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 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.

  2. 8 February 2019

    European Reform and German Responsibility

    On 8 February 2019, German finance minister and vice-chancellor Olaf Scholz delivered a keynote speech at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He emphasised that Europe is stronger when it acts in concert and that it needs to strengthen its sovereignty as a global political actor in its own right so that it becomes impossible to play Europeans off against each other.

  3. 28 November 2018

    “It is in our own interest to ensure that Europe is strong, sovereign and fair”

    On 28 November 2018, German finance minister and vice-chancellor Olaf Scholz delivered a keynote speech on Europe at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He highlighted the importance of telling people in Germany and in other European countries what kind of European Union we are working towards and exactly what steps need to be taken.

  4. 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".

  5. 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.