Crises show how strong a friendship really is. For the German-French partnership — long an engine for increased European cohesion — the current refugee crisis is a severe test of that unity.
Listening to the experts from industry and politics at the German-French Business Forum in Berlin on Tuesday, it was clear that there are no simple solutions. Sponsored by Handelsblatt and the French financial newspaper Les Echos, it was the second such annual event to grapple with such questions.
Ulrich Grillo, president of the Federation of German Industries, or BDI, said he believes businesses share an obligation to help solve the refugee problem. For instance, they can offer apprenticeships to migrants or make housing available, he said.