European political leaders are scrambling to save two key strategic program proposals even as they prepare to lead a U.N.-sponsored international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. Prospects for the A400M airlifter, an essential element of Europe's new rapid reaction force, appeared to improve last week following what appeared to be a last-minute breakthrough in Germany, whose still-undecided 73-aircraft commitment is considered the key to the program. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder ...


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