BAE merger deal called off

Major defence firms BAE and EADS are blaming politicians for the collapse of their £25bn merger deal.

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BAE blames governments for merger collapse

BAE Systems and EADS released a joint statement announcing the formal termination of their merger talks and blaming the government stakeholders for the collapse. They said:

Notwithstanding a great deal of constructive and professional engagement with the respective governments over recent weeks, it has become clear that the interests of the parties' government stakeholders cannot be adequately reconciled with each other or with the objectives that BAE Systems and EADS established for the merger.

BAE Systems and EADS have therefore decided it is in the best interests of their companies and shareholders to terminate the discussions and to continue to focus on delivering their respective strategies.

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