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Kristian Persson Elements: Let It Go
  • Music
  • December 16, 2014, 16:00

Young Swedish trombonist Kristian Persson was one of the stand-out players at this year’s 12 Points festival of new European jazz. Here he(...)

‘I’m not political, but the Irish nation has now been forced to be (political) and to come out on the streets,’ Glen Hansard said .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Not content to let the politicians take centre-stage at Wednesday’s anti-water charge protest, a number of well known musicians also converged on Dubl(...)

Europe is awash with opera festivals. There’s the Savonlinna Festival in Finland, where a three-towered island fortress provides a stunning medieval b(...)

Ett Hem, in Stockholm: “feels just like you’re staying at your (very stylish) friend’s home”

After decades of designers borrowing style ideas from hotel interiors it’s a relief to see that the tables have finally turned. Nowadays homeliness(...)

Self-portrait by Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin characters. © Moomin Characters™

Celebrations are taking place today across Finland, the beautiful Nordic country of lakes and islands as the 97th anniversary of the day Finns declare(...)

Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven (left), defence minister Peter Hultqvist (centre) and  Supreme Armed Forces Commander Gen Sverker Goranson arrive for a news conference in Stockholm today.  Sweden has secured conclusive evidence a foreign submarine did enter its waters last month. Photograph: Claudio Bresciani/Reuters

Sweden has proof that a small foreign submarine operated illegally in its waters last month, its top military officer said today following a mysteriou(...)

Kate McGrew is a sex worker currently starring in a reality TV show who is against the drive to criminalise men who purchase sex. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Kate McGrew is not a “prostitute”. She is, she says, a sex worker. “To me the word ‘prostitute’ is used by people who look down on what I do, w(...)

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak (l) and European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger  leave a joint news conference after gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal last night that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the (...)

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Abu-tor. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday termed Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound, in response to the shooting of a Je(...)

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: “The Swedish government should understand that Middle East relations are more complex than a piece of self-assembled Ikea furniture.” Photograph: Maya Hitij/Reuters

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine today, the first western European country to do so.Stockholm’s move reflects grow(...)

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