Robert Habeck recently gave a humorous speech at Future SME Day. It was about economics, entrepreneurship, and whether bureaucracy is really as overwhelming a burden as everyone claims.

A verbatim transcript of the speech is available, and a paragraph with five words at the end has been circulating ever since. The paragraph says:

“Bureaucracy is like a burden for us. The good thing is that dismantling them doesn't cost any money. It just takes, and this is the point I want to highlight, entrepreneurial courage.” said the Green Minister and continued: “If this is understood literally, why is the bureaucratic burden so high? Well, because the bureaucratic administration is basically the State (…) we must understand that bureaucracy arises from something good. If you say everyone is an idiot, you don't understand why. There is something good where the problem is, because the State is not wrong.”

Robert Habeck as the embodiment of the State par excellence?

Despite all the complicated language, these are five clear words at the end: “The State does not make mistakes.” They may be the core of Habeck's thought structure. Habeck calls for understanding state actions because they are not only well-intentioned, but also free of errors.

Are you saying this because you know that as Minister of Economy and Climate, who is also Vice Chancellor, with this accumulation of positions, you represent the incarnation of the State par excellence?

The reality that entrepreneurs perceive is definitely different. Habeck's errors and errors follow one after another. For example, this is unforgettable. gas taxwhich was scheduled to come into force on October 1, 2022. It was supposed to be added to the price of gas and serve to help the then-floundering gas supplier out of the crisis.

However, in the weeks following the tax announcement it became clear that the gas crisis did not affect all energy companies as much as the Düsseldorf-based Uniper group, which was considered the trigger for the idea. Even extremely solvent energy suppliers with high quarterly profits would have benefited from the tax, which Habeck quietly reinstated after three months of discussions.

Where the State and Habeck made serious mistakes

If a mistake was made here but fixed, Habeck allowed other things to happen, either because he wanted it that way or because he couldn't get his party to approve it any other way.

So in the summer of 2022, he explains that Germany does not have one. electricity problem and, after a painstakingly negotiated three-month extension, closed the last nuclear plants in Germany last year.

But the fact is that industry consumes almost half of all electrical energy. Habeck deliberately took six percent of Germany's electricity off the grid by shutting down nuclear power plants. Less electricity in supply means the price goes up.

The competitive position of German companies has therefore deteriorated. Meanwhile, even German EU President Ursula von der Leyen is taking a different tack: last week she announced subsidies from Brussels for the construction of new nuclear power plants in the EU and emphasized that the Union's climate goals will not be met. can be achieved without additional nuclear reactors.

The four-day week and the chainsaw king's warning

Another example is the following: Emilia Fester, a 25-year-old Green deputy in the Bundestag, describes the Greens' traffic light policy like this: “The four day week “It must come if we want to continue developing with gender equality.” Habeck doesn't brake. But the fact is that, since fewer and fewer young people are entering the labor market, but older people are not retiring later, there is a permanent shortage of workers.

Working even less now is exacerbating the labor shortage. Germany is currently experiencing its next geographical disadvantage. The family company Stihl has already announced that, faced with the threat of a four-day week, it will study whether it would be worth moving entire chainsaw production plants to Switzerland. According to Stihl, it has already suspended the planned construction of a new factory near Stuttgart.

The beautiful CO₂-free world will also be a jobless world for some

Another example? It goes like this: Germany still has 20 years left to meet the self-imposed deadline CO₂ neutrality reach. In international competition, no one rewards this effort, but others ruthlessly exploit Germany's transformation efforts.

China, for example, takes a different approach: both fossil fuels and sustainable energy are currently expanding there. The rapid benefits of using fossil energy are invested in the development of sustainable systems. EU officials recently found in a study that China is now ahead of Europe in the number of scientific publications on renewable energy.

Furthermore, as a result of the politically desired transformation, local companies face competitors who have to bear lower costs to avoid CO₂. Then he relocated. The result could be that the CO₂-free world is also a jobless world for some people.

The end of combustion engines and the bankruptcy of electric cars: Habeck also had a say

Latest example: Habeck helped ensure there would be no more cars after 2035 combustion engine be built. In doing so, he presented the central sector of German industry with a problem that suddenly became apparent when he took charge of the matter almost overnight. Financing for electric cars stopped almost completely.

Electric car sales have plummeted since then and used electric models are sitting on dealer shelves. Nobody wants them because they don't work well enough or match the price of combustion models.

To describe the consequences of all these decisions, five words are not needed, only one: deindustrialization.