The Federal Government has approved ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) the delivery of a submarine to Egypt. This was announced by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU) to the Economic Committee of the Bundestag. The letter is available to the German Press Agency.
This also shows that the Federal Security Council has also decided to export further armaments. The recipient countries of which are Algeria, Brazil, Singapore and South Korea.
Last year, the federal government approved arms exports worth more than eight billion euros - more than ever before. Compared to the previous year, the value of export permits rose from 4.824 to 8.015 billion euros. In the years 2016 to 2018, export permits had continued to fall. Approved arms exports do not correspond to actual exports in the past year, but relate to future arms deals.
32 percent of the permits were for weapons of war, the rest for other military equipment. Around 56 percent went to partners in the EU, NATO or equivalent countries such as Japan or Australia. Exports to so-called third countries thus made up 44.1 percent. These exports are particularly delicate because of human rights violations in many of these countries, and in individual cases also because of involvement in regional conflicts.
For the chairman of the left faction in the Foreign Affairs Committee, Sevim Dagdelen, the approval of the submarine business in Egypt is a new example of a "ruthless export policy" by the German government. "With the armament of Egypt, the federal government is fueling the wars in Yemen and Libya," she said. This export policy must be ended immediately.