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Sweden

King’s speech focuses on environment

The environment was in focus as the King gave his traditional Christmas Day speech. He also thanked the people of Sweden for their support for the royal wedding which took place earlier this year when Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling.

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Sweden

Swedes more willing to sell unwanted Christmas presents

Santa is barely out of the door before many Swedes are sitting in front of their computers and putting their unwanted gifts online as more and more people sell their unwanted Christmas presents.

German aid worker killed in Afghanistan
Germany

German aid worker killed in Afghanistan

A German development worker was killed by insurgents in northern Afghanistan on Friday night. Development Minister Dirk Niebel described the killing as a "cowardly attack," while Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her shock.

Wulff calls for tolerance in Christmas speech
Germany

Wulff calls for tolerance in Christmas speech

German President Christian Wulff used his first Christmas speech to call for "solidarity and understanding" in German society. He also eschewed tradition by not delivering the speech from behind a desk and hosting 190 model citizens at the recording.

Nearly half of Germans want Westerwelle out
Germany

Nearly half of Germans want Westerwelle out

A new survey has found that 49 percent of Germans think Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle should resign. Westerwelle has come under increasing pressure from within his own Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Most Swedes want king to step down: poll
Sweden

Most Swedes want king to step down: poll

Nearly two-thirds of Swedes would like to see King Carl XVI Gustaf abdicate and hand the throne over to his daughter, Princess Victoria, according to a new poll published on Saturday.

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Sweden

Snow chaos continues in southern Sweden

Snow, freezing temperatures and driving winds continue to cause chaos in parts of southern Sweden.

‘German Mother Theresa’ saves lives in Pakistan
Germany

‘German Mother Theresa’ saves lives in Pakistan

Left party against WWII refugee museum
Germany

Left party against WWII refugee museum

The Left party has spoken out against a proposed museum commemorating Germans displaced by World War II. The museum is being founded without representatives from the Jewish Council or the Council of Sinti and Roma.

Gävle Goat survives Christmas Eve
Sweden

Gävle Goat survives Christmas Eve

The Gävle Goat (Gävlebocken) has survived Christmas Eve and is still standing in the town's main square.

German army celebrates Christmas in Afghanistan
Germany

German army celebrates Christmas in Afghanistan

Bundeswehr soldiers on active duty in Afghanistan are hoping for a quiet holiday, though the situation in the Kunduz region is still too dangerous to relax.