Europe the arms exporter
The countries of Europe are significant arms exporters. The best- seller list includes British fighter jets, German submarines, French missiles, and Italian small arms. Companies based in Europe also support the development of arms industries in other countries by exporting technology and sometimes even whole production lines. European governments promote arms exports on behalf of the companies. European governments also provide export credit insurance for arms industries, paid with taxpayers money.


Arms for sale!
European arms companies receive orders from all corners of the earth. More and more, the arms market is a 'buyers market': This means that arms companies aggressively promote sales. Governments have special promotion agencies and arms fairs all over the world are used to attract new costumers to these deadly products.

Repression and civil war
European weapons are often exported to dictatorships or to countries at war. European weapons were used against civil populations in the Middle East and North Africa during the uprisings from 2011. They turn up in civil wars in Africa. They were used in Sri Lanka, Columbia, Libya and Georgia. Although European governments claim not to export arms to countries at war or those violating human rights, in practice European arms are sold all over the world with very little restrictions.

Transparency of information
Public information about the arms trade can be hard to find. The European Network Against Arms Trade shares information about arms exports and production. European citizens have the right to know what their governments are doing to promote sales which can be such a threat to peace and security.

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Campaign Against Arms Trade

Campagne tegen Wapenhandel

Peace Action Belgium

Rete Italiana per il Disarmo Italy

War Resisters' International

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society

Aktion Aufschrei Germany

Peace Union of Finland

Centre d'Estudis per la Pau J.M.Delàs - Justícia i Pau

Nesehnuti Czech Republic

Gruppe für eine Schweiz ohne Armee

Norwegian Peace Association

Observatoire des armements France

Committee of 100 in Finland

Quaker Council for European Affairs Brussels