Stop the Eurofighter 2000 project!

A call for meaningful civilian alternatives.

Tax-payers beware!

The German Bundestag is shortly to decide on the production of the Eurofighter 2000, a fighter plane formerly called Jäger 90. A report drawn up by a committee of experts concluded that, owing to the end of the Cold War, the benefit to be gained from this extremely expensive object of industrial policy is dubious. The Eurofighter is no longer needed for domestic defence and can, at best, be employed by the Bundeswehr in foreign war-zones, or be exported. The German government is constantly making cuts in all areas of social welfare policy, removing support for the poor, unemployed, aged and sick. There is, on the other hand, no move to cut spending on the Eurofighter project, which is devouring huge sums of tax-payers' money.

A gigantic waste of money

The German government currently plans to purchase 180 planes at a cost (according to the Federal Accounting Office '97) of up to 170 million DM apiece, incl. weapons. The total German investment in the project thus amounts to approx. 30 billion DM! It may well be much more, given the usual price rises and subsequent costs, as has already been seen with the Tornado. In addition, there are the running costs, which experience has shown to be twice as high as the purchase price. These calculations do not include the development costs, which have already reached 8 billion DM.

A stark imbalance

The fact should not be overlooked that the Eurofighter is only one - albeit the biggest - of many armaments projects in Germany, each of which costs billions. At the same time, the amount spent on peace research, conflict prevention and the Civilian Service for Peace is negligible - only 0.01% of the military budget; that is just one ten-thousandth (even with UN contributions it is still under 0.5%).

Jobs for the few

It may well be true that 9,000 jobs over a period of 14 years are at stake at DASA (a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz) and its supplier companies. This, however, is because these companies were not prepared to switch their activities to arms conversion (i.e., their alteration for civilian purposes) in recent years, as would have been more beneficial.

Investing the Eurofighter money in the fields of social welfare, culture and the environment, in education and the health service, and in future-oriented civilian technologies, on the other hand, would result in the creation of 1.5 - 4 times as many desperately needed jobs.

The choice is ours

All in all, 1 Eurofighter will cost approx. 170 million DM. This money could be used to pay for:

30 billion DM is a lot of money, e.g.:

It can be done !

Everyone knows of other examples where money is urgently needed for meaningful public projects. This is a challenge to our creative thinking and political will. If, over the coming weeks and months, we can create enough political pressure, the Eurofighter and other dubious armaments projects can be stopped. Then considerable resources would be set free for use in other fields of benefit to society!

Together, we can
change the world!

What you can do:

What about the political parties?

Whilst the Eurofighter is rejected outright by the opposition parties, the project is controversial even within the ruling coalition. Ask them! The telephone numbers of the parliamentary parties and their working groups on defence issues are provided below.

The address in each case is: Bundeshaus, 53113 Bonn, Germany.

CDU/CSU Bundestagsfraktion 0228-16 42267,
Chairperson : Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble.
Working group for Defence issues: 16 83128,
Speaker on defence : Paul Breuer

SPD Bundestagsfraktion 0228-16 42103,
Chairperson: Rudolf Scharping. Working group for Security
issues, Speaker: Walter Kolbow 16 83159

Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen 0228-16 45518,
Speakers : Joschka Fischer, Kerstin Müller.
Working group fo 'Peace, Disarmament and Defence':
Winfried Nachtwei 16 82567, Fax 16 86016
Angelika Beer 16 81017, Fax 16 86548

PDS Bundestagsfraktion 0228-16 87001,
Chairperson: Dr. Gregor Gysi. Section 1 'Foreign and Peace
Policy', Coordinator Ernst Krabatsch 16 45523,
Heinrich Graf von Einsiedel and Paul Schäfer 16 81858

FDP Bundestagsfraktion 0228-16 42226
Chairperson: Dr. Hermann Otto Solms. Working group I
'Foreign, Security, European and Development Policy':
Wolf Poulet 16 42186

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Pax Christi, Versöhnungsbund, Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft / Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (DFG-VK), Arbeitsausschuß Friedensratschlag Kassel, Darmstädter Signal, Ohne Rüstungs leben (ORL), Naturwissenschaftler-Initiative 'Verantwortung für den Frieden', Rüstungs-Informationsbüro Baden-Württemberg (RIB), Dachverband der Kritischen Aktionärinnen und Aktionäre, Friedensseminare Meißen und Königswalde, Bund für Soziale Verteidigung (BSV), Pädagogen und Pädagoginnen für den Frieden, ...

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Contact addresses & Info on the Eurofighter :

Central Campaign Coordination Office
Netzwerk Friedenskooperative, Kristian Golla, 0228- 692904, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Fax 692906. Römerstr. 88, 53111 Bonn.

Pax Christi Sekretariat, Martin Herndlhofer 06101-2073, Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Fax 65165, Postfach 1345, 61103 Bad Vilbel

Ohne Rüstung leben (ORL), Paul Russmann 0711-608396, Mon-Fri 10am-1pm and 3pm-6 pm, Fax 608357, Sophienstr. 19, 70178 Stuttgart

Further information available from :

Rüstungs-Informationsbüro Baden-Württemberg (RIB), Jürgen Grässlin,
Stühlinger Straße 7
79106 Freiburg
Postadresse: Postfach 5261, 79019 Freiburg
Tel. 0761-7678088
Fax 0761-7678090

Netzwerk Friedenskooperative, Kristian Golla, 0228- 692904, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Fax 692906. Römerstr. 88, 53111 Bonn.

Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) M. Brzoska, 0228-911960, Fax 241215. An der Elisa-bethkirche 25, 53113 Bonn.

Berliner Informationszentrum für Transatlantische Sicherheit (BITS), Otfried Nassauer, 030-4426042 Fax 441 0221. Rykestr. 13, 10405 Berlin

Kampagne gegen Rüstungsexport, 0611-9102350, Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm, Fri 10am-1pm, Fax 37 18 38.Bismarckring 3, 65183 Wiesbaden

Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft/Vereinigte Kriegs-dienstgegnerinnen (DFG-VK) 02051/4217, Fax 02051/4210 Schwanenstr. 16, 42551 Velbert.

IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War).
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Contact person: Dr. Stute, c/o IPPNW, Körtestr.10, 10967 Berlin. Tel. 030-6930244, Fax 693 8166. - Info correct as of: 7.11.97. This leaflet is also available in A4 format.

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Created: 22.09..97 Updated: 30.12.1998