Economy minister Glos tries to resign
Germany

Economy minister Glos tries to resign

Germany's ruling coalition appeared in disarray on Saturday after Economy Minister Michael Glos offered to resign only to be stopped by his own party leader in the midst of a crippling recession.

Secret military docs dropped in street, found by passer-by
Germany

Secret military docs dropped in street, found by passer-by

Documents belonging to Wolfgang Schneiderhan, the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, were found on a street by a passer-by, the German Defense Ministry confirmed on Saturday. They included his ID and a driving route.

Biden says US wants to renew ties with Moscow
Germany

Biden says US wants to renew ties with Moscow

Washington is ready to "press the reset button" in strained relations with Moscow, US Vice President Joe Biden said in a major foreign-policy address on Saturday at the international security conference in Munich.

Holocaust-denying bishop refuses to recant without ‘evidence’
Germany

Holocaust-denying bishop refuses to recant without ‘evidence’

A Catholic bishop rehabilitated by the pope who denies the Holocaust has refused to recant his statements until he sees "evidence," he said in an interview published on Saturday. The issue has sparked a storm of outrage towards the Catholic Church and hurt relations with Jewish groups.

Germany in top spot in global popularity survey
Germany

Germany in top spot in global popularity survey

In a survey of world opinion about 15 countries and the EU, Germany has come out on top. It ranked the highest regarding favorable opinion, with 61 percent of those asked seeing Germany in a positive light.

Ronaldo lays down Champions League gauntlet to Ibrahimovic
Sweden

Ronaldo lays down Champions League gauntlet to Ibrahimovic

World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has laid down the gauntlet to Sweden and Inter Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of Manchester United's Champions League clash against the Italian champions at the end of the month.

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Sweden

‘Alfie Atkins’ secret friend drove my car’

A suspected drink driver who successfully argued to a Swedish court that a 1.25 metre long-haired Norwegian going by the name of Alfie Atkins' secret friend, was actually driving, is suing the state for loss of income.

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Sweden

Voters back nuclear energy agreement: poll

Seven out of ten voters back an agreement to reverse a decision to phase out the country's 10 nuclear reactors, announced by the four parties of Sweden's centre-right governing Alliance on Thursday.

Swedish researchers link contraceptive pill to asthma
Sweden

Swedish researchers link contraceptive pill to asthma

Women on the pill have a higher incidence of asthma than other women of a fertile age, according to a study involving Swedish researchers.

NATO chief slams allies over Afghanistan efforts
Germany

NATO chief slams allies over Afghanistan efforts

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer criticised European allies Saturday at the security conference in Munich for refusing to send more troops to Afghanistan to match new efforts planned by the United States.

Barbie unveils Merkel doll at Nuremberg toy fair
Germany

Barbie unveils Merkel doll at Nuremberg toy fair

To honour Germany's first female chancellor, the Mattel company has debuted an Angela Merkel Barbie at a toy fair in Nuremberg. The doll sports Merkel's pant suit and bob, but the resemblance ends about there.

Racist stereotypes used in police training
Sweden

Racist stereotypes used in police training

"Neger Niggersson" and "Oskar Neger" (Negro). Two names used by Skåne police in their internal training. A participating officer reported the incident to senior officers but no inquiry was launched.

German businessman charged with illegal sales to Iran
Germany

German businessman charged with illegal sales to Iran

A German businessman will face trial on charges of selling to Iran 16 tonnes of graphite, a substance that can be used to build rockets, the federal prosecutor's office said Friday.