war on the rocks

Germany’s Arms Export Ban Frustrates European Partners

March 5, 2019

Episode Notes:

Germany's unilateral decision to halt all shipments of military equipment to Saudi Arabia has stopped 10's of billions of dollars worth of orders of joint European arms exports, bringing the question of deep arms export cooperation among European partners into high relief.

Barbara Kunz, Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), discusses the dispute.

[ 0:18 ] Introduction
[ 0:48 ] Anatomy of the current arms procurement and export relationship
[ 2:15 ] Existing agreements
[ 4:08 ] Domestic debate within Germany
[ 6:31 ] Options for Berlin
[ 8:19 ] Impact on ambitions for a common defense policy