Arms Exports

Time and again, European weapons are used to perpetrate war crimes and human rights violations abroad, even though the EU has rules whose very purpose is to ensure that our weapons do not end up in war zones. Most Member States ignore those rules, however. And when a group of Member States develop weapons systems together, matters become even more complicated.

As spokesperson on human rights and peace, I campaign to ensure that no more EU weapons are supplied to warmongers and dictators. I want the existing EU rules to be enforced at long last and I am advocating for a uniform authorisation procedure designed to ensure that our weapons do not fall into the wrong hands. 

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Ein männlicher Bundeswehrsoldat steht vor einer Drohne.

German debate on armed drones - My interview with euractiv

In Germany, a familiar debate is flaring up again: Should the Bundeswehr be allowed to use armed drones? In 2014, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for human rights to be respected when drones are used. Not much has happened since then!
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Made in Europe, Bombed in Yemen Webinar

Made in Europe, bombed in Yemen – My Webinar

Are European defence companies aiding and abetting alleged war crimes committed by the Saudi Arabia-UAE military coalition in Yemen? This was one of the topics in my webinar with the European Center of Constitutional Human Rights (ECCHR).
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Hannah Neumann: Plenarrede zur Sicherheitspolitik

EU Annual Report on Security Policy: "More weapons do not make a region any safer!"

The EU Annual Report on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) ignores existing criticism and supports the US rearmament demands. But more weapons do not make a region any safer, and there are European treaties that lay down an appropriate mix of military and civilian measures that turn security policy into peace policy.
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Hannah Neumann bei der Rede zu Menschenrechten

EU Annual Report: Respect for human rights must become the top priority of foreign policy

Why do trade agreements protect companies but not people? Why do EU manufacturers still sell arms to warmongers? And why are EU companies still destroying the habitat of indigenous peoples just to mine coal? The EU Annual Report on Human Rights shows how our policies affect people around the world.
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In der Peene-Werft

Travel through MV - Europe, armament, democracy and much exchange 

In December I was in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for the first time in an official capacity as a Member of the European Parliament, as a guest of the regional association of the Europa-Union.
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Der Eurofighter im Einsatz der Saudischen Luftwaffe. (Bild von Lighthouse Reports)

#SpanishArms reports: EU arms export control necessary

Patrol ships in Morocco, shotgun ammunition in Nicaragua and Eurofighter in the Yemen war - with their research on #SpanishArms, Lighthouse Reports show how Spanish companies circumvent EU directives and supply regimes with armaments. The reports show that a mechanism is finally needed that
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Save the European Peace Project

We in Europe have learned a lot from the EU: intercultural understanding, respect and freedom. It is precisely these values that make our peace and that we should carry into the world. Far too often, however, we export arms or military equipment.
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Landkarte Region Syrien

Turkey/Syria: EU must impose arms embargo and targeted sanctions

"The Federal Government and the European Union must clearly condemn the fact that Moscow and Ankara are dividing Syria among themselves and that the Russian President is staging himself as an angel of peace on the back of the Kurds. The Turkish invasion must have clear consequences. No more European weapons must be used in this war.
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Landkarte Region Syrien

Syria conflict: No more EU weapons for Erdogan!

In view of Turkey's "Operation Source of Peace" in Northern Syria, which has now been launched, the EU must at least now react unequivocally. Once again, people who have to flee from war are becoming the bargaining chip in a proxy conflict. This is deeply cynical.
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Hannah Neumann moderiert das Gespräch mit Mary Fitzgerald und Mohamed Eljarh

Libya war: what is the European answer?

If there is a war in Libya, it concerns us here in Europe as well. Why is that? Because we are already involved, but without a serious commitment to a peaceful solution. The German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the AJC Transatlantic
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Arms trade: the EU must enforce its export criteria

Krisen anderswo gehen auch uns was an, vor allem wenn unsere Waffen im Spiel sind. Die EU-Mitgliedsstaaten haben sich am Montag im Rat für Allgemeine Angelegenheiten unter anderem für mehr Transparenz bei Waffenexporten ausgesprochen. Es reicht aber nicht, nur zu
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Aussprache mit Jemen-Delegation-Leiter Hans Grundberg im Außenausschuss (AFET)

Exchange on Yemen

Der neue Leiter der EU-Delegation im Jemen, Hans Grundberg, stellte sich heute in einer nicht öffentlichen Sitzung den Fragen des EU-Außenausschusses (AFET). Für die Grüne Fraktion habe ich die Fragen übernommen. Das war ein wichtiger Termin, denn die EU ist
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