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The course must be set now for future success

Germany is at a crossroads. Although currently one of the most successful economies in the world, it can only remain so if it continues along its path of close networking between the industrial and the service sector. Germany must now set the course – in government, society and industry.

Dossiers

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  • The refugee or migration crisis has recently become one of the most extensively debated topics in Germany and across the European Union. Almost 1.1 million migrants were registered in Germany in 2015*, and a significant trend reversal is not within sight. As BDI Director General Dr. Markus Kerber observed, rather than being a “crisis”, the current situation might have become the new normal state....

  • Consumers are the focus of business activity. They decide on the existence and further development of products and services. Consumer policy is a cross-cutting issue. Companies and consumers alike share the same interest in safe products of good quality and at affordable prices. Consumer satisfaction is a vital interest for companies. Manufacturers and providers therefore invest continually.

  • The 18th legislative term started on 22 October 2013 – around two years ago. Time for the BDI to look back at the work performed by the federal government and the coalition groups and to present policy recommendations for the second half of the 18th electoral term.

Positions

Investment rate in Germany remains below potential

We need policies that promote public and private investment. The investment drive needs to get up to speed and quickly start the ball rolling – in the energy transition and in digitisation and transport.

German language is key for integration of refugees

Migrants need to learn the German language and should be taught about the mechanisms of a free and open society and the “German operating system” (“Betriebssystem Deutschland”).

Family businesses expect a fair, clear and practical solution to the estate tax

Policymakers have a huge responsibility. Over 40 percent of owner-led and family-led businesses expect to transfer ownership by 2019. The new estate tax must protect business succession and our family businesses – and with them, a large number of jobs.

Germany is well-equipped for Industrie 4.0

Germany has a strong starting position, but that doesn’t mean it can now afford to drop down a gear. Numerous challenges await us on the way to the fourth industrial revolution, including high-speed internet access, data protection and IT security.

Strong energy and climate policy in harmony with Europe

Germany’s energy transition must be part of the European single energy market, which should ensure considerable increase in competition as well as a fair conditions.