Contradiction Coalition Tank Deal Reveals New Arms Exports Approach

A secretive plan to sell tanks to Saudia Arabia has caused a furor within Germany's governing coalition, members of which are demanding an explanation. The deal, which violates a tradition of avoiding weapons sales in conflict areas, signals a fundamental shift in German arms trade. Is Chancellor Angela Merkel's foreign policy still credible?
The plan to sell Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia reveals a focus for German arms trading.

The plan to sell Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia reveals a focus for German arms trading.

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Photo Gallery: Germany's Mighty 'Leopard' Tanks in Demand
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Photo Gallery: Germany's Mighty 'Leopard' Tanks in Demand

Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein