Leopards for Indonesia Tank Request Puts Chancellor Under Pressure

Berlin has sought to play down reports this week that Indonesia is interested in buying German combat tanks. But during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Jakarta on Tuesday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono spoke openly of his desire to purchase German-made Leopard 2 models.
German Chancellor Merkel and Indonesian President Yudhoyono: Is Berlin considering the export of 100 combat tanks to Jakarta?

German Chancellor Merkel and Indonesian President Yudhoyono: Is Berlin considering the export of 100 combat tanks to Jakarta?

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With reporting by Florian Gathmann and Matthias Gebauer