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Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven (front second left) with Swedish Princess Victoria, King Carl XVI Gustaf (second right) and parliament speaker Urban Ahlin during a cabinet meeting at the Royal Palace in Stockholm today. Mr Lofven presented his new government today. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/Reuters

Sweden’s new centre-left government will recognise the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the st(...)

Sweden turns left
  • Europe
  • September 17, 2014, 01:01

After eight years of conservative government under prime minister Fredrik Reinfeld, Swedish voters decided this week that their dalliance with the cen(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD, signing  the book of condolences for the late Dr Ian Paisley in Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

The very private funeral of the Rev Ian Paisley took place yesterday in the graveyard of Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Co Down.As the late fi(...)

The coffin of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, is carried to his grave at the Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan, Northern Ireland  today. Photograph: Reuters

As the funeral of Ian Paisley was taking place today, political leaders from across the divide paid tribute in the Northern Assembly at Stormont to th(...)

A man chooses among ballot papers at a polling station during the Swedish general election in Goteborg today. Photograph: Adam Ihse/Reuters/TT News Agency

Polls showed Sweden’s centre-left opposition heading for a narrow election victory today, on a platform of increased spending on job schemes, healthc(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble speaks during the budget debate in the Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph:Reuters

Finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany would not take on new debt next year for the first time since 1969, underlining the robustness of th(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: the impasse between, in particular, the DUP and Sinn Féin over welfare reform could bring down the Executive. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson has called for intensive St Andrews Agreement-type talks to try to resolve a range of issues that are threatening the fu(...)

The High Court has ordered that construction work on two bridges, one of which has been the scene of protests by local people, in Kilkenny City be halted. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins.

The High Court has ordered that construction work on two bridges, one of which has been the scene of protests by local people, in Kilkenny City be hal(...)

Support for Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael is down four percentage points while support for Sinn Fein was up four points. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A new opinion poll has put voter support for Sinn Féin just one point behind Fine Gael. Sinn Féin is at 24 per cent while Fine Gael is at 25 percent, (...)

A pro-Palestinian protester stands infront of  riot police in paris today  during a demonstration against violence in the Gaza strip which had been banned by police. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters.

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities today to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched (...)

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