Merkel’s conservatives gird for election fight
Germany

Merkel’s conservatives gird for election fight

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives hammered out an election manifesto on Sunday that they hope will secure her a second term in September at the head of a new-look coalition.

Quelle ran out of cash three weeks ago
Germany

Quelle ran out of cash three weeks ago

Bankrupt mail order company Quelle is relying on the goodwill and trust of its suppliers as it has not had any money for three weeks, it emerged over the weekend.

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Sweden

Ukraine commemorates defeat of Sweden at Poltava

Ukrainian and Russian officials commemorated the 300th anniversary of the defeat of Sweden at the battle of Poltava with the unveiling of a new memorial on Saturday.

Police under fire for taking first class train seats
Germany

Police under fire for taking first class train seats

A row has broken out between operators of the North-Baltic Sea train line and local police, who are accused of refusing to leave first class carriages despite only having permission to travel second class.

Swedes claim record haul in NHL draft
Sweden

Swedes claim record haul in NHL draft

A record five Swedish ice hockey players were among the top 20 selected in this year's NHL draft announced this weekend.

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Sweden

Swedes more positive to refugees: report

Opposition among Swedes to accepting refugees into the country has declined, a new report shows.

Lightning injures 13 at Roman festival
Germany

Lightning injures 13 at Roman festival

Thirteen people were injured, seven of them very seriously when lightning struck a popular Roman festival in North Rhine-Westphalia on Saturday.

Elk couple on Sunday morning stroll through Gothenburg
Sweden

Elk couple on Sunday morning stroll through Gothenburg

A pair of elks went on a morning stroll through central Gothenburg on Sunday morning.

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Sweden

European leaders impatient for Swedish EU presidency

European leaders have expressed impatience for the Swedish EU presidency to start after a troubled six months under the Czechs.

Police called to help howling dog find bored parrot
Germany

Police called to help howling dog find bored parrot

Police ready to deal with an animal cruelty case when called to a house by neighbours who could not ignore the howls of a tortured dog were startled to find the miserable noise coming from a parrot.

CSD parade fills Berlin amid calls for gay rights
Germany

CSD parade fills Berlin amid calls for gay rights

More than half a million people watched and took part in the Christopher Street Day gay pride parade in Berlin on Saturday, bringing large parts of the city to a halt.