Murky Future for the A400M Germany Remains Stubborn in Airbus Debate

Germany has dug in its heels in the face of Airbus demands for a further 5 billion euros to cover cost overruns in the development of the military transport plane A400M. A Defense Ministry official has said that Berlin will pay no more than is called for by the contract -- a position which could torpedo the project.
The Airbus military transport plane A400M took off for its maiden voyage last month in Seville, Spain. But its future remains in doubt.

The Airbus military transport plane A400M took off for its maiden voyage last month in Seville, Spain. But its future remains in doubt.

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cgh -- with wire reports