The EU is coming under mounting pressure to lift its arms ermbargo against Syria to equip rebels in their fight against President Assad. Germany is standing firm while Britain and France want sanctions lifted.
Austria and the European Parliament have called for a bloc-wide halt on arms exports to Saudi Arabia following Jamal Khashoggi's death. Germany also backed the move, but other key exporters were silent or unconvinced.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, at least for the time being. The decision comes in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate.
France is leading a 10-country defense initiative in a bid to "face new threats" outside existing structures. Germany is wary that the project could entangle its military in foreign interventions and undermine the EU.
Merkel wants to halt all arms exports to Saudi Arabia pending the investigation of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Macron says such calls are "pure demagoguery."
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