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.
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 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.
“CURRENT EU LEGISLATION ONLY HAS LIMITED SUITABILITY FOR INDUSTRIE 4.0”
Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director VDMA, thinks that digital technologies will fundamentally change the way our society produces and consumes. In an interview with VDMAimpulse, he explains why the changing technological possibilities will also necessitate changes in the political framework.
DIGITIZING EUROPE'S INDUSTRY
When Günther Oettinger became EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society in 2014, his nomination raised eyebrows all across Europe. Aged 60 at the time, Oettinger neither offered a track record in tech policy nor had he shown noteworthy interest in this sector before. From the point of view of his critics, Oettinger clearly seemed to be an awkward choice for leading the EU into a bright digital future. After 16 months in office, however, Oettinger has proved the pessimists wrong...