Dike breaks in eastern Germany
Germany

Dike breaks in eastern Germany

The eastern state of Brandenburg remained on high flood alert on Sunday as a dike broke near the small town of Schwedt. The environmental authority said anti-flood defences were under intense pressure.

Summer delayed again with more gloomy weather ahead
Germany

Summer delayed again with more gloomy weather ahead

The German Weather Service (DWD) is forecasting another week of gloomy weather for the country as storm warnings were issued for parts of southern Germany.

Bankers condemn ECB purchase of Greek bonds
Germany

Bankers condemn ECB purchase of Greek bonds

Germany's national bank, the Deutsche Bundesbank, has shown signs of irritation that the European Central Bank (ECB) has chosen to buy the state bonds of highly indebted eurozone countries.

New titles for future Prince of Sweden
Sweden

New titles for future Prince of Sweden

The families of Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancé Daniel Westling gathered in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm on Sunday morning for the publishing of the banns of marriage ahead of the couple’s wedding on June 19th.

Half a million Swedes to fill giant gene bank
Sweden

Half a million Swedes to fill giant gene bank

Scientists are hoping that genetic data gathered from half a million Swedes will help improve our understanding some of the world's most pressing public health problems, Dagens Nyheter reports.

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Sweden

80-year-old woman prompts highway panic

Startled motorists called the police in droves on Sunday morning to report a car driving against the traffic on the E4 motorway near Arlanda airport.

Minister: Google faces 50,000 lawsuits
Germany

Minister: Google faces 50,000 lawsuits

German consumer protection minister Ilse Aigner says that internet giant Google could face "more than 50,000" lawsuits in Germany because of its controversial virtual photo service Street View.

Germany celebrates Lena’s victory
Germany

Germany celebrates Lena’s victory

Germany woke up slightly dazed following its first victory in the Eurovision song contest since 1982. As the media celebrated, crowds gathered in the streets of Hamburg and Lena Meyer-Landrut's hometown of Hannover.

White power groups set for election year push
Sweden

White power groups set for election year push

White power groups were less active in Sweden in 2009 than the previous year, according to anti-racism foundation Expo’s annual report. But the movement is expected to increase its efforts in the run-up to the autumn general election.

Löw faces ‘brutal’ choices
Germany

Löw faces ‘brutal’ choices

Germany coach Joachim Löw admits he faces some 'brutal' decisions in the next few days as he looks to cut two players for his World Cup squad in the wake of his side's 3-0 friendly win over Hungary.

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Sweden

Woman ‘killed while picking flowers’: police

Police in western Sweden have launched a murder investigation after a woman in her seventies was found dead in a woodland area outside Halmstad on Saturday.

Klitschko knocks out Sosnowski
Germany

Klitschko knocks out Sosnowski

World WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko picked up the 40th win and 38th knock-out of his career with a tenth-round victory over challenger Albert Sosnowski in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday.

Lena wins Eurovision
Germany

Lena wins Eurovision

Germany won this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo on Saturday with the punchy pop number "Satellite" sung by Lena, a 19-year-old from Hannover.