Thanks to Trump, Germans now speak French

by Peter B. de Selding

Norbert Barthle, Germany's new parliamentary state secretary for aerospace at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said investment in space autonomy for Europe needs to be a high priority given the policy statements from U.S. President Donald Trump. Credit: Screenshot from Arianespace video.

PARIS — The Jan. 28 launch of Europe’s first SmallGEO telecommunications satellite platform on the first geostationary-transfer-orbit mission by the Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket offered further proof that Donal Trump has achieved what many thought impossible: 

He has forced German government and industry space officials to speak like Frenchmen . . .

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