Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, May 02, 2003

The Franco/German (And let's not forget. For those who mocked the US alliance as being made up of insignificant countries. This little Summit included the Belgians and Luxembourgians) aspirations for an independent military force to 'counter-balance' American military might takes its first major blow.

Germany's public finance watchdog believes the planned Airbus A400M European military transport plane is too costly and Berlin should cut further its already reduced order for 60 units, Die Welt newspaper said on Friday.

The newspaper also said the Federal Court of Auditors believed Germany should postpone an order for Eurofighter aircraft and ground its current fleet of ageing military Transall transporters in order to save money to pay for the Airbus order.

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