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Brexit

BDI on Brexit: “No free pass for postponement”

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Should the U.K. Government make a renewed application for an extension of the Article 50 deadline, it must be clear how the United Kingdom intends to find a route out of the looming no-deal disaster.

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Brexit

Anniversary of the Brexit referendum: “A hard Brexit is more likely than ever before”

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A tenacious uncertainty continues to plague the economy. Only damage control is at stake now, said Joachim Lang, Director General of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

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Europe

The EU is the solution – not the problem

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In an interview with the Passauer Neue Presse, the BDI President pleads for a strengthening and unification of Europe. Dieter Kempf expects more courage from politics in Germany. The task of the Grand Coalition is far from finished.

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Brexit

Brexit: British politicians should not postpone decisions any longer

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Joachim Lang, Director General of the Federation of German Industries, demands: If the British government can’t find a majority in the lower house in March, then it is time to stop the Brexit process. This would be better than stumbling into an unregulated Brexit.

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Europe

Jefta is a political and economic milestone

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The Jefta free trade agreement between the EU and Japan, which will apply from February, is praised by Stefan Mair, member of the BDI executive board. Europe must stick to the course it has taken. Further trade and investment protection contracts should not fail.

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China

Strengthen the European Union to better compete with China

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The European Union and Germany both face growing challenges posed by China and its state-led economy. Although China remains an important partner, it has at the same time become a systemic competitor, said BDI President Kempf on the occasion of the presentation of a new policy paper on China.

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Statements

Threats from London are harmful and will come back like a boomerang

Reacting to the decision of the British Conservative Party to appoint Boris Johnson as party leader, BDI Director General Joachim Lang says that the economy urgently needs a UK government that makes feasible decisions.

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.

Soapbox speeches from London increase economic uncertainty

BDI (Federation of German Industries) Director General Joachim Lang comments about Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Berlin. Instead of specifying concrete proposals with regard to future relations with the continent, London is delaying making its position clear.

More clarity at last – the UK should rapidly agree to EU27 proposal

BDI Director General Joachim Lang responds to the EU decision on the Brexit negotiation guidelines and the proposed transition period until the end of 2020.

Federal government needs to respond to US tax reform

BDI Director General Joachim Lang expressed concern at the expected impact of the US tax reform on German companies. The new regulations set cross-border companies considerable incentive to relocate investments to the US. Lang therefore calls on the German government to extensively reform German external tax regulations.

Brexit: UK government needs to reach agreement before an agreement with Brussels is possible

BDI Director General Joachim Lang laments the lack of a breakthrough after the latest meeting between UK Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Lang calls on the British government to reach agreement internally.

US tax reform bad for German industry

BDI Director General Joachim Lang has sharply criticised the US tax reform plans, saying they are not compatible with internationally agreed tax principles and are protectionist in nature. Lang urges Germany to face the international tax competition swiftly.

Ample progress must be achieved ahead of the next summit in December

After a meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and economic representatives midday today, Director General of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) Joachim Lang said that some necessary steps must still be made.

BDI on European Council decision: “Regrettable but justified”

In its most recent meeting, the European Council decided not to move into the second phase of the Brexit negotiations. The situation will be reviewed again in December 2017. BDI Director General Joachim Lang expressed his understanding but also underlined the need for clear progress before the next summit.

EU anti-dumping measures must comply with WTO regulations

Stefan Mair welcomes the informal agreement between the European Commission, Parliament and Council (trialogue) on reforming the EU's trade defence instruments. This is an important step to address the legal proceedings China has initiated against the EU before the WTO. However, the BDI strongly opposes the politicisation of trade defence instruments.

Prepare for very hard Brexit

BDI Director General Joachim Lang warns: “German firms must prepare for the worst-case scenario of a very hard exit, anything else would be naïve.” The BDI set up a task force to identify potential and acute risks associated with the UK’s exit from the EU and to develop constructive solution proposals. “To make it clear: Yes, German industry wants to keep a very close relationship with Britain....

Retreat into nationalism is not an option for our country

BDI President Dieter Kempf urges parties to rapidly sound out the coalition possibilities following the federal elections and take up focused negotiations on forming a viable new government. This is key to averting damage to Germany’s business environment.

British government continues to lack a clear Brexit course

BDI President Dieter Kempf calls on the British government to finally make clear statements on their withdrawal arrangements at the start of the third round of Brexit negotiations. The proposals for customs exemptions would be disproportionately bureaucratic and impractical. Kempf hardly expects significant progress without a coordinated government approach.

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.”

Major setback for international politics

Following the decision of the US President to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, BDI President Dieter Kempf underlines the importance of global cooperation. Unreliability and unpredictability are poison for the global solutions we need.

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