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  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. 22 May 2020

    Sus­tain­able fi­nance

    The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change highlight how important the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to economic growth and financial market stability. SDG 3 aims to ensure healthy lives for all, while SDG 13 focuses on climate action.

  5. 16 September 2019

    New mea­sures to fur­ther en­hance in­vestor pro­tec­tion

    The Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection have agreed on a package of measures to enhance investor protection. The measures expand the scope of BaFin’s powers for the supervision of financial products and their distribution. Capital investments are now subject to even stricter requirements.

  6. 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.

  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. 29 March 2019

    Key-is­sues pa­per on the reg­u­la­to­ry treat­ment of elec­tron­ic se­cu­ri­ties and cryp­to to­kens

    The Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection have jointly published a key-issues paper discussing the possible introduction of electronic securities and the regulation of public offers of certain crypto tokens. The paper forms part of efforts to strengthen Germany’s role as one of the world’s leading digital technology and fintech locations.

  9. 17 September 2019

    Joint State­ment on Li­bra

    At the meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Helsinki on 13 September 2019, Germany and France issued a joint statement on the digital currency Libra. Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire oppose Facebook’s digital currency. They consider that the Libra project fails to convince that risks will be properly addressed.

  10. 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.