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  1. 27 October 2017

    G7 to en­hance cy­ber­se­cu­ri­ty

    On the margins of this year's Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. on 12/13 October 2017 the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors adopted the  report on the G7 Fundamental Elements for Effective Assessment for Cybersecurity in the Financial Sector.

  2. 9 May 2018

    The Ger­man cur­rent ac­count in the con­text of US-Ger­man trade

    Germany’s current account surplus has been garnering criticism for years. Taking on this criticism coming from home and abroad the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Affairs published a joint position paper that explains the reasons behind Germany’s current account surplus and outlines the fiscal and economic policy options.

  3. 20 July 2018

    IMF Ar­ti­cle IV con­sul­ta­tion with Ger­many

    On 29 June 2018, the IMF concluded this year’s Article IV consultation with Germany. Praising the impressive performance of the economy and public budgets in Germany, the IMF noted rising employment levels and the ongoing positive trend on the labour market. The Fund also stated that private and public investment will be necessary to safeguard jobs in the future.

  4. 14 September 2018

    Lessons learned from the Lehman col­lapse

    It is ten years since the US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, marking the beginning of the biggest financial crisis since the Second World War. In an op-ed for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz outlines the measures that were taken at the time to stabilise the financial markets and the lessons that can be drawn from the crisis.

  5. 20 September 2018

    Ger­many’s Pay­ment Ac­counts Act: two years on

    Two years ago, Germany introduced legislation to give everyone access to a basic bank account. How was the EU’s Payment Accounts Directive implemented in Germany, and what effect has the new legislation had on social justice? The law also includes provisions that help consumers to switch banks, which has intensified competition among credit institutions.

  6. 31 October 2018

    G7 fi­nance min­is­ters and cen­tral bank gov­er­nors have en­dorsed two re­ports to fur­ther pro­mote cy­ber­se­cu­ri­ty in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor

    The G7-Group of Seven countries continue to attach great importance to cybersecurity in the financial sector. The G7 Cyber Expert Group has published two more reports outlining fundamental elements of risk management. Germany is involved in the Expert Group via representatives of the German Ministry of Finance, the Bundesbank and BaFin, the German Financial Supervisory Authority.

  7. 6 December 2018

    KfW Cap­i­tal: The KfW Group’s new sub­sidiary

    KfW Capital launched operations in October 2018 as a new subsidiary of the KfW Group. The KfW Group is Germany’s third largest bank and the world’s largest national promotional bank. KfW Capital will team up with private investors to invest in venture capital funds, with the aim of helping start-ups gain easier access to capital.

  8. 17 December 2018

    Fis­cal Pol­i­cy Sem­i­nar 2018

    The Finance Ministry’s first Fiscal Policy Seminar took place in Berlin on 13-14 December 2018. The two-day event brought together experts from academia, central banks and government ministries – and hailing from a total of 14 countries – to discuss the role that stable financial markets play in fostering sound fiscal policies. This year’s Best Paper Award was presented to a group of four co-authors whose study showed that financial markets exert disciplinary effects on the actions that governments take.

  9. 25 February 2019

    Jan­uary 2019 month­ly re­port: Fis­cal Pol­i­cy Sem­i­nar

    The German Finance Ministry’s inaugural Fiscal Policy Seminar, entitled “Rethinking Market Discipline”, took place on 13 and 14 December 2018. The two-day event brought together experts from academia, central banks and government ministries to discuss the role that well-functioning and stable financial markets play in fostering sound fiscal policies. A Best Paper Award was presented during the seminar, with prize money of €5,000.

  10. 19 March 2019

    Fi­nance Min­istry ini­ti­ates sus­tain­able fi­nance strat­e­gy

    The Finance Ministry – working together with the Environment Ministry and the Economic Affairs Ministry – has initiated proposals to establish a sustainable finance strategy.