German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) remained the strongest party in Hamburg state elections on Sunday, but the conservatives suffered losses amid a swing to the left among voters ahead of national elections in 2009.
Wolfgang Böhmer, the conservative premier of the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, unleashed a wave of outrage on Sunday by blaming a grim spate of baby killings by their mothers on the brutal legacy of communist East Germany.
Many of Sweden's schoolchildren head off to the hills for half term ski holidays this week. The risk of avalanches at many of the resorts is reported to be high.
Spring has arrived to Sweden. Most areas up to the Stockholm region have fulfilled meteorological criteria for the new season. February has been 4-7 degrees Celsius warmer than normal.
Hotly-tipped Bodies Without Organs (BWO) won the third heat of the Melodifestivalen in Linköping on Saturday. They will be joined by outsider Frida featuring Headline in the final in Globen.
Princess Madeleine completed the Vasaloppet cross country ski race on Saturday. Madeleine came in around 900th and became the third member of the Swedish royal family to complete the race.
A 13-year-old boy from Karlskrona in southern Sweden got a pen stuck in his head after an unlucky fall. Doctors stitched him up and sent him home - with a piece of the pen still in his head.
A 7-year-old British boy has been found alive and well in central Stockholm after having run away from his mum at Arlanda Airport. The boy, who is autistic, rode the baggage carousel before taking a joyride on the Arlanda Express train into town.