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COMMENT: German corporations are ramping up purchases of key American companies. In this regard, one must always bear in mind the control of corporate Germany by the Bormann capital network . (A working understanding of Paul Manning’s  text–excerpted below–is fundamental to proper understanding and use of this website.)
Bayer, Siemens and Merck are discussed at length and detail in the Manning text.
Corporate Germany is effectively controlled by the Bormann organization, the economic component of a Third Reich gone underground.
Fundamental here, as well, is the work of Dorothy Thompson, who (writing of the Third Reich’s plans for global domination), related that the masters of German industry, finance and politics saw economic control leading automatically to political control.
The [Friecrich] Listian model was put into effect by the Third Reich, as can be gleaned by reading Ms. Thompson’s analysis of Germany’s plans for world dominance by a centralized European economic union. Ms. Thompson was writing in The New York Herald Tribune  on May 31, 1940!
Foreign ownership of major corporations in Germany is severely restricted.
Germany’s businesses have been the rare bright spot in the European economy in recent years, generating jobs and profits even as neighboring countries face persistent unemployment.
Now, many of the biggest German companies are capitalizing on their strength and striking big deals for overseas competitors.
In recent days, two multibillion-dollar deals were announced. On Sunday, the German engineering conglomerate Siemens announced a $7.6 billion acquisition of the Dresser-Rand Group, the United States oil products company. And on Monday morning, Merck of Germany, the chemical and drug giant, said it would pay $17 billion for Sigma-Aldrich, an American life sciences company. (The German Merck is not affiliated with the United States drug maker Merck & Company.)
“The overall confidence that is still prevalent here is a big factor,” said Tim Brandi, head of corporate practice at the law firm Hogan Lovells in Frankfurt. “It’s been a big rush in just a week’s time.”
Those two acquisitions lifted German acquisitions to more than $105 billion for the year, the most since 2007 and the third-highest total in 15 years, according to Thomson Reuters.
“It’s an optimal time to look for big acquisitions, especially with the financing market open and German corporations having strong balance sheets,” Dirk Albersmeier, head of German mergers and acquisitions at JPMorgan Chase in Frankfurt, said in an email. “So C.E.O.s are asking, ‘Why not do it now?’ ”
Merck will pay $140 a share in cash, or $17 billion, for Sigma-Aldrich, representing a 37 percent premium on the company’s closing price from Friday. The deal will expand Merck’s worldwide presence and represents the latest bet on life sciences by a German company.
The deal is expected to increase Merck’s presence in North America, give it added exposure to markets in Asia and increase its product offerings. The Americas accounted for about half of Sigma-Aldrich’s sales in 2013.
The combined life sciences business, if the merger had happened last year, would have had pro forma sales of about 4.7 billion euros (about $6 billion). Laboratory research and academia would have accounted for about half of the combined division’s sales.
Sigma-Aldrich, based in St. Louis, produces more than 230,000 chemicals and other products that are used in laboratory research and a variety of industrial and commercial sectors, including the pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. It posted sales of $2.7 billion in 2013 and employs about 9,000 people in 37 countries.
Merck, which operates under the EMD brand in the United States and Canada, manufactures products for the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. It posted revenue of about €11.1 billion in 2013 and employs about 39,000 people in 66 countries.
For Siemens, acquiring the Dresser-Rand Group signals an even bigger push into the booming American sector. Siemens is trying to position itself as a player in the shale oil boom, which has significantly bolstered oil and gas production in the United States and is likely to lead to a sharp increase in spending on the sort of heavy oil and gas industry compressors, turbines and other equipment that Dresser supplies, analysts say.
The price tag was seen as high, especially considering that orders for Dresser-Rand’s oil and gas products and services slumped last year. But Siemens is betting that, in the long term, Dresser-Rand will strengthen its ability to cash in on unconventional drilling techniques like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that have made the United States what Joe Kaeser, the Siemens chief executive, has called “the place to be for oil and gas.”
Julien Laurent, an oil and gas analyst at Natixis in Paris, said on Monday, “They are reinforcing their oil and gas business and focusing more on the U.S. market.”
The acquisition of Dresser-Rand also allows Mr. Kaeser to claim a victory after a recent loss to General Electric, Siemens’s longtime rival. Over the summer, Siemens lost out to G.E. for the energy assets being sold by the French industrial group Alstom.
But the merger mania sweeping German businesses is not isolated to particular industries. In addition to the drug and engineering deals, German technology companies and auto parts makers have been active, too.
Last week, the big enterprise software maker SAP announced it would acquire Concur Technologies of Seattle for $8.3 billion. Days before that, ZF Friedrichshafen said it would pay more than $13 billion for TRW Automotive Holdings, a car parts maker.
And Merck’s deal for Sigma-Aldrich is just the latest bet on the life sciences sector by a German company. On Thursday, the German drug maker Bayer announced that it was planning to spin off its polymer business into a new, publicly listed company as it focuses on health care and life sciences.
In May, Bayer agreed to pay $14.2 billion for Merck & Company’s consumer care business, acquiring popular brands like the allergy medicine Claritin and Coppertone sunscreen. . . . .
. . . . The [FBI] file revealed that he had been banking under his own name from his office in Germany in Deutsche Bank of Buenos Aires since 1941; that he held one joint account with the Argentinian dictator Juan Peron, and on August 4, 5 and 14, 1967, had written checks on demand accounts in first National City Bank (Overseas Division) of New York, The Chase Manhattan Bank, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., all cleared through Deutsche Bank of Buenos Aires. . . .
. . . . The Germans have a clear plan of what they intend to do in case of victory. I believe that I know the essential details of that plan. I have heard it from a sufficient number of important Germans to credit its authenticity . . . Germany’s plan is to make a customs union of Europe, with complete financial and economic control centered in Berlin. This will create at once the largest free trade area and the largest planned economy in the world. In Western Europe alone . . . there will be an economic unity of 400 million persons . . . To these will be added the resources of the British, French, Dutch and Belgian empires. These will be pooled in the name of Europa Germanica . . .
“The Germans count upon political power following economic power, and not vice versa. Territorial changes do not concern them, because there will be no ‘France’ or ‘England,’ except as language groups. Little immediate concern is felt regarding political organizations . . . . No nation will have the control of its own financial or economic system or of its customs. [Italics are mine–D.E.] The Nazification of all countries will be accomplished by economic pressure. In all countries, contacts have been established long ago with sympathetic businessmen and industrialists . . . . As far as the United States is concerned, the planners of the World Germanica laugh off the idea of any armed invasion. They say that it will be completely unnecessary to take military action against the United States to force it to play ball with this system. . . . Here, as in every other country, they have established relations with numerous industries and commercial organizations, to whom they will offer advantages in co-operation with Germany. . . .