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  1. 24 July 2019

    G7 meeting in Chantilly: focus on stablecoins and international tax policy

    At their meeting in Chantilly (France) on 17 and 18 July, the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors discussed the risks associated with stablecoins. They reiterated the importance of a fair international tax system and, for the first time, agreed on the introduction of a global minimum effective corporate tax as an explicit aim.

  2. 5 July 2019

    Crypto tokens and distributed ledger technology – a financial market perspective

    Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is an emerging basic technology of the digital age. In order to address the challenges raised by this technology, the Federal Ministry of Finance is helping to create a national regulatory framework for crypto tokens with the aim of unlocking the potential of DLT and at the same time preventing misuse.

  3. 12 June 2019

    Joint communiqué: The Capital Markets Union working group is taking shape

    The high-level working group proposed jointly in May by Germany, the Netherlands and France is now taking shape. On 12 June 2019, the first members of the high-level working group were announced. The group’s analysis and recommendations – which will flow into the CMU roadmap – are to be delivered no later than 30 September 2019.

  4. 7 June 2019

    Social inequality and inclusive growth

    Social inequality is a central subject in debates over economic and social policy. Along with inclusive growth, it has been on the G7 and G20 agenda for a number of years. In Germany, disposable income inequality is relatively low compared with other countries, even though the country performs less well when it comes to equality of wealth. The German government supports France’s initiative to make tackling inequality a key focus of its G7 presidency.

  5. 27 May 2019

    German Financial Stability Committee recommends activating countercyclical capital buffer and releases sixth annual report

    In its meeting on 27 May 2019, the German Financial Stability Committee (G-FSC) decided to submit a recommendation to the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). It is recommending to BaFin that the domestic countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) be activated as from the third quarter of 2019 and lifted to 0.25%.

  6. 17 May 2019

    Joint initiative with the Netherlands and France on the Capital Markets Union

    Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has teamed up with Wopke Hoekstra and Bruno Le Maire, the finance ministers of the Netherlands and France, to launch an initiative to advance the Capital Markets Union, a step that will durably strengthen the EU internal market. The three finance ministers want to set up a high-level group of experts that will formulate specific milestones this year for the integration of European capital markets.

  7. 16 May 2019

    Call for Papers: Fiscal Policy Seminar 2019

    For our next Fiscal Policy Seminar on 7-8 October 2019, the Federal Ministry of Finance is once again looking for research papers that present new and innovative ideas. This year’s theme is: “Analysing developments in savings, investments and interest rates – reassessing the role of fiscal policies for growth and stabilisation”. We are now accepting submissions.

  8. 15 April 2019

    Two years on: the Fintech Council as a successful mediator between the political and the practical

    On 21 March, the Fintech Council convened for the first time with its new members at the German Ministry of Finance. The Council elected Christ Bartz as its new chair and adopted a position paper on regulating financial service providers’ use of cloud computing.

  9. 15 April 2019

    Ten years after the financial crisis: have regulatory reforms made the financial sector more resilient to crisis?

    How have the European regulatory reforms adopted since the global financial crisis affected Germany’s financial sector? The Federal Ministry of Finance recently commissioned a report to find this out. The report, which was produced by the SAFE Research Center at Frankfurt University, found that the policy measures adopted at the European level are proving effective and are enhancing financial stability.

  10. 3 April 2019

    Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank achieves major milestones in its first three years

    The AIIB has achieved major milestones since its launch as a new multilateral bank in 2016: The bank’s membership and project portfolio have grown. It is working together successfully with other multilateral banks. And the three leading rating agencies have awarded the bank top marks.

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