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07.06.2021
Open markets and free trade secure growth and employment. Despite the impact of the Corona pandemic on global trade flows and occupational mobility, the German mechanical and plant engineering industry exports over 80 percent of its components, machinery and equipment. The most important sales markets besides the EU are China and the USA - with an upward trend. The export business is threatened by the increasing protectionism worldwide. It is therefore now time to rethink foreign trade policy.
17.05.2021
The largest political meeting of the maritime industry was once again held under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The VDMA was closely involved.
10.05.2021
The EU and India have decided to resume negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement: a step in the right direction. VDMA has been advocating for this for a long time.
02.02.2021
Everyone loses if the international division of labor ceases to exist. This is the conclusion of a report commissioned by the IMPULS Foundation of the VDMA. Mechanical engineering in particular would suffer disproportionately from the closure of global supply chains due to its strong international integration.
22.01.2021
Since 2013, negotiations on an EU free trade agreement with India have been frozen. It is high time to revive these talks.
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Recent videos

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.
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.
07.06.2018
What happens in March 2019? How could Great Britain‘s “farewell” from the EU take place? Holger Kunze, Director VDMA European Office, talks about the looming Brexit.
26.01.2017
VDMA-President Carl Martin Welcker comments on the following issues: Does the machinery engineering industry already encounter growing trade barriers around the globe? Which consequences would the machinery engineering industry have to face if growing protectionism would replace open markets? What lies behind Donald Trump’s “America-first” message?