Seems the Germans can't get along with the French - what a surprise. The joint venture to create a European search engine to take on Google - Quaero - is now left in the hands of the French alone.
No one is openly stating what has happened but the Germans have been working on another search project - Theseus - the king in Greek mythology who found his way through the labyrinth. A skill anyone in search needs.
Neither the French or the Germans have openly admitted the reasons for the split - or in some cases that a split has even occurred. While France spokespeople have said there are people in Germany who are still working on the project.
Both efforts are being made to tilt at the European dominance of Google. Obviously the nationalism that motivated the efforts initially have only become tighter with each wanting to do their own.
The German contributions included work on voice recognition.