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Europe is not perfect, but remains the most successful political project of our time. Nevertheless, the EU faces great challenges. They can only be met together. The economy is also challenged and has to point out how much we benefit from the EU everyday.

News

Brexit

EU Special Summit: Industry expects a clear sign of agreement

- Regarding the fundamental agreement between the Brexit negotiators on a political declaration and ahead of the EU Special Summit on Sunday, BDI Director General Joachim Lang says reopening the negotiations is not the way Forward. more
World Trade

EU and US Must Apply the Emergency Brake in the Trade Dispute

- In regards to the meeting between US President Donald Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, BDI President Dieter Kempf urged: Tariffs imposed under the guise of national security should be removed. International trade disputes must be dealt with and resolved within the WTO... more
USA

Midterm Elections: U.S. Collision Course is Likely to Continue

- The Trump administration's collision course remains a threat to the global economy. German industry doesn't expect the election results to change the current protectionist course of US trade policy, says BDI President Kempf. Instead of going it alone, the US should contribute to create modern trade... more
USA

US Government is putting the World Trade System at risk by blocking the WTO

- The BDI warns against a targeted weakening of the World Trade Organization. Washington is undermining international trade law. Challenges relating to global trade can only be resolved multilaterally. more
Global Issues

Asia-Pacific Conference: World Trade Regime in the Spotlight

- Asia-Pacific being one of the fastest growing regions in the world makes exchange with the region’s countries more important than ever for German economy. This year’s Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) is focusing on global trade regimes, on expansion of infrastructure in Asia as well... more
World Trade

The EU has the international law on its side

- The EU should react cool-headed to the protectionist trade policy of the Trump administration, says BDI President Dieter Kempf as a response to the US customs on aluminium and steel. “Make America Great Again“ does not work with protectionism. more

Network for free trade – Why the BDI is needed in Brussels

Germany’s prosperity and high living standards are based on a world of free trade. But freedom and competitiveness are not a natural given. They need a strong voice to call for them.

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U.S. Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

U.S. President Trump decided to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce had come to the conclusion that these imports threatened the national security. The tariffs came into effect in late March 2018. The EU was exempted until the end of May 2018. The EU is also currently conducting a safeguard investigation for steel and requested consultations with the United States at the WTO. These are steps in the right direction.