Bayern Munich claim historic title win
Germany

Bayern Munich claim historic title win

Bayern Munich set the record for the earliest Bundesliga title win on Saturday when they were confirmed as German champions for the 23rd time.

Germany’s North Korean embassy remains open
Germany

Germany’s North Korean embassy remains open

The German Embassy in North Korea will continue working as usual for the time being, following Pyongyang's warnings to several diplomatic missions that their safety could not be guaranteed.

Social Democrats want compulsory preschools and high schools
Sweden

Social Democrats want compulsory preschools and high schools

Social Democrat congress delegates have supported the party's proposal to introduce compulsory preschools for children from the age of two and to make high school mandatory.

Business brief: Casa Mazzoni
Sweden

Business brief: Casa Mazzoni

After travelling to 27 countries, Angelo Guzzi discovered the delights of Tuscany and decided to settle down. Now owner and manager of the Country Inn Casa Mazzoni, he wants to share the secrets of the place he calls paradise.

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Sweden

Skåne murder may be tied to Norway drug bust

A Swedish man who went missing in January has been found dead amid growing suspicions he was the scapegoat for a botched drug deal in Norway.

Sweden chides Baltic states over environment record
Sweden

Sweden chides Baltic states over environment record

Swedish Environmental Minister Lena Ek has said that the Baltic Sea nations' failure to protect the region's environment is "worrying".

Merkel: no separate sport for Muslim boys and girls
Germany

Merkel: no separate sport for Muslim boys and girls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that she rejected the idea of separate sport classes for Muslim girls and boys, saying it would send “a completely wrong integration policy signal.”

Police end kindergarten hostage situation
Germany

Police end kindergarten hostage situation

Police in Cologne ended a 10-hour hostage situation on Friday by shooting the suspect in the shoulder. The man entered a kindergarten and trapped the director.

Swedish zoo fights to keep wild seal pups
Sweden

Swedish zoo fights to keep wild seal pups

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) has ruled that two seals found over Easter and taken in by the Kolmården animal park in south Sweden should either be returned to the wild or put down, but Kolmården has refused to comply.

More women opting for engineering studies
Germany

More women opting for engineering studies

Germany – long known for its engineering expertise – showed an overall decline in new student engineering enrollment, but the data did show more women opting for the career path, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said on Saturday.

Bad weather behind asparagus price hike
Germany

Bad weather behind asparagus price hike

The endless winter has left Germany in a bad mood, and now the asparagus lovers among them have another thing to complain about after it emerged the cold weather will raise their price and delay the season.

Pork found in Ikea’s elk lasagne
Sweden

Pork found in Ikea’s elk lasagne

Swedish furniture giant Ikea halted sales of elkmeat lasagnes across all its European stores after a batch tested positive for pork in a Belgian lab.

Blatter cools stance on racism sanctions
Switzerland

Blatter cools stance on racism sanctions

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday eased his hardline stance on combating racial abuse and violence in stadiums.

Merkel ‘should push Putin for reforms’
Germany

Merkel ‘should push Putin for reforms’

German and Dutch leaders should urge Russian President Vladimir Putin during his upcoming visit to reverse his crackdown on civil society and erosion of human rights, Human Rights Watch, has said.

Spain drafts €2.4bn plan for housing
Spain

Spain drafts €2.4bn plan for housing

The Spanish government said Friday that it would invest €2.4 billion over the next three years to help the poor gain access to rental housing and renovate buildings to boost the stricken construction sector.

Spain court delays royal corruption hearing
Spain

Spain court delays royal corruption hearing

A Spanish court Friday delayed a corruption hearing of King Juan Carlos' daughter Princess Cristina after prosecutors lodged an appeal against her summons.

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France

France has no plans for N.Korea evacuation

France on Friday said it was taking the situation in North Korea "seriously" and urged Pyongyang to refrain from further provocation, but said it had no immediate plans to evacuate French nationals from the country.

Biarritz quarantine squad over mumps scare
France

Biarritz quarantine squad over mumps scare

Biarritz have put their entire first team squad in quarantine after an outbreak of the mumps, the French Rugby League (LNR) said Friday.

France mulls purchase of US drones: source
France

France mulls purchase of US drones: source

France is considering buying US-made unarmed Reaper surveillance drones to boost its military capabilities, a source in the defence ministry told AFP on Friday.