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He who pays the piper calls the tune

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:12 -- John Shepherd

Entrepreneurs who spot a gap in the market will beg, steal and borrow to find the cash needed to fund a dream and go for it. So bravo Germany, which as we report this week is taking on the EU over restrictive state-aid policies so it can freely invest in battery production.

Just remember the idiom said to derive from the tale of a piper promised cash to rid the German city of Hamelin of rats: He who pays the piper calls the tune. 

Berlin is not waiting around for a cohesive Europe-wide Batteries Alliance to emerge— as BEST Battery Briefing predicted weeks ago. Angela Merkel is calling the tune to keep battery jobs, research and a developing EV industry on the road. That’s at least music to battery industry ears in Germany if nowhere else in Europe.

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