Rain and storms expected after perfect weekend
Germany

Rain and storms expected after perfect weekend

The weekend's perfect weather will turn changeable in the next couple of days, with showers and storms, according to the German weather service meteomedia.

May Day turns violent in Berlin and Hamburg
Germany

May Day turns violent in Berlin and Hamburg

At least 200 people were arrested in Berlin on Friday night after May Day demonstrations in the southern Kreuzberg district descended into hours of fighting between rioters and police.

Somali pirates keep German ship as elite force is withdrawn
Germany

Somali pirates keep German ship as elite force is withdrawn

The German government pulled back the elite combat force GSG 9 from storming the pirate-held ship Hansa Stavanger at the last minute, it was reported at the weekend.

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Sweden

Record warmth in April

In many parts of Sweden, summer has already come calling, according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)

Runners to mark unification by tracing former border
Germany

Runners to mark unification by tracing former border

A group of amateur runners are planning to mark the fall of the German-German border 20 years ago by running 1,000 kilometres along its former route.

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Sweden

Protests against nationalist march in Helsingborg

Almost 20 individuals were taken into custody in connection with a demonstration by nationalists in central Helsingborg on Friday. Police intervened when counter-demonstrators tried to protest.

Sahlin promises assistance to pensioners
Sweden

Sahlin promises assistance to pensioners

Swedish Social Democratic Party leader Mona Sahlin promised to work for increased unemployment benefits in her May Day speech on Friday, particularly addressing the issues facing pensioners.

Lundby-Wedin booed during May Day speech
Sweden

Lundby-Wedin booed during May Day speech

When Wanja Lundby-Wedin, head of Sweden’s Trade Union Confederation (LO), stepped onto the stage at Norra Bantorget in Stockholm on Friday, she was greeted by both celebration and condemnation. Her opening words were drowned out by the crowd, and she had to begin her speech three times.

May Day nuptials for same-sex couples
Sweden

May Day nuptials for same-sex couples

Alf Karlsson and Johan Lundqvist tied the knot at the Stockholm City Hall on May 1, the first day same-sex couples were permitted marry according to Sweden's new gender-neutral marriage law.

Porsche clan to decide sale question on Wednesday
Germany

Porsche clan to decide sale question on Wednesday

The Porsche clan will decide on Wednesday whether to sell the sports car manufacturer to Volkswagen for €11 billion, according to weekly Focus magazine.

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Sweden

Three vessels destroyed in harbour fire

Three leisure boats burned down in a dock fire at Ryssviken on Djurgården on Friday night. Nobody was injured in the fire, but billowing smoke could be seen on the horizon in many parts of Stockholm.

‘Ivan the Terrible’ suspect could be extradited any time
Germany

‘Ivan the Terrible’ suspect could be extradited any time

The man accused of being the sadistic concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible could be deported to Germany for trial at any time, after losing a crucial legal appeal.