NASA: Conflicting ESA rumours
1) Anecdotal: there is apparently a memo circulating that the NASA-ESA talks on merging Con-X and XEUS mission concepts have failed totally; this is bad for Con-X which is facing major descoping or cancellation. More hard news in a couple of weeks.
Looking fairly bad for high energy astrophysics, what with Astro-E2 damaged.
Hope Chandra has a long and merry life...
2) Fistful of Euros reports that ESA will join with the Russians to build a reusable manned launch vehicle, Kliper (gee, wonder where they got the idea for that name).