Investor Philipp Klöckner supports climate protection

After the flood: Angela Merkel and Armin Laschet get an idea of ​​the situation in Bad Münstereifel.
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Some fear that a greener policy will endanger our prosperity. The others insist on more climate protection. The flood disaster shows that there is no time for such debates. Conversation with an investor who would like to pay more taxes.

SArguments that are carried out on Twitter reliably attract attention, especially when the Bild-Zeitung is involved. This was also the case recently after the tabloid interviewed Frank Thelen. The entrepreneur was a juror on the popular investor show “Die Höhle der Löwen” for years, describes himself as a TV personality and likes to post pictures with celebrities. In any case, Thelen expressed his fear of a red-red-green government that would have “devastating consequences for our economy and thus Germany as a business location” in the picture conversation. At the same time he announced a donation of 500,000 euros to the FDP, which he wanted to raise together with start-up entrepreneurs, which in turn gave the impression that the majority of founders voted for the Free Democrats. A look at the German Startup Monitor shows that this is wrong. The criticism in social networks, fueled by the Berlin investor Philipp Klöckner, followed promptly.

It would be a mistake to dismiss this public dispute about which party the founder’s political heart beats the most as a negligible dispute. Because at its core, it is always about a question that not only divides the start-up scene, but also drives society: How do you best combat the dramatic consequences of climate change? Since the “flood of the century” devastated parts of Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria and cost the lives of more than 170 people, the urgency of this question has returned to the consciousness of many.


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