The federal government is attempting to portray Germany’s advance into the digital era as a grand undertaking: a statement of principles with visionary overtones encompasses seven chapters, numerous plans and countless announcements.
If one takes the draft of its working program as a benchmark, however, then it is not that at all. It’s more like the first stage of a long journey. But at least it is something.
Much of what the Grand Coalition and its three Internet ministers intend to accomplish points in the right direction: connecting all of Germany’s companies and citizens to the high-speed Internet within a few years is indispensable in a world that is rapidly becoming digitalized.
It is equally essential to prepare traditional industries for the future and put young, imaginative entrepreneurs on a firm footing, so that Germany won’t be a loser in this digital revolution.