dicomm advisors sucht zwei (Junior-) Berater für den Digitalbereich

Die dicomm advisors GmbH ist eine partnergeführte Unternehmensberatung für politische Kommunikation, die das gesamte Leistungsspektrum von Public Affairs-Dienstleistungen anbietet. Die Agentur wurde 2002 unter dem Namen dimap communications als Beratungsgesellschaft für Kommunikation und Politik innerhalb der dimap Gruppe gegründet; 2013 erfolgte die Lösung von der dimap-Gruppe und die Umbenennung in dicomm advisors.

Die Agentur hat seit mehr als fünfzehn Jahren Erfahrung darin, weltweit operierende, börsennotierte Unternehmen aus unterschiedlichsten Industriebereichen sowie kleine und mittlere Unternehmen, NGOs, politische Institutionen, Parteien und ausländische Regierungen zu beraten.

2015 wurde dicomm vom Magazin “brand eins wissen” als eine der besten deutschen Agenturen für politische Kommunikation ausgezeichnet.

Für unser Beratungsteam suchen wir zum 1. September zwei (Junior-) Berater (m/w),  insbesondere für den Digitalsektor.

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  • ausgewiesene analytische und konzeptionelle Kompetenz
  • die Bereitschaft, sich in komplexe Themen einzuarbeiten
  • Kontaktfreudigkeit
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  • sehr gute Englischkenntnisse

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Merkel to return – but other certainties vanish in German election

The 2017 German federal election is in the books and it brought tectonic changes to a political system that has seen remarkable stability. While Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative CDU/CSU technically won the election and the Social Democrats (SPD), led by Martin Schulz remain the second strongest party, yesterday’s result might prove to be the ending point for the idea of the Volksparteien. The two defining parties in German post-war history, partners in a left-leaning Grand Coalition for eight of the past twelve years, had voters running away in droves. The CDU/CSU received 33 percent, a virtual all-time low. The SPD received 20.5 percent, also an all-time low. The combined total is a far cry of the past, even less than that of the 2009 election at the height of the financial crisis.

The reasons are plentiful, but above all is a feeling of misrepresentation by a large share of the German people. Public dispute over political issues under the reign of the Grand Coalition was subdued. Decisions were made within the closed circles of both parties and presented as inevitabilities. Marginalised in parliament, the opposition of the Greens and Socialist Left could not keep the left leaning government in check. Meanwhile, the right side of the political spectrum was woefully unattended.

This election will definitely change the latter. In comes the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD), oscillating politically somewhere between national-conservative and fully nationalist. Led by former conservatives, but very open to radical right-wing activists, the party is a classical protest party and appears to be in disarray from day one. Frauke Petry, currently Chairwoman of the party, has already declared that she will not join the AfD parliamentary group, but rather become an independent MP. Their success in the popular vote, however, is particularly damaging for Angela Merkel. 20 percent of AfD voters previously voted CDU/CSU. Most of them switched explicitly because of Merkel and her refugee policy.

All of that leaves Angela Merkel in a very precarious situation: She is lacking options to form a government. The Social Democrats only minutes after first exit poll results came in stated they would head to the opposition. That leaves her with only a single realistic option, a coalition with the Greens and the FPD. How they fit together is a complete unknown, even assuming good will among all parties.

  • The liberal FDP is just returning after being ousted in the previous election. It is decidedly pro-business and will fit with the economically conservative part of the electorate. Christian Linder, its charismatic young leader, is a serious candidate to become Minister of Finance. He would most likely increase domestic spending, but is a strong opponent of increased solidarity within the Eurozone. Other issues that the FDP will focus on are education and digitalisation.
  • The Greens had a stronger result than expected and could complicate matters on climate and environment protection, particularly given the situation of the German car industry. The Greens control a lot of the vote in the Bundesrat, the German parliament’s second chamber, which could make governing easier for the coalition.
  • Chancellor Merkel is also burdened with a Bavarian sister party, the CSU, that faces a regional election next year. The CSU lost a higher share of votes compared to the CDU and is expected to make a sharp turn to the right.

All of this will result in some very extended coalition negotiations, which will see additional delay due to an election in the state of Lower Saxony in October. A government being formed before early December would be very surprising.

For Europe and the pending Brexit negotiations, this could spell trouble. Conflict over Emmanuel Macron’s reform plans for the EU is very much on the horizon already. European integration will be a contested issue, particularly ideas of a Eurozone budget. Any hope that Germany could push the EU Commission to be more sensible towards British interests in the negotiations seemed far-fetched anyway. All political parties agree on a strategy that values the integrity of the single European market over short term financial gain through an amicable Brexit deal. Any new government is unlikely to give Brexit a high priority or even result in a policy change.

