New meeting on troubled Airbus A400M

BERLIN — Germany says nations that ordered the troubled Airbus A400M military transporter and the manufacturer will hold new talks Friday about funding for the project.

Defense Ministry spokesman Christian Dienst said today that representatives from the seven nations will meet in Berlin. Contractor EADS and plane-making subsidiary Airbus also are expected to at tend.

Officials from Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey will discuss the manufacturer's answer to their offer on how to deal with cost overruns on what is one of Europe's most important military projects.

The euro20 billion ($27 billion) project is over budget by about euro5.2 billion and almost four years behind schedule.