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Special Report: After merger collapse, fractured Europe faces new battle over Airbus

Airbus President and CEO Thomas Enders speaks as German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) listens, during the opening day of the ILA Berlin Air Show in Selchow, near Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, in this September 11, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/Files

Airbus President and CEO Thomas Enders speaks as German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) listens, during the opening day of the ILA Berlin Air Show in Selchow, near Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, in this September 11, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Tobias...more

Airbus President and CEO Thomas Enders speaks as German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) listens, during the opening day of the ILA Berlin Air Show in Selchow, near Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, in this September 11, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/Files
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REFILE CHANGING SLUG A view shows the Airbus engineering headquarters in Toulouse, southwestern France October 23,2012. Picture taken October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

REFILE CHANGING SLUG A view shows the Airbus engineering headquarters in Toulouse, southwestern France October 23,2012. Picture taken October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

REFILE CHANGING SLUG A view shows the Airbus engineering headquarters in Toulouse, southwestern France October 23,2012. Picture taken October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a scale model of an Airbus A380 aircraft as she poses for the media in front of a new Airbus A380 aircraft of Lufthansa during her opening tour at the ILA International Air Show in Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, in this June 8, 2010 file picture. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a scale model of an Airbus A380 aircraft as she poses for the media in front of a new Airbus A380 aircraft of Lufthansa during her opening tour at the ILA International Air Show in Schoenefeld, south of Berlin,...more

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a scale model of an Airbus A380 aircraft as she poses for the media in front of a new Airbus A380 aircraft of Lufthansa during her opening tour at the ILA International Air Show in Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, in this June 8, 2010 file picture. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files
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The nose section of the first Airbus A350 is seen on the final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Jean-Philippe Arles

The nose section of the first Airbus A350 is seen on the final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Jean-Philippe Arles

The nose section of the first Airbus A350 is seen on the final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Jean-Philippe Arles
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The vertical tail section of the first Airbus A350 is seen on the final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles/Files

The vertical tail section of the first Airbus A350 is seen on the final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles/Files

The vertical tail section of the first Airbus A350 is seen on the final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles/Files
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Roger Beteille, referred to as the "Father of Airbus", attends the inauguration ceremony of the Airbus A350 final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Jean-Philippe Arles

Roger Beteille, referred to as the "Father of Airbus", attends the inauguration ceremony of the Airbus A350 final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Jean-Philippe Arles

Roger Beteille, referred to as the "Father of Airbus", attends the inauguration ceremony of the Airbus A350 final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, in this October 23, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Jean-Philippe Arles
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British Prime Minister David Cameron passes in front of French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during the family picture at the NATO Summit in Chicago, in this May 20, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Files

British Prime Minister David Cameron passes in front of French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during the family picture at the NATO Summit in Chicago, in this May 20, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Philippe...more

British Prime Minister David Cameron passes in front of French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during the family picture at the NATO Summit in Chicago, in this May 20, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Files
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BAE Systems CEO Ian King addresses the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London, in this October 25, 2010 file picture. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files

BAE Systems CEO Ian King addresses the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London, in this October 25, 2010 file picture. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files

BAE Systems CEO Ian King addresses the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London, in this October 25, 2010 file picture. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files
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A combination of two file photographs shows (L) a member of staff working in the cockpit of an aircraft on the Eurofighter Typhoon production line at BAE systems Warton plant near Preston, northern England September 7, 2012, and (R) the nose cone of an Airbus A380 next to the tail fin of an Airbus A320 at the Farnborough Airshow 2012 in southern England July 10, 2012. Pictures taken September 7, 2012 and July 10, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble & Luke MacGregor/Files

A combination of two file photographs shows (L) a member of staff working in the cockpit of an aircraft on the Eurofighter Typhoon production line at BAE systems Warton plant near Preston, northern England September 7, 2012, and (R) the nose cone of...more

A combination of two file photographs shows (L) a member of staff working in the cockpit of an aircraft on the Eurofighter Typhoon production line at BAE systems Warton plant near Preston, northern England September 7, 2012, and (R) the nose cone of an Airbus A380 next to the tail fin of an Airbus A320 at the Farnborough Airshow 2012 in southern England July 10, 2012. Pictures taken September 7, 2012 and July 10, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble & Luke MacGregor/Files
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A new Airbus A380 airliner for Lufthansa is ready to leave the paintshop hangar at the Airbus facility in Finkenwerder near Hamburg, in this February 5, 2010 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Christian Charisius

A new Airbus A380 airliner for Lufthansa is ready to leave the paintshop hangar at the Airbus facility in Finkenwerder near Hamburg, in this February 5, 2010 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Christian Charisius

A new Airbus A380 airliner for Lufthansa is ready to leave the paintshop hangar at the Airbus facility in Finkenwerder near Hamburg, in this February 5, 2010 file picture. REUTERS/Files/Christian Charisius
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Chief Executive Thomas Enders of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) addresses a news conference at the exhibition ground of the ILA 2006 Berlin Air Show at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport, in this May 16, 2006 file picture. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

Chief Executive Thomas Enders of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) addresses a news conference at the exhibition ground of the ILA 2006 Berlin Air Show at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport, in this May 16, 2006 file picture....more

Chief Executive Thomas Enders of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) addresses a news conference at the exhibition ground of the ILA 2006 Berlin Air Show at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport, in this May 16, 2006 file picture. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel boards the government's Airbus to leave Moscow, in this January 16, 2006 file picture. REUTERS/Jan Bauer/Pool/Files

German Chancellor Angela Merkel boards the government's Airbus to leave Moscow, in this January 16, 2006 file picture. REUTERS/Jan Bauer/Pool/Files

German Chancellor Angela Merkel boards the government's Airbus to leave Moscow, in this January 16, 2006 file picture. REUTERS/Jan Bauer/Pool/Files
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