The German defense ministry has reiterated its commitment to Europe's A400M airlifter program, despite last-minute efforts to renegotiate the price for the 73 units it intends to purchase. The price squabble stems from efforts by Finance Minister Hans Eichel to hold down Germany's defense spending, already the lowest per capita in Europe. French President Jacques Chirac was set to seek a solution to the impasse at a summit meeting with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder late last week.
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