Germany breathed a collective sigh of relief on Saturday after a dramatic deal to save iconic car maker Opel from collapse, but Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of a bumpy ride ahead.
“Our aim is not to make more money; the added proceeds will be used to cover non-smokers, who will be paying lower premiums in the long term,” write Skandia Norden CEO Bertil Hult, Per Täckenström, medical risk assessor at Skandia Liv, and medical insurance advisor Dr Gundars Rasmanis in an article in Dagens Nyheter.
Sweden's three ‘red-green’ opposition parties have called for all meat products sold in the EU to be labelled with their country of origin. The demand comes in the wake of widely publicised reports on the treatment of Danish pigs. However, agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson (Centre Party) has rejected mandatory labelling on the grounds that it could be too expensive, according to Swedish Radio.
After managing the bailout and sale of Opel, German politicians are debating whether troubled retailer Arcandor, which owns the Karstadt department store chain, should get a loan from the government.
The impact of environmentally sensitive fishing on biologically important marine areas along Sweden’s coasts will be the subject of a new inquiry. The National Board of Fisheries (Fiskeriverket), the Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) and county administrative boards have been tasked with reviewing ways of applying the Swedish Environmental Code and the Fisheries Act.
The son of the late West German student leader Rudi Dutschke wants a new investigation into the 1968 assassination attempt on his father’s life after the discovery that a Stasi agent was responsible for the death of another student.
A 30-year-old woman was attacked and nearly drowned outside the seaside town of Kungsbacka in southern Sweden yesterday. The woman had taken her two small children to a beach near Vallda outside Kungsbacka.
A small freighter sank in the port of Hamburg early Saturday morning after colliding with another vessel, though no injuries were reported, police said Saturday.
Deutsche Bank spied on shareholders critical of the bank’s management, the spouse of one of the company’s directors and workers’ representatives, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Saturday.
The 20-year-old arrested for the murder in Linköping of a 26-year-old mother of a small child confessed to the killing on Friday evening, according to several media sources.
Support for the Moderate party has dropped five percentage points to 22.6 percent, according to opinion polls on upcoming elections to the European Parliament conducted by Sifo since April. The Social Democrats, who have also lost ground, now stand at 31.7 percent.
Germany has selected a bid by Canadian auto parts maker Magna to take over General Motors' Opel unit, an offer backed by Russia's Sberbank and Russian automaker GAZ, officials said Saturday.