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Dutch state's Air France-KLM raid shows interventionist mood

February 28, 2019 / Toby Sterling

When Air France’s new Canadian chief executive met Dutch politicians in The Hague on Feb. 15, he unknowingly set in motion a new chapter in European aviation nationalism. Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra had summoned Ben Smith to secure assurances that Air France would keep key routes open at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and KLM would retain the partial independence it has enjoyed since the airlines merged in 2004.