MUSIC: ROBBIE WILLIAMS - Hello and a very warm welcome from Berlin. And we begin with arguably the biggest pop star in Europe at the moment, Robbie Williams. In his home country, Britain he sold out five nights at the new Wembley Stadium in a matter of hours - and the concerts are not until next September. In fact 2006 could be his most successful year to date. He will embark on his biggest solo tour yet promoting his latest album "Intensive Care."
FOOD: Michelin Guide Star Chef Dieter Muller - Another man at the top of his trade is Dieter Muller, considered this country's greatest gourmet chef. His restaurant near Cologne has the Michelin guide's highest accolade of three stars, and his passion of combining the seemingly incompatible - how about cappuccino of curry with lemongrass - is legendary. Fortunately he also delights in passing his skills on to other culinary hopefuls.
TRAVEL: Christmas 6 months a year - The classic festive scene is that of a winter landscape with pine trees weighed down by snow. In Finnish Lapland, high up in the arctic circle, it looks like Christmas for almost half the year. And the scene is complete when Santa's classic yuletide transport - the reindeer comes into view, pulling a sleigh.
DESIGN: Danese Milano - Ever since the Danese Milano design company was founded nearly 50 years ago it has prided itself on simple, classic products that will stand the test of time. Nowadays, because of its reputation, top class designers from all over the world make their way to Milan knocking on Danese's door rather than the other way round. Many of the company's products have become design icons and can be found not just in the people's homes but even in museums all over the world.
POPULAR CULTURE: Miss Europe - Shermine Shahrivar is not just the current Miss Germany but also in March 2005 she became Miss Europe as well. This means the last year has been a whirl of appointments, travelling all over Europe from important media events to photoshoots in all the major capitals. We caught up with her at one such modelling assignment for the Swiss fashion magazine Galatea.
WINTER SPORT: ski jumping - We wind up the programme today with possibly the most spectacular of winter sports, ski jumping. It's a sport that's getting more and more popular, especially here in Europe, and the building of ski jumps is becoming an architectural art form. We've been to visit a few, beginning with one directly south of here near the border to the Czech Republic. [28 minutes]
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Series Description: DW-TV's euromaxx provides an insight into the cultural side of Europe and the people who live there with colorful stories that reflect the rich variety of cultural life in Europe. From architecture and design to pop culture and fashion, euromaxx explores the region's new trends as well as its old traditions. euromaxx is as multi-facetted as Europe itself: an entertaining kaleidoscope of people, places and lifestyle. Each half-hour is packed with features focused on the latest in music, movies, fashion, food and travel. euromaxx always has a fresh take on today's culture - it's what's happening today and this week. It's topical, relevant, and as fresh as this week's Sunday newspaper.
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