By Steve Dellar   |  07-14-2018   News
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In what we fear will invite US President Donald Trump to write another of his angry tweets, it has become known that a Berlin business agency invited the iconic US motorcycle brand Harley Davidson to move some of its manufacturing operations to the German capital.

Mr Stefan Franzke, who heads the Berlin company, explained in German daily Der Tagesspiegel that he wrote to Harley-Davidson's Chief Executive Matthew Levatich suggesting just this. The move comes as Europe and the US are locked in a bitter trade dispute during which the iconic American brand warned it would need to move some of its production abroad in order to keep costs reasonable (the EU slapped import taxes on US motorbikes in response to Mr Trump’s levying likewise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe).

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The city of Berlin has invited Harley-Davidson to open a factory in the capital. The US motorcycle firm recently announced it wants to produce abroad for the first time to escape the growing trade war between the US and Europe. (Tagesspiegel) <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Harley</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#berlin</a></p>&mdash; Handelsblatt Global (@HandelsblattGE) <a href="">July 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Berlin letter stated that “most of all, Berlin is the city of freedom. You are looking for freedom? Freedom Machine Berlin is our answer."

Mr Frankze claimed that moving operations to Berlin would make sure Harley Davidson would enjoy the "dynamism" in the "heart of Europe", telling Mr Levatich furthermore that the German capital already has another motorbike factory, namely BMW.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Germans court Harley-Davidson for a factory in Berlin <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; IQ Resource Group (@IQResourceGroup) <a href="">July 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The move comes a few weeks after US President Trump reacted angrily to the news that Harley was considering moving operations, to which he stated: “A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country - never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end - they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!”

In response, Republican Senator Ben Sasse said that the fact Harley-Davidson was considering a partial relocation was purely because of the trade war: "the problem isn't that Harley is unpatriotic, it's that tariffs are stupid; they're tax increases on Americans and they don't work."


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Anonymous No. 31223 1531567681

Wrong it is NOT totally because of the recent push by Trump level the market playing field, which the media wants to call a trade war.

If a person does some research they would find several larger markets have had a TARIFF in place prior to even Bush 2000, protect their local Motorcycle industry and their Unions.



Harley-Davidson is building >>>>>ADDITIONAL<<<<< factories worldwide.

It is NOT moving its operations to Europe.

It is a smart business move to establish a local plant for many reasons including PARTS-R-US given shipping delays, repair issues, DUAL Country Taxes, foreign country penalty Tariffs used to protect their economic markets and workforce, plus avoid Import fees, other Taxes and etc.

NOTE: While not a solid fact the way the US-Pravda (AP) wrote it.

It is clear several countries have been charging up a $2000 tariff to ship in a Harley-Davidson from the USA.

Anthony Zuccarelli No. 31233 1531571823

I think if the EU has been charging us unfair tariffs to America Trump is trying to level the field I think any American company that moves even just partly to another country should be banned from selling their products here if you move your company they will win and the tarrifs will never be fair to our country

Anthony Zuccarelli No. 31235 1531572418

The media is very unfair to Trump he did not turn 1 million into billions because he's stupid the man is a financial genius he put tarrifs to even up what they have been charging us for decades we have someone that will stick up for us in this unfair trading practices and Harley Davidson by moving part of their operations is very unpatriotic there not standing behind our leader rather give into these countries that have been ripping us of for decades sad day for patriots

Tab No. 31243 1531576028

i bought a BRAND NEW Harley and i can't ride it until i sink more money into the engine. it's a POS. Harley can move their un-american asses to the Mid-East for all i care….

Dozer No. 31279 1531628427

Trump is 75 steps ahead of us all. Trump 2020

joe No. 31631 1531935604

they better think about that! made in america means something to people!

Anonymous No. 31927 1532171014

If they want to charge 2,000 just to ship a hog to another country, then maybe Harley should not sell to that country! But if they move then I can always ride a Indian!

joe No. 32127 1532341989

with germanys immagration problems with muslims its going to be a muslim country by 2030 probably! and if they tbink americans rgoing to by a bike made in germany their full of it! u may not like rice burnetd but they out ladt HD by far! ur buyi g a name that isnt what it used to be!

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