Fifteen dead in Love Parade stampede
Germany

Fifteen dead in Love Parade stampede

At least 15 people were crushed to death on Saturday when mass panic triggered a stampede inside a tunnel at the Love Parade techno music festival in the German city of Duisburg, police said.

Dead boy found in Spain confirmed missing German five-year-old
Germany

Dead boy found in Spain confirmed missing German five-year-old

The dead child found near a lake in a mountainous area of Spain has been identified as a missing five-year-old German boy, a government official confirmed in Berlin on Saturday.

Conservatives resume infighting over military service
Germany

Conservatives resume infighting over military service

After a short pause to digest the departure last week of Hamburg’s mayor Ole von Buest, the fighting within the two conservative parties has gathered pace again, with a concerted attack on Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

Police probe Malmö man bitten by deadly snake
Sweden

Police probe Malmö man bitten by deadly snake

A 40-year-old man in Malmö is the subject of a police investigation after being bitten in his home by a poisonous snake, a creature for which he lacked a licence.

Unmarried fathers to get automatic joint custody over children
Germany

Unmarried fathers to get automatic joint custody over children

Fathers who are not married to the mothers of their children could soon automatically have equal rights over their children, with Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger preparing to change the law in their favour.

Government enjoys high trust rating
Sweden

Government enjoys high trust rating

Confidence in Sweden’s government remains high despite a recent controversy surrounding the resignation of former labour market minister Sven Otto Littorin.

Exiled Iranian dissidents find refuge in Germany after revolt
Germany

Exiled Iranian dissidents find refuge in Germany after revolt

The first of 50 exiled Iranian dissidents have arrived to live in Germany after applying for asylum following the failure of the ‘green revolt’ and the accompanying crackdown last year.

Stone Age dildo stokes global media interest
Sweden

Stone Age dildo stokes global media interest

A tool fashioned from a stag’s antler and believed to be a Stone Age dildo has caused a global sensation since its discovery in Sweden earlier this month.

‘Flat rate sex’ brothel owners jailed for fraud
Germany

‘Flat rate sex’ brothel owners jailed for fraud

A judge has jailed a group of men and women who ran a chain of brothels where more than 200 Romanian women provided ‘flat rate’ sex to customers in circumstances which prosecutors had described as gang-run forced labour.

Johnson trails Choi in Scandinavian Masters
Sweden

Johnson trails Choi in Scandinavian Masters

Sweden's Richard Johnson starts the third round of the Scandinavia Masters one shot behind South Korea's K J Choi, while Jesper Parnevik's long term injury forced him into making an early exit.

All but one German banks pass stress test
Germany

All but one German banks pass stress test

All but one of 14 German banks put under a European Union stress test passed, an official statement said on Friday, with Hypo Real Estate, a property and municipal funding specialist owned by the state, the only one to fail.

Swedish banks pass EU stress test
Sweden

Swedish banks pass EU stress test

Sweden's four main banks are well equipped to withstand the fallout from a financial crisis, according to the results of stress tests carried out on banks in the European Union.