Does the approach of the current German government to defence exports represent a shift away from the restrictive political principles for the export of military equipment established in January 2000?
With demand in traditional home markets constantly decreasing due to persistent budgetary pressures, companies in the defence sector are anxious to exploit the global defence export market in order to ensure their long-term commercial viability. According to SIPRI, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons was 24 per cent higher in the period 2007–11 than 2002–06, with figures for the top ten arms exporters in this later period also revealing
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