POLITICAL OVERVIEW: Only three days until election

With only three days to go until the federal election, only one thing is absolutely clear: Angela Merkel will be the German Chancellor for four more years. With whom she will coalesce is less of a sure thing.

Virtually all polls have the CDU/CSU at 36 or 37 percent with the SPD sitting at 22 to 23 percent in all polls. The Greens havre for months been stable at about 8 percent, while the three other small parties fluctuate somewhat between 9 to 11 percent. Prior election results have often pegged the AfD too low and the Greens too high, for what its worth.

Politically, there is no big last push anyone could make. Martin Schulz and the SPD in recent days tried to use the situation of elderly care labour, which is in a very precarious situation, to attack Merkel. In her typical fashion, she just took on the issue head first, announcing that any government under her lead would deal with the situation of elderly care workers right after the election.

Whatever the outcome, we are bound to see very contested coalition negotiations. And, for the first time in many years, right-wing extremists in our Federal Parliament.

POLITICAL OVERVIEW: Merkel comes out atop of TV Duel with Schulz, election seems all but decided

With little more than two weeks to go until the federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel seems poised to return to her office. Whether it is going to be with the SPD in a grand coalition or with a combination of Greens and the FDP, however, is not clear.

At the only TV duel that the two leading candidates, Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, were going to have, both made it a point to not exclude any option but a coalition with the AfD (and The Left in the case of the CDU). Given the current polls, a grand coalition is the only option for the SPD, while the CDU could potentially coalesce with either SPD or Liberals, or a combination of FDP and Greens.

The TV duel itself was somewhat disappointing. Even though Merkel was facing tough questions for her performance in the refugee crisis in 2015 and even tough Martin Schulz at times was really aggressive, the Chancellor was considered to be to be the consummate winner. The duel overall was critiqued for a lack of variety in topics, as issues such as education and digitalisation were not even breached by the moderators, while immigration and integration were given oversize attention.

A later TV duel between the leading candidates of the other parties (The Left, FDP, Greens, AfD, CSU) wasn’t much better. While digitisation was dealt with for a few minutes, the politicians didn’t state much more than platitudes. Only Christian Lindner of the liberal FDP was a bit more concrete, repeating his often voiced attacks on the market power of Google and Apple, which we reported various times in the past.

Overall, the poll numbers currently are as follows: CDU/CSU 38.5%, SPD 24%, FDP 10%, The Left and AfD 8%, Greens 7.5%. With a majority requiring 323 seats, CDU/CSU and FDP would have a slight majority of 326 seats.

POLITICAL OVERVIEW: European Court of Justice rules on migration crisis, German automobile industry suspected of cartel formation

In a ruling which may have far-reaching consequences on the future handling of refugees, the European Court of Justice upheld a countries’ right to deport asylum-seekers to the first EU county they enter. The court ruled that the EU’s Dublin regulation, under which refugees must seek asylum in the first member state they enter, still applied during the unprecedented inflow in late 2015. Yet, the court also ruled that Germany acted not in violation of the regulation when it did not return refugees to the member states they first entered.

The decision reaches Germany as Martin Schulz’ has begun to attack Chancellor Merkel on her performance on migration. Schulz attacked Merkel on the grounds that a repeat of the situation in 2015 should never happen again. Several public appearances with strong words from the SPD candidate resulted in heavy handed replies and accusations from the conservative CDU, but also some of the oppositional parties that condemned the obvious campaign move.

Overall, the situation of Schulz couldn’t be any worse. None of his big campaign moves have worked out and recognition for his policy positions has been very very limited. With so little success, him resorting to attacking Merkel on the migration issue looks desperate and doomed to fail. Poll numbers reflecting his latest comments aren’t in yet, but initial reactions don’t seem too positive.

After both Daimler and Volkswagen issued voluntary declarations concerning agreements between the five industry giants VW, Porsche, Audi, BMW and Daimler that could violate competition rules, the European commission is investigating. In the declarations Daimler and Volkswagen admitted to coordinating their strategies concerning technology, delivery and markets in several working groups. According to experts the companies will face extensive penalty payments. Green party politicians have called for a special meeting of the Transport committee for transparency on the „manipulations of the automobile cartel.“ According to the FDP party leader Christian Lindner the suspicions are shocking and a confirmation of the suspicions should not remain without consequences.

Automobile industry leaders currently are refraining from any public comment political leaders from the German government are also not acting tough on the issue, yet. Still, Minister for Transport Alexander Dobrindt has been increasingly hawkish on Diesel-gate, the use of so-called defeat devices in diesel engines that allow to cheat in exhaust fumes testing. Just today, Dobrindt banned the current version of Porsche’s flagship SUV model Cayenne from registration in Germany, effectively halting the sale of the car type. Similar bans on models from other producers might follow shortly.

For Angela Merkel, the situation could spell trouble, as it reflects badly on the amount of influence the car industry had politically, particularly on the CDU/CSU part of the government.

Political Overview: Varying reactions to G20 summit, government increases legislative transparency, SPD further falling behind in polls

The Hamburg G20 summit has come to an end and sparked a wide range of different reactions among German political actors on both domestic and international issues. On the one hand, the violent riots caused by far-left extremists have unsettled politicians of all major parties who have collectively condemned them and announced forceful legal reactions. Olaf Scholz, Hamburg’s current mayor and a potential contender for the SPD leadership position in the future, even warned perpetrators of “severe consequences that are awaiting them“ while defending the use of force by the city’s police. On the other hand, the summit’s content itself has led to various reactions with the CDU/CSU praising both published communiqués as signs of Merkel’s global leadership skills and the oppositional Greens and Left downplaying most of the results, calling them not courageous and resolute enough to actually bring change.

Meanwhile, the federal government has announced plans to make all draft bills and corresponding lobby statements of the last legislative period available to the public. This idea, that would affect up to 600 laws with approximately 17,000 single documents, is widely recognised as the government’s response to the so-called #GläserneGesetze (transparent law) campaign which has gained quite some steam in recent months. Referring to the contested “Informationsfreiheitsgesetz“ (freedom of information act), the campaign has sent more than 1,600 requests to obtain information, thus significantly hampering the administration’s capability to act. However, it is uncertain if a future government will maintain this transparency-centred approach after the upcoming federal elections.

Concerning said elections, the once hopeful SPD has suffered another blow in a recently published series of polls that saw the Social Democrats and their lead candidate Martin Schulz with further decreasing numbers at 22% (Forsa, -1) and 23% (Infratest dimap, -1). This comes at least partially as a surprise since the party’s bold decision to revolt against their coalition partner and push for full same-sex marriage legislation was widely hailed as an equally clever and courageous piece of policy making. With the CDU/CSU still achieving 39%, the Left having climbed up to 9% and the FDP, Greens and AfD trio running neck-on-neck at 8%, Mr Schulz’s chances to create a viable path to the chancellorship seem to get worse by the day.

Political Overview: Bundestag approves same-sex marriage, Schulz attacks Merkel, CDU Wirtschaftstag showcases U.S.-German dissonances on trade

In a historic vote, a strong majority of Bundestag MPS has approved same-sex marriage (393 MPs voted in favour, 226 against) on Friday, making Germany the twelfth European nation and the twenty-third worldwide to fully allow and recognise the “marriage for all“. Previously, Greens, FDP and SPD have voiced sharpe criticism on the CDU/CSUs stance on the subject, declaring same-sex marriage a non-negotiable precondition for entering a Merkel-led coalition after the upcoming federal elections in September. Things started to gain steam when Ms Merkel subsequently called the question one “of conscience“, thus enabling SPD lead candidate Martin Schulz to call for a  successful last minute vote. Political commentators remain divided over the question if the hasty vote on the issue was based on Ms Merkel’s intention to take a crucial topic with approval ratings of more than 80 percent off of the agenda or if the chancellor was tactically outsmarted by her parliamentarian opponents. In any case, the fact that much more CDU/CSU MPs than expected supported the bill – despite the confusion surrounding its introduction – may serve as a strong indicator of growing intra-party comfort with the issue.

Just shortly before, Mr Schulz has dominated the headlines with his sharp attack on Ms Merkel who he accused of “assaulting democracy“ by dangerously depoliticising Germany’s political discourse. After harsh criticism, Mr Schulz has defended his claims and reiterated his plan to replace the Merkel administration as a hole instead of just entering another grand coalition. However, Mr Schulz is still running low in the polls with the most recent Forsa projection giving his SPD a mere 23.0% – a result that would match the party’s historical 2009 defeat. 

