Demonstrators allowed to protest neo-Nazi march
Germany

Demonstrators allowed to protest neo-Nazi march

A last-minute court ruling enabled around 1,000 people to take part in a demonstration in Lower Saxony on Saturday to protest an annual march by neo-Nazis.

Werder Bremen dismisses Real Madrid’s bid for Özil
Germany

Werder Bremen dismisses Real Madrid’s bid for Özil

Spanish giants Real Madrid failed on Friday in a bid to persuade Werder Bremen to part with German World Cup sensation Mesut Özil, with their offer dismissed as "unacceptable."

Ullrich could be charged after court says he paid doping doctor
Germany

Ullrich could be charged after court says he paid doping doctor

Former cycling champion Jan Ullrich could face renewed criminal charges after a civil judge ruled that he had paid €55,000 to a doping doctor – despite having denied the payment on oath in court.

Leftist politician accused of illegally selling machine guns
Germany

Leftist politician accused of illegally selling machine guns

Germany’s socialist party The Left, has been hit by an embarrassing scandal, with a mid-ranking functionary charged with illegal trade in military weapons.

Jobs unfilled as Germans fail to qualify yet foreigners unwelcome
Germany

Jobs unfilled as Germans fail to qualify yet foreigners unwelcome

A third of German businesses cannot fill open jobs with suitable candidates, as most of those applying are not qualified enough and in many cases simply no-one is trying to get the work.

Stuttgart station human chain draws 20,000
Germany

Stuttgart station human chain draws 20,000

Around 20,000 people demonstrated against the tearing down of Stuttgart’s central train station on Friday evening, forming a human chain around the building before marching to the city hall to protest.

Brutal murder in Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Brutal murder in Stockholm suburb

A 43-year-old man in Solna has been arrested for murder after a man was shot in the face in the stairwell of an apartment block on Friday afternoon.

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Sweden

Disabled ping pong star mugged after sex offer

A member of the Swedish para table tennis team had his wallet and mobile phone stolen in Malmö on Wednesday night by a woman who first wondered if he would like to have sex with her, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

Skipper charged over drunken ship crash
Sweden

Skipper charged over drunken ship crash

The skipper of a Dutch freight ship has been formally charged with aggravated drunkenness and carelessness in sea traffic after the vessel ran aground off the south coast of Sweden on Friday.

Sjöström claims European gold medal
Sweden

Sjöström claims European gold medal

Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjöström lived up to domestic expectations on Friday as she claimed the gold medal in the 100 metre butterfly event at the European Championships in Budapest.

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Sweden

Sweden earns praise for public finances

Ratings agency Fitch praised Sweden on Friday for its handling of the financial crisis as the country retained its AAA long-term foreign currency debt rating.