BERLIN Oct 10 Germany's industrial interests
are best served if planemaker EADS remains independent,
Deputy Economy Minister Peter Hintze said on Wednesday after
merger talks between EADS and Britain's BAE Systems
"I think that Germany's industrial interests in a strong
value chain from research to development and on through to
industrial production are best guaranteed in this (independent)
form," Peter Hintze, also Germany's official in charge of
aerospace policy, told Spiegel Online.
He also said the strength of EADS lay in close cooperation
between Germany and France.