Merkel: Germany risks been viewed as unreliable on arms

Merkel said joint European projects require “reliability between partners.” (File/AFP)
Updated 21 March 2019

Merkel: Germany risks been viewed as unreliable on arms

  • Her comments came amid tensions with France and Britain over Berlin’s ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia
  • She said there’s no use “paying lip-service to a great Europe”

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that her country risks being viewed as an unreliable partner in joint European defense industry projects.
Merkel’s comments Thursday came amid tensions with France and Britain over Berlin’s ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Paris and London say it prevents them selling jointly developed equipment with German components to the country.
Merkel said joint European projects require “reliability between partners.” She said other countries sometimes have different perspectives and Germany needs to discuss the matter, “otherwise we will be viewed as morally arrogant ... or we will be viewed as incapable of compromise.” She added there’s no use “paying lip-service to a great Europe and how we all want to work together.”
The chancellor’s coalition partners favor a very restrictive line on arms exports.


Scare in Greece after machine part mistaken for mortar shell

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Scare in Greece after machine part mistaken for mortar shell

ATHENS, Greece: Roads near Greece’s parliament building in central Athens were cordoned off for several hours Tuesday after a bomb scare turned out to be a false alarm.
Authorities said several streets around central Syntagma Square were been blocked to traffic and pedestrians for several hours after workers doing excavation work for water main maintenance found what was believed to be a decades-old mortar shell.
A bomb-disposal team from the Greek army determined it was a rusting machine part used by the power utility. Police reopened the roads that were blocked for about three hours.
Circulation restrictions were already in effect in Athens and across Greece due to the coronavirus crisis.