ESA's director of human spaceflight has been quoted as saying that ESA will support the development of Russia's proposed Kliper spacecraft. It's a follow-on to Russia's very old, but reliable Soyuz design. The Kliper is something of an answer to NASA's CEV (Lockmart's version is here) . However, there's a note that the Russians via ITAR-TASS are saying this and not the European media. There's been false starts from there before. However, I ahve to wonder how much of this is to ensure an independant access to space from NASA or China.
Space Race? HOOOOYAH!