Sweden Democrats savour parliament entry
Sweden

Sweden Democrats savour parliament entry

Sweden Democrat candidates savour victory as the party enters parliament for the first time, writes AFP's Igor Gedilaghine.

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Sweden

Alliance short of majority in re-election: poll

Sweden's ruling centre-right coalition was re-elected in Sunday's election, but fell short of a majority, near final results showed, as the far-right was seen entering a key position in a hung parliament.

Several killed in hospital shooting in Lörrach
Germany

Several killed in hospital shooting in Lörrach

Four people died and a police officer was seriously wounded on Sunday after an explosion and a shootout that ended at a hospital in the southwestern German town of Lörrach.

Alliance miss majority as far-right voted in: poll
Sweden

Alliance miss majority as far-right voted in: poll

Swedish voters narrowly re-elected the governing centre-right Alliance coalition, but stopped short of giving it another majority, while the far-right Sweden Democrats were voted into parliament for the first time.

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Sweden

Immigrants vote against Sweden Democrats

Stockholm's heavily immigrant suburb Rinkeby was busy on Sunday as campaigners warned voters about the possible consequences of a strong showing of Sweden's far-right Sweden Democrats.

Masses opting out of Google Street View
Germany

Masses opting out of Google Street View

Google is facing fierce opposition to its Street View service in Germany with hundreds of thousands opting out, Der Spiegel news weekly reported in its latest issue.

Reinfeldt rocked by ‘chlamydia letter’
Sweden

Reinfeldt rocked by ‘chlamydia letter’

Sweden's government came under heavy fire this week for its sick leave reforms after a 55-year-old woman suffering from a rare disfigurement syndrome had her sickness benefits withdrawn.

Thuringians are best life-savers
Germany

Thuringians are best life-savers

A Thuringian Red Cross association won the honour of being Germany's best life-savers in an all-German Red Cross competition held on Saturday in their hometown of Sondershausen.

Germany to withdraw ISAF Tornados
Germany

Germany to withdraw ISAF Tornados

The German army intends to withdraw its six Tornado combat aircraft from Afghanistan, it was reported Saturday. The personnel resources are to be invested in training Afghan security forces instead.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat’s swastika wound ‘probably self-inflicted’

A forensic medical report has contradicted claims by a Sweden Democrat politician that he was attacked in his home by two masked men who carved a swastika into his forehead.

Tax revenue surges
Germany

Tax revenue surges

Both the federal and state German governments received a healthy increase in tax revenue in August, a report in newspaper Bild said Saturday. This has been received as another sign of the country's economic recovery.

Police clear tents of Stuttgart 21 protesters
Germany

Police clear tents of Stuttgart 21 protesters

The police cleared the camp of those protesting against the railway station building project known as Stuttgart 21 on Sunday morning. Tens of thousands gathered on Saturday again to demonstrate against the plans.

East German Mozambicans campaign for rights
Germany

East German Mozambicans campaign for rights

A handful of tattered photos are all that remain of Mozambican Anacleto Amade's two years in East Germany, where he worked in the 1980s under a labour scheme between the then-communist allies.

Mainz top table for first time ever
Germany

Mainz top table for first time ever

Dark horses Mainz went top of the Bundesliga on Saturday after they shocked Champions League side Werder Bremen 2-0, while champions Bayern Munich were held to a goalless draw by Cologne.

Sweden braces for rollercoaster election
Sweden

Sweden braces for rollercoaster election

Sweden's centre-right government is being tipped to stay in power when voters go to the polls on Sunday, though the opposition has made late gains ahead of an election that could also see the political landscape reshaped by the far-right Sweden Democrats.

Assange free to leave Sweden: lawyer
Sweden

Assange free to leave Sweden: lawyer

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not obliged to remain in Sweden as there is no arrest warrant against him, his lawyer said on Saturday. Prosecutors are however continuing to investigate rape allegations against the Australian.

Far-right confronts main parties with 99 proposals
Sweden

Far-right confronts main parties with 99 proposals

Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats, attempted to pin his 99 election proposals to the door of the Swedish parliament on Saturday in a stunt aimed at highlighting the main parties' refusal to debate with him.