Protest tries to bounce reconstruction of Berlin city palace
Germany

Protest tries to bounce reconstruction of Berlin city palace

Hoping to rally opposition to plans to rebuild Berlin’s historic city palace, a colourful protest with an inflatable castle and paper crowns took place in the German capital on Saturday.

Dresden to premiere lost Gershwin musical set in 1930s Germany
Germany

Dresden to premiere lost Gershwin musical set in 1930s Germany

Dresden State Operetta is preparing to stage the European premiere of George Gershwin’s musical "Pardon My English", which is set in the Saxon city, more than 70 years after it opened on Broadway.

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Sweden

One in two foster kids sexually abused

A government report reveals that half the number of children who grew up in Swedish foster homes or institutions over the last seventy years were exposed to sexual abuse.

CDU and FDP form coalition in Schleswig-Holstein
Germany

CDU and FDP form coalition in Schleswig-Holstein

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Free Democratic Party (FDP) signed a coalition agreement on Saturday to form the state government of Schleswig-Holstein.

Sarrazin comments were checked by Bundesbank before publication
Germany

Sarrazin comments were checked by Bundesbank before publication

Controversial comments about immigrants made by Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin were reportedly approved by the bank’s public relations operation and read through by Axel Weber, the head of Germany's central bank, before publication.

Jan Ullrich visited doping doctor 24 times
Germany

Jan Ullrich visited doping doctor 24 times

Former cycling pro Jan Ullrich visited a notorious doping doctor 24 times during the last three years of his career, according to documents seen by news magazine Der Spiegel.

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Sweden

English football coach plays down Sweden job

With speculation rife as to who will take over from Lars Lagerbäck as Sweden's national football coach, Fulham boss Roy Hodgson - who started his managerial career in Sweden - says he has yet to be approached about the job.

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Germany

Thousands expected to see Napoleon defeat

Thousands of spectators are expected at the battlefields south of Leipzig over the weekend to watch around 800 history buffs re-enact the Battle of the Nations, which proved decisive in Napoleon’s eventual defeat.

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Sweden

Royal wedding brings military to attention

The Swedish Armed Forces are beginning preparations for next year's royal nuptials and anticipate sending 3,000 soldiers to stand guard when Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria marries Daniel Westling in June.

Chinese should be taught in schools: education minister
Sweden

Chinese should be taught in schools: education minister

A review of language learning in schools is required to meet the demands of the global market climate says Sweden’s education minister Jan Björklund who is advocating Chinese lessons for college students.

EU says German aid could stymie Opel deal
Germany

EU says German aid could stymie Opel deal

The European Commission told the German government on Friday that its planned aid package for carmaker Opel could breach EU competition rules - and said US auto giant General Motors should be allowed to reconsider the sale of its German unit.

Far-right member motions death penalty
Sweden

Far-right member motions death penalty

During the annual congress of the far-right political party the Sweden Democrats, Joakim Larsson, chair of the Uppsala branch, has called for the introduction of the death penalty in Sweden.