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  • PARIS, Oct 9- Britain and France have made progress in talks over a possible cap on state shareholdings in any merger between EADS and BAE Systems, but any deal must overcome possible opposition from Germany, sources briefed on the matter said.

  • Several sources briefed on the negotiations said France and Britain had narrowed differences over the wording of key guarantees on state shareholdings, raising the prospect that the companies will buy more time to complete the complex deal.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday he hoped to meet his French, German and U.S. counterparts to discuss the proposed merger of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems, a day before a deadline for the deal.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- The chief executives of EADS. and BAE Systems will discuss the planned merger of Europe's leading aerospace companies later on Tuesday and "decide the way forward," a spokesman for EADS said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday he hoped to meet his French, German and U.S. counterparts to discuss the proposed merger of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems, a day before a deadline for the deal.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 9- The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.3 percent higher on Tuesday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang& Schwarz at 0619 GMT. Related news DEUTSCHE BANK, COMMERZBANK Deutsche Bank indicated 0.3 percent higher Commerzbank indicated unchanged.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday he expects BAE Systems and EADS. to announce before the London stock market opens on Wednesday whether to seek more time for talks on a $45 billion merger.

  • *Sources say UK, France propose broad state voting cap. *Germany said to maintain demand for parity with France. PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 9- France and Britain made a breakthrough over state shares in a merger between EADS and BAE Systems, making an extension of a deadline for negotiations more likely but putting the two nations on a collision course with Germany.

  • *NATO seeks ways to make scarce funds go further. *NATO chief calls for rises in defence spending post-austerity. BRUSSELS, Oct 9- NATO ministers wrestled on Tuesday with how to prevent austerity-driven defence cuts in many member countries from undermining the power of the 63- year-old Western alliance.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- The board of Britain's BAE Systems. met on Tuesday ahead of a pending deadline in talks over a proposed $45 billion merger with Airbus parent EADS, a source familiar with the talks told Reuters.

  • Financial Times Headlines INVESTOR OPPOSITION TO BAE DEAL MOUNTS- OSBORNE DELIGHTS TORY RIGHT WITH SPEECH- IRAQ SEND CRUDE OIL TO SYRIA- RECKITT ADMITS CHIEF SHARE PLEDGE BREACH- BP'S PARTNER IN TNK-BP LOOKS TO SELL STAKE- TOTAL WARNS OVER' INACCURATE' BENCHMARKS- FINANCIAL STALWARTS LINE UP TO LEAD BOE- EURO ZONE LAUNCHES 500 BLN EURO RESCUE FUND- STANCHART TARGETS SUB-SAHARAN PUSH- Overview INVESTOR OPPOSITION TO BAE DEAL MOUNTS.

  • *No agreement yet by Britain, France, Germany on stakes. LONDON/ PARIS, Oct 8- Britain turned up the volume in a dispute over French state involvement in any tie-up of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems on Monday, leaving the European mega-merger on a knife-edge less than 48 hours before a deadline for the deal.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- Investors in EADS and BAE Systems are increasingly frustrated at the political wrangling over their proposed, $45- billion merger, concerned they are being frozen out of the decision-making and are unable to run their numbers.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 8- Britain is prepared to explore the possibility of France and Germany both having equal, single-digit stakes in any merger between defence firms EADS and BAE Systems, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday. "I think if we were at that position it would be possible to construct something.

  • LONDON/ PARIS, Oct 8- Britain, France and Germany pushed on with talks on Monday aiming to prevent a disagreement over state shareholdings wrecking a proposed merger of EADS. Plans by Airbus parent EADS and UK arms firm BAE Systems to create the world's largest aerospace and defence company must overcome a knot of political concerns over security and jobs.

  • PARIS, Oct 8- France must be given the option of buying shares from media group Lagardere as part of a proposed merger between EADS and BAE, a French government source said on Monday. "If France does not even have the possibility to consider buying the stake which Lagardere wants to sell, then for us it is not doable," the source said.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The European Union accused the United States of breaching confidentiality surrounding the filing of economically sensitive documents on the funding of the Airbus A350 in the latest twist to a long-running aircraft subsidy dispute.

  • PARIS, Oct 8- Britain, France and Germany pushed on with talks on Monday aiming to prevent a disagreement over state shareholdings wrecking a proposed merger of EADS and BAE Systems.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- France's stake in the proposed EADS and BAE Group must be in the single digits if the deal is to go ahead, UK defence secretary Philip Hammond told BBC television on Monday. France has a 15 percent stake in EADS and under current arrangements could buy out industrial partner Lagardere, the French media firm which wants to sell its 7.5 percent stake.

  • PARIS, Oct 8- Britain, France and Germany resumed talks on Monday to try to prevent a disagreement over state shareholdings wrecking a proposed merger of EADS and BAE Systems.