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  1. 6 September 2018

    A memo­ri­al made of pa­per: pre­serv­ing the past, for the sake of the fu­ture

    The Federal Ministry of Finance has launched an initiative that aims to improve the links between the vast quantity of documents relating to the German government’s Wiedergutmachung (compensation and restitution) for crimes committed by the National Socialist regime and to make these records more accessible to victims, family members and researchers.

  2. 13 November 2018

    A mod­ern bud­get for Eu­rope

    The European Union needs a budget that is modern and future-proof. Against the backdrop of current challenges and Brexit, the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework needs a new focus. Negotiations are currently underway. The German Finance Ministry basically supports the European Commission’s proposals, but believes that they do not go far enough. Germany is in favour of a more far-reaching modernisation of the budget.

  3. 17 March 2020

    A pro­tec­tive shield for em­ploy­ees and com­pa­nies

    On 13 March 2020, Germany’s Finance Ministry and Economic Affairs Ministry jointly unveiled an assistance programme and tax policy measures totalling billions of euros. The two ministries agreed on an extensive package of measures to protect jobs and to protect businesses of all sizes in all sectors. The aim is to ensure that Germany’s health care system and economy are financially equipped to manage the epidemic.

  4. 20 February 2020

    A time­line: Mea­sures to com­pen­sate for Na­tion­al So­cial­ist In­jus­tice

    This brochure provides a chronological overview of the compensation and restitution measures that have been adopted by Germany from the end of the Second World War up to the year 2020.
    Many of the measures listed are accompanied by a brief description. Sources are also provided in order to facilitate more in-depth research.

  5. 25 May 2020

    Com­pen­sa­tion for Na­tion­al So­cial­ist In­jus­tice

    Almost immediately after the end of the Second World War, it became clear that compensation needed to be provided to those who had suffered damage as a result of National Socialist injustice. Those who had suffered oppression due to their political opposition to National Socialism or on the grounds of race, religion or ideology were particularly affected.

  6. 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.

  7. Emerg­ing from the cri­sis with full strength

    VAT in Germany will be reduced for a temporary period starting on 1 July 2020. The German Bundestag and Bundesrat have passed the Coronavirus Tax Assistance Act, which implements key parts of Germany’s unprecedented stimulus package. On top of the reduced VAT rate, measures include a bonus for families with children as well as extensive tax relief for single parents, businesses and other taxpayers.

  8. 23 March 2020

    Ger­man gov­ern­ment adopts sup­ple­men­tary bud­get for 2020

    German government adopts supplementary budget for 2020

  9. 12 March 2019

    Fi­nan­cial re­la­tions be­tween the Fed­er­a­tion and Län­der on the ba­sis of con­sti­tu­tion­al fi­nan­cial pro­vi­sions

    This report contains a brief explanations of how financial relations between the Federation and Länder are structured, as stipulated by the German constitution and ordinary law; an overview of the financial resources of the different levels of government in Germany; and an overview of key co-financing arrangements between the Federation and the Länder.

  10. 28 April 2020

    Fi­nan­cial re­la­tions be­tween the Fed­er­a­tion and Län­der on the ba­sis of con­sti­tu­tion­al fi­nan­cial pro­vi­sions 2019

    This report contains a brief explanations of how financial relations between the Federation and Länder are structured, as stipulated by the German constitution and ordinary law; an overview of the financial resources of the different levels of government in Germany; and an overview of key co-financing arrangements between the Federation and the Länder.

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