Podolski brace lifts Germany to victory
Germany

Podolski brace lifts Germany to victory

Germany’s Polish-born striker Lukas Podolski made clear where his allegiance lies after lifting Germany to a 2-0 win over Poland in the country’s first Euro 2008 match on Sunday.

Polish and German fans face off in Klagenfurt
Germany

Polish and German fans face off in Klagenfurt

The sleepy Austrian town of Klagenfurt was deafened by football chants and blaring music on Sunday as German and Polish fans in full supporter attire invaded the city centre ahead of their countries' first Euro 2008 match.

German politicians slam Bush legacy
Germany

German politicians slam Bush legacy

Leading German politicians have strongly criticised President George W Bush’s terms in office ahead of the US leader’s farewell visit to Berlin next week.

German solar sector pulls in big investors
Germany

German solar sector pulls in big investors

Subsidies for Germany's solar energy industry will see smaller cuts and the sector is set for consolidation in what many say is the crucial next step in its development, writes AFP’s Lenaig Bredoux.

Swedish diver tells of brush with dragon
Sweden

Swedish diver tells of brush with dragon

A Swedish diver who spent two nights marooned on an Indonesian island with four other Europeans told on Sunday how she had to fight off an aggressive komodo dragon with her weight belt.

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Germany

Lesbians shock Krefeld with public sex in the city

Two naked women caused a stir in the city of Krefeld with a public display of passionate sex, making obscene gestures to the police called by shocked passers-by.

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Sweden

Schyman: ‘I considered taking my life’

Former Left Party leader and founder of the Feminist Initiative (FI) political party Gudrun Schyman has admitted in an interview that she contemplated suicide when she took a time out from politics to battle alcoholism in 1996.

Missing divers ‘battled killer lizard’
Sweden

Missing divers ‘battled killer lizard’

Swedish diver Helena Nevalainen has spoken out about her traumatic experience after she and four other European divers went missing in in treacherous waters east of Bali.

German beer sales to climb during Euro 2008
Germany

German beer sales to climb during Euro 2008

German breweries are upbeat about the Euro 2008 Championships, expecting higher profits and booming sales much like during the last World Cup.

‘Make language a fast track to a passport’
Sweden

‘Make language a fast track to a passport’

Immigrants to Sweden should be able to become citizens within two years if they learn Swedish quickly, a new report has proposed.

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Sweden

Tornado strikes in southern Sweden

A powerful tornado paid an unexpected visit to a small boat harbour on Lake Bolmen in Småland in southern Sweden on Saturday.

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Sweden

Men with dynamite arrested at Malmö train station

Two men, aged 41 and 42, with ties to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang were arrested on Thursday as they were loading 70 kilograms of dynamite into a storage locker at Malmö’s central train station.

Germans face massive gas price hike
Germany

Germans face massive gas price hike

German consumers may face a dramatic increase of up to 40 percent in gas prices this year due to recent rallies in the oil market, according to the environment ministry.

Germany ready to tackle Poland in Euro opener
Germany

Germany ready to tackle Poland in Euro opener

Germany begin their Euro 2008 campaign against neighbours Poland on Sunday with Polish-born striker Miroslav Klose in top form, according to coach Joachim Löw.