Another day, another deadline for Saab.

This time, it's 16 December, with the Vanersborg District Court that has played such a central role in determining Saab's fate, deciding once and for all whether to accept administrator Guy Lofalk's application to have its bankruptcy protection terminated.

I've tried many times to contact Lofalk, but with no success. It's fair to say he's a busy man, travelling to the US last week to discuss the situation with GM for example, but the Swedish media is reporting some pretty frosty relations between the administrator and Saab, now he is looking to end the reorganisation.

I also talked yesterday to European supplier body CLEPA, whose CEO, Lars Holmqvist, told me Saab was making a "last attempt" to effect a rescue as the automaker's CEO Victor Muller tries to find new finance, potentially through a deal with manufacturer Youngman and an unnamed Chinese bank.

With classic understatement, Holmqvist noted: "I think, without going into any detail, it has been rather tough and what Victor Muller and his lawyers now have done is the only thing that is possible - if this is not feasible then that is it."

It certainly feels this time - although how many times have we said it - that this is make or break for Saab. What Muller and his lawyers have come up with is certainly not being communicated yet, but it's clear it's a last gamble before a decision is made one way or another.

And despite all that people are willing Saab to succeed, isn't it time this issue was finally decided? If nothing else for the employees' sake. It appears many of them have been travelling into work at the Trollhattan factory despite Saab not actually producing anything, but they wouldn't be human if they weren't eyeing possibilities elsewhere.

The Swedish government has also just told me it's not commenting until any decision next week, but in a time of seismic economic difficulties rocking Europe's governments, to be saddled with a significant unemployment issue in Western Sweden, let alone the EUR280m (US$374m) and up to SEK171,000 per employee, Saab's demise would come as an unwelcome parting shot from the automaker.

And that's before any political impact of such large-scale redundancies.

GM continues to play hardball, resolutely refusing to countenance a revised proposal from Saab earlier this week, the patient suppliers are caught in the middle and the unions want their members' overdue salaries paid.

Whatever happens, Saab's seemingly never-ending struggle needs to be resolved one way or the other.