PARIS — The EU-ESA Space Council is as good a place as any to illustrate the turf battle between the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) over Europe’s future space program.

The council was started in 2004 as a way for the EU Competitiveness Council and the 22-nation ESA’s own ruling council to take stock of their mutual dealings and air their differences behind closed doors.

Like it or not, ESA and the commission are condemned to work . . .

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