Shortly before her resignation, Merkel’s government approved three arms export agreements

Angela Merkel’s government approved three sensitive arms exports to Egypt and Singapore just before the change of government last week.

The details of the agreement were announced in a letter from the then Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier to the President of the Bundestag Bärbel Bas, which the data protection authority and the news magazine Der Spiegel had access to.

Shortly before her resignation, Merkel’s government approved three arms export agreements
Shortly before her resignation, Merkel’s government approved three arms export agreements

The letter is dated December 7th, the eve of the inauguration of the new cabinet and the handover of Merkel to Olaf Scholz, and Altmaier describes a total of three arms export agreements that were approved by the Federal Security Council – a cabinet committee made up of the Chancellor and seven ministers Finance, an office that Scholz held at the time.

These state that Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will be able to deliver three MEKO A-200 EN frigates to Egypt and export a type 218 SG submarine to Singapore, while Diehl Defense is authorized to carry 16 IRIS-T SLS / Deliver SLX air defense systems to Egypt.

Arms exports to Egypt are particularly controversial, and have been widely criticized for its human rights violations and its involvement in the conflicts in Yemen and Libya. Last year it was second in the ranking of arms exports with contracts worth 763.8 million euros.

At the time of the Federal Security Council’s decision on these exports, Merkel’s government was only acting on an interim basis.

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