One thing has been certain since yesterday: the CSU is sending Dorothee Bär to Berlin as Minister of State for Digital Affairs. In the future, the Bavarian wants to steer the German fortunes in the digital sector. The newly created staff position in the Chancellor’s Office is to bundle the concerns about network policy, broadband expansion, data protection and digitization in the book of the new grand coalition. The coalition agreement does mention topics such as blockchain and crypto currencies several times. How Bär positions itself will, however, first have to be seen. But who is Dorothee Bär?
To be a clock generator, to help German companies play in the digital Champions League, to tackle big things – this was announced by Dorothee Bär yesterday. As the new Minister of State, she will successfully lead the German Chancellor’s Office in the generational task of digitization. Thus the 39-year-old will be the new face for the digital of the Grand Coalition, which has been in power since Sunday.
Bär is one of the young conservatives who made it into the new Merkel IV cabinet. Like her colleagues Spahn, Scheuer and Karliczek, she is the driving force behind change and renewal, at least on paper.
They replace the old-fashioned squad and are supposed to represent the Bitcoin evolution
Bär in the CSU seems to be the right choice for this Bitcoin evolution review: digital topics have always determined their portfolio. Their Twitter profile is one of the most widely used among German politicians. Already in the last legislative period she was State Secretary for Digital Infrastructure, but at that time still in the Ministry of Transport. From there she particularly supported the Bitcoin evolution computer games industry, for example with the German Computer Games Prize. Now she wants to broaden her horizons.
Digitizing school lessons, promoting start-ups, broadband expansion, networking the health care system – these are Bär’s core themes. In a newspaper interview with Bild last week, she said that the state, in particular, must be a role model and a pioneer in digitization.
“Authorities must finally be networked in such a way that citizens don’t waste hours on offices just to change their registration, for example, so bear. Germany is “completely outdated”.
Mammoth task: Coordinating digitisation
With the creation of the new post, CDU and CSU are implementing their election program. It says that “digitization is a matter for the boss” and belongs in the chancellor’s office. This means that Doro Bär now has the real mammoth task ahead of him.
As a small inquiry by the Greens last month shows, 482 employees in the managing federal government, distributed among 244 teams in 76 departments, are currently dealing with digital issues. In the new Grand Coalition, several ministers are also responsible for the “top priority” of digital and network policy: the Ministry of Transport for broadband expansion, the Ministry of Economic Affairs for start-ups, the Ministry of the Interior for digital administration, the Ministry of Justice for data protection. The coalition agreement also hints at the establishment of a possible digital agency, a data ethics commission and a digital council.
Bär’s task now is to coordinate the whole thing, to pull the strings and vote – no easy task.