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Best for Germany if EADS stays independent - German official

BERLIN, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Germany's industrial interestsare best served if planemaker EADS remains independent,Deputy Economy Minister Peter Hintze said on Wednesday aftermerger talks between EADS and Britain's BAE Systemscollapsed.

"I think that Germany's industrial interests in a strongvalue chain from research to development and on through toindustrial production are best guaranteed in this (independent)form," Peter Hintze, also Germany's official in charge ofaerospace policy, told Spiegel Online.

He also said the strength of EADS lay in close cooperationbetween Germany and France.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers)

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Keywords: EADS BAE/GERMANY HINTZE