Future is good: Come on Germany, dare to take challenges!

2 weeks before, the IFA circus came to Berlin once again. The biggest consumer electronics exhibition in Europe. The leading globally functioning companies are taking along their newest inventions to the center of the world’s most advanced country – at least rendering to the WEF (October 2018). The e-scooters were launched, as the knowledgeable and the not-so-knowledgeable crowd admired at drones, smartphones, earphones, and smart homes.
It would appear that Germany is a heaven for emerging and marketing advancements. Yes, leading international players such as BMW, MHP, Bosch, Siemens, and SAP all work hard to do their thing. There are a lot of start-up opportunities in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Zalando is an international player, self-directed driving is being further advanced, e-sharing is prospering, but in the time being nothing is what it appears to be like.
As is nearly always the case in Germany, nothing is what it looks like. The government and society are clumsy and relaxed. And Germany stays behind many international ground-breaking developments. For instance, take electric driving. Almost all of the European countries, e.g. Norway and the Netherlands, are way more advanced than Germany. Digitizing the government is a huge task. A new attitude towards inner-city space which would comfort traffic issues? It’s all very complex.
On 1 side you have a state and a capital like Berlin full of ground-breaking start-ups, ShareNow and WeShare – or N26 for example, the New Berlin Fintech bank that is going entirely numerical. On the other side, the cities are still geared in the direction of cars, in a lot of places you can only pay cash, you need to pay for your debit card operations at some other bank and then it appears that they do not work with Tikkie.