Europe's GPS competitor gets go-ahead

According to an article on Deutsche Welle, Galileo, the EU version of the GPS system got the go-ahead on Friday with a 450M Euro investment.

This fall, before the war with Iraq, there was some feeling that Europe may forgo the expensive and redundant system, but the increase in tensions between the EU and the US was certain to increase the call for the European system to move forward. The reason for this is because the US reserves the right to deactivate and scramble the GPS system whenever it feels it is necessary, and that make Europe nervous.