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It seems that German arms exports are at a new turning point. After three years of stagnation and decline, arms sales have returned even gradually, with arms exports in the first half of 2019 reaching 5.3 billion euros. Which is the value of contracts approved by the federal government. The volume of exports in the first six months of this year is equivalent to the total arms sales for the whole of 2018, with last year's exports reaching 4.8 billion euros.

It is remarkable that the biggest client of the German arms is not a very friendly country for Germany or the defender of the European Union, but other countries. Known for its populist prime minister, Victor Urban, who uses every opportunity to attack Chancellor Merkel's policy on refugees and attacks on occasion and without occasion EU policy, she bought a 1.76 billion euro German weapon, becoming the biggest customer interested in German weapons.

The Greater Arab State of Egypt purchased a German weapon worth 801.8 million euros during the period of this year, followed by South Korea to hold a weapon worth 277.7 Million euros. This came in a government response from the Ministry of Economy to inquire about the deputy of the Green Party bloc, Omid Noribor, which received the German Press Agency a copy of it.

It is also noteworthy that another country on the list of customers of the German arms involved in the war in Yemen: The UAE was ranked sixth in the list of buyers with a contract to buy a weapon worth 206.1 million euros.

It is noteworthy that the ruling coalition, consisting of conservatives and socialists, agreed in the midst of the power-sharing agreement in March 2018 on A significant reduction in arms exports to countries directly involved in the Yemen war. The beginning of the year saw sharp differences in this regard between the parties to the ruling coalition, especially after a UN report showed the implication of the Saudi Crown Prince in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his consulate in Istanbul.

On the other hand, the volume of exports of German arms to third countries outside the framework of NATO and the European Union fell to 40% compared to years ago.

Government sources said recently that Germany would ban the export of small arms to most non-NATO countries and the European Union, confirming a report previously published by the Fonke newspaper group.

A small number of traditional allies such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Switzerland will be excluded from the ban, which is the latest attempt by the government to enforce stringent arms export laws that it had promised to implement during the coalition government formation agreements last year..

It should be noted that the earlier restrictions on the export of weapons systems to countries participating in the Yemeni war led to protests from Britain and France because the presence of German components in many joint ventures risk to harm profitable export transactions with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

H / H / A / H (dpa, Reuters)

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