ESCP’s European Center for Digital Competitiveness published its new Digitalreport, which summarizes the current digital state of Germany and shows business and political leaders have high expectations for the new coalition.

Expectations for the so-called traffic light coalition of the SPD, the Green Party and the FDP are high: 82% of business and political leaders surveyed expect the new government to focus more on digitalisation in the future. This would also be highly necessary, since 94% of them see Germany continuing to lag behind in digitalisation. The population very clearly perceives the opportunities presented by digital future technologies: In the view of the vast majority, drones (59%), 3D printers (58%), and AI (56%) will be of great importance in the future, followed by technologies that enable autonomous driving (47%), better environmental protection (44%) and better support for care (37%). These are some of the results of the Digitalreport 2022 (in German) by the European Center for Digital Competitiveness at ESCP Business School (Berlin campus) and the Allensbach Institute. Published this year for the third time, it is based on a representative population survey and results from a study of around 500 top executives from business and politics.

“The new coalition must now deliver the progress they promised,” comments professor Philip Meissner, who is the Founder & Director of the European Center for Digital Competitiveness at ESCP Business School. To achieve this, he believes that the government must place greater focus on future technologies in its digital policy: “The great opportunities of new technologies, like 3-D printing, for the everyday life of every individual, but also the prosperity of the country as a whole, have to be communicated more strongly in the future.” He also thinks the promotion of start-ups and future technologies has to become a top priority and has to be the direct responsibility of the leaders of the governing parties. Above all, there needs to be significantly more growth capital and a reduction in regulation. “If Germany wants to maintain and expand its prosperity in the coming years, we must now act decisively and make the country a location for future digital technologies,” he adds.

For more infirmation, you can read the press release here.