By: Steve Dellar | 07-14-2018 | News
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Germany – Harley Davidson Invited To Move Operations To Berlin

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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