Report in the cabinet: Germany is reducing arms exports

Status: 03.11.2021 9:13 a.m.

It is a trend that continues: In the first half of 2021, the number of German arms exports continued to decline. The Federal Cabinet wants to approve a corresponding report from the Ministry of Economic Affairs today.

By Kai Küstner, ARD capital studio

Germany had already cut its arms exports in 2020. This decline continues: The federal government approved the export of weapons and other military equipment worth 2.3 billion euros in the first half of 2021 – 17 percent less than in the same period of the previous year. This emerges from the semi-annual report on arms exports. Its most important figures have been known since July. The report now has to be approved by the federal cabinet.

Kai Küstner
ARD capital studio

Controversial exports to third countries

The largest recipient states of German armaments are the Netherlands, followed by the USA and Great Britain. Exports to so-called third countries, i.e. to countries outside the EU and NATO, are always particularly controversial. For example, Germany also exports to Egypt.

A particularly sharp decline was recorded in these third countries in the first half of 2021: As the news agency dpa reports, the total value of the permits here was just under 500 million euros.

Possible traffic light coalition for stricter rules

The SPD, the Greens and the FDP are apparently also striving for more restraint in the export of war equipment: The exploratory paper of the possible traffic light coalitionists speaks of a “more restrictive arms export policy”. For such a thing, more binding rules are needed. With the European partners one wants to “coordinate a corresponding EU arms export regulation”.

Germany cuts arms exports

Kai Küstner, ARD Berlin, 3.11.2021 · 08:50

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