Greens surge in state election in Saxony-Anhalt
Germany

Greens surge in state election in Saxony-Anhalt

Voters in Saxony-Anhalt handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel a wake-up call Sunday after the Japan nuclear crisis helped the Greens more than double their support in the second of seven state elections this year.

AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion
Germany

AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion

AT&T on Sunday agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Germany's Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion (€27.5 billion) in a blockbuster deal in the US wireless telecommunications sector.

Swedish consumers at ‘low risk’ of radioactivity
Sweden

Swedish consumers at ‘low risk’ of radioactivity

Following the Japan crisis the EU-commission has urged member states to begin measuring radioactivity levels in imported Japanese foods, but according to National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket) there is little risk to Swedish consumers.

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Sweden

Young Swedes choose summer school

The summer vacation usually means a chance to earn some much needed cash for young people in Sweden, but for those that can’t get hired, going back to school may prove the most viable option.

Polls show no ‘Juholt effect’
Sweden

Polls show no ‘Juholt effect’

The decision to make Håkan Juholt new leader of the Social Democrats has still to prove it is the boost in popularity hoped for.

Klitschko scores knockout in farcical fight
Germany

Klitschko scores knockout in farcical fight

World champion Vitali Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night in Cologne amid farcical scenes with a first-round knockout of Cuban challenger Odlanier Solis.

Greens flying high in opinion surveys
Germany

Greens flying high in opinion surveys

The Green party continues to gain popularity among voters in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan. The ecology party in Baden-Württemberg has surpassed the Social Democrats just before critical elections there.

Polar bear’s death brings tears and criticism
Germany

Polar bear’s death brings tears and criticism

The news of polar bear Knut's unexpected death in a Berlin zoo on Saturday has shocked and saddened people around the world, although other voices are criticizing the way he was raised.

Sausage contained 104 percent meat
Sweden

Sausage contained 104 percent meat

A Swedish man has reported a charcuterie in the north of Sweden to the Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket). The reason – according to the label there is too much meat in the sausages.

Majority supports military action in Libya
Germany

Majority supports military action in Libya

A majority of Germans support the current military action against Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi although most are not in favour of German participation in the mission, according to a poll published on Sunday.

Saxony-Anhalt goes to the polls
Germany

Saxony-Anhalt goes to the polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel braced for a voter backlash Sunday in a state election in Saxony-Anhalt, the first vote since the Japan disaster forced her into a sudden U-turn on nuclear policy.

Merkel narrowly escapes helicopter near-crash
Germany

Merkel narrowly escapes helicopter near-crash

A police helicopter that had last week been carrying Angela Merkel lost power a few hours after dropping her off. It fell 1,000 metres before the crew could restart its engines, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday.

‘Next few days the most crucial’: Bildt
Sweden

‘Next few days the most crucial’: Bildt

On his personal blog Carl Bildt expressed satisfaction Saturday that initial attacks on Libya have destroyed some of Qaddafi’s combat vehicles in the eastern parts of the country.

Japan Swedes to take iodine tablets
Sweden

Japan Swedes to take iodine tablets

The Swedish foreign ministry has advised Swedes within a 250 km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant to take Iodine tablets as a preventive measure.