'Powerful military and security industry' profiting from dividing Europe 30 years after Berlin Wall fell

Jon Stone, The Independent, 11 November 2019 - Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe's anti-migrant militarisation of its borders is creating huge profits for the big businesses building new barriers across the continent. A new report  identifies three arms firms – Thales, Airbus and Leonardo – as key beneficiaries of the continent's wall building spree in the wake of the panic about migration, alongside other security, construction, and technology firms. [...]

The report, drawn up by the Transnational Institute, the Dutch campaign against the Arms Trade (Stop Wapenhandel) and Delàs Center, found that at least €900 million has been spent on land walls and fences in the last decade from 2006 to 2017, with a further €676.4 million on maritime operations aimed at keeping people away from Europe's shores. [...]