Speeches, Interviews and Articles

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

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  1. 8 May 2019

    “A minimum tax will ensure greater fairness in international tax law.”

    At the 6th International Tax Symposium in Berlin, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz expressed his support for a global minimum effective tax on companies. He also stated that the fair taxation of companies will be one of the priorities Germany’s EU Council presidency in the second half of 2020.

  2. 12 April 2019

    Olaf Scholz on the transatlantic partnership

    On 12 April 2019, Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz gave a speech at the Peterson Institute for International Economics on "The Transatlantic Partnership: Common Values in a Changing World". He underlined the importance of a strong and stable European Union side by side with a powerful but principled United States of America.

  3. 18 March 2019

    “We should agree on an international minimum level of taxation”

    In his speech at the Global Solutions Summit taking place in Berlin on 18 March 2019, German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz endorsed an international minimum level of taxation to ensure that states are able to finance their public goods. He also called for a multilateral approach, arguing that global problems such as climate change or social inequality can only be tackled through international cooperation.

  4. 1 March 2019

    Europe is Germany’s most pressing national interest

    Ahead of his trip to the Iberian Peninsula, German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz gave an interview to the Spanish newspaper El País and the Portuguese newspaper Expresso. He spoke about current European issues, underlining that it is not Germany’s role within the European Union to give advice to others. Instead, he affirmed that jointly-taken European decisions are what is needed to solve many of the urgent challenges.

  5. 8 February 2019

    Financial Times interview with Olaf Scholz

    In an interview with the Financial Times, German finance minister and vice chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks about current issues. Focusing on the federal budget, he also outlines the prospects for Brexit. He emphasises the importance of a balanced budget without new debt whilst taking account of the need for “social cohesion” and the importance of the welfare state.

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