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Germany. 2010 ‘Export Controls and Brokering Controls.’ National Report of Germany on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 18.104.22.168. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 22 February
Export Controls and Brokering Controls
Decisions on the export of war weapons and other military equipment are based on the Political Principles, adopted on January 19, 2000, (see Annex A infra) and on the relevant European and international commitments entered into by the Federal Government, particularly on the European Council Common Position defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment adopted on December 8, 2008.
Exports of war weapons and other military equipment both to NATO and to EU Member States as well as to "NATO equivalent countries," such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand or Switzerland, are considered to be in line with Germany's security interests and are, in principle, unrestricted.
Exports of war weapons to third countries, in contrast, are only feasible if indicated by paramount foreign and security policy interests, bearing in mind the interests of NATO. In this context, employment aspects are not allowed to play a significant role.