Merkel’s Risky Weapons Exports

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Merkel’s Risky Weapons Exports

Although it escaped public notice, the German government was also trying within NATO to compile a list of non-member states with whom arms deals should be allowed for strategic reasons. Having NATO’s blessing would have made it possible for Berlin to justify even sensitive weapons-export deals to the domestic audience. But Germany’s alliance partners blocked the effort.

Still, Merkel doesn’t plan on giving up. Martin Erdmann, Germany’s ambassador to NATO, will reportedly make a second go at things in Brussels. Weapons sales have become a key element in her foreign-policy strategy, which means that reducing any related political hurdles is important to Merkel.

The Merkel Doctrine

Without accounting for it before a wider public, and with the support of Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Merkel has altered the central premises of Germany’s foreign and security policies. Her plans call for making arms exports to crisis regions — which has long been a taboo in Germany — a major pillar of the country’s security policy. Since doing so could trigger a domestic political uproar, Merkel has been trying to justify her stance by taking circuitous routes like the one through NATO.

Well, when countries within NATO, like Greece, seem to be running out of money I guess you have to widen your market.

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