Germans back leftists amid growing working-class worries
Germany

Germans back leftists amid growing working-class worries

A new socialist political party in Germany is successfully turning its populist message into votes. Kyle James examines the rise of The Left and its impact on German politics.

Top ten Swedish beaches
Sweden

Top ten Swedish beaches

With summer in the air and the holiday season approaching, Ulrika Österlund pulls on her sunglasses and takes a look at ten of Sweden's best beaches.

Ferry boat captains to go on strike
Sweden

Ferry boat captains to go on strike

Captains for archipelago ferry boats in Gothenburg and Stockholm will walk off their jobs at midnight on Monday night.

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Sweden

Poll: training trumps tax cuts for job creation

Career training for the jobless is the most effective measure for creating jobs in the eyes of most Swedes, a new study has found.

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Sweden

Porn king sells shares in Stockholm football club

Porn king Berth Milton has sold his shares in AIK Football, reports the Veckans Affärer magazine.

Beach-going boas disrupt Stockholm sunbathing
Sweden

Beach-going boas disrupt Stockholm sunbathing

The unseasonably warm weather wasn't the only thing which surprised a woman headed to the beach in the Stockholm suburb of Hässelby on Sunday afternoon.

German flower rebels defy Mother’s Day ban
Germany

German flower rebels defy Mother’s Day ban

A controversial ban on the sale of fresh flowers in the state of Baden-Württemberg on Mother’s Day prompted two rebellious local mayors to come up with unusual ways to get the fresh blooms to residents.

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Sweden

Politician acquitted of hate speech charges

A local politician from the Malmö suburb of Burlöv has been acquitted of charges of agitation against an ethnic group.

Ryanair boss: high oil prices will break German rival
Germany

Ryanair boss: high oil prices will break German rival

The current record highs in oil prices will force some airlines into bankruptcy, including German rival Air Berlin, the outspoken Ryanair chief told a German newspaper on Sunday.

‘I’d love to play for Sweden’
Sweden

‘I’d love to play for Sweden’

David Bartram looks at Swedish football in transition: Elfsborg's English import reveals that he would jump at the opportunity to play for Sweden, while Glenn Hysén worries about the influx of foreign players.

Commander tried to suppress film of naked shooting
Sweden

Commander tried to suppress film of naked shooting

Lars-Olof Corneliusson, the former commander of a Swedish amphibious military unit based near Stockholm, is accused of trying to cover up an incident in which new conscripts fired shoulder mounted artillery cannons while in the nude.

Oskar Schindler: from Holocaust hero to obscurity
Germany

Oskar Schindler: from Holocaust hero to obscurity

Oskar Schindler saved more than 1,000 Jews from the gas chambers, but after 1945 he fell into obscurity and poverty and died without the recognition he deserved, writes AFP's Simon Sturdee.

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Sweden

Eriksson poised to leave Manchester City after humiliating defeat

Sven-Göran Eriksson is poised to leave Manchester City in the next few days after a humiliating 8-1 defeat to Middlesbrough on the final day of the Premier League season.

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Sweden

Hornqvist scores winner as Swedes edge Czechs

Patric Hornqvist scored the winning goal late in the third as Sweden beat the Czechs 5-3 on Sunday in the qualification round of the World Ice Hockey Championships.

Chavez calls Merkel a political descendent of Hitler
Germany

Chavez calls Merkel a political descendent of Hitler

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday sharply attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of her Latin America visit, calling her a political descendent of Adolf Hitler and fascism.

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Sweden

Sörenstam strolls to record-setting triumph

Sweden's Annika Sörenstam fired seven birdies in a five-under par 66 final round in Williamsburg, Virginia on Sunday to win the LPGA Michelob Ultra Open by seven strokes and capture the 72nd crown of her career.

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Sweden

Woman dead after treatment centre stabbing

A woman working as a caregiver at a treatment centre near Malmö was stabbed to death on Sunday night by a boy staying at the centre.

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Sweden

Dozens arrested following anti-Israel protest

Forty-seven people were arrested and detained in connection with an anti-Israel rally in Norrmalmstorg in central Stockholm on Sunday evening.

Triple-murderer re-arrested
Sweden

Triple-murderer re-arrested

Recently re-leased triple-murderer Nikita Fouganthine, previously known as Juha Valjakkala, was arrested Sunday evening in Northern Finland, Helsinki police told the Finnish news agency FNB.

Winning Nobel ‘a bloody disaster’ for British author
Sweden

Winning Nobel ‘a bloody disaster’ for British author

British author Doris Lessing has said that winning the Nobel Prize for Literature was a "bloody disaster", adding she has now stopped writing, the BBC reported Sunday.