Daily Archives: July 30, 2009

Tony Barber

The German MP whose official car was stolen in Spain – where she was on holiday – continues to drive the agenda of her national press. Süddeutsche Zeitung reports today that the Social Democrats will not name Ulla Schmidt (who is currently Germany’s health minister) in their team for the September elections until they know the results of an investigation into the theft of her car.

Nicolas Sarkozy appeared on French television yesterday to reassure people about his health. The French president was hospitalised on Sunday after falling ill while jogging. He said he had simply been momentarily “overcome by fatigue”; the incident was not, as the Elysée said earlier this week (in a statement they subsequently retracted), related to any “cardiac” problems. Libération has the story. Read more