There is much to do. Germany faces major challenges. The Merkel era will soon be over. There will be elections in the fall. Do we have candidates for Chancellor who are up to the challenges of the future? Our author has a to-do list – and some doubts. From Frank Schmiechen
Germany needs a breath of fresh air. Urgent. Chancellor Angela Merkel resigns after 16 years in government. The pandemic can apparently be brought under control with vaccinations. So the prerequisites are good to dare a fresh start. There are so many tasks that our country has to deal with.
Germany must be governed faster, more digitally and more intelligently if prosperity and sustainability are to be maintained. We have one candidate and two candidates who want to make Germany fit for the future. Here is my to-do list for Annalena Baerbock, Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz.
The global economy of the future will revolve around the refinement of data. All machines, all work processes and expressions of life will find their expression in an infinite stream of data. Those who handle this wealth of information with virtuosity shape the added value of the future.
So far, Germany has presented itself more as a digital brakeman. Mahner and Warner are in command with us. That will take bitter revenge. Little is heard from those responsible in government who should promote the issue. The main driver of digital development in Germany was the pandemic. Suddenly, video conferences are the order of the day. If the internet is fast enough. Which Chancellor will finally do justice to this topic?
Germany has backs and stress. Everything is going so fast. You long for relaxation, digital detox and a relaxing massage on Mallorca. I have bad news: the world will turn even faster in the future. The good news: It’s not bad at all if we learn how to deal with it.
Cell phones that beep are not a problem if they are set up so that each beep makes sense. Twitter can be a wonderful communication tool. When you know how it works. Anyone who understands all of this as a burden and prefers to plant beets in the country should definitely do so. Everyone else has to take care and live up to their own responsibility if we are to be successful in the future. We need someone at the head of government who understands this.
Shopping has a bad reputation in Germany. Just like good clothes and economic growth. A well-fitting suit can ruin a politician’s reputation in this country. Above all, the world should be saved with renunciation. A little less of everything and everything will be better, one hopes. Everything that is not included on the packaging of our food is stated above all.
Frank Schmiechen has been a journalist for more than 30 years. Among other things, he was deputy editor-in-chief of ‘Welt’ and editor-in-chief of ‘Gründerszene’. Today he works as a Senior Advisor at the communications consulting agency WMP Eurocom. Schmiechen loves pop music and football.
We will not save anyone by giving up. Not even the climate. The rest of the world certainly not. We need less renunciation, but more intelligence. It’s about rebuilding a highly industrialized economy for intelligent growth. Germany must build an intelligent economy, an intelligent world of work, an intelligent world of training and schools, instead of turning people into refusing to consume. That won’t work anyway. The next Chancellor should know that too.
The view of the candidates is sobering. This is Armin Laschet. He looks like a fuzzy reflection of a CDU politician from the 80s. Strangely spongy and contourless. But many Germans like his fatherly smile. SPD candidate Olaf Scholz is currently generously distributing hundreds of billions, of which no one knows how they will ever be earned back. Neither did he.
Many had bet on Annalena Baerbock from the Greens. She promised a breath of fresh air. But her candidacy is stuck in an opaque cloud of dust. Mainly because she too got stuck in the old rituals of politics. Don’t admit mistakes. More appearance than reality. Write a book, even if you don’t have time for it. Unfortunately, only a mild breeze of the fresh wind for Germany can be felt this summer.