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Germany 2020

under a coalition with limited capacity to act

The coalition of the CDU / CSU and SPD, called GroKo for short, is in an increasingly difficult and possibly hopeless situation. "Geeks or nerds" may say that multitasking is lacking, but does this support understanding?

From their point of view, the upcoming digital reform is the most important problem to be solved, but it has been around for a long time and little seems to be happening. But, of course, “important” partial successes are reported - on the refugee, short-time work, care of the elderly and coronavirus crisis. But the digital reform seems to be puff cake.

In principle, first this would probably be the most urgent üroblem and secondly the Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek has been responsible for this since March 2018. As the name of the ministry, in German BMBF for short, says, digital development only plays a partial role there. In obvious competition, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy wants to get this area under its wing. Peter Altmeier has the scepter in his hand there. Both belong to the CDU.

The conditions within the CDU are difficult to keep under the covers and were targeted by the young influencer Rezo in a YouTube video "Destruction (Zerstörung) of the CDU". The 28-year-old German musician from the city of Wuppertal thoroughly mixed up the party scene.

Because of all the other crises mentioned above, the digital theme has been put on the back burner again and again. Within this area, in the own opinion certainly not being very respected, the needed massive promotion of development is primarily a matter of education and research. The also very important importance for economy and energy is nevertheless secondary. What seems most necessary is the creation of either European or German operating systems, software and social media independent from the USA and thus from Windows 10, Apple, Facebook, Twitter and similar companies, whereby Linux is clearly recommended.

In order to get this started, the current Minister Karliczek is obviously a wrong choice. According to her own website or Wikipedia, she is a bank clerk, hotel specialist and general clerk, so she has no specialist qualifications and would have to be replaced by a person with a clear digital orientation.

But GroKo does not seem to be able to do that at the moment, which must have increasingly grim consequences.

© Hans J. Unsoeld, Berlin 2020

Mar 10, 2020

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