31 May '14, 10pm

German Industry Braces For Tighter Export Rules

German Industry Braces For Tighter Export Rules

BONN — German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to implement a more restrictive arms export regime in his country, a move that could sap the nation of jobs and technological know-how, local industry sources say. The head of Airbus, in fact, has threatened to move production lines abroad as a result of the changes. In a May 18 interview with German tabloid Bild am Sonntag, Gabriel called for a restrictive handling of weapons exports, especially small arms that could be used in civil wars. Weapons exports, he said, should not be part of the nation’s economic policy and must be weighed against foreign, security and political implications. The government must also consider the situation in the country or region receiving the weapons and how exports may or may not contribute to the upkeep of peace, security and stability there. Gabriel told Bild am Sonntag that weapon exp...

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