Reasons people shake their heads.

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Germans are often over-cautious and over-critical, or simply inflexible – with extremely high standards. People think Germany needs to develop the digital infrastructure and improve conditions for entrepreneurial innovation. 

“Which areas will see innovation in Germany over the next few years?”

Environmental protection is a huge topic in discussion, but isn’t something companies are really focusing on. A discrepancy between ambition and reality is reinforced by recent scandals in politics and business. It was also noted that Germany has not adequately addressed its colonial history. Academic hurdles and rigid hierarchies in German university systems are perceived as effective weaknesses.