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Why rush?

17 September 2013 By Pierre Briançon

TCI wants EADS to distribute its 46 pct stake in the French plane maker to shareholders. It’s a clever idea, but poorly timed. The investor’s badgering could complicate delicate talks between the Airbus maker and the French government over the stake’s possible buyers.

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Flying low

1 October 2012 By Pierre Briançon

Lagardere, the media group owning 7.5 pct of EADS, adds to the uncertainty of the aerospace and defence merger by deeming it “unsatisfactory”. But the real obstacles are political. France and Germany must convince the UK, the three in turn have to win over the U.S. No small feat.

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French imperialism

9 November 2004 By Marianne Brun-Rovet

True, a merger of the FrancoGerman and French defence groups would be the crowning glory of France’s "national champion" policy. But German opposition and industrial rationale militate against such a deal.

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