In the first merger of it’s kind, multinational giant Glaxo Smith Kline merged with Belgium this week. The new organisation will be called Smith-Kline-Belgium, which becomes the first global company to incorporate a nation state.
For some time, Glaxo Smith Kline had been buying up large parts of Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges, but the boldness of this step still took city analysts by surprise. On the streets of Brussels this morning there were some protests at the loss of notional independence, though most Belgian citizens were delighted to learn that they will receive 900 euros each under the terms of the takeover.
‘Belgium is exactly the right country for us’, said the President of the Pharmaceutical Giant. ‘We get a seat at the EC Council of Ministers, membership of NATO and an endless supply of delicious chocolates. Having a small army also gives us a certain amount leverage in the war against petty regulations and red tape.’
In a separate development Moldova took itself off the stock exchange yesterday when investors failed to meet the buying price.