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Lufthansa should be supported but not nationalised: Bavarian premier

FILE PHOTO: Planes of German carrier Lufthansa parked on a closed runway at Frankfurt airport

MUNICH (Reuters) – The German government should support Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> as it tackles the coronavirus crisis but the flagship carrier should not be nationalised, Bavarian State Premier Markus Soeder said on Monday.

“Lufthansa should not be nationalised,” said Soeder – head of the Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

Soeder added that the government should be a silent partner in the airline rather than a shareholder and should exit soon after the crisis.

(Reporting by Joern Poltz; Writing by Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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