(C) Wolf G Kroner 2017 - Jan Peter PeumansGrande gueule” and the fallout of Brexit, CETA, or Trumpeta

Jan Peumans, President of the Belgium’s Flemish Parliament about regional politics in uncertain times for international trade


May 2017. Common wisdom has it that the more complicated the issue, the more politicians had a big mouth about solutions, but finally they will adapt to the real world. What if reality is reversed, because facts are tailored to “alternative facts” in order to accommodate to wishful thinking? Recent real-worldly examples are Trumpeta, the undermining of free trade principles by the Us First–Don’t care about the rest-philosophy, or economic nationalism embedded in free trade speeches of Brexiteers.

B2Bioworld asked Jan Peumans, President of the Belgium’s Flemish Parliament about the role of regional politics between lobby and national responsibility for the country’s industries and economy. What is at stake for Flanders with CETA? The fallout of the upcoming Brexit. Putting carelessly transatlantic trade relations at risk. Take home ideas from recent talks with partner regions.


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