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.

Rule of law: European Commission opens treaty infringement procedure against Poland

Italy is a major industrial partner

France accelerates reforms


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
International Relations

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
International Relations

German industry concerned about lack of progress in Brexit negotiations

- In the lead-up to the fifth round of Brexit talks, the BDI is calling on its members to prepare for the scenario of a very hard exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. A taskforce has been set up in response to the lack of any real progress in the divorce talks so far. more
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