Bundestag Election & Blockchain: Quo vadis, Germany?

The Bundestag election is just around the corner and with it the question of which course the coming government and German legislation will take for the next four years. Even before the election, it is clear that almost all parties are calling for digitisation. But what role can and will blockchain-based solutions play? We have taken a closer look at the political weather situation and the parties’ election programs.

Where will the next four years lead the Bitcoin code?

IBM, Daimler, the financial sector anyway – the blockchain is well on its way to the heart of the economy. The potential that is hoped for here is enormous. Look here: https://www.geldplus.net/en/bitcoin-code-review/ Many states also see these potentials and recognize the possibilities that the Blockchain offers them on the doorstep. This year, the EU invested 5 million euros in Bitcoin code blockchain research and Sweden was the first country to set up a blockchain-based land registry office. In Estonia, blockchain solutions are already daily bread in public administration. If you want to see pioneering work in application, you don’t have to look around for long.

Nevertheless, the government’s use of the technology is a patchwork carpet: scepticism, restraint or even looking the other way still often prevails where the blockchain would make many things simpler, more efficient and more transparent – this also applies to Germany. In Germany, the digital policy field is almost fallow with regard to blockchain and public administration. Public benefit and corresponding legislation still seem a long way off.

With the Bundestag elections next Sunday, the forward-looking question arises

How distant is a public perspective for the role of the Bitcoin code really?

An answer could be provided by the common, ambitious goal that unites the rulers in particular: to digitize public administration. Nearly all parties with realistic chances of participating in government are making this their Bitcoin code goal. For Germany, the CDU wants the most “citizen-friendly” public administration in Europe with electronic identification. And the SPD, FDP and Greens are also calling in one form or another for e-government solutions for digital administrative procedures and public administration.

This inevitably raises the next question: Where does the blockchain stand and what potentials do the parties have in mind?

If you leaf through or click through the party programmes, you will find the sober answer black on white or in the contrasting colours of the respective party logo: none yet.

In addition to unfilled empty words on the central themes of digital public administration, there are goals here, but the keywords “blockchain” or “cryptography” are sought in vain in this context.

This picture is further confirmed if the programs are examined for the keyword “encryption” in general. Here, too, the goals are high on the one hand. The SPD wants encryption in official communications, the Greens want encryption in large-scale IT projects and the FDP even demands a basic right to encryption. Often, however, the parties are concerned with end-to-end encryption. Here, too, the word “blockchain” is sought in vain.

Does this mean the ignorance of the blockchain in the mammoth task of digitization?
Here one can speculate: No, because technical details rarely find their way into election campaigns.

Nevertheless, it is worth taking a second look at the election programmes. One glimmer of hope that will make you look into the black box of upcoming coalition negotiations is the possible establishment of a digital ministry. This is what the Greens, SPD and FDP are calling for. The possibility of a digital Minister of State in the Chancellor’s Office, as the CDU envisages, also gives hope. This is also revealed by the election programs: Whether black and yellow, Jamaica or again GroKo – in one form or another the parties and thus the coming government are aware of the creation of a central office for digital political expertise. And the path to the blockchain in pursuit of the government’s ambitious goals may not be the most far-reaching.

In addition, another factor should not be overlooked: Who will lead the German government in the future and thus also the coalition negotiations until January seems certain. However, the fact that the keyword “blockchain” will not fall by the wayside is something the Federal Association Blockchain was founded for this purpose a good two months ago. It wants to put the topic on the agenda of forming a government.

However, it remains to be seen whether its expertise will be sought, inspiration from the business world will find its way into future legislation, or whether the empty fashion envelope of “digitisation of public administration” will remain.