Speeches, Interviews and Articles

This section provides a selection of speeches, interviews and articles of the ministry’s leadership.

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  1. 30 August 2018

    The relevance of the relationship between Germany and France for the future of Europe

    On 29 August 2018, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire concluded the annual summer university organised by the French employer federation MEDEF. Read the Minister's speech on "France-Germany: a win-win relationship".

  2. 23 July 2018

    Bloomberg profile on Finance Minister Scholz

    The global news service Bloomberg commends Olaf Scholz's achievements during his first four months as Finance Minister. Scholz is described as Germany’s most popular politician who provided stability during Chancellor Merkel’s coalition crisis. The article highlights the deputy chancellor’s "pro-European convictions and even-keeled presence", which have delivered key political breakthroughs in recent months.

  3. 20 July 2018

    "Protectionism does not solve any problem and often hurts the poorest the most"

    Ahead of this weekend’s G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Buenos Aires, the Argentinian newspaper El Cronista published an interview with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. In the interview, Scholz emphasises that international cooperation and free trade are essential for global prosperity. He also discusses the financial package agreed between Argentina and the IMF as well as the country’s efforts in connection with the future of work and the digital economy.

  4. 13 July 2018

    "We have some investment headroom and we are willing to use it"

    Olaf Scholz, German finance minister and vice-chancellor, is the subject of a profile in The Economist magazine. Read more about his views on domestic budgetary policy and his ideas on how to deepen the euro zone and improve European sovereignty without jeopardizing the EU's overall cohesion.

  5. 8 July 2018

    Finance Minister Scholz delivers keynote speech at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

    On 8 July, nearly 300 parliamentarians from North America, Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa met in Berlin for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s 2018 Annual Session. In his keynote speech, Germany's Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz highlighted the importance of engaging in dialogue across ideological differences.