CDU sinks behind Greens in Bremen state election
Germany

CDU sinks behind Greens in Bremen state election

The Greens for the first time on Sunday overtook the conservatives in a state election in Germany, according to exit polls made public in the wake of the Bremen vote.

German petrol prices too high, says cartel authority
Germany

German petrol prices too high, says cartel authority

A new report from the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has concluded that German motorists pay too much for their fuel.

Hungry bears preying on more reindeer calves: study
Sweden

Hungry bears preying on more reindeer calves: study

A single bear in northern Sweden has killed more than 30 reindeer calves, leading researchers to conclude that the bear is more of a reindeer predator than previously thought.

Budapest sales rep sex party cost €83,000
Germany

Budapest sales rep sex party cost €83,000

Torsten Oletzky, head of insurance company Ergo, said on Sunday that the prostitute sex party organised for insurance salesmen in 2007 cost €83,000.

Merkel tells Germans to work harder too
Germany

Merkel tells Germans to work harder too

Chancellor Angela Merkel attempted some damage control on Sunday after her remarks about the work ethic in certain Mediterranean countries were taken badly last week.

Greens: ‘ban military arms exports’
Sweden

Greens: ‘ban military arms exports’

The Green Party's Congress has decided to push for a ban on the sales of arms for military purposes and will continue its position that Sweden cease all non-UN-led missions.

Rolling Stones museum opens in Lower Saxony
Germany

Rolling Stones museum opens in Lower Saxony

Rolling Stones obsessive Ulli Schröder unveiled his immense memorabilia collection to the public on Sunday, with the opening of his own museum dedicated to the band.

Profit pressures rise for troubled ambulance firm
Sweden

Profit pressures rise for troubled ambulance firm

SOS Alarm owners push the company to reach higher profits despite several counties having cancelled contracts with the emergency response outfit while others express serious dissatisfaction.

King should surrender throne to Victoria: poll
Sweden

King should surrender throne to Victoria: poll

As more reports of womanising and shady connections continue to emerge, most Swedes think King Carl XVI Gustaf should relinquish the throne to Crown Princess Victoria in the next decade, a poll showed Saturday.

Bremen’s 16-year-olds vote in state election
Germany

Bremen’s 16-year-olds vote in state election

Sixteen-year-old Germans are voting in a regional election for the first time on Sunday, as nearly half a million people go to the polls in the city state of Bremen.

Schalke lift Cup as Neuer speculation cranks up
Germany

Schalke lift Cup as Neuer speculation cranks up

Bayern Munich-target Manuel Neuer captained Schalke 04 to their fifth German Cup title as second-division Duisburg were hammered 5-0 in Saturday's final on what may have been his last game for the club.

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Sweden

Fierce blaze destroys Luleå workshop

A violent fire that broke out Saturday night in a machine shop in northern Sweden was finally quelched Sunday morning, destroying the building and snuffing out threats of explosion.