CDU loses state polls in Saarland and Thuringia
Germany

CDU loses state polls in Saarland and Thuringia

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Sunday suffered a setback a month before Germany's general election, with exit polls indicating the Christian Democrats could lose power in Saarland and Thuringia.

More nuclear waste in disused depot than expected
Germany

More nuclear waste in disused depot than expected

An investigation team has found three times more highly radioactive plutonium in the disused nuclear waste depot in Asse than the inventory states, the German Environment Ministry announced Saturday.

Police investigate neo-Nazi riot
Germany

Police investigate neo-Nazi riot

A criminal investigation is under way in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania following a riot in the small town of Bützow on Saturday night involving around 50 neo-Nazis and police officers.

Early turnout low in state elections
Germany

Early turnout low in state elections

Early indications suggest that turnout in Sunday's state elections in Saarland, Saxony and Thuringia has been relatively low, despite their importance as fore-runners for next month's general election.

The real Inglourious Basterds uncovered
Germany

The real Inglourious Basterds uncovered

Quentin Tarantino's new film Inglourious Basterds about a Jewish militia that killed and scalped Nazis in World War II is not as far-fetched as it might sound.

Steinmeier attacks Merkel’s tax plans
Germany

Steinmeier attacks Merkel’s tax plans

Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier derided Chancellor Angela Merkel's promise to reduce taxes in the coming legislative period should she win September's election.

‘Weightlessness is as fun as it was the first time’: Fuglesang
Sweden

‘Weightlessness is as fun as it was the first time’: Fuglesang

The Discovery space shuttle’s seven-person crew, including Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang, has started their second day on the job, following the successful blast off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday evening (local time).

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Sweden

Norway requests extradition of suspected child molester

Norwegian police have requested the extradition of a Swedish man suspected of sexually assaulting children in Norway, Sweden and Thailand. The man is older, but the prosecutor has revealed little about the age of the children or how many were involved.

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Sweden

Legislate right to full-time employment: Left Party

The Swedish Left Party (Vänsterpartiet) wants to abolish several reforms adopted by the governing Alliance parties, according to a new report.

German Mid-East release deal in doubt
Germany

German Mid-East release deal in doubt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said there was no imminent breakthrough on a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas amid media reports of recent progress thanks to German mediation.

Women banned from nightclub for ‘distasteful’ tattoos
Sweden

Women banned from nightclub for ‘distasteful’ tattoos

Two women were turned away from a Malmö night club because of their ink. Club management defended the policy, saying that tattoos were "distasteful".

Every other doctor in Sweden from abroad
Sweden

Every other doctor in Sweden from abroad

Sweden is attracting an increasing number of physicians from abroad. Almost every other new medical license is granted to someone who was educated abroad.