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August 17, 2014 AT 10:26 AM
One of Chancellor Angela Merkel's main allies in parliament has called for Europe to adopt common arms export regulations, saying there would be an increasing number of European defense companies in the future. Volker Kauder, the floor leader of Merkel's conservatives in the Bundestag lower house of parliament, said the latest conflicts showed military capabilities were needed--even in the 21st century--to preserve international law and protect human rights. In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Kauder argued, "We therefore need to preserve key areas of defense engineering in Germany, but there aren't enough orders from Germany's armed forces to ensure that. So more and more European defense firms will emerge, especially German-French ones."