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TV duel Merkel-Schulz: Digitization only creates the final word

Monday, September 4th, 2017 | Gadgets

Already after half an hour, Lars Klingbeil became impatient. "So, are we talking about digitalization?", The SPD network politician twittered during the TV duel on Sunday evening. But his request remained unheard. Until the end of the well-animated discussion between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her SPD challenger Martin Schulz, the Moderators quartet had no question about broadband development, IT security, data protection or autonomous cars. In the debate about the fraudulent diesel software of German manufacturers, the promotion of electromobility also played no role.

At the top candidates, this gap in content certainly was not. In the end, Merkel explicitly addressed the topic, though not in a nutshell: "We have to set the course for the future, and digital progress will change a lot, we all see it." The smartphone alone is prototypical, said the Chancellor. Unfortunately, neither she nor Schulz could give an answer as to what will change and how politics is trying to control it.
Merkel: We need burners for decades
In the debate about the future of the automobile sector, Merkel issued a ban on a ban on combustion engines, as the Greens demand. Politicians must ensure that "the change in the automotive industry can lead to modern drive technology, although we will need decades of combustion engines," the Chancellor said. At the same time, the car industry had to compensate for the damage caused, without jeopardizing the jobs. "We need the diesel to meet our environmental goals."

According to Merkel, the exhaust emission limit values ​​in some cities would be exceeded even if the diesel engines concerned had been delivered without manipulated software and their exhaust gas values ​​according to the type approval. "The violation of environmental regulations has only a very indirect impact on the breach of trust," Merkel said. Therefore "further measures" would have to be initiated.
Collective accusations are to come soon
Merkel and Schulz were in agreement that consumers should be able to more easily fulfill their requirements by means of so-called prototype claims. However, the chancellor was in need of explanation, because a draft law by the coalition partner has so far been blocked by the Union. Heiko Maas (SPD) 's proposal was "too bureaucratic," Merkel said. If this type of collective action were implemented in the same way as is already possible in the capital market, "we could do it immediately."
On Schulz's proposal to call Maas on the very next day and clear the differences, the Minister of Justice on Twitter said: "Frau Merkel could have called me at any time, my number has her." Instead, it had blocked the model review procedure "without counter-argument".
No second duel to digitization
While the debate was sprawling around the refugee crisis and internal security, issues such as data retention, video surveillance, and automated face detection did not matter. "Schulz & Merkel for more police powers Facial recognition Video surveillance Data protection Civic rights, misrepresentation", the former Federal Data Protection Supervisor Peter Schaar twittered. Schulz stated immediately on Twitter his willingness to a second duel: "That was a good evening, I would like to be back again, to education, work & digitization there is still a lot of material, at least in the SPD program."
Since Merkel rejects a second duel, however, it will not happen. The willingness of the audience to watch again the moderator quartet of Maybrit Illner (ZDF), Sandra Maischberger (ARD), Peter Kloeppel (RTL) and Claus Strunz (Sat.1) should also not be so great.
In a seven-part series, Golem.de examined the positions of the parties on the most important topics of network policy and mobility on the basis of the published electoral programs. In addition to the parties represented in the Bundestag, we are also addressing the FDP and the AfD because they are represented in numerous Landtags and will, according to the polls, move into the Bundestag:
Broadband / Fiber / 5G
IT Security / Cybercrime
Autonomous driving / Electromobility / Networked traffic
Privacy / Security / Protection
Open-Data / E-Government / Open Source
Copyright / hate comments / Fake News
The complete electoral programs are available as PDFs under the following links:

CDU / CSU, CSU, SPD, Greens, Left, FDP and AfD


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