Seldom before has the outcome of a Bundestag election been closer than this year. A number of coalitions are imaginable, and in the end, just a few percentage points will make all the difference. In order to provide students of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and local cititzens with the opportunity to get a first hand impression of the candidates and their respective partys’ plans for the future, the business school inivited four Bundestag candidates to a political debate – including a live connection from Berlin.
It was an exciting evening at WHU when four Rhineland-Palatinate Bundestag candidates - Verena Hubertz (SPD, Trier), Julian Joswig (B'90/Die Grünen, Mosel/Rhein-Hunsrück), Dr. Andreas Nick (CDU, Montabaur) and Sandra Weeser (FDP, Neuwied/Altenkirchen) - argued in a panel discussion entitled “A new awakening or more of the same? What Germany needs in the next four years". The politicians, three of whom WHU alumni, focused on topics such as digitization, education, climate protection, and finance. Concerning digitization, the candidates were largely in agreement that Germany needs to make a leap forward in this area in the next legislative period. "We really need the clout to tackle these problems," stated Verena Hubertz, criticizing SPD’s coalition partner from the CDU/CSU. Unlike in rural areas, where there is often a a lag in terms of digital infrastructure, WHU’s extensive capacities in this area meant that the event could take place in hybrid format and online participants could also pose their questions live in the subsequent Q&A session. Dr. Andreas Nick, who would not have been able to make it to Vallendar in time due to a debate in the Bundestag, was able to join the discussion live from Berlin.