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Spain prime minister 'stopped' Rolls-Royce contract Watch

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    Rolls-Royce lost out on a key contract with the Spanish military following lobbying of Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero by Washington, according to leaked US diplomatic cables.


    Mr Zapatero intervened to hand the helicopter engine contract to US firm GE after the military had decided to go with Rolls-Royce, the cables suggest.


    The contract awarded in 2007 is estimated to have been worth £200m.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11921194


    :yy: The American's are great allies
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    Which politician in their right mind would support another country's business product over their own?

    Complete non-story.
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    What else did they expect?
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    Politicians are meant to promote their country's economic interests aren't they
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    Promote yes, but this is beyond promoting domestic industry.

    "When the ambassador told the PM that GE had said "failure to win the contract would cause that branch of GE to cease operations in Spain", Mr Zapatero duly stepped in, the cables suggests."

    Doesn't sound like promotion of domestic industry on America's part but something more...
 
 
 
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