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  1. 27 April 2017

    EU review of Germany’s public finances: Targets met, challenges remain

    In April of each year, the member states of the euro area submit Stability Programmes in which they report on compliance with fiscal policy requirements and describe their fiscal policy plans. The 2017 update of the German Stability Programme was approved by the federal cabinet on 12 April 2017.

  2. 27 April 2017

    Meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Baden-Baden, Germany

    Germany officially took over the G20 presidency from China on 1 December 2016. The first meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors under the German presidency was held in Baden-Baden on 17–18 February 2017.

  3. 27 January 2017

    Asylum and refugee policy: the role of the federal budget

    The special challenges arising from the refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016 were dealt with at the general government level. Germany’s federal system requires all levels of government to face up to their responsibilities. While approximately 21.7bn were earmarked for asylum-related expenditures in 2016, expenditures are expected to amount to approximately €21.3bn in 2017. But, to quote what German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in the late summer of 2015, money’s not the issue here.

  4. 27 January 2017

    Treating the causes of the sovereign-bank nexus

    Letter from the Federal Ministry of Finance’s Advisory Board to Federal Minister of Finance Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble

  5. 30 December 2016

    What is new in 2017

    Workers who are posted to Germany from abroad must, during the time they are working in this country, be granted the terms of employment that apply in Germany – such as minimum wage and minimum holiday leave.

  6. 14 October 2016

    Conference on the Future of the EU Finances: “New Priorities in European Spending"

    The Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany organized a conference on “New Priorities in European Spending – How to Shape the EU-Budget of the Future?“ in Berlin in July 2016. Professor Thiess Buettner summarizes the discussion in a personal note and concludes with some policy recommendations.

  7. 22 September 2016

    Sustainably boosting investment in Germany

    An effective policy to make Germany a more attractive location for business and investment must focus primarily on the conditions for private investment; this is where there is the greatest potential to boost growth and employment. Germany is in a sound position with regard to private investment.

  8. 20 September 2016

    Climate change and financial markets

    Preliminary findings from a report commissioned by the German Finance Ministry confirm: climate risks have the potential to affect financial markets. Making an orderly transition to climate-friendly investments would help to maintain the efficiency and stability of Germany’s financial markets. Conversely, abrupt carbon divestment could jeopardise the stability of financial markets.

  9. 6 September 2016

    New priorities for the EU budget

    The German Finance Ministry held a conference on the future of the European Union’s finances in Berlin on 12 July 2016. Read the outcomes here.


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