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


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
International Relations

Germany and Italy must advance digitisation

- BDI President gives speech at intergovernmental consultations calling for more investment in digital infrastructure. more
European industrial and economic policy, internal market

Wake-up call for more unity and cooperation

- Markus Kerber, Director General of the BDI, on the outcome of the British referendum. more
International Relations

A possible Brexit unsettles German companies

- Two thirds of companies are unable to predict the consequences. Only one in four are prepared for a Brexit. more
Industrie 4.0

EU refugee policy: Industry supports the federal government’s course

- The burden of receiving refugees must be fairly distributed in Europe. This was the message from the presidents of the BDI, BDA, DIHK and ZDH in a statement issued for the summit in Munich. Other topics on the agenda are digitisation and strengthening Business 4.0. more
International Relations

Achieving a fair deal with Great Britain at EU summit

- Immediately before the EU summit in two days’ time, BDI President Ulrich Grillo and German Employers’ President Ingo Kramer appealed to the heads of state and government to conclude an agreement with Great Britain. more