Saturday, March 2

Germany sets new record for arms exports

The German government approved in 2021 arms exports by €9.35 billion ($10.65 billion), which represented an increase of 61% and represents the highest figure to date, indicate official data published in Berlin.

Of the total amount, €9.04 billion they were approved by the old grand coalition of conservatives and social democrats led by the chancellor Angela Merkel.

The new Executive of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals authorized exports for €309 million in the first three weeks after taking office on December 8, detail the preliminary annual statistics published by the Ministry of Economy.

The previous peak for arms export licenses dates back to 2019 with 8,015 million euros and was surpassed last year by more than 1,000 million euros last year.

In December it was learned that the former government had approved arms exports for €4.91 billion in his last nine days in office.

At that time, the Merkel’s executive he was only in office and did not have to make far-reaching political decisions.

A particularly striking fact is that the main receiving country, by far, is Egypt, criticized for human rights violations and for its involvement in the conflicts of Yemen and Libya.

Berlin authorized weapons for this North African country for 4,340 million euros.