L'Europe aime l'espace
After "nine days of ideas, exhibitions and events" that made up the European Union's well-hyped Earth & Space Week in Brussels, it's settled: Europe loves space; and one day, if all goes well, there'll be Europeans on Mars.
It's not news, Europe's Aurora programme originally planned for a manned Mars mission by 2033, but the EU admits that "Earth-bound politics since 2003 have already altered that timescale."
The races are on. Meanwhile, here is a juicy overview of European space policy, compiled from the EU's site by SpaceRef.