The currently proposed BAE-EADS merger would create the world's largest defence and commercial aviation company.
EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, is a European aerospace and defence corporation run by a very pro-American German called Tom Enders. The group includes Airbus.
BAE is British.
BAE is currently a major supplier to Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
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The boss of EADS, Tom Enders, is the son of a shepherd.
Enders reportedly wants Europe to have a company that can compete with the USA's Boeing and with China.
Last year Enders protested at the German government's refusal to back military intervention in Libya.
Some colleagues say Enders is more American than German.
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