BREXIT: HOPE FOR THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST
The EU member states have adopted a draft agreement on the modalities of Great Britain's withdrawal from the EU. But since the deal might be vetoed by the British parliament, companies should still prepare for a possible hard Brexit.
HOW TO DEAL WITH CHINA?
China is not only a huge market for European companies, but also a major competitor. The EU now wants to establish tighter control of Chinese investments in Europe - a step that is sparking controversial debates within the industry community.
EUROPEAN ECONOMY: LACK OF MOVEMENT
The slowdown of the Chinese manufacturing sector and the recession in Russia and Brazil have had a dampening effect on the European economy, although all the signs point to a modest rise in GDP of 1.8 percent for the eurozone in 2016. In mechanical engineering, VDMA researchers predict price-adjusted growth in turnover of 1 percent. But the situation in Europe remains fragile.