German defence exports to Turkey continue

Germany has not let up in its defence sales to Turkey, a major buyer of German weapons, despite public criticism due to Ankara's role in the Syrian war and the increasingly authoritarian policies in the country, DW Türkçe reported on Friday.

Last year, the German government approved the export of dual-use items worth €216 million, defined as goods, software and technology that can be used for both civilian and military application, DW Türkçe reported,  citing the RND Media Group which said that it had seen German economy ministry's report.

Turkey has been the focus of criticism in Germany after Ankara’s seizure of territories in northern Syria since 2016, and for the democratic backsliding under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Left party federal lawmaker Sevim Dağdelen said export of dual-use products to Turkey should be reconsidered at a time as Turkey is preparing for a military operation against Kurdish forces in Syrian territories east of the Euphrates river, DW Türkçe said.

Berlin has been heavily critical of Turkey’s record on human rights following the July 2016 coup attempt, and halted arms exports in 2018 until the release of Deniz Yücel, a German-Turkish journalist who had been jailed in Turkey on espionage charges.