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Loosened rules for arms exports?

The Federal government has agreed with France on first principles for the Export of jointly produced military goods. Thus, the strict German regulations would be relaxed. In the coalition dispute threatens.

The Federal government wants to loosen in future joint armaments projects with France, the guidelines for the Export. "It also requires of us to compromise," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

corporations such as Airbus and Rheinmetall had demanded that Germany had to adjust its more restrictive national policies with the EU partners such as France or the UK.

In the Grand coalition, is threatening to be the next fight. Because the SPD is in favour, in its European election program for a "common restrictive control of arms exports" to the European level, as well as "the establishment of a common defence industry".

Airbus CEO Tom Enders provides the planned development of a German-French fighter jets in question, should Germany put its exceptionalism.

Enders warns of German exceptionalism

Airbus chief Tom Enders had indicated that the planned development of a German-French fighter jets had to imagine, should Germany put its exceptionalism. Point of dispute is, above all, the German Export-stop to Saudi Arabia. This blocked not only German weapons deliveries, but also the delivery of community developments with the UK, such as the Eurofighter.

According to a report in the "mirror" are, on the whole produced defence goods worth up to two billion Euro from the German stop of the delivery affected. This also includes four radar systems of the type "Cobra module". They are produced by a consortium of French group Thales, Hensoldt, and the US company Lockheed.

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