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The Ministry analyses economic trends and government finances, and has lead responsibility within the government in planning and preparing the federal government’s budget.

To­wards a sus­tained up­swing in pub­lic in­vest­ment?

General-government spending is on a buoyant upwards trend – mainly thanks to measures taken by the Federation. Investment spending within the federal budget is up, and Länder and local authorities can boost their investments thanks to financial relief from the Federation.

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4 July 2017

Draft 2018 budget and financial plan to 2021: no new debt, more investment, preparing well for the future

On 28 June 2017 the federal cabinet adopted the government draft for the 2018 federal budget and the financial plan to 2021. No new debt is envisaged for any of the years covered by the financial plan. Federal expenditure in the years up to 2021 is set to rise at a moderate pace, from €329.1bn in 2017 to a projected €356.8bn in 2021. In particular, federal spending in forward-looking, growth-enhancing policy areas will be further increased.

19 June 2017

Is German public investment heading for a sustained upswing?

General-government spending is on a buoyant upwards trend – mainly thanks to measures taken by the Federation. Investment spending within the federal budget is up, and Länder and local authorities can boost their investments thanks to financial relief from the Federation.

16 May 2017

We all wish Macron success

In an interview with the German magazine DER SPIEGEL that was first published on 13 May 2017 German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed his support for the reform plans of the new French president and commented on Macron’s call for Germany to provide more money for Europe.

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