OSCE Conference

Securing Trade in Europe

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Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The aim of this week’s conference is to assess opportunities and risks for improved trade conditions between Europe, Asia and North America.

  • Facts


    • Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is hosting a conference this week, titled “Connectivity for Commerce and Investment.”
    • The Berlin conference brings together executives and politicians from more than 60 nations.
    • Besides all major European and Western countries, the guest list will also include Russia, which had been excluded from the G8 group (now G7) of the world’s leading economies over its annexation of Crimea in 2014.
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Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will combine trade and security when he hosts the Organisation for Security and Economic Co-operation’s first big business conference today, titled “Connectivity for Commerce and Investment,” in Berlin.

While the official mandate of the OSCE has been promoting peace and stability, Germany’s foreign minister has included trade relations in the mix.

“The OSCE has great potential for economic connectivity,” he told Handelsblatt. “This potential unfortunately is far from being tapped fully.”

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