Talk in the Park

"Politics Need to Change"

Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann Visits the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Stuttgart, March 7, 2012 - How do politics need to change? That was the subject of Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann’s visit to the Robert Bosch House on March 7, 2012. It is also one of the main concerns of the first Minister-President from the Green party. What do we need to learn from Stuttgart 21? How should we organize citizens’ participation in political decisions in the future? And how can the "policy of being listened to" promised by Kretschmann be implemented on a day-to-day basis? A total of 60 guests from the worlds of business, science, culture, and civil society came to the talk in the park to hear Kretschmann’s answers to these questions and to find out how he believes the state, business, and civil society will collaborate with one another in the future.

In his speech, the Minister-President mentions an obvious loss of citizen confidence in politics. Up until now, they have often experienced civil participation as a mere charade, because they believe that the important decisions have all already been made long before in shady backroom deals. Which is why Kretschmann is a passionate advocate for an open, fair, and early participation of citiziens in important decisions. But this requires a change of thinking in politics and public administration. At the same time, Kretschmann emphasized that having a voice always also means having a responsibility. Citizens’ involvement cannot be allowed to develop into fanaticism which does not leave any room for compromises. The Minister-President also acknowledged the importance of a competitive economy. The state and politics create the framework, and social and ecological goals must also be taken into serious consideration.

The Minister-President described the energy revolution in Germany as a "historic change of course." He was confident that - despite some difficulties - Germany would overcome the economic and technical challenges and that this energy revolution will offer substantial export opportunities for the German economy.

Picture Gallery

Photos: R. Thiele
Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, visiting the Foundation
(from left:) Dieter Berg, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Hermann Scholl, Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Robert Bosch GmbH, Winfried Kretschmann, Ingrid Hamm, Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Christof Bosch, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Kretschmann together with Stefan Asenkerschbaumer (left), Member of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH, and Matthias Müller (right), Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG
The two-story hall, ceremonial core of the Robert Bosch House
Franz Fehrenbach, Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Winfried Kretschmann, and Kurt W. Liedtke, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation
Kretschmann signs the Foundation's guest book