Minister of state Michael Roth said Berlin is ready to take a leading role in the European Union’s future but won’t “stand alone”. Photograph:  Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s Europe minister says Berlin ready to take on a leading role in EU’s future

Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Polls in both countries reveal tougher stance on foreign nationals

Of six social issues under investigation, Ireland performed particularly poorly on poverty prevention, coming in 21st in a 28-country comparison. Photograph: Getty Images

German survey of social justice in Europe ranks Ireland 18th out of 28 countries

Sweden’s Social Democratic leader, Stefan Löfven: sounded out potential coalition partners yesterday. Photograph: Claudio Bresciani/EPA

Party tops poll but potential coalition is 15 seats short of a majority

Climate conditions in Sweden “are appropriate for the products we sell: waterproof and breathable boots”.

Ballinasloe firm selling into Swedish market for 20 years

Yesterday’s results indicate the AfD picking up support from across the political spectrum. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

AfD heading for double-digit support

Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt: Moderate party slips eight points. Photograph: Jessica Gow/AP/TT

Stefan Löfven’s party tops poll in early data with 31%

Voting  in Stockholm  during yesterday’s   general election. Photograph: Jonas Ekstromer/ AP/TT

Bestselling author anticipated the rise of the far right that was evident in yesterday's elections

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (centre) rides the Stockholm subway during general-election campaigning this week. Photograph: EPA/Jesica Gow

Opposition argues wheels have come off centre-right coalition’s reforms

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