Guns 'made in Germany' are popular, making it the world's fourth biggest arms exporter. DW went to a major center of the German weapons industry, Oberndorf am Neckar, where various arms manufacturers are based. One of them is Heckler & Koch.
MPs from Angela Merkel's CDU have been accused of taking bribes from the German gunmaker Heckler & Koch to grease the export wheels. Germany's opaque party donations system remains vulnerable to bribery, activists say.
Heckler & Koch's trial over an illegal deal with Mexico is about to begin in Stuttgart. The Oberndorf company has flooded the world's conflict zones with guns, most famously the G3 and the G36 assault rifles.
Six ex-employees of Heckler & Koch have gone on trial in Stuttgart for selling assault rifles to Mexico. Activists held a vigil outside the court for victims of those believed to be killed by the German gun-maker's arms.
Germany's biggest small arms maker is bidding for the contract to supply the German army's standard assault rifle. But Heckler & Koch's HK433 would only replace the firm's own scandal-ridden G36.
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