Germany Considers Ditching £90bn Fighter Jet Project with France and Joining Rival UK Programme

Germany Considers Lifting Veto on Saudi Jet Deal

Germany is considering lifting its veto on a delivery of Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia, which would be a major coup for the UK and reflect a growing rift between Germany and France.

The Fighter Jet Dispute

The decision over the fighter jets is closely tied to a British-German dispute over the export of 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia in a package potentially worth more than £5 billion.

Germany has blocked the deal due to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz is now reportedly in discussions about removing the veto.

The Growing Rift Between Germany and France

The move is seen as a reflection of the growing rift between Germany and France, with the two nations holding contrasting views on issues including air defence to diplomatic protocol and energy.

Scholz’s Tough Choices Over FCAS

Scholz is also facing tough choices over the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), a leading Franco-German-Spanish programme to construct the next generation of air power.

Germany has put aside €40 billion (£34.9 billion) of investment for FCAS, but the scheme has faced delays and there have been clashes over its financing and design.

Scholz Weighs His Options

The decision over the fighter jets and FCAS will have a major impact on Germany’s alignment in Europe and worldwide. Scholz will need to carefully consider all of his options before making a decision.

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