The Royal Wedding: Live Blog
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The Royal Wedding: Live Blog

Today's the day that Crown Princess Victoria will get her man of the people. We'll be following the whole thing live - with reporters around Stockholm providing the latest news, reactions and (hopefully) informed speculation from the Royal Wedding.

‘Thank you for giving me my Prince’
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‘Thank you for giving me my Prince’

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria has got her Prince. In an emotional but confident speech following her wedding to Daniel Westling, she expressed her gratitude to the crowd:

Merkel refutes Obama on G20 fiscal policy
Germany

Merkel refutes Obama on G20 fiscal policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel directly contradicted US President Barack Obama on Saturday, saying spending cutbacks were now needed following the spate of throwing money at the global economic crisis.

Löw says Germany not in ‘headless-chicken mode’ after loss
Germany

Löw says Germany not in ‘headless-chicken mode’ after loss

Coach Joachim Löw insisted on Saturday that Germany's shock defeat to Serbia at the World Cup had not sent them into 'headless-chicken mode' and he was still confident of reaching the last 16.

Berlin celebrates gay pride parade
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Berlin celebrates gay pride parade

Berlin’s Christopher Street Day parade drew thousands of people in Berlin on Saturday, as around 50 trucks and marchers round their way around the city to end up for the first time at the Brandenburg Gate.

Top music stars join calls to tax the rich more
Germany

Top music stars join calls to tax the rich more

Two of Germany’s biggest music stars, Herbert Grönemeyer and Marius Müller-Westerhagen have called for the rich to be taxed more in the current times of crisis in order to spare the poor.

German ‘female Viagra’ fails to excite US drug approval agency
Germany

German ‘female Viagra’ fails to excite US drug approval agency

A German attempt to develop a drug to help boost women’s sex drive has been knocked back by the US Food and Drug Administration, which said there was no evidence to show it was effective or safe.

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Video: Highlights of the Royal Wedding celebrations

Watch highlights of the carriage procession following the Royal Wedding on The Local, in cooperation with TV4.

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Royal wedding brings out the magic

Mattias Frihammar, Ethnologist at Stockholm University, talks to Gabriel Stein about the royal wedding, the irrational Swede and magic.

Greens discuss BP boycott as CEO taken out of firing line
Germany

Greens discuss BP boycott as CEO taken out of firing line

Green politicians are discussing the idea of a boycott of BP and its Aral petrol stations in Germany, in the light of the multi-national’s failure to prevent or stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Party underway in Daniel’s home town

Saturday’s wedding festivities got off to an early start in Daniel Westling’s home town of Ockelbo, 200 kilometres north of Stockholm, where visitors were treated to a free breakfast at Wij Gardens.

Premium rate service lines to drop fee for waiting callers
Germany

Premium rate service lines to drop fee for waiting callers

The infuriating telephone queues on premium rate customer ‘service’ lines where the caller pays in full to hear music or repeated recordings telling them how valued their custom is, will soon be free.

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Crowds gather along procession route

Police in Stockholm expect around 250,000 people to take to the streets to catch a glimpse of the Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling when they leave Stockholm Cathedral in a carriage procession after their wedding on Saturday afternoon.

Parties prepare for NRW minority red-green rule
Germany

Parties prepare for NRW minority red-green rule

The Social Democrats and Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) are preparing to form a red-green minority government, after conservative premier Jürgen Rüttgers said he would not contest a challenge for his position.

Roxette reunite for royal performance
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Roxette reunite for royal performance

Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling were treated to a star-studded gala performance on the eve of their wedding as a reunited Roxette brought the audience to its feet Stockholm at Stockholm Concert Hall.

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Swedes falling out of love with monarchy

Support for Sweden's monarchy has dipped below 50 percent while a quarter if the population is opposed to the institution, according to a poll published a day before Crown Princess Victoria's wedding.

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Bridal couple grateful for toaster

Crown Princess Victoria and fiancé Daniel Westling received a toaster and a wooden horse as wedding gifts when representatives from the government, municipalities and county councils converged on Stockholm City Hall for a reception on Friday afternoon.