Olof Palme: Swedish prime minister was shot dead in Stockholm in 1986. Photograph: Anders Holmstrom/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

After a 34-year wait – and weeks of build-up worthy of reality television – Swedes have reacted with anger and dismay to the news that the most likely(...)

 Heinrich Böll: 60th anniversary of his influential ‘Irisches Tagebuch’, and the 50th of its translation into English, as ‘Irish Journal’

I don’t know if the late TK Whitaker and (the even later) Heinrich Böll ever crossed paths during their very different lives. But if they’ve met anywh(...)