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Europe: a major force in the global economy

The European Union is connected with the world like no other group of states. Although the EU's share of world trade has fallen slightly in recent years, it remains at a high level and represents a key foundation for growth, competitiveness and employment in Europe. In an international environment marked by upheaval and uncertainty, the EU's external economic instruments need to be further strengthened. 

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Brexit

Government losing credibility on a huge scale

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There is no getting around the fact that the United Kingdom must fulfil its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement says BDI Director General Joachim Lang with reference to the parliamentary introduction of the British Internal Market Bill.

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Brexit

Collapse in the negotiations on a partnership agreement is now all but inevitable

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Business on both sides of the Channel must now prepare itself for bilateral trade without an agreement under WTO rules, says BDI Director General Joachim Lang after the sixth round of Brexit talks.

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World Trade

“We urgently need a new government”

- The BDI expects a GDP increase of 2.25 percent in 2018. 2018 must be a year of action, BDI President Dieter Kempf said. A future federal government will have to spend money in areas where there are increasing opportunities for growth, where jobs can be secured and new ones created. more
European industrial and economic policy, internal market

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. more
Global Europe

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... more
Global Europe

EU anti-dumping measures must comply with WTO regulations

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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...

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