Germany’s Arms Exports Have Spiked, Despite Domestic Opposition and Public Scrutiny

Two men walk past a German-made Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard tank with a “sold” sign on it at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22, 2017 (AP photo by Jon Gambrell).
Two men walk past a German-made Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard tank with a “sold” sign on it at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22, 2017 (AP photo by Jon Gambrell).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about the production and trade of arms around the world. Between 2014 and 2017, Germany’s government approved some $31 billion in weapons sales, including almost $18 billion to countries outside the European Union and the NATO alliance. Under Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany has become one of the top five arms exporters in the world by volume, despite major domestic opposition to the sale of German weapons. In an email interview, Sophia Besch, a research fellow at the Center for European Reform and an expert on German defense and security policy, […]

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