Automakers close factories, the stock exchange crashes, empty streets and cafés everywhere and suddenly working from home is recommended or even required for a large part of the working population in Germany. The Corona pandemic is defining our current everyday life and hitting Germany, Europe and the world at a time when there are a multitude of huge challenges to be solved already. Economic aid is indispensable during and in the aftermath of such a crisis, but the primary focus is to prevent the spread of the pandemic and limiting the health implications. Economic stimulus packages and structural aid are an effective means of overcoming the long-term economic consequences of such disruptive developments. However, they must not be distributed according to the "watering can principle"; financial support must be provided in a future-oriented manner for urgently needed investments. The aim must be to promote the necessary sustainable transformation processes within our economy and society, such as climate protection. According to the authors, the preparations must be made now. This discussion paper shows which criteria and measures are needed.
Manfred Fischedick, Uwe Schneidewind:
Folgen der Corona-Krise und Klimaschutz
Langfristige Zukunftsgestaltung im Blick behalten: wirtschaftliche Hilfen geschickt lenken und Synergiepotenziale für dringend notwendige Zukunftsinvestitionen ausschöpfen
(Zukunftsimpuls no. 12)