Germany's Likely New Coalition Vows to Ban Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

A draft document contains a pledge not to export arms to countries involved in the war in Yemen - a pledge seemingly targeted at Saudi Arabia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), leader of Germany's conservative CDU party, Horst Seehofer (L), leader of the CDU's Bavarian CSU sister party, and Martin Schulz (R), leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, pose after a press conference on January 12, 2018
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats plan tax relief for citizens of 10 billion euros over the three years to 2021 as well as extra spending on home-building, education and research, a draft agreement showed.

The draft document seen by Reuters, which is subject to change, also contained a pledge not to export arms to countries involved in the war in Yemen - a pledge seemingly targeted at Saudi Arabia, a major buyer of German arms.

The parties also said they did not want to close any chapters in Turkey's talks on accession to the European Union nor open any new chapters given the state of democracy and human rights in that country.