Thursday, October 27, 2016

Germany - the war machine

Germany's arms exports have increased - including to Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich kingdom is waging war in Yemen. For the past year and a half the richest country in the Arab world has been bombing the poorest country. By supplying it with weapons Germany, too, is a warring party.

Saudi Arabia is now the third-largest buyer of German weapons. And more than 90 percent of the consignments consisted of equipment for the air force: fighter jet parts, helicopters, planes, equipment for aerial refueling.

Germany may be a minor player in the world of arm sales yet its exports to Saudi Arabia in the first six months alone amounted to more than four billion euros. 

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