A coalition deal between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), which must still be ratified by the SPD, has pledged an immediate ban on arms sales to countries involved in the war in Yemen and a tougher approach to arms sales in general.
I guess the press can't bring itself to mention Saudi Arabia by name, eh?
“A unilateral restriction on European arms exports by Germany not only hurts domestic industry, but also reduces the room for maneuver of a strategic European security and defense policy,” said Hoke, who is German.
More like "reduces our room for profit".
“Many European partners already do not consider us a reliable partner because our arms export policies change depending on the outcome of our elections,” he said.
Same as it ever was.
Hoke also joined criticism of Germany for not meeting NATO countries’ agreement to spend 2 percent of their annual economic output on defense by 2024.
Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, is not expected to reach that target by then.
“The defense budget situation is not helpful and will lead to a decidedly difficult position for Germany in Europe,” Hoke said. “With just 1.2 percent of economic output, we are falling short of our responsibilities in Europe.”
“If Germany wants to get anywhere near meeting the obligations (to NATO) that were once again reiterated in the coalition agreement, there must be significant increases in the military budget,” he said.
Reminds me of an old joke: "Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut".
Seems his pleas for more defense spending are futile, no?