China likes Germany and let it be known : Germany buys turbine blades for jet engines from China. It’s like a consecration for the quality of “Made in China”. It could also have longer term strategic consequences. Advertisements
Der Spiegel, on the inevitable new German foreign policy. Germany’s global abstinence has permitted it to have the luxury of basing its foreign policy largely on values, while others took care of the realpolitik dirty work. Merkel’s refugee policies, which placed humanitarian principles over the cohesion of the European Union, is only the most radical…… Continue reading Farewell to the Good Germany ?
The Europeans are also worried about the new US tax legislation : The tax reform could turn out to be an expensive but perhaps effective way to boost the United States as a place to do business. The already existing benefits for international investors will now be enhanced by an extremely attractive tax system. One…… Continue reading FDI Flood in the US ?
Last year, there were still doubts if China was making life more difficult to the foreign companies. Today, such questioning seems already senseless : German companies are complaining about the obligation to insert a Communist Party member in the leading structure of every foreign company and they even threaten to quit the country. Could they…… Continue reading The Political Great Wall
The Germans are afraid that their wonderful mid-sized industrial companies will not be able to make the transition to Industrie 4.0, the digitization of the industry, and that the Americans, if not the Chinese, will establish the new standards.
The French President is intriguing more than one. Here, the German Philosopher Jurgen Habermas hopes Macron’s vision on Europe can get us a step closer to the democratic Europe : realism or utopia ?
Without a Franco-German cooperation, Europe will not go on for a long time.