BERLIN : The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, a German Sunday newspaper said, citing government sources. The sale of the Leopard-2 tanks had been billed as one of the biggest deals for the German armaments industry, Bild reported. But Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a Social Democrat in the left-right “grand coalition”, has “positioned himself against a tanks delivery to the autocratic royal house”, it said, citing government sources.
“Without agreement from the economy minister the deal has no chance,” Bild said.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 14-Apr-2014