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Sweden

Government split on sex-change sterilization

The Swedish government divisions over moves to scrap laws requiring compulsory sterilization for people undergoing gender reassignment surgery re-emerged on Saturday after comments by Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund.

De Maizière urges more military might in Europe
Germany

De Maizière urges more military might in Europe

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière said Europe should not fear a renewed US focus on Asia and must increasingly look after its own backyard militarily, in remarks made during the 48th annual Munich Security Conference.

Coldest night yet grips chilled Germany
Germany

Coldest night yet grips chilled Germany

The cold snap that has put much of Europe in a deep freeze reached its chilliest point in Germany on Friday, with minus 27-degree temperatures making for the coldest night of the winter season.

Merkel gives mixed review of China trip
Germany

Merkel gives mixed review of China trip

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of stronger ties between China and Germany on the heels of her visit to the country, but voiced concern about attempts to keep her from meeting with government critics during her trip.

Hackers mount Swedish government cyber attack
Sweden

Hackers mount Swedish government cyber attack

The "hacktivist" group Anonymous claimed responsibility for a cyber attack on the websites of the Swedish government on Saturday as part of protests against anti-piracy regulations.

Politician slammed for remarks on Sharia courts
Germany

Politician slammed for remarks on Sharia courts

The justice minister in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has sparked outrage after proposing that Germany could permit Sharia courts, which operate according to Islamic law, to preside over some civil cases in the country.

Swedes out in force to protest anti-piracy law
Sweden

Swedes out in force to protest anti-piracy law

Over 10,000 Swedes had pledged to take part in demonstrations in Stockholm and other cities on Saturday to protest against the ACTA anti-piracy legislation which is set to go before the Riksdag later this year.

Retrial ordered after judge falls asleep
Sweden

Retrial ordered after judge falls asleep

An appeals court case in Gothenburg is set to go to retrial after the presiding judge took a nap during proceedings, according to both the defence and prosecution counsel.

Dortmund top table after win at chilly Nuremberg
Germany

Dortmund top table after win at chilly Nuremberg

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund went top of the German league on Friday night with an impressive 2-0 win at Nuremberg in sub-zero temperatures.

Dissidents storm Syrian embassy in Berlin
Germany

Dissidents storm Syrian embassy in Berlin

A group of Syrian dissidents vandalised the Syrian embassy in Berlin on Friday, destroying furniture and defacing pictures of President Bashar al-Assad. Germany's Foreign Office condemned the intrusion "in the strongest terms."

Ice and snow cause motorway mayhem
Sweden

Ice and snow cause motorway mayhem

The E4 motorway was closed between Gävle and Söderhamn in northern Sweden on Friday afternoon after over 50 accidents were recorded in the icy conditions.