SPD’s Steinmeier won’t rule out early elections
Germany

SPD’s Steinmeier won’t rule out early elections

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) parliamentary leader and former chancellor candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he is no longer ruling out early elections in Germany.

England and Japan through to World Cup quarter-finals
Germany

England and Japan through to World Cup quarter-finals

England battled past New Zealand 2-1 to get to the quarter-finals of the women's World Cup on Friday while Homare Sawa scored a hat-trick to put Japan through with a 4-0 rout of Group B rivals Mexico.

81-year-old landlord admits shooting tenant and her boyfriend
Germany

81-year-old landlord admits shooting tenant and her boyfriend

An 81-year-old landlord has been arrested after admitting shooting dead his tenant and her boyfriend - in front of her two young children. The motive may have been a dispute about the rent.

Pius ordinations ahead of Williamson appeal
Germany

Pius ordinations ahead of Williamson appeal

The controversial ultra-conservative Catholic group, the Pius Brotherhood, has ordained four new priests just two days before Bishop Richard Williamson’s appeal against his conviction for Holocaust denial.

Swedish soldiers secure missing pea soup dinner
Sweden

Swedish soldiers secure missing pea soup dinner

Deviating from the Swedish tradition of serving pea soup on Thursdays turned out to be an expensive mistake for caterers to the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten).

July Sweden’s deadliest month in traffic: report
Sweden

July Sweden’s deadliest month in traffic: report

If you're a man driving on a Saturday afternoon in July, you'd be advised to take it easy on the road.

Coalition backs Guttenberg over Kunduz
Germany

Coalition backs Guttenberg over Kunduz

The coalition parties are backing former Defence Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg’s over his firing of a general and a civil servant after a 2009 airstrike in Afghanistan which killed up to 142 people including dozens of civilians.

Swedish domestic EHEC search abandoned
Sweden

Swedish domestic EHEC search abandoned

The centre for communicable diseases (Smittskyddet) in Skåne, in southern Sweden, is now giving up attempts to find the source behind the first Swedish infection of the virulent enterohaemorrhagic E.coli (EHEC) bacteria.

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Sweden

Swedish military PR group to Libya

This coming Wednesday will see ten Swedes travelling to Italy to engage in information missions, as part of the NATO-run military operation in Libya.

Euro bailouts push up German debt
Germany

Euro bailouts push up German debt

The strong economy will allow Berlin to significantly reduce state debt in 2012 - but the cost of the EU bailouts means that from 2013 Germany will have to borrow more than previously anticipated.

New Swedish litter law met with criticism
Sweden

New Swedish litter law met with criticism

In a week the new litter law will come into effect, which is expected to tidy up the streets and parks of Sweden.

Tens of thousands expected at Berlin yoga fest
Germany

Tens of thousands expected at Berlin yoga fest

Tens of thousands of yoga fans are expected in Berlin this weekend for a huge festival organized in the German capital's 1930s Olympic Stadium by one of India's best-known gurus, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.