Speeches, Interviews and Articles

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

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  1. 9 April 2020

    Vir­tu­al keynote speech for the Glob­al So­lu­tions Sum­mit

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's Global Solutions Summit is being held as a virtual event. In his online speech to the Summit, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz focuses on the need for an international minimum tax in order to ensure that everyone contributes their fair share to the financing of public goods.

  2. 6 November 2019

    Fi­nan­cial Times op-ed on the bank­ing union by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Olaf Scholz

    Ahead of the “Future of Finance” conference which took place in Frankfurt on 6 November 2019, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz presented his ideas for completing the banking union in an op-ed for the 6 November edition of the Financial Times. They include a more efficient supervisory regime and crisis management, risk reduction, a European deposit reinsurance scheme and a common tax base for banks in the EU.

  3. 18 October 2019

    "Cli­mate pol­i­cy will shape all pol­i­cy ar­eas"

    On 18 October 2019, Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz gave a speech on climate policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington. He made the points that coordinated action against climate change will be the defining issue for foreign policy and that it will become a business opportunity.

  4. 7 June 2019

    In­ter­view with Olaf Scholz in the Japanese busi­ness news­pa­per The Nikkei

    In an interview with The Nikkei, Japan’s leading business daily, Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz discusses issues at the top of today’s fiscal policy agenda. In the run-up to the G20 meeting in Japan, he underlines how important it is for leaders to agree on an international system that ensures a minimum level of taxation. He also talks about current national projects such as the basic pension.