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The logo of Airbus Group is seen during the first public flight of an E-Fan aircraft during the e-Aircraft Day at the Bordeaux Merignac airport, southwestern France, April 25, 2014.
The logo of Airbus Group is seen during the first public flight of an E-Fan aircraft during the e-Aircraft Day at the Bordeaux Merignac airport, southwestern France, April 25, 2014.
(Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

CEO fears disaster in European elections

The accepted protocol for big companies is to step well back from the political process. Apart from the usual lobbying of MPs over corporate vested interests, bosses don’t normally tell staff to remember the company as they put their ‘X’ on the ballot paper. But that is exactly what Thomas Enders, the chief executive of Airbus SAS, has done. In a letter to the aircraft manufacturer’s 130,000 employees, Mr. Enders urges them to cast their vote in this week’s elections to the European Parliament in favour of a strong and democratic Europe.