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T R A N S A T L A N T I C T I C K E R
German American Company News
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E C O N O M I S T ’ S C O R N E R
Dr. Harm Bandholz, UniCredit Chief Economist:
"Consumers Ready to Take on More Debt"
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C O V E R S T O R Y
Porsche Consulting, Inc.:
German-Made, American-Focused
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S P O T L I G H T S
Exciting Times to Take Over the
Helm of the GACC New York
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Be Bold, Go Vocational!
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MAHLE – Farmington Hills Expansion and
Dedication of North American Headquarters 16
GACC Midwest Opens New Office in Michigan 18
Can the Euro Be Saved, And If Yes, How?
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The Future of Mobility
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KISI The Digital Doorman That Never Sleeps 24
German Lingerie Brand Triumph in U.S.
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W E L C O M E T O T H E C - S U I T E
Interview with Amy Ard, CFO,
Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
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G T A I I N D U S T R Y T A L K
Plastic Age Dawns on Germany
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W A S H I N G T O N U P D A T E
Transatlantic Trade and Investment
Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations Start
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S T A T E S P E C I A L
Indiana: The Hoosier State
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M E M B E R P R O F I L E S
Nations Partners – Communication Matters 38
Paulaner – First Brewery Opens in the U.S.
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Alpenflüstern –
Germany’s Traditional Dress “Dirndl”
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E V E N T C A L E N D A R
Events & Delegations: Sep/Oct 2013
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C O N T E N T S
E D I T O R I A L
F
or years, the Washington estab-
lishment, analysts, “spin doctors”,
lobbyists, industry groups, and last
but not least many citizens have
complained about the declining
popularity of Congress. Paralysis
caused by the continuously difficult
situation in both the House and
Senate as well as countless examples
of stubborn political partisanship
on both sides of the aisle have
contributed to this process. Also,
the administration has been blamed
for not mobilizing their own follow-
ers and for not self-motivating with
the goal of achieving innovative
compromise solutions. All this is
well documented. Ever higher "fiscal
cliffs", half-baked legislation, and
intractably stuck draft bills all too
often give the impression "inside
the Beltway" is going haywire.
Nonetheless, the fact remains, even
though it is not often noted, that
even today numerous bills make
their way through Congress with
bipartisan support. Also, when
speaking personally or in small
groups with Congressmen, Senators,
or staffers, a different picture
emerges. Whether it's immigration
reform or the newly launched
negotiations over a transatlantic
trade agreement, or skilled labor –
just to name a few – we are often
asked by both parties to provide
detailed examples of specific
problems such as trade and
economic barriers from the view
of foreign investors and employers.
So whenever asked by my colleagues
at the German American Chambers
of Commerce or here at RGIT, don’t
hesitate to talk about things you and
your business have been affected by.
We are here to communicate those
issues and concerns – anonymously
– to relevant institutions to be used
in the legislative or administrative
decision-making process. Often, such
concrete problems are cited in
opinions, statements or discussions.
This would be the case more often,
but many companies are reluctant to
openly divulge information relating
to such concerns, no matter that they
have been directly affected. In a few
weeks we will again come up with
a new round of questions for the
Annual German American Business
Outlook to be presented Dec 16,
2013 at the New York Stock Ex-
change (NYSE). I would encourage
you to help and give us the facts
we need to do what we are supposed
to do, helping German companies
to improve conditions for doing
business in America.
Sincerely,
Dr. Thomas Zielke
President and CEO
Representative of German Industry
and Trade (RGIT)
Dr. Thomas Zielke
President and CEO,
Representative of German Industry
and Trade, Washington, D.C.
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