Malena Ernman wins Melodifestivalen
Sweden

Malena Ernman wins Melodifestivalen

Pop opera sensation Malena Ernman claimed the Melodifestivalen 2009 title on Saturday night in a nail biting finish, earning the right to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest finals in Moscow.

Merkel optimistic for G20 economic summit
Germany

Merkel optimistic for G20 economic summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she was optimistic about striking an agreement at next month’s G20 summit in London, despite signs of rifts between Europe and the United States.

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Sweden

Borg forecasts ‘crisis into 2010’

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg said on Saturday that he expects the current financial crisis to continue into 2010 with 'aftershocks' expected in 2011 and 2012.

School killer played shooter game the night before massacre
Germany

School killer played shooter game the night before massacre

As Winnenden prepares to bury the 15 people shot dead by Tim Kretschmer on Wednesday, further details have emerged about possible influences which led to the 17-year-old committing mass murder.

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Sweden

Swedish cops ‘baked cake’ in the nude

The nine Swedish cops in western Sweden that posed naked with a weapon at a party, posed nude on several more occasions, it has emerged.

Althaus set to lead CDU in Thuringia election this summer
Germany

Althaus set to lead CDU in Thuringia election this summer

Dieter Althaus, state premier of Thuringia, who is currently in hospital following a skiing accident in which a woman died, has been put at the top of his party’s list for the state election in August.

Swedish woman charged for housing horse in her cellar
Sweden

Swedish woman charged for housing horse in her cellar

A 32-year-old woman in Halland in western Sweden has been banned from keeping animals after it was discovered that she was keeping a horse in the cellar of her house.

Thief steals ambulance while crew battle to save sick child
Germany

Thief steals ambulance while crew battle to save sick child

Ambulance personnel attending an emergency call to a sick child were appalled when their ambulance was stolen while they were busy on Friday.

SEB executives forego pay rises after media storm
Sweden

SEB executives forego pay rises after media storm

Swedish bank SEB CEO Annika Falkengren on Saturday apologized to the bank's customers and employees after the outcry that followed a decision to hike executive pay.

European states pull together to save Opel
Germany

European states pull together to save Opel

European governments have come together to try to develop a rescue concept for Opel that would not be bound by national borders, it emerged on Friday night.

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Sweden

Two men found dead in Stockholm apartment

Police in Stockholm are searching for those responsible for a double murder on Södermalm on Friday evening.

Wolfsburg beat Schalke to ease up behind Hertha in Budesliga
Germany

Wolfsburg beat Schalke to ease up behind Hertha in Budesliga

Brazilian striker Grafite scored a hat-trick to help VfL Wolfsburg beat Schalke 04 4-3 on Friday to lift his side into second in the Bundesliga behind leaders Hertha Berlin.

German atheists rally the non-faithful one bus at a time
Germany

German atheists rally the non-faithful one bus at a time

A controversial campaign discounting belief in God started by British atheists is coming to Germany – ads on public buses will promote a happy life without religion.