Siemens-Chef Joe Kaeser has openly criticized EU competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, after these objections had been raised against a planned merger of the Zugsparte of the Munich group with the French competitor Alstom. “Who loves Europe, should not lose in the backward formulas,” wrote Kaeser on Monday on the short message service Twitter.

The Siemens chief was responding to a Tweet from the Danish liberal party’s Vestager to the European Congress of the FDP. In it, she cited the European top candidate Nicola Beer with the words: “Because we love Europe, we want to change it.” Kaeser wrote: “It must be bitter, if you are technically right, but for Europe but does everything wrong.”

Vestager provides the project with a view to intra-European competition is extremely critical. It demands of Siemens and Alstom, among other things, wide-ranging Disposals in the signal technology and many years of licensing of technology for high-speed trains. As the “Handelsblatt” reported, agreed to by both companies, now a ten-year licensing of this technology, in part also outside of Europe, but not China, Japan or South Korea.

The German market for the latest train platform Velaro Novo is to be excluded from this licensing according to the paper. Previously it was said from the group’s circles, for more than five years, the technology could not be licensed, since in the then-upcoming tenders, the world’s largest train manufacturer CRRC from China could be involved.

at the end of last week had communicated to Siemens and the French train manufacturer Alstom more offers to the Commission, to the merger of the ICE and TGV – Builder. In addition, the companies have agreed to the “Handelsblatt”, according to a further sell-off in the signal technology. The group circles confirmed on Monday, the information of the newspaper. In mid-December, Siemens agreed to in this area Disposals in the amount of four percent of sales.

the Commission to change his mind as to Whether the new concessions is questionable. It has up to 18. February time to decide.

this is fierce to the merger a policy dispute. Background the fear of state – led competition from the far East-which extends, increasingly, their feelers to Europe. From the point of view of the German and French government called the European Champions in the Form of a merger of large corporations is necessary to meet these challenges. Others fear that in this way the competition in the European internal market may be harmed, which could have higher prices for train drivers according to.

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support for Kaeser from France. “Nothing today justifies more a refusal of the merger between Alstom and Siemens, the European Commission,” said economic and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, the radio station France Inter. Also the top candidate of the EPP group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, spoke up: “It can’t be that the EU Commission said the practical cooperation between Siemens and Alstom says, with the Argument that in Europe the competition is harder,” the CSU Deputy in Munich. The construction of high-speed trains is a huge market, and the tens of thousands of jobs across Europe


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