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Arms exports-stop to Saudi Arabia : Other countries will not stick to it

Mr Gressel, how important EU partners, the decision of the Federal government for the extension of the arms moratorium for Saudi Arabia? The partners will eva

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Arms exports-stop to Saudi Arabia : Other countries will not stick to it

Mr Gressel, how important EU partners, the decision of the Federal government for the extension of the arms moratorium for Saudi Arabia?

The partners will evaluate this decision in the negative. Because the Federal government called no Alternative to the export business. For France, the UK and others, it is not primarily to Saudi Arabia, but to the preservation of their arms industry and the research and development capacities, which can be used to develop weapons systems. This needs to be funded, and if in Europe, there is no critical mass of buyers, to Fund this industry, then must be exported. The German debate about Saudi Arabia's frustrating for the rest of the EU members because of the change in sentiment for Germany came from Nothing – there is no long-term criteria, strategies, or policies were developed, on the basis of which this development would have read – and secondly, there is no Alternative for export financing. The could be to serve other markets or to increase the own demand through higher military spending.

How likely is it that arms companies in other EU countries will follow the appeal of the Federal government, and by the end of the year, "the assembled military equipment" to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates?

Other EU countries will not adhere to the German requirement. The appeal is addressed only to the German audience.

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Gustav Gressel is a Senior Policy Fellow and expert on security and defence policy at the think-tank European Council on...photo: ECFR

What does the decision mean for the prospects of a stronger Integration of the EU in the defense and armor?

There was in the run-up in the UK already discussion about whether one "should Germany-free" products as such, to Identify, to indicate continuity. You can compare the discussion about the the United States. Also Trumps right of permissive Use of sanctions has resulted in the Rest of the world that one is trying to reduce its dependence on the US as far as possible. This is not done in the case of Germany, however, easier to use, since the German Position in the defence area as Central as the American.

What the Alliance would be politically sensible steps?

Just to clarify: I want to break no lance for Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is in many ways a very, very problematic. But Berlin owes to the Europeans also answers to several questions: by what objective criteria export imposed restrictions and such other EU incorporated States in this? Otherwise there is a risk that every company in Europe, depending on unpredictable Bundestag debates. The sanctions against Russia were an example, where one has to manage the European coordination. In addition, there is the question of how the European defence and high-technology industry, a permanent financing and market security can be granted. Here it is asked, above all, the German domestic demand: to strangle the German armed forces and at the same time the Export ban, the. In one of the two cases the SPD must yield to.

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