The defense industry threatened the Federal government with compensation claims because of the Export ban for Saudi Arabia. The chief Executive of the Federal Association of the German security and defence industry (BDSV), Hans Christoph Atzpodien, called on the Grand coalition, “pure political issues,” not on the backs of the company. “Of course, compensation claims are also conceivable in this context,” he said.

The Federal government had already enacted in March, an Export ban on all “directly” on the Yemen war, the participating States – which include Saudi Arabia, of course -. For permits already granted, the government made an exception, it was delivered first.

it was Only in the Wake of the affair, the killing of the government-critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi was all arms exports stopped. “As we ask the Federal government in the current context of a statement, as it goes with these deliveries,” said Atzpodien.

The armor lobbyist made the always more restrictive authorisation practice of the Federal government to States outside the European Union and Nato is partly responsible for the slump in arms exports this year. Up to the 13. December were approved exports of weapons and other military equipment to the value of 4.62 billion euros, compared to a total of 6.24 billion in the whole of the previous year. The scope of the approved exports is expected to contract in order to 2018, for the third Time in a row.

Atzpodien complained that the German arms export policy “unpredictable” and for customers and partners countries “by surprising twists and turns is often incomprehensible”. “As a result, significant irritation were triggered, especially in the case of our European partners. This must change.”


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