Nokia, We Want Our Money Back

A German state demands the return of about $92 million in subsidies after the Finnish handset maker moves to close a factory

There was outrage in Germany when Nokia announced in January that it was closing its mobile phone plant in the city of Bochum and moving production to Romania. Almost as soon as the announcement came politicians in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia where the plant is located began considering how they could demand the return of subsidies that had been paid to the company to ensure that jobs at the plant were protected. Those calls are now taking on a concrete form.

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