A fairy tale by another name: Eurospace says Europe’s space policy suffers from 2 illusions and 4 taboos

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission and several European nations say they’re ready for deep modifications to Europe’s space policy on behalf of industrial competitiveness.

But are they really?

That remains unclear, no less so after recent meetings on Europe’s launcher policy between France and Germany and between France and Italy. These meetings have produced statements that, while smothered in diplomatic niceties, show that these three governments are fare apart on how to proceed.

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