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German weapons exports peak after last-minute approval under Merkel

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Germany’s weapons exports reached a record level this year after the last-minute approval of deals worth billions of euros by the departing government, even though it was only acting in an executive capacity at the time. The former government approved deals worth almost 5 billion euros (5.6 billion dollars) in its last nine days in office. That brought Germany’s total weapons exports to a record 9.04 billion euros for the year, according to the Economics Ministry in response to a lawmaker’s question, seen by dpa. Egypt is the main recipient of German arms exports, despite criticism for human r…

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