Outgoing German government has approved a record arms exports

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 24.1.2018 13:58

According to a report by the German broadcasting station ARD on Wednesday 24 January, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government approved a record arms exports since 2014 and increased exports to conflict areas, despite its reduction bein one of the government's main goals.

Since 2014, the German government has approved the arms sale worth more than €25.1 billion. Exports to countries outside EU and NATO grew most significantly, with an increase of 47% between 2010 and 2013, comparing to €4.48 billion sales between 2014 and 2017. Algeria is the largest importer of German weapons, and there are countries involved in the Yemeni conflict, namely Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates among the top ten importers. The caretaker government called for "an immediate stop" of arms sales to these countries amid the ongoing coalition negotiations on Friday 19 January. However, no specific proposal has been clarified and it is most likely an attempt to calm the domestic political situation in an attempt to form a government. It is precisely the export to non-democratic countries and non-compliance with the pledges that the government is sharply criticised for.

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