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by Agency Staff, 2013-11-28 08:45:56.0




FRANKFURT — Germany’s biggest technology company, SAP, has rejected calls by domestic politicians for European IT firms to band together to better compete against US technology groups in the wake of spying allegations.


Some German politicians have suggested an IT industry equivalent to European jet maker Airbus, following allegations about US spying on Europeans, including the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.


"A merger between some European IT companies with the aim of drawing a line between them and the rest of the global market does not make any sense," SAP joint CE Jim Hagemann Snabe said on Wednesday.


"Such an endeavour would be doomed to fail from the outset," he said, adding that it would lead to less competition, less innovation and less growth in a globally focused sector.


Government snooping is a sensitive subject in Germany, which has some of the strictest privacy laws in the world, because it dredges up memories of the eavesdropping by the Stasi secret police in the former East Germany.


German politicians who favour IT companies teaming up, such as Ms Merkel, argue that it would make Europe less dependent on US technology and data groups including Microsoft, Google and Cisco.


It would copy the success of Airbus, part of European group EADS, which competes head-to-head with US rival Boeing in the global aerospace market.


Emirates, the largest international airline, has said it will purchase an additional 50 Airbus SAS A380 superjumbos, the biggest single deal for the largest commercial jetliner. The order, valued at about $20bn at list price, was signed recently at the Dubai Air Show.


The transaction is a record for the A380. Airbus can now make the year the most successful for its superjumbo, should leasing company Doric firm up its plan to buy 20 units, which it announced in June. Emirates is already the biggest customer for the Airbus flagship with orders for 90 jets, and had taken delivery of 38 by the end of October.


Mr Hagemann Snabe said Europe’s IT sector needed to promote competition and foster young talent. "This way we will create the next generation of young IT companies in Europe, thus ensuring growth and progress," he said.


While some of SAP’s US rivals have said they were expecting setbacks from the spying claims, SAP said the debate around privacy in Europe is helping its business.


Still, the company will not proactively launch a campaign as it does not want to offend its US customers.


Mr Hagemann Snabe made a plea for international standards for data protection both in Europe and the US, echoing the sentiments of European telecommunications commissioner Neelie Kroes.


The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee recently voted for a tougher data privacy regime in Europe. That vote cleared the way for negotiations with member states, with the aim of having a new code of conduct agreed upon by May next year, the first fundamental updating of Europe’s data protection laws since 1995.


Reuters




People beside screens at the booth of German company SAP during preparations at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover, Germany, in March 2012. Picture: REUTERS

People beside screens at the booth of German company SAP during preparations at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover, Germany, in March 2012. Picture: REUTERS



FRANKFURT — Germany’s biggest technology company, SAP, has rejected calls by domestic politicians for European IT firms to band together to better compete against US technology groups in the wake of spying allegations.


Some German politicians have suggested an IT industry equivalent to European jet maker Airbus, following allegations about US spying on Europeans, including the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.


"A merger between some European IT companies with the aim of drawing a line between them and the rest of the global market does not make any sense," SAP joint CE Jim Hagemann Snabe said on Wednesday.


"Such an endeavour would be doomed to fail from the outset," he said, adding that it would lead to less competition, less innovation and less growth in a globally focused sector.


Government snooping is a sensitive subject in Germany, which has some of the strictest privacy laws in the world, because it dredges up memories of the eavesdropping by the Stasi secret police in the former East Germany.


German politicians who favour IT companies teaming up, such as Ms Merkel, argue that it would make Europe less dependent on US technology and data groups including Microsoft, Google and Cisco.


It would copy the success of Airbus, part of European group EADS, which competes head-to-head with US rival Boeing in the global aerospace market.


Emirates, the largest international airline, has said it will purchase an additional 50 Airbus SAS A380 superjumbos, the biggest single deal for the largest commercial jetliner. The order, valued at about $20bn at list price, was signed recently at the Dubai Air Show.


The transaction is a record for the A380. Airbus can now make the year the most successful for its superjumbo, should leasing company Doric firm up its plan to buy 20 units, which it announced in June. Emirates is already the biggest customer for the Airbus flagship with orders for 90 jets, and had taken delivery of 38 by the end of October.


Mr Hagemann Snabe said Europe’s IT sector needed to promote competition and foster young talent. "This way we will create the next generation of young IT companies in Europe, thus ensuring growth and progress," he said.


While some of SAP’s US rivals have said they were expecting setbacks from the spying claims, SAP said the debate around privacy in Europe is helping its business.


Still, the company will not proactively launch a campaign as it does not want to offend its US customers.


Mr Hagemann Snabe made a plea for international standards for data protection both in Europe and the US, echoing the sentiments of European telecommunications commissioner Neelie Kroes.


The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee recently voted for a tougher data privacy regime in Europe. That vote cleared the way for negotiations with member states, with the aim of having a new code of conduct agreed upon by May next year, the first fundamental updating of Europe’s data protection laws since 1995.


Reuters







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