Liberals give fighting talk at party conference
Germany

Liberals give fighting talk at party conference

The leader of the ailing junior coalition partners the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) put on a brave show at the party conference on Saturday, putting his group forward as Germany’s only real freedom fighters.

Foreign visitors prefer fairytales and ruins
Germany

Foreign visitors prefer fairytales and ruins

The red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg castle in Baden-Wüttemberg form Germany's most popular site-seeing destination for foreign tourists, according to a study by the National Tourism Board (DZT).

Summer temperatures heading for Sweden
Sweden

Summer temperatures heading for Sweden

Frost, cold and heavy snow falls surprised many on Saturday, but April showers are about to give way to warmer weather – with temperatures up to 20 degrees Celsius expected for the week ahead.

Lufthansa to tighten its belt with drastic cuts
Germany

Lufthansa to tighten its belt with drastic cuts

Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa is planning drastic cuts in a bid to increase its annual yield from passenger flights by 900 million Euros, confirmed a spokesman on Saturday.

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Sweden

Gothenburg road flushed away by leaking pipeline

Water from a leaking pipeling has flushed away a section of a road on Hisingen in Gothenburg. The ruined road is country road 155, connecting central Gothenburg with districts Torslanda and Öckerö.

Criticism for border shake-up proposal
Germany

Criticism for border shake-up proposal

German and French plans to reclaim control of their borders have been condemned by German politicians as "right-wing populist rhetoric". The move comes ahead of Sunday's first round vote in the French Presidential elections, in which President Nicolas Sarkozy has been trailing in the polls.

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Sweden

Police may have pics of Malmö teen’s murderer

The person who murdered 15-year-old Ardiwan Samir in Malmö on New Year’s Eve may have been caught on camera, according to local newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Pirates under pressure to address anti-Semitism
Germany

Pirates under pressure to address anti-Semitism

The Pirate Party are under mounting pressure to act decisively against right-wing extremism in their ranks after failing to sufficiently distance themselves from anti-Semitic sentiments among their members this week.

Sweden may be forced to lift ban on mercury
Sweden

Sweden may be forced to lift ban on mercury

Following an EU rule to allow mercury in some measuring instruments Sweden may be forced to lift the national ban on the substance

Zoo welcomes Sweden’s first jaguars
Sweden

Zoo welcomes Sweden’s first jaguars

The first jaguars have now set foot on Swedish shores. One male and two female specimens of the exotic cat have arrived to the zoo Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna, an hour west of Stockholm, reported local newspaper Eskilstuna-Kuriren.

Grass given all-clear following heart scare
Germany

Grass given all-clear following heart scare

German Nobel prize-winning author Gunter Grass left hospital on Friday after undergoing a long-planned medical examination, a spokesman said, downplaying the seriousness of his condition. Grass was admitted on Monday with heart problems.