Thousands gather to protest nuclear power plant extension
Germany

Thousands gather to protest nuclear power plant extension

Thousands of people gathered in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein on Saturday afternoon in one of the biggest anti-nuclear demonstration in the last few years.

Pay-day for extreme-right paper puts subsidies under fire
Sweden

Pay-day for extreme-right paper puts subsidies under fire

Sweden's system of press subsidies has come under the microscope after a publication affiliated with an extreme right-wing political party received millions of kronor in public funding this week.

Politicians honour fallen Bundeswehr soldiers
Germany

Politicians honour fallen Bundeswehr soldiers

Top government representatives including Chancellor Angela Merkel, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle attended a memorial service for four German soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Saturday.

Princess Madeleine breaks up with fiancé
Sweden

Princess Madeleine breaks up with fiancé

Sweden's Princess Madeleine has broken up with her fiancé Jonas Bergström, Stockholm's royal court has announced.

NRW coalition shaky as parties turn on each other ahead of poll
Germany

NRW coalition shaky as parties turn on each other ahead of poll

Two weeks before the crucial state election in North Rhine-Westphalia, the future of the conservative-liberal coalition looks shaky according to a poll released on Saturday.

Conservatives suggest Greece leave Euro currency union
Germany

Conservatives suggest Greece leave Euro currency union

Bavaria's conservative party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), has suggested the Greek government consider leaving the Euro currency union in the light of the country’s enormous financial difficulties.

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Sweden

Three-year-old girl caught shoplifting

Police in Malmö are convinced of outside adult involvement after a pair of sisters aged 3 and 7 were caught stealing clothes at a supermarket in the city on Friday.

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Sweden

University leaders blast ‘sexist’ student parade

Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg is seeking to distance itself from an annual student parade after the organizing committee gave the thumbs up to drawings deemed sexist and "totally unacceptable" by the university's president.

Muslim minister-designate calls for state school crucifix ban
Germany

Muslim minister-designate calls for state school crucifix ban

The designated social minister in Lower Saxony – Germany’s first woman Muslim state minister – has called for crucifixes to be removed from state schools, saying they have as little place there as headscarves.

Pre-war drama ‘Das weiße Band’ sweeps German Film Prize awards
Germany

Pre-war drama ‘Das weiße Band’ sweeps German Film Prize awards

The film "Das weiße Band" was the big winner at Friday night’s German Film Prize awards, taking 10 of the statues including those for best film, best director and best script.

Swedish skies clear of volcanic ash
Sweden

Swedish skies clear of volcanic ash

Aviation authorities have declared Swedish airspace almost entirely clear of volcanic ash, with final restrictions in the far south expected to be lifted on Saturday afternoon.