Speeches, Interviews and Articles

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 13 July 2018

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

    Olaf Scholz, German finance minister and vice-chancellor, has been portrayed in The Economist Magazin. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 11 June 2018

    Europe is Germany's most important national interest

    In an interview with German newsmagazine DER SPIEGEL on 9 June 2018 Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz explained his take on further developing European integration. In this context the minister particularly called for an addition to national unemployment insurance schemes. As regards taxation matters the minister pointed to ongoing discussions on the European level.

  6. 6 October 2017

    Financial Times interview with Wolfgang Schäuble

    Prior to his last participation in the Eurogroup and ECOFIN meeting that will take place in Luxembourg on 9 and 10 October 2017 Wolfgang Schäuble gave an interview for the Financial Times sharing his opinion on the sometimes rocky roads for Europe. He talked about the eurozone and banking union and commented on his legacy as German finance minister.

  7. 8 June 2017

    BEPS Multilateral Instrument

    Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister of Finance, on the Multilateral Convention and the G20/OECD BEPS Project at the Signing Ceremony of the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.