Airbus criticized Germany for not spending more on defense and their tougher stance on arm sales

A coalition deal between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), which must still be ratified by the SPD, has pledged an immediate ban on arms sales to countries involved in the war in Yemen and a tougher approach to arms sales in general.

“If additional restrictions are imposed, we would have to consider that in our strategic planning,” Dirk Hoke, chief executive of Airbus Defence and Space, said in a telephone interview during the annual Munich Security Conference.

“A unilateral restriction on European arms exports by Germany not only hurts domestic industry, but also reduces the room for maneuver of a strategic European security and defense policy,” said Hoke, who is German.

Airbus concerned about German coalition’s tougher stance on arm sales