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Berlin. After the record year 2019, the government has allowed less exports last year. Your value is still at almost six billion euros. Which countries from Europe and around the world were most weapons and military equipment.
After a record in 2019, the export permits for German armaments have declined by more than a quarter last year. This is apparent from the arms export report for 2020, which the Federal Cabinet approved on Wednesday. Thereafter, the government allowed the export of weapons and military equipment worth 5.82 billion euros - 27 percent less than the € 8.015 billion in the previous year.
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The numbers had announced the Ministry of Economic Affairs at the beginning of the year. With the 140 pages strong export report, the government comes to their duty to create some transparency on the transactions of the German armaments industry and about armaments of the Bundeswehr abroad.
leader among the recipient countries was again Hungary with an export volume of 838.4 million euros. Behind this followed Egypt (763.8), Israel (582.4) and the USA (510,0). Especially the deliveries to Egypt are controversial because of the human rights situation in the country governed with a hard hand, but also because of the involvement in the Yemen war.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs pointed out that 99 percent of the authorized deliveries to Egypt were intended for the sea forces. These included submarines and patrol boats. These goods were not suitable for internal repression or for use in the Yemen conflict, said a spokeswoman. "Powerful sea forces are located in the legitimate defense institution of Egypt and also in the international interest of coastal and maritime security."
India becomes more interesting
German companies for German companies expect growing shops in India. © Bernd von Jutrczenka / DPA German companies expect growing shops in India. According to a survey of the Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft KPMG and the German-Indian Chamber of Commerce, 81 percent see a positive development of infrastructure, 89 percent expect rising sales in the coming five years.
The export permits of the Federal Government had fallen continuously between 2016 and 2018, but then rose rapidly in 2019. Since individual transactions in the high three-digit million area or in extreme cases can even be billions of area, the statistic is subject to strong fluctuations.
rose 2020 the proportion of exports in countries that are not the EU or NATO or equal to those countries such as Japan and Australia. About half of the authorized deliveries (50.1 percent) went into these so-called third countries, 2019 was 44.1 percent. Exports to these countries are particularly controversial because some of them are involved in conflicts or violate certain human rights standards.
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