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16.01.2020
The "Phase 1" trade agreement between China and the USA prevents a further escalation in the trade dispute for the time being. How long the truce will last, however, is open.
13.01.2020
The perception of China as an important trading partner has changed in the mechanical engineering sector. Previously tolerated subsidy distortions and unequal market access are no longer acceptable.
09.12.2019
Because the American government is blocking the replacement of judges, the WTO Arbitration Court is threatened with inability to act. This is equivalent to cardiac arrest, comments Ulrich Ackermann, Head of the Foreign Trade Department at VDMA.
29.11.2019
Mechanical and plant engineering is the backbone of North Rhine-Westphalia's industry – which is precisely why it is important to establish the framework conditions for entrepreneurial management that are fit for the future, demands the Managing Board of the VDMA NRW.
18.09.2019
The Mercosur Agreement would allow the EU to build political pressure on the Brazilian President. Brazil too has a very considerable interest in free trade.
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Recent videos

13.01.2020
Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade, explains why the mechanical engineering industry's view of China as an important trading partner is currently critical and which measures the EU must therefore now initiate.
11.12.2019
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker sums up the year 2019 and already looks forward to the new year 2020. He also explains what he expects from the Grand Coalition and the new EU Commission.
18.12.2018
Prof. Lars P. Feld, Direktor Walter Eucken Institut, antwortet der Redaktion zur Bedeutung des Freihandels für Wohlstand in Deutschland und gibt seine Einschätzung zur Stärke der WTO.
11.12.2018
VDMA-Präsident Carl Martin Welcker spricht über die Aussichten des Maschinenbaus für 2019, über drohende Gefahren für das Wachstum, über Kapazitäts- und Lieferengpässe sowie über die Forderungen der Maschinenbauer an die Große Koalition in Berlin.
27.08.2018
VDMA-Hauptgeschäftsführer Thilo Brodtmann erklärt, warum Protektionismus und Handelsstreitigkeiten so gefährlich sind und was der VDMA mit seiner Kampagne „Danke, Freihandel.“ erreichen will.