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Once again, Germany’s arms exports have increased – including to Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich kingdom is waging war in Yemen. By supplying it with weapons Germany, too, is a warring party, writes Matthias von Hein.
“The German government pursues a restrained, responsible arms export policy.” These are the reassuring words on the website of the German Economics Ministry. However, the publication of the latest arms export report clearly illustrates that Germany is not fulfilling these aspirations. Five of the 10 most important purchasers of German military equipment are located in areas of conflict. But above all: The tripling of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, to almost 500 million euros, … continue reading