FDP minister backs Westerwelle, but wants changes
Germany

FDP minister backs Westerwelle, but wants changes

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) has come out in support of beleaguered party leader Guido Westerwelle ahead of a crucial party summit, but says things need to change.

Women have strengthened army, says military association
Germany

Women have strengthened army, says military association

Women have been able to join the German military for ten years, and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Sohst, regional chairman of the German Army Association (DBwV), believes the Bundeswehr is better for it.

New Year’s party goes out of control
Germany

New Year’s party goes out of control

A 16-year-old's New Year's party descended into chaos in a house in Augsburg, Bavaria, with wardrobes ending up in swimming pools and laptops stolen.

Centre Party councillor seeks obesity tax
Sweden

Centre Party councillor seeks obesity tax

A municipal councillor for the Centre Party in Uppsala in eastern Sweden has proposed the introduction of a tax linked to a person's (over)weight.

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Sweden

Swede among terrorist suspects held in Uganda

A Swedish national is among a group of three people arrested on Uganda's eastern border on suspicion of having ties to a terrorist group, according to a local media report.

Ashtiani ‘under pressure,’ say activists
Germany

Ashtiani ‘under pressure,’ say activists

The threat by an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning to sue two German reporters shows that she is under great pressure, according to an activist who is also under fire from the woman.

Construction industry continues to shrink
Germany

Construction industry continues to shrink

The Association for the German Construction Industry (HDB) says it expects overall turnover to shrink by one percent in 2011, just as it did in 2010. But individual branches of the industry will also prosper.

Hoffenheim part ways with Rangnick
Germany

Hoffenheim part ways with Rangnick

Bundesliga club Hoffenheim have reached agreement to part company with coach Ralf Rangnick, according to the weekly Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

‘Sweden has key role in cyberwar’: report
Sweden

‘Sweden has key role in cyberwar’: report

Sweden has a key role in Europe as the U.S. prepares for future cyber-warfare, classified documents released by WikiLeaks indicate.

Leader of Sweden’s Pirate Party resigns
Sweden

Leader of Sweden’s Pirate Party resigns

Rick Falkvinge, the leader of Sweden's Pirate Party, has resigned his post, feeling that he has stagnated after five years in the role.

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Sweden

Sweden records first swine flu death

A seven-year-old boy has become Sweden's first fatality linked to swine flu this season after his death was announced by a health official on Saturday.

Striving for academic excellence in Berlin and Brandenburg
Germany

Striving for academic excellence in Berlin and Brandenburg

Looking for a truly cosmopolitan educational experience in Berlin? The Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS) strives for excellence, offering both an English-language day and boarding school.