Digital Europe 2030 Berlin, December 15, 2020

Deserted. Dependent. Destructible? The German perspective on Europe’s digital future.

Now online: results of a representative survey commissioned by the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, commented by Dr. Katarina Barley, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Guérot and Dr. Norbert Röttgen

There is hardly an area of modern life that is not being radically transformed by digitisation. These upheavals affect not only Europe's competitiveness and industry, but also international relations, our everyday lives, and the formation of political opinion including the integrity of elections in our European democracies.

In cooperation with the opinion research institute civey, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft conducted a representative survey of the German population on digitisation in the context of global power shifts, media disinformation and social polarization.

How do the respondents assess the current situation and the future of a digital Europe? Deserted, dependent, and, as a consequence, destructible: there is an urgent need for political action - that is the clear message of the results, which we have now summarized in a publication with illustrative graphics. Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Member of the German Bundestag, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Dr. Katarina Barley, MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, former German Federal Minister; and Prof. Dr. Ulrike Guérot, Head of the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy at Danube University Krems comment on the results.

The survey is part of the Digital Europe 2030 foresight project, in which the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft has worked with a group of experts from academia, politics, business and civil society to create three scenarios for a digital Europe in the year 2030.

Click here to access the survey publication (German only).

If you have any questions, please contact Samuel Walker.