Kaiser falls on sword over Stasi past to smooth red-red coalition
Germany

Kaiser falls on sword over Stasi past to smooth red-red coalition

The Left Party in the state of Brandenburg has cleared the way for a "red-red“ coalition with the Social Democrats after chairwoman Kerstin Kaiser ruled herself out of a ministry on Sunday amid concerns about her past links to the East German Stasi.

Porsche to investigate Nazi forced labour claims
Germany

Porsche to investigate Nazi forced labour claims

Car company Porsche is to investigate fresh claims that it used hundreds of forced workers during the Nazi era – many more than has previously been thought.

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Sweden

Swedish soldier injured in Afghanistan

A Swedish soldier was injured in Afghanistan on Saturday when his unit was attacked by rebels.

Swedish coach Lagerbäck resigns
Sweden

Swedish coach Lagerbäck resigns

Swedish national football team coach Lars Lagerbäck announced on Sunday his intention to resign after the final World Cup qualifier against Albania on Wednesday, accepting that the Scandinavians are unlikely to qualify for the 2010 finals.

Burglars jailed after asking police for getaway directions
Germany

Burglars jailed after asking police for getaway directions

A pair of alleged burglars in Saxony found themselves headed straight for the police station on Saturday night after stopping to ask a police patrol for directions.

Greens hand power to the right in Saarland
Germany

Greens hand power to the right in Saarland

The western state of Saarland is headed for a conservative “Jamaica” coalition after the Greens decided on Sunday to join forces with the Christian Democratic Union and Free Democrats.

Skinny models just look better, says Karl Lagerfeld
Germany

Skinny models just look better, says Karl Lagerfeld

Legendary German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has weighed into the debate on skinny magazine models in typical flamboyant style, ridiculing the backlash against unrealistic body images.

German army guns sold on Afghan black market
Germany

German army guns sold on Afghan black market

Hundreds of pistols from German army stocks have turned up for sale on the black market in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a Sunday report by North German Broadcasting (NDR).

Frederick the Great portrait auctioned for €670,000
Germany

Frederick the Great portrait auctioned for €670,000

The only portrait of Frederick the Great painted during his reign as Prussian King fetched €670,000 at an auction in Bremen on Saturday.

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Sweden

Pakistan Swedes arrive home

The four Swedes deported from Pakistan arrived at Stockholm Arlanda airport late on Saturday night.

Sarrazin wins support for integration comments
Germany

Sarrazin wins support for integration comments

Half of Germans agree with controversial remarks by federal bank board member Thilo Sarrazin, who said that most Arab and Turkish immigrants are “neither willing nor able to integrate,” a poll revealed on Sunday.

Frankfurt Book Fair to open amid censorship row
Germany

Frankfurt Book Fair to open amid censorship row

The Frankfurt Book Fair's 61st edition opens on Wednesday with the sector hit hard by the global recession and a bust up over censorship with guest of honour China overshadowing preparations.

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Sweden

Young sex offenders escape investigation

Every fifth case of a reported sexual offence involving Swedish teenagers is not investigated by the social services, according to a report by Sveriges Radio youth current affairs programme Generation Z.

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Sweden

Swedish drinking song contest comes to sober climax

The annual Swedish drinking song championships has been decided. Peter Roadson from Skurup in southern Sweden has claimed the title despite leaving the snaps in the sideboard.

European anger ensures further twists in Opel saga
Germany

European anger ensures further twists in Opel saga

Tempers are rising in Europe over Germany's promise of billions of euros in state aid to support the sale of General Motors' loss-making European unit Opel/Vauxhall.

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Sweden

Danes end Sweden’s World Cup dream

Sweden were unable to live up to the pre-match bravado and were left wanting in Copenhagen losing 1-0 to Denmark who booked their spot in the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer.