Due to increased mutual transnational interdependencies and international networking effects, political and economic interests are often no longer limited to a single community, but they have to be looked upon with a global dimension. Domestic events like changes of government, coalition negotiations, reform projects or referendums often have immediate effects on the strategic political and economic room for maneuver in other states. What does that mean for the strategic positioning of businesses aiming to assert their political interests?
For Dominik Meier, chairman of the German Association for Political Consultants (de'ge'pol), it is important "that the EU is now discussing political campaign communication and transparent funding in times of digital transformation." However, he also points out that the legislative process is still at the beginning.
The political business in Berlin has changed since the new government came to power. The demands on professional lobbyists have changed fundamentally—a guest commentary.
Since the beginning of the year Germany has a lobby register. The introduction of a statutory, legally binding lobby register was long overdue. Over the years, there have been numerous impulses from civil society. However, all previous parliamentary attempts had failed. Draft legislation failed to find a majority in the parliamentary groups. Finally, in the last legislative period, the parliamentary blockade in Berlin broke due to many scandals involving Members of Parliament and the grand coalition had to respond to the enormous loss of confidence.
Two and a half months after the 2021 federal elections Germany has a new government. By signing the coalition treaty on Tuesday, 7th December, the negotiations between the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens (Alliance 90/The Greens), and the Liberals (FDP) were formally concluded. On Wednesday, 8th December, Olaf Scholz (SPD) was elected and sworn in as new Chancellor by the Bundestag together with his cabinet ministers marking the end of the 16-year long Merkel era.
Increasing complexity, internationalisation as well as the acceleration of information flows and decision-making require new methods of analysis, dialogue formats, refined instruments and strategy offers as well as resilient networks from political consultants. Against this background, we can identify four current trends in the discussion on "Global Governmental Relations"
Computer-assisted models are getting better and better at producing simulations of complex future developments. The increasing availability and technical capability for data processing offer the opportunity to improve the modelling of social processes. In an interview Dominik Meier talks about the meaning of these developments for political processes and decision-making.
On Sunday, 26 September, elections for the Bundestag took place in Germany. The election results constituted a substantial historic defeat for the governing Conservatives (CDU/CSU). At the dawn of the 16 years long era of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Germany now finds itself at a turning point.