Le Clézio travels into ‘the forest of paradoxes’
Sweden

Le Clézio travels into ‘the forest of paradoxes’

Nobel literature laureate Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio explores the paradoxes of his profession and argues that the eradication of hunger and illiteracy go hand-in-hand, writes Charlotte West.

Opposition parties to build coalition
Sweden

Opposition parties to build coalition

Sweden’s opposition political parties held a Sunday afternoon press conference to announce plans for building a united coalition government following the 2010 Riksdag elections.

Audi withdrawal sinks German America’s Cup chances
Germany

Audi withdrawal sinks German America’s Cup chances

Car manufacturer Audi has withdrawn from sponsorship of Team Germany, effectively ending the German sailing team's bid to win the America's Cup, but co-ordinator Jochen Schümann insisted Sunday he will fight on.

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Sweden

Swedish shoppers undeterred by world crisis

Swedes are still expected to spend more than last year during the Christmas period despite the global financial crisis, though the increase will be less than usual, a trade group said on Saturday.

Advance of neo-Nazi NPD party faltering
Germany

Advance of neo-Nazi NPD party faltering

The neo-Nazi National Party of Germany (NPD), riven by internal conflicts and financial sanctions, is faltering, said a law enforcement official in the latest issue of news magazine Focus.

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Sweden

Paternity test takes 14 years

Social welfare board routines stipulate that a paternity suit should be completed within a year. A case in Lund in southern Sweden took 14 years without result.

Thieves nick St. Nikolaus presents
Germany

Thieves nick St. Nikolaus presents

German children usually wake up to presents on their doorstep on December 6th, St. Nikolaus Day. But two families in Bavaria woke up to discover that thieves had absconded with the holiday loot, police told daily TZ on Sunday.

Biathlon World Cup win for Poland’s Sikora
Sweden

Biathlon World Cup win for Poland’s Sikora

Poland's Tomasz Sikora won the men's biathlon World Cup 12.5 kilometres pursuit race in Östersund in northern Sweden on Sunday.

Irish pork pulled from German markets
Germany

Irish pork pulled from German markets

High levels of toxic substances found in Irish pigs have prompted the German government to pull Irish pork out of groceries, a government spokeswoman said Sunday.

Police detain 470 at neo-Nazi demonstration
Sweden

Police detain 470 at neo-Nazi demonstration

Police took 470 activists into custody at Saturday's demonstrations in Salem, south of Stockholm. 15 were arrested as police reported a "successful day".

Left party makes comeback in the polls
Sweden

Left party makes comeback in the polls

The Left party is now Sweden's third largest party, after the Social Democrats and the Moderates. A new poll from Demoskop, published in Expressen, gives the Left party 7.7 percent of the vote.

Berlin mailbox bombing suspect arrested
Germany

Berlin mailbox bombing suspect arrested

A suspect in a mail box bomb attack was arrested Saturday evening; soon after police defused a possible home-made bomb related to the attacks, hidden underneath a clothing donation container, Berlin police reported.

For sale: data on 21 million Germans
Germany

For sale: data on 21 million Germans

The details of bank accounts held by 21 million Germans are for sale on the black market for €12 million euros, the news magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported Saturday.