Romson and Fridolin to lead Sweden’s Greens
Sweden

Romson and Fridolin to lead Sweden’s Greens

Sweden's Green Party on Saturday voted to appoint Gustav Fridolin and Åsa Romson as new spokespeople at their party conference in Karlstad.

Security gaffe at Frankfurt airport
Germany

Security gaffe at Frankfurt airport

Police confirmed on Saturday that a security error at Frankfurt airport meant that the data of 10,000 airport workers had not undergone a routine check.

SPD calls for more education spending
Germany

SPD calls for more education spending

Social Democratic Party chairman Sigmar Gabriel has called for substantial increases in Germany's education budget, saying that Germany "is not even up to the average" among industrialized nations.

FDP rejects proposed use of army inside Germany
Germany

FDP rejects proposed use of army inside Germany

The Free Democratic Party, junior partner in Germany's ruling coalition, has rejected the Interior Minister's proposal for a constitutional change to enable the army to be deployed within Germany to fight terrorism.

Police out in force for mosque protests
Sweden

Police out in force for mosque protests

Police say they are ready for Saturday's planned demonstrations for and against the nearly completed mosque on Hisingen in Gothenburg, reports news agency TT.

German crime drops to record low
Germany

German crime drops to record low

The number of crimes recorded in Germany in 2010 hit its lowest level since records began being compiled two decades ago for the reunified country, the government said on Friday.

Retailers hit by shortfall in Japanese imports
Germany

Retailers hit by shortfall in Japanese imports

German retailers are reporting the first shortfalls in imports of electronic goods from Japan, two months after a devastating earthquake crippled factories there.

Johan Elmander headed to Turkey
Sweden

Johan Elmander headed to Turkey

Bolton Wanderers' Swedish striker Johan Elmander has signed a tentative deal with Galatasaray, the Turkish club announced on Friday without giving details of the agreement.

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Sweden

King unaware of friend’s contact with criminal

The royal court confirmed Friday that it was King Carl XVI Gustaf's friend that can be heard on a tape negotiating with major criminals, reported news agency TT. But a press secretary for the royal court says the King was not informed that the contact took place.

Schäuble backs Lagarde for IMF top job
Germany

Schäuble backs Lagarde for IMF top job

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble backs his French counterpart Christine Lagarde as the EU candidate to head the International Monetary Fund, it was reported Saturday.

Saab denies wrongdoing in fighter jet deal
Sweden

Saab denies wrongdoing in fighter jet deal

Swedish defense group Saab said Friday an ongoing probe into reports it had secretly paid millions of euros to ensure South Africa did not back out of a deal to buy 26 fighter jets had turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.