Dahrendorf Policy Brief: Are Europe’s wind and solar industries still attractive for Chinese companies?

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Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe has been rising exponentially since 2007. According to UNCTAD, it overtook FDI inflows in 2015, reaching US $140 billion.

In the period between 2000 and 2014, the energy sector in Europe was the biggest recipient of Chinese FDI (28 percent), followed by the automotive, agricultural and real estate sectors. This policy brief reflects on the present state of Chinese FDI in the European solar and wind sectors, and concludes with some recommendations for European, and especially German, stakeholders.

This policy brief summarizes key themes of the debate and distils the most relevant policy recommendations.

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Dahrendorf Policy Brief 2/2016 Are Europe’s Wind and Solar Industiries Still Attractive for Chinese Companies?
by Olivia Gippner and Wiebke Rabe

About the authors
Olivia Gippner is a Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Wiebke Rabe is Research Associate for the Dahrendorf Working Group  ‘Europe and China’. Sheis pursuing a PhD in Governance at the Hertie School.

The opinions expressed in this blog contribution are entirely those of the author and do not represent the positions of the Dahrendorf Forum or its hosts Hertie School of Governance and London School of Economics and Political Science or its funder Stiftung Mercator.