Greens pick Özdemir as new party co-leader
Germany

Greens pick Özdemir as new party co-leader

Germany's environmentalist Green party on Saturday elected Cem Özdemir as one of its two leaders – the first time someone of Turkish origin has headed a major political party in the country.

Police check ‘plain clothes’ officer who wore neo-Nazi jumper
Germany

Police check ‘plain clothes’ officer who wore neo-Nazi jumper

Berlin police are investigating after an officer wore a Thor Steinar jumper while on duty in plain clothes during a left-wing demonstration to commemorate the November 9 anniversary of the 1938 pogroms against German Jews.

Suspended gay sex priest employed in Munich parish
Germany

Suspended gay sex priest employed in Munich parish

A Catholic priest who was dropped from a position in Austria for taking part in wild gay sex parties, is working for a Munich parish and even celebrating mass, according to newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

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Sweden

Swedes block Danish neo-Nazi extradition

Sweden's highest legal official Göran Lambertz has argued that a Danish neo-Nazi can not be extradited from Sweden to face charges in Germany as he has committed no crime under Swedish law.

Merkel calls for tighter rules at G20 summit
Germany

Merkel calls for tighter rules at G20 summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück are lobbying for tighter global finance cooperation and regulation at the Washington G20 economic summit this weekend.

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Sweden

Centre party calls for petrol car ban by 2025

Centre party leader Maud Olofsson has called for a total ban on petrol-driven cars by 2025. The party has also called for a tighter eco-car definition and higher carbon taxes. Car-makers have reacted angrily to the plans.

Woman gives birth after ovary transplant makes her fertile
Germany

Woman gives birth after ovary transplant makes her fertile

A German woman who made history after becoming the first to give birth following a whole ovary transplant said on Saturday that she felt a “sense of completeness.”

High speed trains in mass recall
Sweden

High speed trains in mass recall

More than 40 percent of X2000 high speed trains suffered delays in October. "Totally unacceptable", according to rail operator SJ CEO Jan Forsberg who has ordered the trains recalled for maintenance checks.

Opel rescue summit planned for Tuesday
Germany

Opel rescue summit planned for Tuesday

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has called for a meeting between managers at carmaker Opel and the leaders of German states where the car maker has major production centres after the GM unit asked for help from the government.

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Sweden

70 evacuated from Stockholm fire

At least 70 people were forced from their homes due to a major fire which broke out in a six-storey building on Södermalm in central Stockholm on Friday evening.

Remains of German WWII soldiers unearthed in Polish Hel
Germany

Remains of German WWII soldiers unearthed in Polish Hel

The time-darkened skulls, tibias and other human bones emerged slowly as the diggers worked knee-deep in the white sand of a pine forest on this narrow spit jutting from Poland's Baltic Sea coast.

Voters in show of faith for Reinfeldt
Sweden

Voters in show of faith for Reinfeldt

Voter confidence for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is on the increase, a new poll has indicated.