The arms business has a devastating impact on human rights and security, and damages economic development. Large scale military procurement and arms exports reinforce a militaristic approach to international problems. Although European governments claim not to export arms to countries at war or those violating human rights, European arms are sold all over the world with very few restrictions. European weapons are often exported to dictatorships or to countries at war. European weapons were used against civilian populations in the Middle East and North Africa during the uprisings from 2011. They turn up in civil wars all around the world.
Selected publications from ENAAT groups
Centre Delas – Security? Whose security? Military security not neutral
We are facing a new, wide and deep process of militarization, with increasing military budgets, arms manufacturing and an evergrowing military industry that now also expands its reach to borders and social control. But despite the hegemonic discourse, this does not respond to our security needs nor to the challenges our modern, global, interdependent and diverse society faces nowadays.
SPAS – Den Svenska vapenexporten
This book on Sweden’s arms exports outlines the concepts of how the trade works and who decides. But it also tells about the scandals and the consequences. How artists and the monarchy are used for marketing. And how peaceful Sweden became one of the largest arms exporters per capita in the world. (in Swedish)
Stop Wapenhandel – Military industry profits from refugee tragedy
Companies from the military and security industry are profiting from the increasing militarization of border security. In a series of reports, blogs and articles, Stop Wapenhandel summarizes EU policy and its consequences. The role of the most important companies are identified.
Urgewald – Dirty Profits – Unser Geld für Rüstungsexporte in Kriegs- und Krisengebiete
German banks and investors have been pumping large sums of money into arms companies, which are massively arming the Middle East and, in particular, fueling the war in Yemen. The report also shows which banks exclude such transactions. (in German)
Vredesactie – Securing Profits. How the arms lobby is hijacking Europe’s defence policy
This report documents the symbiotic relationship between the arms industry and the EU institutions and the effect of this relationship on the creation of a European Defence Fund.