German arms export approvals drop in 2017

Germany is one of the world’s five biggest arms exporters, according to the SIPRI research group, but this remains a sensitive issue among the public given the country’s World War Two history. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition agreed in February to limit arms sales further and to work on harmonizing export controls in the European Union. Approvals for arms sales to non-NATO and non-EU countries rose by 100 million to 3.795 billion euros, boosted by significant orders such as a warship sale to Algeria and a submarine for Egypt, according to the sources.


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