Protesters rally against Sweden Democrat march
Sweden

Protesters rally against Sweden Democrat march

Eggs flew through the air and several hundred counter-demonstrators chanted "No racists in our streets" to protest against a march by the Sweden Democratic Youth (SDU) in Gothenburg on Sunday.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt declines Juholt debate challenge

Fredrik Reinfeldt surprised the Social Democrats by declining an offer to debate newly installed party leader Håkan Juholt ahead of new elections scheduled for Västra Götaland County in May.

Künast seen as Greens’ best hope for chancellor
Germany

Künast seen as Greens’ best hope for chancellor

Green parliamentary co-leader Renate Künast, just confirmed as the party's choice to take on Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit in September elections, is the top pick for a Green chancellor candidate among respondents of a new poll released Sunday.

Conservatives urge border checks for Tunisian refugees
Germany

Conservatives urge border checks for Tunisian refugees

The Italian government's plan to issue temporary permits to thousands of Tunisian refugees, allowing them to travel to other EU countries, has prompted calls from members of the conservative camp for tougher checks along Germany's borders.

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Sweden

Swedish zoo fights to save stranded seal pup

An angry seal pup was found in very poor condition on the shores near a marina in Österåker, an island community about 30 kilometres north of Stockholm.

Bayern’s blues: Van Gaal axed, Robben sees red
Germany

Bayern’s blues: Van Gaal axed, Robben sees red

German champions Bayern Munich have sacked coach Louis van Gaal on Sunday in the wake of their 1-1 draw with Nuremberg, according to reports in the media here. Star player Arjen Robben also received a red card after the final whistle.

Japan thanks Swedes for their support
Sweden

Japan thanks Swedes for their support

The Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has sent thank you letters to the countries that supported their nation following the 9.0 mega-thrust earthquake and subsequent tsunami disasters.

Mileage fixed on 1 in 3 used cars in Germany
Germany

Mileage fixed on 1 in 3 used cars in Germany

Police warn that a European odometer "mafia" is manipulating mileage on used cars – costing consumers more than €6 billion annually. One third of the more than 6 million used cars sold in Germany are affected, according to a Sunday report.

More Swedish children thought to suffer from narcolepsy
Sweden

More Swedish children thought to suffer from narcolepsy

There may be many more children than previously thought who have suffered from narcolepsy, the uncontrollable need to sleep, as a side effect from the swine flu vaccine.

SS man who arrested Anne Frank worked for BND after the war
Germany

SS man who arrested Anne Frank worked for BND after the war

The SS officer responsible for the arrest of Anne Frank was one of many Nazis employed by Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) foreign intelligence agency after World War II, Focus reported on Saturday.

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Sweden

Vattenfall stops German green fund payments

Vattenfall, E-on, and two other energy companies will stop payments to a German environmental fund due to the German government’s plans to review its nuclear policy following Japan’s Fukushima crisis.

Nuclear companies cut off eco-fund payments
Germany

Nuclear companies cut off eco-fund payments

Four energy companies that run German nuclear plants said Saturday they have stopped payments to an environment fund after the government went back on its decision to keep the plants open for longer.