Controversy over German Military Sales to Saudi Arabia

Clemens Wergin

Die Welt

Clemens Wergin is the Washington Bureau Chief of Die Welt.

Josef Joffe

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Josef Joffe is Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Senior Fellow of the Kissinger Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Publisher of Die Zeit, and author of numerous books on global affairs. He is also a former AICGS trustee.

In a highly controversial move, the German parliament has agreed to sell 200 Leopard II tanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While Germany has claimed to have consulted the United States and Israel about the sale, opposition critics claim it goes against Germany’s policy of arms deals with oppressive states.

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