About: arms trade

Global Europe 25-06-2019

Germany to ban exports of side-arms to non-allies

Germany will ban exports of small side arms to most countries outside NATO and the European Union, government sources told Reuters on Monday (24 June), confirming an earlier report from the Funke media group.

France’s weapons exports see sharp increase on European market

France's arms sales in 2018 were worth €9.118 billion, up 30% compared to 2017. Exports to European countries are seeing a strong increase, according to the French Ministry for Armed Forces. EURACTIV's partner Brussels2.eu reports.
Global Europe 26-10-2018

Austria calls for EU-wide halt in arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The European Union should halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told a German newspaper, saying such action could also help end "the terrible war in Yemen".
Global Europe 25-10-2018

France weighs interests in Khashoggi crisis, Saudi sanctions an option

France said on Wednesday (24 October) it could impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia if its intelligence services find the kingdom was behind the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, even as Paris worked to maintain important business and strategic ties with Riyadh.
Global Europe 23-10-2018

Merkel: No arms exports to Saudi Arabia until ‘monstrous’ killing cleared up

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (22 October) called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a "monstrosity" and vowed to halt all German arms exports to Saudi Arabia until the case is cleared up.
Freedom of thought 11-04-2018

Macron defends Saudi arms sales, to hold Yemen conference

President Emmanuel Macron yesterday (10 April) defended French weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, but said he was concerned by the humanitarian situation and would host a conference on the issue before the summer.

European arms exports on the rise

France, Germany and Spain are among the world’s leading arms exporters. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Cybersecurity 17-01-2018

MEPs approve export controls tailored to stop government surveillance

MEPs approved stricter rules on Wednesday (17 January) to control how European companies export technologies including software that could be used for surveillance, and any products that may violate human rights.
Politics 07-03-2017

Vice-versa: European defence and German interests

Germany and the EU: How do they cooperate? Where do their approaches conflict and where are their interests aligned? EURACTIV Germany’s Vice-Versa series takes a look at the issue from both a European and federal government perspective.
Global Europe 23-01-2017

How the arms industry is staging a European coup

The EU is increasingly taking a pro-military stance, as the arms lobby exercises more influence. The election of Antoni Tajani last week as European Parliament president means the arms industry's influence will grow further in the coming years, warns Bram Vranken.
Global Europe 13-01-2017

Rights groups denounce Spain’s plan to sell warships to Saudi Arabia

Close ties between the royal families of Spain and Saudi Arabia could help Madrid conclude a lucrative deal to sell warships to Riyadh, alarming human rights groups.
Security 05-09-2016

EU should give more funds to peace, not subsidise the arms industry

Subsidising the arms industry is not the way the once-peace EU project will improve its popularity with eurosceptic citizens. Especially not when it is done on advice from the industry lobby. Instead, the EU should invest in jobs and research projects which contribute to the prevention of conflicts, says the Laetitia Sedou.
Security 11-07-2016

German public ‘misled’ on weapon exports

Germany recently released its report on arms exports, which showed that sales have nearly doubled, despite promises to scale back the number and value of weapons being sent abroad. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.