Hard times for all of us, no question. But there is no backing down – and we will all stand our ground. It’s also a bit about proportionality – and about the fact that we in Germany are actually still doing quite well compared to the rest of the world. Bernd’s message – for the pre-Christmas season, so to speak – scores with an insight: “Ideas are always children of necessity”. Borrowed from the economist Joseph Alois Schumpeter. So Schumpeter’s and Bernd’s insights could almost become a slogan for perseverance: If we have ideas, they become innovations in times of need, and “innovations that cause creative destruction are the driving force behind prosperity”.