Berlin, Zurich The war in Ukraine has turned companies into players and balls of geopolitics. Till Reuter already knows this. When the current Supervisory Board at Müllermilch was still the head of the robot manufacturer Kuka, the federal government intervened vehemently. In 2016, Berlin wanted to prevent a Chinese investor from joining the German high-tech company.
Today, Reuter makes a differentiated statement on geopolitical influences: he believes that “permanent state interventions” are wrong. But in times of war, it is up to politics to determine “direction and limits” for what companies are still allowed and what not, he says in an interview with Handelsblatt.
Reuter calls for Germany to immediately become more independent of suppliers from certain regions: “We must reduce dependencies at all levels – especially with regard to China.“