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In-depth analysis from the Ministry on the taxation, international issues and more. These articles originally appeared in German in the Ministry’s monthly report.

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  1. 1 February 2016

    Deauville Partnership: Progress under difficult conditions

    The Deauville Partnership was established in May 2011 with the aim of supporting transition processes – in particular, democratisation and economic development – in the Arab region. Germany chaired the Deauville Partnership for the past one-and-a-half years while it held the G7 presidency. Its chief aim during this time was to mobilise long-term support for reforms and growth.

  2. 10 February 2016

    Germany’s G7 presidency: highlights of the progress made by finance ministers and central bank governors

    Under Germany’s presidency from July 2014 to the end of 2015, the G7 intensified its cooperation, which is grounded in the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and which is committed to an economic system based on sustainability, shared values and legal certainty. Read about the progress.

  3. 2 May 2016

    Effectively combating tax fraud, devious tax avoidance and money laundering

    The German government is in favour of a fair international taxation system in which aggressive tax planning, tax evasion and money laundering have no place. Experience has shown that if we want to fight tax evasion successfully, we need a coordinated global approach. That is why German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has launched another global initiative against tax fraud, devious tax avoidance and money laundering, which will complement existing initiatives. This article describes the action plan in more detail.

  4. 1 June 2016

    IMF and G20 meetings in April 2016

    The spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington provided the backdrop for meetings of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors as well as the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee on 14-16 April 2016. The discussions focussed on the state of the global economy and the international community’s response to the Panama Papers. Other topics included the global financial safety net and the IMF’s forthcoming quota review.

  5. 6 September 2016

    New priorities for the EU budget

    The German Finance Ministry held a conference on the future of the European Union’s finances in Berlin on 12 July 2016. Read the outcomes here.

  6. 20 September 2016

    Climate change and financial markets

    Preliminary findings from a report commissioned by the German Finance Ministry confirm: climate risks have the potential to affect financial markets. Making an orderly transition to climate-friendly investments would help to maintain the efficiency and stability of Germany’s financial markets. Conversely, abrupt carbon divestment could jeopardise the stability of financial markets.

  7. 22 September 2016

    Sustainably boosting investment in Germany

    An effective policy to make Germany a more attractive location for business and investment must focus primarily on the conditions for private investment; this is where there is the greatest potential to boost growth and employment. Germany is in a sound position with regard to private investment.

  8. 14 October 2016

    Conference on the Future of the EU Finances: “New Priorities in European Spending"

    The Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany organized a conference on “New Priorities in European Spending – How to Shape the EU-Budget of the Future?“ in Berlin in July 2016. Professor Thiess Buettner summarizes the discussion in a personal note and concludes with some policy recommendations.

  9. 30 December 2016

    What is new in 2017

    Workers who are posted to Germany from abroad must, during the time they are working in this country, be granted the terms of employment that apply in Germany – such as minimum wage and minimum holiday leave.


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