Disagreements reign over how to end Afghan mission by 2011
Germany

Disagreements reign over how to end Afghan mission by 2011

The German government intends to secure cross-party support for a plan to end its Afghan mission, although disagreements remain over whether more soldiers should be sent ahead of withdrawal.

Germany increases aid to Haiti, confirms 1 dead, 30 missing
Germany

Germany increases aid to Haiti, confirms 1 dead, 30 missing

The German government has increased aid money for Haiti to €7.5 million, while German medics arrived in the stricken country on Sunday to aid in the recovery effort after making their way overland from the Dominican Republic.

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Sweden

Sweden probes webcam paedophile suspect

A man from southern Sweden is suspected of committing numerous sexual crimes on the internet with underage girls, perhaps hundreds, local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad reports.

Ramshackle chancellery repairs force Merkel to move offices
Germany

Ramshackle chancellery repairs force Merkel to move offices

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to move her office after new technical problems were discovered in the chancellery which will take at least a year to repair.

‘Mile of Democracy’ opposes neo-Nazi march in Magdeburg
Germany

‘Mile of Democracy’ opposes neo-Nazi march in Magdeburg

More than 5,000 people gathered in Magdeburg on Saturday to form a "Mile of Democracy" to commemorate the bombing of the town 65 years ago – and to try to stop neo-Nazis from exploiting the anniversary for their purposes.

Merkel holds crisis talks as squabbles tarnish coalition
Germany

Merkel holds crisis talks as squabbles tarnish coalition

Chancellor Angela Merkel held what was being billed as a "crisis meeting" of her key coalition allies on Sunday in a bid to quell internal squabbling that has seen her own popularity slide.

Only one bidder for ailing Saab: report
Sweden

Only one bidder for ailing Saab: report

Dutch boutique car maker Spyker Cars is said to be the only remaining bidder for the troubled General Motors unit Saab Automobile based in Sweden. Saab is in the first stage of gradually being liquidated.

Thousands mark moment when Stasi lost control
Germany

Thousands mark moment when Stasi lost control

More than 3,000 people turned up at Berlin’s former Stasi headquarters on Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day people stormed the building and took control of the feared secret police files.

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Sweden

Sweden evaluates swine flu response

With more than half the population inoculated, the swine flu scare is waning in Sweden. But questions remain whether the epidemic was grossly exaggerated.

Airbus slides off runway at Stockholm airport
Sweden

Airbus slides off runway at Stockholm airport

An official investigation is underway after an Iran Air plane about to leave for Teheran on Saturday slid off the runway at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm. None of the 173 people onboard were hurt.