Merkel hails Opel deal but warns of rough ride
Germany

Merkel hails Opel deal but warns of rough ride

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.

Smokers face higher insurance costs
Sweden

Smokers face higher insurance costs

“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.

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Sweden

Opposition calls for country of origin labels on meat

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.

Arcandor bailout debate intensifies
Germany

Arcandor bailout debate intensifies

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.

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Sweden

Commercial fishing to come under new scrutiny

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.

Dutschke family wants case reopened after Stasi discovery
Germany

Dutschke family wants case reopened after Stasi discovery

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.

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Sweden

Woman nearly drowned in unprovoked assault

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.

Freighter sinks in Hamburg port
Germany

Freighter sinks in Hamburg port

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
Germany

Deutsche Bank spied on shareholders

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.

20-year-old confesses to murder
Sweden

20-year-old confesses to murder

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.

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Sweden

Poll dip for main parties ahead of EU elections

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.

Berlin picks Magna to buy Opel
Germany

Berlin picks Magna to buy Opel

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.