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.
HOW THE PARIS AGREEMENT CAN SAVE THE BUSINESS CLIMATE, TOO
Last year, 195 states declared their intention to keep global warming below 2 °C at least. Now it is time to define how to implement the agreement. But how will it influence mechanical engineering companies? An analysis.
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.
THE BREXIT MYSTERY
Brexit, the portmanteau combining the words "Britain" and "exit", stands for the political aim of many British people to leave the European Union (EU). A referendum in June - in favor of or against the EU - will define the future: An analysis from Brussels.
TTIP LIGHT – EASY AND WITHOUT ENGINEERING?
The mechanical engineering industry has always been one of the most vocal advocates for TTIP – but will the industry ultimately benefit in full from the free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US)?
THE EU'S CONFLICT ON CONFLICT MINERALS
The Democratic Republic of Congo is arguably one of the most dreadful places on earth. For decades now, the eastern part of the central African country has been rocked by fighting between various rebel groups. This civil war is partly financed by the trade of minerals like tantalum, tungsten and gold – widely known as conflict minerals.
CYBER SECURITY FOR THE EU: ONE APPROACH FOR ALL
If cyber security was only a matter of technology, European companies would have nothing to worry about, believes Oliver Winzenried. “To the best of our knowledge, Europe is well prepared compared to the rest of the world − at a technology level, at least,” says the German entrepreneur. As founder and CEO of Wibu-Systems, a supplier of security software from Karlsruhe specializing in serving clients from the mechanical engineering industry, Winzenried’s judgment matters. Knowing that companies need to protect themselves against cyber attacks is the core of his business.