Voters deal Merkel surprise victory
Germany

Voters deal Merkel surprise victory

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party received an electoral boost on Sunday in a regional vote which also handed her coalition allies a big defeat ahead of national elections in 2013.

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Germany

Merkel ally suffers massive state defeat

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition ally suffered a huge defeat Sunday when voters in western Saarland state kicked the party out of the regional assembly, according to exit polls.

Hells Angels attack pizza man after car chase
Germany

Hells Angels attack pizza man after car chase

Several members of the Hells Angels biker gang in Berlin attacked an Italian pizza baker and his son with batons and baseball bats early Sunday morning, after chasing down the victims' car.

Westerwelle calls for stop to Iran smuggling
Germany

Westerwelle calls for stop to Iran smuggling

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Sunday on a visit to Oman that countries must take action against smuggling to Iran to help avert an escalation over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Consumer watchdog to check water park safety
Sweden

Consumer watchdog to check water park safety

After several drownings at Swedish water parks are believed to be due to park safety flaws, the incidents have prompted an official investigation by the Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket).

Gaming industry booming in Sweden
Sweden

Gaming industry booming in Sweden

Swedish gaming developers are experiencing a boom, as turnover for TV and computer games increased by at least 50 percent last year, according to Per Strömbäck, spokesman for trade organisation Swedish Games Industry.

Old metal pipe causes bomb scare in Stuttgart
Germany

Old metal pipe causes bomb scare in Stuttgart

Police in Stuttgart canceled plans to evacuate the city's train station on Sunday, after what was thought to be a bomb from World War II turned out to be an old pipe.

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Sweden

Sweden to reject Denmark’s climate plans

Sweden will be going against Denmark's attempt to force all EU countries to decrease energy use. According to Sweden's minister for energy, Anna-Karin Hatt, a reduced usage would damage the country's high-energy industries - mines, steel and paper.

Report: Berlin to accept bailout fund boost
Germany

Report: Berlin to accept bailout fund boost

Germany is reportedly prepared to fall in line with the rest of the eurozone and drop its resistance to calls to boost the bloc's bailout funds.

Thousands gather at airports to protest noise
Germany

Thousands gather at airports to protest noise

Crowds of protesters gathered at Germany's biggest airports on Saturday to stage mass demonstrations against air traffic noise. A combined 20,000 people took part in the protests in Berlin and Frankfurt alone.

Sweden may be heading for trans fat ban
Sweden

Sweden may be heading for trans fat ban

Sweden may be moving towards a law limiting industrially produced trans fats in food products, following the lead of several other EU countries.

Machete man goes berserk in Swedish clinic
Sweden

Machete man goes berserk in Swedish clinic

The man who attacked a woman with a machete last week, injuring her badly, flew into a rage once more on Saturday and attacked the staff of the psychiatric clinic where he's currently being treated, according to local media.

Bayern hot on Dortmund’s heels
Germany

Bayern hot on Dortmund’s heels

Bayern Munich trimmed Borussia Dortmund's lead at the top of the German league to two points on Saturday as the Bavarians enjoyed a 2-1 home win over Hannover.