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German Sense of Humor?

9:40 AM -- April 1 has long gone, so the suggestion that Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Orange (NYSE: FTE) might make a good team doesn't appear to be a deliberate practical joke.

How else, though, does one explain the suggestion, originally reported by German publication Handelsblatt, that the German Finance Ministry believes the European carrier neighbors might make ideal partners?

The Ministry, by the way, has denied all knowledge of, and responsibility for, any comments about Deutsche Telekom's business strategy, reports Reuters. But that doesn't make it any less amusing, or, perhaps, disturbing.

Does anyone else remember the collapse of the Global One alliance?

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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