We need to strengthen EU Germany businesses outline demands for post-Merkel era

Germany: Business leaders discuss what’s at stake in election

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Top leaders in the world of German business have laid out their visions for the country and the EU after the upcoming Bundestag election. Angela Merkel is set to step down as German Chancellor after 16 years in office. Ms Merkel’s successor will need to listen to the demands from business leaders which included calls for Germany to strengthen the EU’s “competitive position.”

Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing told Bloomberg TV: ” What we all miss a little bit in the whole election campaign is the clear outline of the European and German growth agenda for 2030.

Siemens Energy Chairman Joe Kaeser said: “At the moment we have a coalition.

“We need to have a plan for the next 10 years on how they’re going to be as successful as we used to be.

Professor Veronika Grimm of the German Council of Economic Experts added: “We have to strengthen the EU’s competitive position and to use also all the funds that have been set up now in order to cope with Covid and to recover.”

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“We can only be competitive also here in Europe if we also transform our industries,” said SAP CEO Christian Klein.

Ms Merkel’s CDU saw the party’s early lead in the polls slip, with the rival social democratic SPD leading by a narrow margin.

But latest opinion polling suggests Germany‘s largest minority might be abandoning the SPD as German Turks turn to the more conservative CDU.

“I could give my vote to the CDU this time,” one German-Turk voter told TRT.

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Another German-Turkish voter said: “If I had to choose between the CDU and SPD only

“I’d vote for the CDU.

“Honestly, I don’t believe in the SPD’s promises anymore.” 

In the past, German-Turks have predominately cast their ballot for the social democratic SPD party.

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Many Turks moved to Germany in the 1960s as guest workers and have strong ties with the center-left party.

The SPD has long pushed for dual citizen rights and the rights of migrants.

But new research suggests the SPD can no longer rely on a majority of Turkish immigrant votes.

In 2015 opinion polls showed support for the SPD at around 50 percent among German-Turks, by 2019 that figure had dropped dramatically to 13 percent.

Meanwhile, in the same period, support for the CDU has rocketed from 17 percent in 2015 to 53 percent. The increases in support for the CDU has come despite the party’s policy of not supporting Turkey’s entering the European Union.

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