Germany’s Hesitance Slows Technology Cooperation With France

At the opening this week of Cebit, the European technology fair, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France surprised his hosts by suggesting that France and Germany work together to develop a supercomputer.But the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, speaking after him, did not mention the offer. And a day later, the German and French economic ministries announced a high-technology partnership without endorsing Mr. Sarkozy’s idea.A year ago, a German-French program to develop a software search engine to rival Google’s collapsed. Since then, Germany’s wariness of forming a new partnership is just one of the challenges facing Europe as it seeks to compete in technology with market leaders from the United States and Asia.

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