Germany opposes Iris2, the “European Starlink” deemed too favorable to France

Germany opposes Iris2, the “European Starlink” deemed too favorable to France
Germany opposes Iris2, the “European Starlink” deemed too favorable to France

DECRYPTION – The German Minister of the Economy, Robert Habeck, took up the pen to criticize the future satellite system to the point of requesting the suspension of the call for tenders. A unique way of doing things in Europe.

Correspondent in Brussels and correspondent in Berlin

Between Berlin on one side, Paris and Brussels on the other, the fire has been smoldering for years to define the architecture of the future European satellite system, called Iris2. German and Community visions collided after the recent sending of a letter of complaint by the Minister of the Economy, Robert Habeck, to the European Commissioner, Thierry Breton, in charge of the space project.

In this undiplomatic missive, dated March, and revealed by the daily Handelsblattthe environmental vice-chancellor demands from the community executive the suspension of the call for tenders procedure launched in 2023, considering that it was poorly designed “. There is too much at stake to hastily make high-risk decisions with massive negative consequences for Iris2 and the EU space program “, justifies Robert Habeck.

Alternative to the private American system

This project is supposed to offer a European alternative to the private American Starlink system…

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