Newly elected Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi kept his promise and focused on Alitalia's future during his first week in office, inviting Aeroflot to negotiate a possible buy-in. However, the European Commission ended discussion of further state aid, saying the Italian government could not inject further funds until 2011. "The situation is open. We have nothing against Air France, but I would like to see [negotiations] give rise to a great international group at the heart of which ...

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