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Sensible Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger could be undone by politics

Frosty relations between France’s Macron and Italy’s Salvini could scupper talks over £29bn merger

That there is an economic case for the proposed €32.6bn (£29bn) merger between Fiat Chrysler and Renault goes without saying. A link between the two companies to form the world’s third-biggest carmaker after Volkswagen and Toyota has always made a lot of sense. If the deal is scuppered, it won’t be due to a lack of business logic; it will be because politics gets in the way.

There are two big arguments in favour of the deal. The first is there is a global glut of automotive capacity that is already forcing companies to cut production, close plants and lay off workers.

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