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  • BERLIN, Oct 10- Germany denied responsibility for the failed merger of Airbus parent EADS and Britain's BAE Systems on Wednesday, but an official acknowledged that forming a world defence giant would have created difficulties in Berlin. "Germany alone did not block the merger.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 10- German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere dismissed on Wednesday suggestions that German objections were the main reason for the collapse of merger talks between European planemaker EADS and Britain's BAE Systems. I do not share it, "said de Maiziere, who was in Brussels for a meeting of NATO defence ministers.

  • 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 collapsed.

  • *Sources said Germany opposed the $45 billion aerospace merger. LONDON, Oct 10- EADS and BAE Systems called off the world's largest defence and aviation merger on Wednesday, and pinned the blame on Germany for wrecking the $45 billion deal.

  • PARIS, Oct 10- Merger talks between EADS and BAE Systems were blocked by the German government, a senior French government source said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Britain's BAE Systems is not looking for a tie-up with another company following the collapse of its $45 billion merger talks with Airbus parent EADS, its chief executive and chairman said on Wednesday.

  • The end of merger talks between EADS and BAE Systems has proven profitable news for the hedge funds and arbitrage traders using a so-called "Chinese spread". Most have held their long positions, and put on an arbitrage trade using their original longs in the first place, "a Paris- based arbitrage trader said.

  • BAE management say not looking for another deal

    LONDON, Oct 10- Britain's BAE Systems is not looking for a tie-up with another company following the collapse of its $45 billion merger talks with Airbus parent EADS, its chief executive and chairman said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- EADS defended its failed efforts to forge a $45 billion merger with BAE Systems on Wednesday, noting progress had been made with some governments and shareholders but that the German government had not spelled out why it opposed the deal. "No firm reason has been given for the German opposition," an EADS spokesman said. "

  • Daimler still aims to reduce EADS stake this year

    FRANKFURT, Oct 10- German automotive group Daimler remains in talks with the German government to lower its stake in European aerospace group EADS by selling a 7.5 percent holding to state-owned development bank KfW. "We still aim to further reduce our stake in EADS this year," said a Daimler spokesman on Wednesday.

  • Hollande says EADS merger decision was by companies

    PARIS, Oct 10- French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that a decision to end merger talks between EADS and Britain's BAE Systems lay with those companies and the government's intervention was limited to stating its conditions.

  • BERLIN, Oct 10- Germany will continue talks to take over shares in European planemaker EADS from carmaker Daimler through the KfW state development bank, the government said after merger talks between EADS and BAE Systems collapsed.

  • *Sources said Germany opposed the $45 billion aerospace merger. LONDON, Oct 10- EADS and BAE Systems called off the world's largest defence and aviation merger on Wednesday, and sources close to the talks blamed Germany for wrecking the $45 billion deal. "Germany blocked the deal, although all demands from the German side were met.

  • UK says EADS-BAE deal logical, but interests not met

    BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 10- Britain's business department said on Wednesday the proposed merger of BAE and EADS had commercial logic of but only if it met the interests if all parties. The department said both firms would continue to be successful independent companies with a presence in Britain despite the collapse of the deal.

  • TEXT-BAE SYSTEMS PLC - Merger Update

    BAE Systems plc and EADS N.V.. Termination of talks regarding the possible merger of BAE Systems and EADS.

  • *Companies say they have terminated discussions* Sources said Germany opposed the $45 bln aerospace merger* UK Takeover Panel deadline at 1600 GMT* BAE shares down 2.5 pct, EADS up 2.5 pct By Sophie Sassard and Jason Neely.

  • BAE and EADS say talks collapse

    LONDON, Oct 10- Talks on a $45 billion merger of EADS and BAE Systems collapsed on Wednesday when the governments of France, Germany and Britain failed to reach agreement over a deal to create the world's largest aerospace and arms group.

  • UK expects EADS-BAE merger announcment 'any minute'

    BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 10- British Defence Minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday he expected an announcement on a proposed merger between EADS and BAE "any minute".

  • By Sophie Sassard LONDON, Oct 10- EADS and BAE Systems. will not ask for an extension to their merger talks on Wednesday, sources close to the negotiations said, calling an end- for now- to a plan to create the world's largest defence and aerospace company.

  • Germany declines to comment on EADS-BAE merger talks

    BERLIN, Oct 10- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government declined to comment on talks on a planned merger between European planemaker EADS and Britain's BAE Systems as negotiations stalled before a deadline on Wednesday.