, according to new claims in Friday's Handelsblatt newspaper.
French prosecutors said Friday they are examining witness testimony that suggests disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn took part in a gang rape at a sex party in Washington DC.
Socialist Francois Hollande was on track to defeat right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy as France saw the final day of campaigning Friday before its presidential election run-off.
Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Friday he would review the case of a Bangladeshi boy who is France's under-12 chess champion and is threatened with expulsion because he lives here illegally.
Swiss extreme athlete Ernst Bromeis explains to Meritxell Mir what’s motivating him to become the first ever person to swim the entire 1,230-kilometres of the Rhine, from its source in the Swiss Alps to the North Sea.
A Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist was sentenced Friday to five years in jail – with one year suspended – for plotting terror attacks in France.
A man from southern Sweden was shocked to receive a call from someone who’d found his missing cat Rocko – three weeks after it went missing and 250 kilometres away.
While tending to his flowerbeds in Louplande, west France, one Frenchman made a very rare discovery - a 100 million-year-old dinosaur bone.
Uggie, the dog from award-winning French film The Artist, is set to put paw to paper – his memoires are to be released in October.
Germany is in the midst of sexual evolution, according to futurologists who say ideas about relationships are being rethought – and the internet is helping people to design their sex lives as they like.
With the 2012 ice hockey world championships underway in Stockholm, The Local has found a few stunning clips of goals by young Swedish players who may someday find themselves donning a Tre Kronor jersey.
Muffled sobs filled an Oslo courtroom on Friday as the first autopsy reports were presented for the 69 people massacred on Utøya island last July, but confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik displayed no sign of emotion.
Introducing... is The Local's new column giving the lowdown on a top Swiss personality. This week Lyssandra Sears looks at the woman who was recently voted Switzerland’s favourite politician and once got wellied at the Mountain Cheese Olympics.
A woman who placed her ex-boyfriend's penis in a piping-hot hair straightener and squeezed is not guilty of assault, a Swedish court has ruled.
Jesus may not have to die for his sins after all, as the owner of a goat who attacked a police officer last weekend pledges to sell him for a canister of altar wine rather than throwing him on the grill.
A third of Germans want their football team to boycott the football European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in protest at the treatment of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
A German man whose bank mistakenly gave him €200 million has been told he can keep the €12,000 interest earned while it was “resting in his account” overnight.
Australian beach-volleyballer and current Stockholm resident Johannah Rohkämper plans to survive in the Swedish capital on 15 kronor ($2.20) a day to raise awareness about global poverty.
Greenpeace activists halted an icebreaker headed for the Arctic for a third time this week, in a bid to block plans by Anglo Dutch giant Shell to drill for oil in the region, the environmental group said Friday.
Archaeology students got a taste of the real thing during a digging lesson, when they stumbled upon what was this week confirmed to be a Roman temple – in an area not previously thought to have been populated.
Sweden's national ice hockey team, Tre Kronor, is hoping to avenge last year's upset loss to Norway – as well as reverse a recent string of defeats – in the quest for gold at 2012 ice hockey world championships.
Almost half of the serious injuries caused in Sweden’s traffic accidents involve cyclists, a new study reveals, raising questions about the need for a new bicycle safety strategy.
Norway has summoned Ukraine's ambassador in Oslo to express its concern over the treatment of jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko, the foreign ministry said late Thursday.
Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande took the gloves off for the last major rallies of their ferocious battle for the French presidency, three days before their final run-off.
A newly married couple caused a two kilometre traffic jam on the Paris Périphérique ring road by slowing down their wedding procession in the middle of the four lanes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is unlikely to budge from her strict austerity course if France elects Socialist front-runner Francois Hollande on Sunday, though analysts say she'll have to compromise on a few new growth measures.
Descendants of two Jewish families have filed a new lawsuit against Switzerland's largest banks to recover millions of dollars they say relatives deposited before the Holocaust, their lawyers said on Thursday.
A Swedish court sentenced a man to six months in prison on Thursday after for using a samurai sword to try and intimidate a friend into giving him two cats.
Reinsurance giant Swiss Re said Friday it had a first quarter net profit of $1.1 billion, beating
forecasts and more than reversing a year-earlier net loss of $665 million.
Swedish migration authorities have ratcheted up their forecast for the number of asylum seekers and labour migrants who will arrive in Sweden during 2012.
In this week's Local List we turn the tables on Anglophone expats, and guffaw heartily at their embarrassing faux-pas as they negotiate the pitfalls of what Mark Twain famously called "The Awful German Language." Is it hot to you?
Sweden's Left Party has come in for criticism for allowing young children to take whacks at the faces of centre-right government ministers which were plastered on a piñata at the party's recent May 1st festivities.
The world's most striking press images go on display in Hamburg, northern Germany on Friday, when the World Press Photo 2012 exhibition opens its doors to visitors.
A Swedish passenger ferry slammed into another ship as it was pulling into the north German port of Travemünde on Thursday evening.