Referee attempts suicide before Bundesliga match
Germany

Referee attempts suicide before Bundesliga match

The German league match between Cologne and Mainz was called off 40 minutes before kick-off on Saturday after the Bundesliga referee tried to commit suicide.

Merkel answers public’s questions on YouTube
Germany

Merkel answers public’s questions on YouTube

Chancellor Angela Merkel took to the virtual airwaves of YouTube on Friday in her first question and answer session with the public – with the most popular question being about cannabis legalisation.

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Sweden

Bus driver in banana attack nightmare

A woman ran onto the bus, and threw a half-eaten banana into bus driver Zekerija Velagic's eye. The 46-year-old woman from Skåne has now been fined for the incident, reported newspaper Aftonbladet.

Grenade launcher fired inside soldiers’ barracks
Sweden

Grenade launcher fired inside soldiers’ barracks

A Swedish military unit has come in for criticism after a number of safety violations were revealed, including a soldier being hit in the head by a grenade shell.

Ballack enjoys golden autumn to his career
Germany

Ballack enjoys golden autumn to his career

Former Germany football captain Michael Ballack is back on form, scoring for Bayer Leverkusen on Friday night and earning glittering praise from his trainer.

‘Pina’ gets second Oscar nomination
Germany

‘Pina’ gets second Oscar nomination

Wim Wenders’ 3D dance film “Pina” is up for not just one but two Oscars this year, it was revealed on Friday night, as its nomination for an Academy Award in the documentary section was announced.

Informants failed to out neo-Nazi terrorists
Germany

Informants failed to out neo-Nazi terrorists

Intelligence services had at least three informants in the neo-Nazi scene linked to the terror group that went on to kill at least ten people, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Political party wants to see Sweden’s wolves ‘eliminated’
Sweden

Political party wants to see Sweden’s wolves ‘eliminated’

A new political party with just one issue - the elimination of wolves from Sweden - is beginning to take shape.

Eight die in mass pile-up and head-on collision
Germany

Eight die in mass pile-up and head-on collision

Eight people were killed in road accidents in North Rhine-Westphalia on Friday night - three in a mass pile-up on an Autobahn near Münster involving more than 50 vehicles, and five in a two-car collision near Aachen.

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Sweden

Sweden to save millions in new EU budget

Sweden welcomed the new EU budget agreement reached on Saturday, which will lower Sweden's EU fee by 300 million kronor ($45 million) compared to the government's original estimates.

Westerwelle prepares for Afghan conference
Germany

Westerwelle prepares for Afghan conference

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was in Kabul on Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai before a key international conference in Bonn on Afghanistan's future.

Passengers evacuated from Stockholm metro
Sweden

Passengers evacuated from Stockholm metro

On Saturday morning, passengers were evacuated from a subway train forced to stop in a tunnel near Fridhemsplan in central Stockholm.