Sweden welcomes Irish ‘Yes’ to EU Treaty
Sweden

Sweden welcomes Irish ‘Yes’ to EU Treaty

The Irish Yes vote for the European Union's Lisbon treaty is "a good day for Europe," the EU's Swedish presidency said on Saturday.

74-year-old German man swims Strait of Gibraltar
Germany

74-year-old German man swims Strait of Gibraltar

A 74-year-old man from Lower Saxony swam the 18.5 kilometre Strait of Gibraltar on Saturday in four hours and nine minutes.

Porsche plans budget model
Germany

Porsche plans budget model

Sports car maker Porsche is planning to build cheaper versions of its luxury models in an effort to attract more buyers, the magazine Automobilwoche reported Saturday.

Germans celebrate reunification 19 years on
Germany

Germans celebrate reunification 19 years on

On the 19th anniversary of German reunification, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to leave disagreements behind and to work together to overcome the economic challenges facing the nation.

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Sweden

Man thrown off bus in gender row

A jobsworth bus driver in northern Sweden refused to allow a man to travel with his girlfriend on transport arranged for a ladies night out.

Bundesbank boss hints Sarrazin should quit
Germany

Bundesbank boss hints Sarrazin should quit

The head of Germany’s central bank said Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin should resign after the former Berlin finance senator said the city's Arab and Turkish populations had no productive function and had too many children.

Hertha sign Funkel as new coach
Germany

Hertha sign Funkel as new coach

The Bundesliga's bottom side Hertha Berlin on Saturday confirmed Friedhelm Funkel as their new coach following the sacking of Swiss Lucien Favre.

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Sweden

Opposition touts state authorities’ merger savings

Sweden’s opposition parties want to merge a number of state authorities in a restructuring move they say will save one billion kronor.

Berlin’s TV tower turns 40
Germany

Berlin’s TV tower turns 40

Berlin’s 368-metre communist-era TV tower turns 40 years old Saturday. Although it was initially a symbol of East Germany’s love of monumental architecture, the tower has become a favorite part of the capital city’s skyline.

Central bank sees little room for tax cuts
Germany

Central bank sees little room for tax cuts

Axel Weber, the president of Germany’s central bank, said on Saturday that deteriorating public finances means there is little room for tax cuts, which have been made a priority by the country's incoming centre-right coalition.

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Sweden

Two injured in Malmö park shooting

A gunman opened fire in Heleneholm’s park in Malmö in the early hours of Saturday morning, injuring two men, before fleeing from the scene in a car.

Keeper gets away with goalpost move
Sweden

Keeper gets away with goalpost move

IFK Gothenburg’s goalkeeper Kim Christensen will not face punishment of a fine or ban, despite being caught on film attempting to shorten his goal before a league game.

Swedish banks warned on Latvian economy
Sweden

Swedish banks warned on Latvian economy

Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg is reported to have held secret talks with Swedbank and SEB, expressing his concern over Latvia's struggling financial situation.