A change of power is expected in Sweden after eight years of conservative rule, with the center-left opposition getting a lead over the governing center-right, just short of an absolute majority, according to partial official results.
The authentic spacesuit worn by one of the pair of the world-famous, first-ever dogs in space, Belka and Strelka, was sold at an auction on Saturday. One lucky fan of Soviet space memorabilia was able to buy it for the ‘barking mad’ price of just €14,000.
France may take part in the US bombing campaign in Iraq aimed at crippling the Islamic State militants if it is asked to do so. The US is now calling for an international coalition to defeat IS, but the UK and Germany are reluctant to join in the strikes.
The remaining 20 of the EU’s 28 member countries go to the polls on Sunday to vote in the European elections. However, after years of economic crisis and rising unemployment, people have come to question the need for closer integration.
A Nazi salute may – or may not – land you in jail in Switzerland. Apparently, you are safe if you manage to prove that it was intended as a personal statement and not a marker of political affiliation, the country’s highest court has ruled.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for restraint in imposing new sanctions on Russia, as politicians, businesses and the general public in Germany grow ever more skeptical of putting more pressure on Moscow.
Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is in the White House for the first time since it was revealed the NSA monitored her personal communications. During bilateral talks with Barack Obama, Merkel is expected to broach sanctions on Russia and US spying.
Hungarians re-elected Viktor Orban, who led the country out of crisis and resisted Brussels’ influence, as prime minister, early parliamentary election results showed. Meanwhile, the far-right Jobbik party gained substantial political power.
US and EU diplomats have said they will help Ukraine cut back on Russian gas, and also promised to help diversify the Russian-dominated European energy market, a difficult long term task for energy-dependent EU countries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his official European tour. His hosts have pampered the head of state and his 200-strong business entourage as the two economic blocs work towards a multi-billion dollar free trade agreement.