The drastic increase in the approved arms exports in the first half of the year, in the Opposition, but also in the government party, the SPD for displeasure. SPD-armor expert Thomas Hitschler criticized above all that armaments should be supplied to States that are involved in the Yemen war. “I see no reasonable basis for arms exports in the Region,” he told the news Agency DPA. The greens and the Left accuse the government parties of a breach of the coalition agreement.

arms exports to a value of 5.3 billion Euro.

On Wednesday had informed the Federal Ministry of economy on request of the Green party member of Parliament Omid Nouripour, the were approved in the June arms exports to a value of 5.3 billion euros. This is more than twice as much as in the prior-year period and already more than in the entire year of 2018, with 4.8 billion euros. In the ranking of the most important recipient countries are Hungary with 1.76 billion euros in the number one by a large margin, ahead of Egypt (801,8 million euros) and South Korea (EUR 277.7 million).

in addition to Egypt is yet another of the Yemen war in a participating member state among the ten best customers of the German arms industry: The United Arab Emirates are on 6th place with 206,1 million euros. Union and the SPD had made in their coalition agreement in March 2018 actually, the exports to the “immediately” on the Yemen-war States involved and put a stop to this. Already pre-approved deliveries, however, were the exception. The UAE, together with Saudi Arabia, a war Alliance against the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels.

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also notable is the very high sum for Hungary with 1.7 billion – about a third of the total volume in the first half of the year. The country has ordered to 2018, Leopard tanks and howitzers in the case of Krauss–Maffei Wegmann. The volume of arms exports had declined in the years 2017 and 2018. According to estimates of industry experts, the decline was but rather the fact that in the last quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018, the coalition negotiations, so there was no viable government, exports could approve. In this period, exports appear to have applications jammed, which will now be released one after the other.

Hans-Martin Tillack and REUTERS topics in this article on arms exports to the Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and SPD coalition agreement Hungary, Egypt, EU, Omid Nouripour

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