Nordsee, the German seafood restaurant chain, has left Ammirati Puris Lintas after 18 years and moved its account into KNSK/BBDO.

Tapsa, Spain’s second-largest agency after Bassat O&M, has changed its name to Tapsa/FCB, as a result of True North’s acquisition of the Wilkens network in Europe.

Leo Burnett has linked with Wirz, Vienna, to form a new agency, Leo Burnett & Wirz. The Burnett network, which holds a minority stake in the new venture, was not previously represented in Austria.

EURO RSCG in France has unveiled a new division, named EURO RSCG Expresso, designed to meet the needs of the country’s small and medium-sized companies.

Nielsen has announced plans to cut its workforce in Germany, where it is the leading source of advertising expenditure data. The news comes as competitor Icon releases its first set of rival figures.

BDW, the German trade assoc-iation, has awarded Audi its 1997 Communications Prize, citing the high degree of integration of recent campaigns and the marketing function within the company’s strategy.

VF Diffusion has launched a new range of lingerie in France, designed exclusively for pregnant women. Called 9 Mois Pour Moi (9 Months For Me), the range will be available through the La Redoute mail order catalogue.

Grey Trace, which has offices in Madrid and Barcelona, has named Agustín Vaquero as its new creative vice-president. Vaquero has previous experience at Contra-punto, Ricardo Pérez, AVA and, most recently, Wilkens.

Nestlé in Germany is extending its Nesquik range of milk drinks with the launch of Nesquik Schoko-Sirop, a syrup version of the product already available in the US.

FIAB (Spain’s food and drinks federation) members are protesting at plans by the Catalan government to introduce a law obliging products sold in that region to carry labelling in the local language.

Procter & Gamble has introduced a window and surface cleaner variant of its Mr Proper household cleaner in France and Germany.

SIC, Portugal’s leading private TV channel, is to be made available in France as part of TPS, the satellite broadcasting package, from September.

Kraft Jacobs Suchard in Hamburg has recruited Christian Khler from his post of marketing director at Mars division, Effem, to head its confectionery business.

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