Although Germany has made headlines in recent years for skimping on defense spending, the contracts it is expected to issue in the coming weeks for a successor to the Panavia Tornado likely will be worth billions of euros and will make a big statement about the country’s political intent. It will also stoke controversy. Buying American could upset European alliances and undermine the future of the continent’s defense industry. But not doing so could stoke further ire from U.S. ...

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