Meanwhile, the Wirtschaftstag, a yearly convention held and organised by the CDU’s Economic Council, has shown new cracks in the already strained relationship between the U.S. and Germany. Ms Merkel and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross presented quite divergent visions of how future trade exchange could look like with Mr Ross heavily lamenting Germany’s and Europe’s trade surplus, a topic more and more shaping up as a recurring pattern of criticism the Trump administration seeks to put emphasis on. On the other hand, Ms Merkel demanded a reform of European competition law to deal with the challenges mostly U.S.-based digital platform are providing for the local European markets. According to Merkel, digitisation will bring together different industry sectors in an unprecedented way but the current legal provision are not yet suited to handle the possible implications of such a developments. 

Political Overview: Merkel addresses digital summit, Gabriel warns of Qatar repercussions, Jamaica coalition in Schleswig-Holstein agreed

Considerable progress has taken place in transforming Germany into a digital society but further digitisation efforts could be jeopardised by rising sentiments of complacency among corporations. This is the core of politicians’ and experts’ joint assessment at the recently held 2017 Digital summit in Ludwigshafen, Germany’s most important platform to exchange high-level views on the subject and its various implications.

This year’s conference had a remarkably broad focus with issues reaching from regulative strategies to the transformative power of workplace digitisation. In her keynote address, Chancellor Merkel put special emphasis on underscoring the important role small and medium-sized enterprises are supposed to play in the future, at least if they don’t want to get marginalised by powerful platform providers already making use of Big Data. Also highlighted were the necessity of a better legal framework to ensure competition and support innovation and the call for better cooperation structures between relevant actors on the national as well as on the European level.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned of perils and insecurities emerging from the severe crisis between Qatar and the fourteen countries that have fully or partially cut diplomatic ties with the emirate. „There’s serious danger of this dispute turning into a full-fledged war“, Gabriel said, a war which would greatly hamper future efforts to stabilise the region and to balance out the effects of its smouldering Sunni-Shia divide. Gabriel also spoke out in favour of a more restrictive arms export policy that would increase transparency and parliamentarian involvement.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited Jamaica coalition between CDU, FDP and Greens has been formed in Schleswig-Holstein, elevating Germany’s northernmost state to a pioneer position since only the Saarland has ever experimented with this combination. CDU lead candidate Daniel Günther is expected to head the coalition as Minister-President while Green key figure Robert Habeck will remain in charge of an enlarged environment department. The coalition is widely seen as a rehearsal to test a more and more popular power option for the upcoming federal elections in September.

Political Overview: Merkel doubtful about Trump’s reliability, major SPD government reshuffle, government consultations with Indian and Chinese leadership

Chancellor Merkel has reaped positive critics from around the globe for her speech on the new importance of European self-reliance as a reaction to U.S. President Trump’s aggressive stance towards multilateral partnerships. At a rally last Sunday she stated that „the times when we could fully rely on others are partly over.“ Merkel’s remarks signal a departure from the historically close transatlantic relationship towards a more self-assertive, united European Union. Among those siding with the chancellor in her rebuke of Trump’s reluctance to compromise were not only newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron but also Merkel’s prime challenger for the September 2017 Federal Elections, SPD lead candidate Martin Schulz who labeled Trump’s conduct as being „not acceptable“. The G7 summit’s final communique also reflected the estrangement between the U.S. and its international partners with frustrated member states calling out the U.S’s unwillingness to cooperate, especially on climate change. Now that Trump has publicly announced to unilaterally withdraw from the Paris agreement, political tensions are expected to increase further.

Due to health issues, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s long-time Minister-President Erwin Sellering has surprisingly resigned from his position, recommending Minister of Family Affairs Manuela Schwesig as his successor and thus causing a large-scale government reshuffle within the SPD. The party’s secretary general Katharina Barley was chose to assume Schwesig’s cabinet position passing her own job to MP Hubertus Heil. It is the second time Heil will serve his party as secretary general having seen his first spell abruptly ending after the SPD’s historic election defeat in 2009.

While the SPD is personally reorganizing itself, Chancellor Merkel has held meetings with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and his Chinese colleague Li Keqiang in the context of the German-Indian and German-Chinese government consultations. Talking about the upcoming G20 meeting and further possibilities to deepen economic exchange, Merkel und Modi agreed on more than €1bn development support for India, more cooperation in the field of renewable energies and a resumption of the stalled free trade negotiations between India and the European Union. The discussions with Keqiang were similarly productive and included a wide range of fields, particularly the issue of climate change and how to counter the U.S.’s latest policy shift.