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Germany world's number three arms dealer

The Local · 18 Mar 2013, 10:32

Published: 18 Mar 2013 10:32 GMT+01:00

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The world is trading more arms than ever before, the new figures by Stockholm-based researchers Sipri suggest, with Germany in third place behind global heavyweights US (30 percent) and Russia (26 percent).

Yet German arms exports have declined by three percent over the past five years, as deliveries of older deals were completed. Sipri reported in 2008 that the country made up 10 percent of national weapon trade, which by 2012 had fallen to three percent.

Other European states received 35 percent of Germany’s arms exports over the past five years, followed by Asia and Oceania 31 percent and the Americas 17 percent.

The Middle East received just 14 per cent of German arms exports over the past five years, with several high-value deals with Saudi Arabia and Qatar still under discussion.

These deals, along with another agreed deal with Algeria last year, added fuel to a long-running debate in Germany about the appropriateness of German weapons exports to volatile regions.

In fifth place, China is the world's fastest-growing arms exporter, the study showed, and has knocked the UK out of the top five arms exporters for the first time since Sipri studies began in 1950.

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The economic giant's contribution to global arms trade leaped up from two percent to five percent over the period 2003 - 2012, with the volume of conventional weapons exports rising 162 percent over the period.

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Your comments about this article

11:59 March 18, 2013 by ND1000
Its not possible. I dont believe these filthy lies!
13:47 March 18, 2013 by adam.müller
I thought we are civilized and peace loving nation. I hope we do not sell them to Saudis and salafists in Saudi Arabia...............right
15:18 March 18, 2013 by tangledeuro
Finally Germany is among top three, they hardly give a thought who buys from them , hamas, al-qaida or any other group as long as Germany is making margins out of the business..!!
13:22 March 19, 2013 by raandy
Nothing man makes is harmfull only the way he uses it is (T.S. Eliot)

Arms sales is big business, why should Germany sit on the sidelines and let US, Russia , England and China have all the pie.? It would be different if these arms deals would not happen on Germany"s refusal.. That is not the case and it is very doubtful it ever will be.
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