Palm re-elected by Social Democrats in Stockholm
Sweden

Palm re-elected by Social Democrats in Stockholm

Veronica Palm, who was widely criticised for her role in the Omar Mustafa affair, was re-elected by the Social Democrats in Stockholm after an at times fractious annual general meeting on Saturday.

Reinfeldt: society must resist hooliganism
Sweden

Reinfeldt: society must resist hooliganism

Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reindfeldt called on society to take a stand against the hooligans ruining Swedish football following the resignation of the coach of Stockholm club Djurgården citing fan threats.

Germany prepared to enter Mali: Westerwelle
Germany

Germany prepared to enter Mali: Westerwelle

Germany’s foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has signalled his country’s willingness to take part in a United Nations-led operation in Mali.

Dutch cyberattack suspect held in Spain
Spain

Dutch cyberattack suspect held in Spain

A Dutchman has been arrested in Spain in connection with last month's unprecedented cyberattack that reportedly slowed down the Internet, the Dutch prosecution service said.

Hospital hands back Aborigine skulls
Germany

Hospital hands back Aborigine skulls

A leading German hospital announced that it had handed over the skulls and bones of 33 Aborigines to Australian representatives to be returned for burial.

Greens pledge to raise tax on rich to almost 50%
Germany

Greens pledge to raise tax on rich to almost 50%

Members of Germany’s Green Party have backed a plan to raise income tax to 49% for people earning more than €80,000. The current rate is 42%. It has also vowed to increase tax on salaries of over €60,000 to 45%.

Files reveal star actor Horst Tappert’s Nazi past
Germany

Files reveal star actor Horst Tappert’s Nazi past

The late German actor who starred in the wildly popular television crime show "Derrick" belonged to Hitler's notorious Waffen SS, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Friday.

‘Berlin-bashing’ book catalogues capital’s flops
Germany

‘Berlin-bashing’ book catalogues capital’s flops

From a disastrous world exhibition in 1892 to the present debacle over a new airport, few cities can boast as many spectacular flops as Berlin. Author Cornelia Tomerius has lovingly catalogued the city’s rich history of failures in a new book.

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Sweden

Swedish police shoot drunk gun-toting man

A drunk man was shot in the foot by police in Umeå in northern Sweden on Friday night after he pointed a pistol at them in an attempt to evade arrest.

Bodström slams Social Democrats over Mustafa
Sweden

Bodström slams Social Democrats over Mustafa

Former justice minister Thomas Bodström has roundly criticised his party the Social Democrats, arguing that the Omar Mustafa affair was handled poorly and that the party is outdated and undemocratic.

EU socialists unite to fight ‘selfish’ austerity
Germany

EU socialists unite to fight ‘selfish’ austerity

European socialist parties have met to display a united front to oppose austerity policies in the European Union, while a French government document described German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ideas as "selfish."

Sweden: extradition of US spy suspect ‘unlikely’
Sweden

Sweden: extradition of US spy suspect ‘unlikely’

The US Justice Department said on Thursday a former State Department employee now living in Sweden had been indicted with conspiracy to commit espionage for Cuba.

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Spain

Al-Qaeda suspect remanded in custody

A Spanish judge Friday remanded in custody a suspected Al-Qaeda militant accused of links to extremists in Mali and bailed another man on the same charges, the court said.

Migrants storm Spain-Morocco border
Spain

Migrants storm Spain-Morocco border

Scores of migrants stormed a border fence from Morocco into Spanish territory, prompting clashes with guards that left nine people injured, authorities said Friday.

Freed French hostage ‘no regrets’ after toilet ordeal
France

Freed French hostage ‘no regrets’ after toilet ordeal

Charles Ballard left a career in finance to do aid work in Afghanistan. Back home in France after being held hostage for 71 days in a toilet, he says he has no regrets.

China seeks more balance in France trade
France

China seeks more balance in France trade

French President Francois Hollande wrapped up a two-day visit to China Friday, confident that France could achieve more balanced trade with the world's second largest economy.

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Switzerland

US accuses Novartis of paying kickbacks to MDs

The US Justice Department on Friday accused Basel-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis of paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the company's drugs over rival products.