Swedes think Daniel will do good job: poll

Seven out of 10 Swedes believe that Daniel Westling will do a 'good job' as a prince of Sweden, following his marriage next week to Crown Princess Victoria.

Swedes think Daniel will do good job: poll

Women and the elderly are the most positive, as well as Swedes who currently support Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s conservative-liberal alliance, while the young are the most doubtful, according to a joint Demoskop and Expressen survey.

“Daniel has surprisingly strong support in all groups, particularly considering know so little about him,” Anders Lindholm, president of Demoskop, told Expressen.

Very few Swedes – only 3 percent – believe that Westling will do a poor job as prince. Most who doubt the future prince’s abilities of the prince are in the younger age groups. Eight percent of all under the age of 29 believe that Daniel will conduct himself badly or very badly.

The survey also shows that more than half of Swedes think that Crown Princess Victoria Sweden’s most capable representative.

“That Victoria, and also Daniel, are so popular right now is partly about identification,” Lars-Erik Berg, a professor of social psychology at the University of Skövde, told Expressen. “Victoria is young and beautiful – and many probably dream about being like her.”

He added, “The wedding hysteria illustrates the lack of play and pleasure in our daily lives. The wedding is like a role-playing game – similar to those that children play in kindergarten, where they can play at being princesses. We play that game and become a bit happier.”

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German steel giant rejects ‘high cost’ state support

German industrial giant Thyssenkrupp on Friday rejected state participation to support it during the pandemic, an option favoured by unions but judged too costly by management.

German steel giant rejects 'high cost' state support
Thyssenkrupp's offices in Duisberg. Photo: Ina Fassbender / dpa / AFP
“State participation off the table,” Klaus Keysberg, the group's financial director, told the German daily Rheinische Post on Friday.
Keysberg blamed “high costs” in the long term of government assistance, “due to the interest payments and the terms of repayment.”
Already weakened by years of cut-price competition from China in the steel industry, Thyssenkrupp has further struggled with the effects of the pandemic that caused business activity to plunge.
The company said in mid-November it would cut an additional 5,000 jobs as part of its restructuring plan, bringing the total to nearly 11,000, to be spread out over several years.
Thyssenkrupp chief executive Martina Merz has not ruled out state assistance.
The powerful IG Metall union had organised rallies in October to demand a rescue plan from Berlin.
But the government was never enthusiastic, despite their acquisition of stakes in the airline Lufthansa and tour operator TUI, which also had business ravaged by Covid-19.
“I don't believe that nationalisation is the right response at the moment,” Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said in October on Thyssenkrupp.   
But national and regional governments favour more traditional aid structures, such as subsidies, or moves to convert to production of so-called green steel.
Discussions will continue to find alternatives.
A takeover of Thyssenkrupp's steel activities is still on the cards. British steel giant Liberty, founded by industrialist Sanjeev Gupta, launched a takeover bid in October.
Discussions are also underway with Sweden's SSAB and India's Tata Steel.
An alliance with fellow German steelmaker Salzgitter to create a national steel champion is also being considered. But these options won't be decided until “spring 2021”, Thyssenkrupp said.