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.
GROWTH STRATEGIES, DIGITALIZATION AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY
A shift in growth opportunities, changes due to digitalization and increasing flexibility are the three trends that will shape European mechanical engineering in the future. This is the result of the second mechanical engineering study published by management consultants McKinsey & Company and VDMA.
RUSSIA: FROM EXPORT MARKET TO PRODUCTION LOCATION?
Russia's economy is suffering from the falling oil price, with western sanctions inhibiting the country's economic development. The current magic catchphrase in Russia is import substitution. The state decreed build-up in Russia's own production capabilities is intended to trigger the long overdue structural transformation in the country’s economy. Can this succeed?
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.