The Dutch government has taken a 12.68% stake in the Air France-KLM Group and announced its intention to match the French state’s interest in the group—a move that raised questions about whether greater public ownership will help or hinder plans for closer integration of the two national carriers. The Netherlands Finance Ministry said Feb. 27 it had acquired a 12.68% direct interest in Air France-KLM and plans “to obtain a position which is similar to the position of the ...

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