Just a short note about the highly amusing Leif Östling affair (for a quote in Swedish of what the man said, follow this link):
Note to journalists: The Fawlty Towers episode being referred to was called “The Germans” or alternatively “The Fire Drill”, not “Don’t Mention the War”.
In case anybody wants to send Mr. Östling a Christmas present, I would suggest Saul Bellow’s fine collection of short stories “Him with His Foot in His Mouth”. The Swedish expression for a deed like Mr. Östling’s is “to step on the piano”. In Danish you “step in the spinach”.
Meanwhile, the Swedish PM has joined the Scania-MAN show and warned against the sale of Swedish-based companies to foreign investors. In an interview with Swedish radio, Mr. Reinfeldt warned against the development of a subsidiary company-economy.