German-Spanish Business Meeting on 1 September 2015, Juan Rosell, President of CEOE and Ulrich Grillo, President of the BDI © Christian Kruppa

Close political and economic relationships with our European partner countries are indispensable.

If we are to represent German interests effectively within the community structure, it is important for us to coordinate our national positions with our European partners. An intensive exchange with industrial associations in our European neighbour countries guarantees that we will be able to attain a stronger position in our dialogue with European Union institutions – including via our joint representation in Brussels, the European industrial association BusinessEurope.

Italy is a major industrial partner

France accelerates reforms


International Relations

The hard Brexit course has been voted out

- Regarding the outcome of the parliamentary election in the United Kingdom, the President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) Dieter Kempf said: “A weakened government does not make the difficult starting position for the Brexit discussions any easier.” more

G7 summit: US has sidelined itself

- BDI President Dieter Kempf rates outcome of G7 summit in Italy as disappointing. The seven biggest industrialised nations failed to send a signal for more unity. Europe must now take more responsibility on the global level. more
World Trade

A strong and capable EU is good for the US

- On the occasion of the first meeting of US President Donald Trump with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, BDI President Dieter Kempf calls for the EU and the US to close ranks. more
International Relations

G7 must take clear stance on free trade and climate protection

- The US cannot take an isolated Position. We need more than just minimal Consensus. more

Siemens Managing Board member Roland Busch appointed chair of NMI

- Roland Busch has been appointed chair of the North Africa Middle East Initiative of German Business (NMI). The chief technology officer (CTO) at Siemens AG is succeeding Siegfried Russwurm, who left Siemens and thus stepped down from his position as NMI chairman. more
World Trade

Economic growth of one and a half percent expected in the coming year

- In view of global political uncertainty, future growth cannot be taken for granted, BDI President Dieter Kempf said. Germany would have to work harder to maintain its current level of prosperity. more