Niki Lauda says that Merkel's government created a monopoly and that prices will only go up as a result.
From what I understand an investors group represented by Niki Lauda wanted to make an initial offer but could not convince the creditors and thus was not invited for detailed negotiations. What do you expect him to say? That he likes it?
Also in the same interview he accuses LH group for preparing themselfs for the insolvency of Air Berlin. Every smart businessman constantly looks what the competition does and how he can use that for the advantage of his business and his share holders. That is what he is paid for. They were just doing their job! And if Niki Lauda had done the same maybe he would have come up with a more convincing offer.
You don't need a conspiracy to explain what happened. Each of the players just did what they thought was in their own interest. Some will see a luckier outcome for themself, others will not.
Air Berlin was run into insolvency. An administrator was appointed by court. The administrator according to law has to the following tasks:
-look after the interests of the creditors,
-make sure the interests of ALL creditors (e.g. share holders, credit grantors, employees, customers, suppliers, contractors, ...) are given the appropriate priorities.
-make sure the law is followed in the process
His actions are supervised by the court and the creditors' meeting or a creditors' board appointed by creditors meeting
The adminstrator with the approval of the creditors wanted to keep the business running (at least for a while). This was deemed the only way to preserves any value of the few remaining assets and prevent additional claims. Therefor he asked for DIP financing.
Public-law KfW Bank was more then happy to provide it. It is low risk for the bank because of priority amongst creditors. Politics wanted to prevent a messy bankrupt with all its side effects in the middle of the election campaign, so no problem from that side.
Now the Lufthansa offer was accepted. Not to protect the German market from foreign competition. Not to make Merkel happy. Not to keep Air Berlins planes in the air to produce chemtrails. Politions don't have a say here. It was simply because the administrator and the majority of the creditors considered it the best deal. They don't care about monopolies or to keep an open market. They care about their own money.
You may like the outcome or not but everybody just did his job.
On a side note: I find it interesting how much bigotry and double standards some posters show here. Whatever happens is always one of the following:
-a big conspiracy <-> the forces of the market working
-the creation of a monopoly <-> the long needed market adjustment and consolidation
-politics intervening in a communism like way destroying the open market <-> politics rightful intervening to preserve public interests
And in which way things are seen is only determined by the way they may help or damage the own airline or the competition.