THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: FIVE OPTIONS, NO ALTERNATIVE
Brexit, upcoming elections, an uncertain future: The EU is in a deep crisis, but is a union of states that needs to be maintained - just not necessarily the way it is now. While Jean-Claude Juncker presents his visions of a re-invented EU, VDMA also has suggestions for reform in Europe. An analysis.
EU REGULATION - NEW APPROACH FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Digitalization and new technologies are changing the world more rapidly than ever. This is not only a challenge for companies, but also for lawmakers. In Brussels, the EU is looking for ways to create dynamic regulation for Industrie 4.0.
STATUS: IT'S COMPLICATED
In a few months, Europe might have to grant China the status of a market economy under international trade law. This might appear just a question of definition, but it has a big impact on the EU's options for protecting its industry against dumping from China.
BREXIT: UNDECIDED AFTER THE DECISION
Now that the decision has been made in the British EU referendum, people in Europe seem to know just as little as before. On June 23, Great Britain indeed voted to leave the European Union (EU). So far, however, no one can tell when (or even if ever) the country will formally apply for its exit out of the EU, let alone how relations with the continent will look like afterwards.
THE EU'S FIGHT FOR MODERN TRADE WITH MEXICO
These days seem to be tough for free trade fans. The trade agreement between Europe and the United States is in the center of a furious public debate. A contract already negotiated between the European Union (EU) and Canada is about to be in the spotlight again. EU representatives don't only have to fight for the best deals possible, but also against the large amount of skepticism at home. However, lawmakers in Brussels stick to the free trade agenda they so firmly believe in. Their latest target: a comprehensive trade agreement between Europe and Mexico.