Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?

OPENING CROSS

Pop quiz: Which Western community not only refuses to condemn forced marriages, but actively encourages them? Answer: the business community—they're just called hostile takeovers. And this may well be the route Nasdaq is forced to pursue in its courtship of the London Stock Exchange.

Last week, the LSE's management again robustly rebuffed Nasdaq's advances. However, although Nasdaq has failed to woo the exchange directly, it hopes that an appeal to LSE's parents—its shareholders—will eventual

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