Spotlight on the EU arms industry

This is a really good summary of some of the key issues in relation to the Arms Industry. Well done to QCEA for putting it together.
I hope you all enjoy it and forgive me for taking this from QCEA rather than doing it all myself. But having read theirs, I didn’t think it was useful for me to do the research again.

The QCEA Blog

QCEA has recently published an information sheet in four languages, providing facts about the EU arms industry.

Did you know…?

German-made tanks taking part in a military training exercise Photo credit: Bundeswehr-Fotos Creative Commons licence CC BY 2.0 German-made tanks taking part in a military training exercise
Photo credit: Bundeswehr-Fotos
Creative Commons licence CC BY 2.0

  • The manufacture and sale of arms is a multi-billion-euro industry.
  • The EU has an official policy, agreed at a summit meeting in December 2013, that treats the arms industry as an important source of both military strength and economic prosperity.
  • In order to continue to contribute to the economy, the EU arms industry needs to export arms to outside the EU. (The EU market isn’t big enough to sustain the industry.)
  • Over 99 per cent of arms export licence applications made in the EU are approved.
  • The arms industry maintains its influence over the highest levels of government through lobbyists and well-placed contacts.

Why is this an issue?

Those of you…

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I'm interested in politics and rational political debate which isn't afraid of the facts or the complexities and contradictions inherent in most important issues.
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