Op-ed : WHy Europe's Space Rationale is Autonomy, Not Leadership
Europeans know too well that in space, perhaps more than anywhere else, nothing is irreversible. Their 50-years-long history in space has been a series of tests of their continued willingness and ability to stay in the top group.
More often than not the outside observer may find that the European space program is a difficult to grasp if not entirely mystifying object. To be fair, it is no wonder if people have had a hard time making sense of something that can be portrayed as being both singular and plural. The mixture of national, intergovernmental and community-based entities and processes that makes Europe a unique case in the international space landscape is prone to misunderstanding.