Self Defense: Protectionism Rules in EU Arms Industry

Self Defense: Protectionism Rules in EU Arms Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel loves to preach economic prudence to her European Union partners. But she looks the other way when it comes to the bloc's wasteful defense policy, and Europe's citizens are footing the bill -- to the tune of at least €26 billion a year. By Gordon Repinski, Christoph Schult and Gerald Traufetter more...

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, in trouble over the costly cancellation of the Euro Hawk drone, faces a potentially even greater problem. Certification for the A400M military transport plane is behind schedule and plagued by legal pitfalls. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Fighter Flaws: Warplane Costs Soar amid Mismanagment

Fighter Flaws: Warplane Costs Soar amid Mismanagment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2013

Defense contractor EADS appears to have cut corners in its construction of the Eurofighter jet for the German military. The government faces billions in additional costs, but it doesn't want taxpayers to find out until after federal election this fall. more... Comment ]

Challenging the Dreamliner: Airbus A350 Takes Flight in Toulouse

Challenging the Dreamliner: Airbus A350 Takes Flight in Toulouse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Competition for Boeing's Dreamliner arrived on Friday with the maiden flight of the new Airbus A350 wide-body jet. The plane took off from the company's plant in Toulouse for a four-hour test. more... Comment ]

'Shards Bring Luck': EADS Searches for Strategy after Failed Merger

'Shards Bring Luck': EADS Searches for Strategy after Failed Merger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2013

In October, German government officials blocked the merger of defense giants EADS and BAE Systems. The merger was a key part of EADS CEO Thomas Enders' strategy to rebalance the company's portfolio. In a SPIEGEL interview, Enders explains how the pan-European firm is picking up the pieces. more... Comment ]

Vexed in Vienna: New Allegations Haunt EADS Fighter Jet Deal

Vexed in Vienna: New Allegations Haunt EADS Fighter Jet Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2012

In the corruption scandal surrounding the sale of Eurofighter jets to Austria, more and more information suggests that European defense giant EADS may have played a role in bribery aimed at securing the lucrative contract. The affair has the potential to damage the company's image and its bottom line. By Jörg Schmitt and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Corruption Scandal: Investigation into Dubious EADS Austria Deal Intensifies

Corruption Scandal: Investigation into Dubious EADS Austria Deal Intensifies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2012

A scandal over dubious transfers of millions of euros is creating turbulence for European defense giant EADS. If suspicions by investigators that the company committed corruption in a deal to sell Eurofighters to Austria are proven, it could mean the end of the sale -- and billions in losses. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: EADS-BAE Failure a Wasted Chance for Europe

The World from Berlin: EADS-BAE Failure a Wasted Chance for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2012

The failure of the massive merger of EADS and BAE shows more clearly than ever the degree to which politicians influence the European defense industry. The Continent missed a prime opportunity to fix the problem, argue German commentators. more... Comment ]

Mega-Deal Called Off: EADS Blames Germany for Failed Merger with BAE

Mega-Deal Called Off: EADS Blames Germany for Failed Merger with BAE

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2012

The merger between EADS and BAE would have created one of the world's largest aerospace and defense companies. But on Wednesday, it was called off. Germany, says EADS, bears the lion's share of the blame for the collapse of the mega-deal. more...

Defense Mega-Merger: EADS-BAE Deal Collapses amid High-Level Bickering

Defense Mega-Merger: EADS-BAE Deal Collapses amid High-Level Bickering

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2012

The planned mega-merger between EADS and BAE appears to have failed, but the blame game between Britain, Germany and France has only just begun. Relations between Berlin and EADS may have taken the biggest hit -- and the aerospace giant's employees might ultimately pay the highest price.   Dinah Deckstein and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]