Berlin (dpa) – Because of the arms export ban to Saudi Arabia, the industry is threatening the Federal government with claims for compensation.

The chief Executive of the Federal Association of the German security and defence industry (BDSV), Hans Christoph Atzpodien, called on the Grand coalition of the CDU and the SPD in an Interview with the German press Agency, “pure political issues,” not on the backs of the company. “Of course, compensation claims are also conceivable in this context,” he said.

The Federal government had already built in March, an Export ban on all “directly” on the Yemen-war States involved – one of which is Saudi Arabia, of course-in the coalition agreement. For permits already granted, the government made an exception, it was delivered first. Only in the course of the affair, the killing of the government-critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has advanced all arms exports, a tie until further notice. “As we ask the Federal government in the current context of a statement, as it goes with these deliveries,” said Atzpodien.

The armor lobbyist made the always more restrictive authorisation practice of the Federal government to States outside the European Union and Nato is partly responsible for the slump in arms exports this year. Up to the 13. December were approved exports of weapons and other military equipment to the value of 4.62 billion euros, compared to a total of 6.24 billion in the whole of the previous year.

Atzpodien complained that the German arms export policy “unpredictable” and for customers and partners countries “by surprising twists and turns is often incomprehensible”. “As a result, significant irritation were triggered, especially in the case of our European partners. This must change.” He spoke of the “Special routes” for individual countries or groups of countries, by the European projects “or even completely prevented” would be complicated. Germany has a more restrictive arms export policies, as the major European allies. The differences lead to problems in community projects.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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