For Michael Rogowski, it’s quite obvious. “The state should keep out of business decisions,” the former president of Germany’s top industry lobbying group, the Federation of German Industries (BDI), told Handelsblatt.
Mr. Rogowski, longtime head of Kuka-shareholder Voith, a machinery and equipment manufacturer, limits the role of the state in commercial and economic policy to “providing a sensible regulatory framework.”
All the same, Mr. Rogowski’s appeal comes at an inopportune moment for Germany’s economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, since the politician is right in the process of interfering with business decisions.
The leader of the center-left Social Democrat Party (SPD) wants to prevent the Chinese household appliance manufacturer Midea from taking command of the Augsburg-based robotics specialist Kuka.