A recent case shows that Brexit has its influence on European as well as British citizens already. Uncertainty is immense and still growing among all citizens. A British had to feel this personally: Because of uncertainty a landlord decided to rent his flat to a person with lower income, however a European citizenship, lasting longer than the next 2 years. He valued the security of having a tenant for probably longer than the next year higher than the security of the higher income of the British citizen.
Uncertainty, especially concerning citizenships, work and residence permits is extremely high, not only on the side of the British citizens but among EU citizens working and living in Great Britain as well. “Will I be allowed to live here? Will I be posted to another country? How long will I be allowed to live here from now? What will happen?” All these questions are going around in many peoples’ heads. And of course not only those directly influenced by the Brexit, but they influence those indirectly affected as well. This group is huge: landlords, hotels, apartment-owners and many more are people being uncertain about the Brexit´s impact on their jobs as well.
Although, nothing is really decided yet on the Brexit conditions the consequences of it are growing and growing as uncertainty rises.
We have to wait and see and hope for the best, for both sides.
What do Deutsche Bahn, Vivantes, Charité, BVG, Deutsche Rentenversicherung, Siemens and KPMG have in common? – On the first sight: not a lot besides there large company size and being based in Berlin.
However, you should have a closer look at those companies. In times of scarce employees and problems to fill employment vacancies with talented and appropriate people these companies developed programs to enhance conditions of employment and to create a better working atmosphere.
These programs include flexible and individually adjusted working models, family friendliness as well as diversity. Other points are programs and support for health and leisure activities as well as initiatives to improve the atmosphere between the employed and between the different working levels. Outstanding: KPMG provides every employee with the opportunity to take up to 4 hours per month to follow voluntary activities.
Macron clear success in the parliamentary elections mark a success for the planned reforms in the EU. Macron is known for his rather pro-European mindset. In the parliamentary elections this weekend he won clearly and defeated the traditional parties as well as Marine Le Pen’s “Font National” significantly. What the first round of the parliamentary elections indicated already was confirmed in the second round: Macron has a huge majority in the parliament.
German politicians congratulate Macron and welcome the results of this weekend’s elections as success for Europe. Does Macron`s success mark a changing point in the development of the crisis-ridden Europe?
It could be, however the success is not as beautiful as it seems, there is a flaw: the historically low turnout of the elections: more than 57% did not participate in the elections. How representative is this result then? Nobody knows.
Nevertheless, change is coming, the new French parliament will be younger and composed of more women than ever before. The average age drops to 47 years and 37% of the parliamentarians will be female. This shows that something is happening and keeps hope alive for change and modernization, not in only in France but in the whole EU.
For the EU however, we need to await whether the French elections will have any influence on German elections in September. The last election of the year will mark a distinctive point for the further political, social and economic development of Europe.
Fingers crossed, hope for the best and go voting in order to participate in reforming EU and solving our problems.
Angela Merkel introduced the national IT-summit, which is now renamed into ‘Digital-Summit’. It was designed to create a digital agenda, increase digitalization in Germany and hence to secure Germany’s competitiveness for the future in a digitalized world. However, after Merkel declared the ‘Internet as new ground for all of us’ in 2013 not a lot happened until now. Germany fell back even further: from place 15 to place 17.
Especially, broadband expansion and the low degree of attractiveness of digitalization to the majority of the German middle- and large-scale companies are the problems. The German broadband infrastructure was ranked 28th out of 32 by OECD. Germany risks loosing infrastructure for its industrial locations. Furthermore, most of the large and middle-scale companies in Germany fear the risks of digitalization more than valuing its benefits and improvements. Even if the companies see the benefits, most of the time the decision to modernize and digitalize is driven by cost-saving factors rather than by developing new business models and concepts.
Room for hope: the increased number of start-ups as well as more and more graduates who rather start their career in those more digitalized as well as future-oriented companies than in more stable, though older and more backwards oriented companies.
In light of this Berlin is on the best way. It is attracting more and more startups.