The German government has given itself more power to deny the takeover of German companies. A new ruling would mean a sale could be veto-ed if it meant important know-how being transferred abroad.
Foreign investors, especially from China, are keen on German know-how - even in sensitive areas. The German government is now seeking powers stop such takeovers to protect strategic industries.
The EU is seeking a greater say in foreign takeovers of "critical" infrastructure and companies, with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker demanding a screening procedure of investments, notably from China.
The German government has ratcheted up the pressure on the European Union to tighten the rules on foreign corporate takeovers. Berlin fears Chinese transactions are giving Beijing too much access to key technologies.
As the German government is trying to prevent German companies in strategic industries from being acquired by foreign investors, especially from China, we take a look at some prominent takeovers from recent years.
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