Reinfeldt a ‘dark horse’ for EU president job
Sweden

Reinfeldt a ‘dark horse’ for EU president job

With reports emerging over the frontrunners for the permanent position of EU president, a new contender has emerged in the international media in the shape of Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Rain and winds to replace autumnal sunshine by Monday
Germany

Rain and winds to replace autumnal sunshine by Monday

The recent placid mix of foggy and sunny weather conditions over much of Germany will be gradually replaced with heavy rain and sometimes stormy winds, the German Weather Service said on Saturday.

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Sweden

Royals must wait in line for flu vaccine

Daniel Westling, fiancé of Crown Princess Victoria, has received the swine flu vaccine after being placed in a high-risk group following a kidney transplant earlier this year. The rest of the Swedish Royal Family, however, has to wait patiently for the jab.

Platzeck calls for reconciliation with former Eastern communists
Germany

Platzeck calls for reconciliation with former Eastern communists

Brandenburg’s Minister President Matthias Platzeck has called for reconciliation with the former communists who ruled East Germany.

Fright night for elks in west Sweden
Sweden

Fright night for elks in west Sweden

The elk population in the county of Halland, western Sweden, took somewhat of a blow on Friday evening as six animals died in the space of an hour, after colliding with traffic in separate incidents.

Audi buys stake in FC Bayern Munich
Germany

Audi buys stake in FC Bayern Munich

Audi has all but completed negotiations with FC Bayern Munich to buy a 9.5 percent stake in the football club, according to a report in the online version of Stern magazine.

Fully functioning grenade left in cinema sparks investigation
Germany

Fully functioning grenade left in cinema sparks investigation

A cleaning lady working at a cinema got the fright of her life when she picked up a paper napkin from a seat and found it was wrapped around a hand grenade.

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Sweden

Five Swedish men swindled by female fraudster

A woman from Thailand lured five Swedish men into paying for plane tickets to Sweden. The men all realised they had been tricked at the arrivals gate at Arlanda Airport when the woman never showed up.

Three more swine flu deaths include one previously healthy patient
Germany

Three more swine flu deaths include one previously healthy patient

Three more people died of the A/H1N1 virus in Germany on Friday, including for the first time, a person with no underlying health problems, authorities reported.

Social Democrats target pensioners on tax
Sweden

Social Democrats target pensioners on tax

In a bid to boost support from Sweden’s older generation, the Social Democrats promised to close the tax gap between pensioners and wage-earners at their party conference on Friday.

Merkel and Sarkozy bury Blair EU president idea
Germany

Merkel and Sarkozy bury Blair EU president idea

France and Germany will join forces to choose a new-look European Union's first big boss, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday, sweeping Tony Blair towards the Brussels exit.