American Thinker has an extensive article up about the business debacle that is the Eurobus A380. It is interesting in its own right but while reading I was reminded of the last time the French and Russians conspired to weaken Germany.
Kaiser Wilhelm II (who had, fortunately for the French, lost the brains behind the operation) sent von Moltke to execute the Schliessen Plan.
It was not implemented closely enough and failed. Yet Europe received, many believe, a schwerpunkt to the belly from which it has never recovered.
I've always liked the admonition that history does not repeat itself but, rather, echoes. Fools, on the other hand, do repeat their errors despite what they should have learned from the echoes of history.