Interview on EU and Taiwan + ID.4 sales
An MEP tells us the details of a memorable meeting. Charlie Weimers was one of the parliamentarians who met Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu at the end of October. A taboo breach for Beijing – but for Weimers, it is just the beginning. Now that China is ramping up its threats against the island, Europe must show its colors. The EU needs to stress that action against Taiwan has serious consequences, Weimers said. The room for maneuver is greater than ever: Since trust in China has been shaken anyway, there are fewer concerns about angering Beijing.
Meanwhile, our EU correspondent Amelie Richter took a closer look at the European Union's draft report on security and defense policy. It does suggest a clearer stance on the part of the Alliance towards powers with conflicting interests. The conclusion: Merely expressing "concern" about global affairs in a nice and friendly manner does no longer suffice. The EU must become capable of military action, according to one of the draft's cornerstones. Unfortunately, it will be a long time before that happens. And the politicians are running out of time.
The VW Group is also under time pressure. It has set itself the goal of selling one million EVs this year. But on China's largest market, its flagship series with the ID.4 found few buyers. VW's Sales were simply not sufficiently organized yet. Now, however, the situation is improving, analyzes Christian Domke Seidel. Sales figures are on the rise.