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Large German companies mobilize against the ultra vote in the European elections

Jesus Carames

May 16, 2024 | 9:49 a.m.

More than 30 large companies in Germany, including Bayer, Volkswagen, BMW, Allianz, Deutsche Bank, Siemens and Mercedes, have joined together to try to stop ultra voting in the next European elections.

In an unprecedented measure, the largest German corporations have launched a joint campaign aimed at encouraging the participation of their workers in the European elections, promoting diversity, openness and tolerance as fundamental values ​​for the country's prosperity. This campaign, entitled “We defend values”, seeks to oppose extremism and populism, which they consider a threat to a strong Europe and democracy.

Entrepreneurship against populism

The companies have decided not to take a direct position against the Alternative for Germany (AfD), a far-right party, to avoid an explicit political stance. However, his campaign focuses on combating extremism and populism. According to Siemens CEO Roland Busch, extremists are dividing society and putting at risk the prosperity built over decades.

“We want to send a strong signal against populism, hatred and exclusion,” explained Michael Lewis, CEO of Juniper, a leading multinational networking company.

Objectives of the “We defend values” campaign

The campaign is committed to pro-European parties and has the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Confederation of Trade Unions. The companies seek to encourage their almost two million workers to vote, sending a clear message in favor of an inclusive and prosperous society.

Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG, stressed: “We want more diversity, more openness and more tolerance for a society worth living in and prosperous. This is the basis of innovative strength and competitiveness.

Christian Sewing, head of Deutsche Bank, warned of the dangers of populism: “We need much more Europe. We have to strengthen this internal market even more. The ideas of populists are pure poison for the economy.

A call to action for workers

The companies involved in this initiative are using their internal channels to communicate the importance of participating in the European elections and voting for parties that support a united and strong Europe. The strategy includes leadership messages, awareness campaigns and educational resources to inform employees about the risks of extremism and the benefits of an open and diverse society.

The potential impact of this business mobilization is significant, as it could influence the vote of almost two million workers throughout Germany.

Repercussions and expectations

This coordinated action by German companies is a reflection of the growing recognition that the private sector has a crucial role in defending democratic values ​​and promoting social cohesion. The mobilization against the ultra vote could serve as a model for other European nations facing similar challenges with the rise of populism and extremism.

"They are endangering what we have built," Roland Busch warned. The campaign not only seeks to protect economic interests, but also to preserve the social fabric that supports innovation and competitiveness in Germany and Europe.

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