Before the French government last month decided to cooperate with Germany on a future combat air system (FCAS), some in the country voiced concerns. What if the collaboration was in fact a transfer of technology to the eastern side of the Rhine River? But the move, which materialized during a April 26 joint announcement by the French and German defense ministers, means that abandoning a major European program is seen as a much greater risk than an unbalanced partnership. The bipartite green ...

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