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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 22/01/2010

Wild West-style Opel closure

The closure of the Opel factory in Antwery was predictable, the Frankfurter Rundschau writes, but criticises the ruthless approach of its parent company General Motors: "It's true that the Astra production in Antwerp has long been in danger. And even would-be investor Magna couldn't guarantee that the plant would be kept open. But the problem is the way the closure is being handled - in an unceremonious, Wild-West manner. The rest of the employees in Europe shouldn't fool themselves into thinking that this latest decision has nothing to do with them or heave a sigh of relief because they won't be affected. The decision on Antwerp is a sign of how ruthless the GM managers can be. ... The only thing left for the employees in Europe to do is to resist - at the top of their voices."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 24/04/2009

State investment better than Fiat alternative

The Frankfurter Rundschau takes a dim view of Italian car maker Fiat's bid to acquire a majority stake in Opel: "Allowing Fiat to take over Opel would be folly. If the German government so much as considers supporting such a fatal marriage with loan guarantees, it would demonstrate once again that it doesn't have the slightest inkling of how the automotive industry works. Fiat and Opel overlap in all areas, apart from the niche products Maserati and Ferrari. In view of the already existing overcapacities, even a lay person can see what the consequences would be: plant closures and massive job cuts. And these would essentially affect Opel. ... The German government must not allow Opel to take this path. Other parties are also interested, and if they don't invest soon Berlin should finally opt for a transitional state investment."

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