Schäuble sees no danger of losing credit rating
Germany

Schäuble sees no danger of losing credit rating

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Saturday he saw no danger of Germany losing its top grade with the world's credit ratings agencies, considering the budget cuts the government has made.

Left deputy leader wants to expel Wall apologists
Germany

Left deputy leader wants to expel Wall apologists

Dietmar Bartsch, deputy leader of the Left party's parliamentary faction, has rounded on MPs in a regional parliament who refused to observe a minute's silence for those who died trying to escape over the Berlin Wall.

Friedrich welcomes arming German cargo ships
Germany

Friedrich welcomes arming German cargo ships

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has welcomed the suggestion to put privately-hired armed guards on cargo vessels to stop pirate attacks.

Social Democrats open to Centre-Liberal coaction
Sweden

Social Democrats open to Centre-Liberal coaction

The Social Democrats said Saturday that they are opening up for future collaboration with the Liberals and the Centre Party before the election in 2014.

Nuclear shutdown slowing economy
Germany

Nuclear shutdown slowing economy

The Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (IFO) said on Saturday that the decision to close Germany's nuclear reactors was one of the reasons why the economy's growth was down in the second quarter of the year.

Pregnant mothers in for a long wait: report
Sweden

Pregnant mothers in for a long wait: report

Pregnant women in the south of Sweden may have to wait more than half their pregnancy for all the required tests and screens to be administered, adding further anxiety to an already delicate state, according to regional newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Police make second largest cocaine haul ever
Germany

Police make second largest cocaine haul ever

German police said on Friday they had seized 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) of cocaine concealed in containers in the northern harbour of Bremerhaven - the narcotics brigade's second largest ever haul.

Mönchengladbach trounce Wolves
Germany

Mönchengladbach trounce Wolves

Borussia Mönchengladbach continued their storming start to the season with a Marco Reus double helping them to a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg and top spot in the Bundesliga on Friday.

‘Butts should be next’: city councillor
Sweden

‘Butts should be next’: city councillor

Sweden's controversial littering law is under fire after local authorities have reported no change in garbage left in public places since it came into effect in July. Critical voices are now calling for a sharpening of the rules, according to a report in daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Swedish girl zapped by lightning twice
Sweden

Swedish girl zapped by lightning twice

A 12-year-old girl in Gothenburg was struck by lightning twice while taking a shower during a thunderstorm on Wednesday evening.

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Sweden

Swift storm catches sailors off-guard

A quick-moving storm rocked the archipelago in Stockholm, spurring difficult problems in its wake for many leisure sailors.

Sweden’s military gaffe exposes large gap
Sweden

Sweden’s military gaffe exposes large gap

Efforts to bulk up Sweden's military defense suffered another blow as the number of recruits was mistakenly inflated nine times the slim reality.