SPD wins Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania vote
Germany

SPD wins Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania vote

The governing centre-left Social Democrats on Sunday trounced Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in her home state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The SPD now has a choice of coalition partners.

German carmakers predict strong sales
Germany

German carmakers predict strong sales

Global economic woes have failed to dampen the hopes of Germany's luxury car companies, with Audi and Mercedes expecting surging sales. BMW also reported a record month in August, with sales up a whopping seven percent.

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Sweden

Bomb threat cordons off Uppsala city block

A central Uppsala city block was evacuated and cordoned off on Sunday morning, after employees discovered an object believed to be a bomb outside their restaurant, reported local media.

New Left Party head hard to predict: poll
Sweden

New Left Party head hard to predict: poll

The battle for the position as new Left Party leader is going to be a close one, shows a survey conducted by news agency TT.

Weekend warmth waves goodbye as cooler week begins
Germany

Weekend warmth waves goodbye as cooler week begins

After a sunny Saturday and Sunday, Germany is in for a decidedly less summery start to the workweek. Rain, clouds and cooler temperatures are in the forecast by the German Weather Service (DWD).

Soldier suicide rates high on missions abroad
Germany

Soldier suicide rates high on missions abroad

Suicide accounts for about 20 percent of German soldier deaths during foreign missions, according to a magazine report. A spokesman for the Defence Ministry would not comment on the matter.

Investigators probe hospital deaths of three infants
Germany

Investigators probe hospital deaths of three infants

Three babies born prematurely died within a span of two days at a children's hospital in the central western city of Siegen. The hospital's administrator said she was "shocked" by the cases.

IMF chief urges action on German economy
Germany

IMF chief urges action on German economy

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, called on the German government to be proactive in steeling itself against weak growth prospects, pointing to the discouraging economic situation at the global level.

Qaddafi’s spy service had ties to German intelligence
Germany

Qaddafi’s spy service had ties to German intelligence

Germany was one of a number of Western nations that received intelligence from Libya under long-time leader Muammar Qaddafi. But a former official said Berlin never engaged in joint operations with Qaddafi's spy service.

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Sweden

Syrian Kurds in Sweden meet on Assad

Around 50 expatriat Syrian Kurds gathered in Stockholm Saturday for a two-day conference on how to strengthen Kurds inside Syria and get them more involved in efforts to overthrow Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Moderates backpedal on sex change law
Sweden

Moderates backpedal on sex change law

Sweden has taken further steps towards changing the law on gender reassignment. The governing Moderates have now taken a stand against the disputed law, and its demands of sterilisation and divorce.

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Sweden

Parents hit back over child abuse suspicions

A five year-old girl in Ludvika, in central Sweden, was picked up from her pre-school by police officers, and underwent a medical exam, all without her parents' knowledge.

Northeastern state election gets underway
Germany

Northeastern state election gets underway

Voters go to the polls in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home state Sunday, with surveys showing her conservatives are likely to cling on to power after a campaign dominated by the euro debt crisis.