Steinmeier takes crown, ousts Beck to lead SPD
Germany

Steinmeier takes crown, ousts Beck to lead SPD

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier won the power struggle within the Social Democrat Party (SPD) on Sunday, taking on the top position as chancellor candidate and ousting party chairman Kurt Beck, according to various media reports.

Canadians win in Berlin firework competition
Germany

Canadians win in Berlin firework competition

Heavy rain put a dampener on the second and final night of the Pyronale international firework competition in Berlin’s Olympic stadium on Saturday night.

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Sweden

Moderates propose radical car efficiency regulations

A Swedish Moderate party group has proposed the introduction of radical new regulations to limit the fuel consumption of new vehicles.

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Sweden

Daimler resists Swedish investment fund

Swedish investment fund Cevian is putting pressure on German car maker Daimler to countenance a move to hive off its truck and van division. A Daimler spokesman rejected Cevian's move on Saturday.

Germany victorious on pitch and TV
Germany

Germany victorious on pitch and TV

Germany's 6-0 victory over Liechtenstein in the first World Cup 2010 qualifying match on Saturday night was the most-watched television programme of the night, attracting nearly 30 percent of people watching the box.

1,000 police sent into Hamburg riots
Germany

1,000 police sent into Hamburg riots

Nearly 1,000 police officers were sent into the Schanzenviertel in central Hamburg on Saturday night after a street festival deteriorated into rioting.

Thousands clash over neo-Nazi march in Dortmund
Germany

Thousands clash over neo-Nazi march in Dortmund

Around 1,100 neo-Nazis gathered in Dortmund over the weekend for a big march through the western city on Saturday, attracting counter-demonstrators and conflict.

Sweden draw a blank in World Cup opener
Sweden

Sweden draw a blank in World Cup opener

Sweden were held to a 0-0 draw by Albania in Tirana in their opening World Cup 2010 qualifier. Coach Lars Lagerbäck came under fire for risking a new 3-5-2 formation.

Cot death numbers reach historic low as parents wise up
Germany

Cot death numbers reach historic low as parents wise up

The number of cot deaths in Germany has dropped dramatically, with 228 cases last year, a historic low, according to government figures.

Man arrested for wife murder
Sweden

Man arrested for wife murder

A 68-year-old man was detained by police on Saturday on suspicion of murdering his wife and dumping her body in a lake near Loftahammar in south-eastern Sweden. The man denies the offence.

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Sweden

World anti-drug forum gathers experts in Stockholm

Stockholm will this week play host to experts, politicians, police and anti-drug activists from 82 countries to share ideas and devise strategies for stopping drug abuse worldwide.