Thousands protest against nuclear energy
Germany

Thousands protest against nuclear energy

Tens of thousands demonstrated in Berlin on Saturday against the government's proposal to extend the life of Germany's nuclear power plants for another decade or more.

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Sweden

Hacker attack wreaks havoc on Sweden Democrat website

The website of the far-right Sweden Democrats was hacked on Saturday, one day before the party is expected to be voted into the Riksdag in Sweden’s September 19th general elections.

‘Media’ made man drill huge hole into neighbour’s flat
Sweden

‘Media’ made man drill huge hole into neighbour’s flat

A Swedish man returned from an extended vacation to find a massive hole in his living room wall. Charges have now been filed against the man’s neighbour, who said the “media elite” made him do it.

States reject mass deportations of Roma
Germany

States reject mass deportations of Roma

State interior ministers on Saturday said there would be no French-style mass deportations of Roma in Germany. But there was also criticism of the government's Roma policy.

Merkel says poverty decline is too slow
Germany

Merkel says poverty decline is too slow

Ahead of a United Nations summit on world poverty in New York, Chancellor Angela Merkel said more needed to be done to fight poverty around the world. Progress was "much too slow," she said.

Opposition gains ground in final round of polls
Sweden

Opposition gains ground in final round of polls

The centre-left Red-Greens succeeded in diminishing the government’s lead, while the far-right Sweden Democrats appear poised to enter the Riksdag, according to several polls published on Saturday, one day prior to Sweden’s elections.

CDU’s Böhmer warns of danger of populist far-right party
Germany

CDU’s Böhmer warns of danger of populist far-right party

Wolfgang Böhmer, Christian Democratic premier of the state of Saxony Anhalt, on Saturday warned of the possibility of the rise of a populist far-right party in Germany, "even if it is not clear who could lead it."

Oktoberfest kicks off
Germany

Oktoberfest kicks off

The Munich beer festival kicked off Saturday with millions of visitors from around the world expected to raise a glass or two to celebrate the event's 200th birthday over the next 17 days.

‘When We Leave’ to compete for Oscar
Germany

‘When We Leave’ to compete for Oscar

Feo Aladag's acclaimed drama 'When We Leave' (Die Fremde) is to be Germany's nomination for the best foreign language film Oscar in the 2011 awards. The story about honour killings has been a festival hit.

Welfare and taxes dominate final debate
Sweden

Welfare and taxes dominate final debate

Sweden's welfare state overshadowed the possible entrance into parliament of the far-right Sweden Democrats in the final televised party leader debate before elections on Sunday.

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Sweden

Sweden extends sentence for Uighur spy

A Uighur previously convicted of passing information to China about other members of Sweden’s Uighur community had his sentence prolonged by a Swedish appeals court Friday.

Sahlin and Reinfeldt enter final sprint for lasting political glory
Sweden

Sahlin and Reinfeldt enter final sprint for lasting political glory

With polls set to open in 24 hours rivals Fredrik Reinfeldt and Mona Sahlin are both looking for an electoral victory to cement their leadership status after long political comebacks, writes the AFP's Nina Larson.

Westerwelle ‘marries’ partner Michael Mronz
Germany

Westerwelle ‘marries’ partner Michael Mronz

Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has formalized his union with his long-term partner and businessman Michael Mronz in Bonn, the daily newspaper Bild said in its Saturday edition.