The evidence implicating Airbus CEO Tom Enders in Eurofighter 'slush fund'

By Martine Orange, Yann Philippin et Lea Fauth

A joint investigation by Mediapart and German weekly Der Spiegel reveals here how Airbus Group chief executive Thomas Enders has become personally implicated in allegations that the aerospace giant created a slush fund to pay intermediaries secret commissions, and “sweeteners” to politicians, in order to obtain a contract for the sale of 18 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Austria. Martine Orange, Yann Philippin and Lea Fauth report.

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In November 2014, Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders sent an anxious email message to members of the aerospace and defence group’s executive committee in which he warned that “there’s simply too much shit hitting the fan right now to continue with business as usual”.