Olaf Scholz

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German finance minister Olaf Scholz said he was not opposed to tax competition in Europe but favoured an international minimum level of taxation.

German finance minister Olaf Scholz has flagged fiscal and monetary integration as priorities in Europe’s next, overdue integration push. In a far-re(...)

Europe’s future depended on France and Germany working together to prevent the continent becoming a “plaything of great powers,” French president Emmanuel Macron told the Bundestag. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

In his Bundestag debut on Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron warned Europe – and his German host – that “chaos” looms unless the continent – pus(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that both British and EU officials had backed the draft Brexit deal. Photograph: AP

Berlin and other European capitals reacted with strained optimism on Thursday morning to news of cabinet backing for the Brexit deal. But that optimis(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire proposed a compromise to secure agreement for an EU-wide digital sales tax. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, had long conveyed reservations about the European Commission’s proposed directive for a digital sales tax (DS(...)

Hubertus Väth, CEO of marketing group Frankfurt Main Finance, said that moving euro clearing from London to Frankfurt was “on top of our priority list from the very first day after the Brexit referendum”.

Deutsche Bank has moved almost half its euro clearing activities from London to Frankfurt, in the latest sign of European cities winning financial bus(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel greets French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during German-French government consultations near Gransee in Germany. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

The Republic has joined 11 other euro-zone countries in signing a joint email urging a wide-ranging discussion among European Union leaders next week (...)

German finance minister Olaf Scholz and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire agreed the terms of the proposal. Photograph: EPA

The Department of Finance has played down moves by France and Germany to advance plans for a common corporation tax regime across the euro zone, a mov(...)

Greece crisis

If you want to start a war of independence, you must have guns, and for that you need either cash or a bank loan. In the 1820s, the Greeks, who were a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and  leader of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer: Mr Seehofer has the backing of his party to push through his plan on Monday, which would force Dr Merkel to sack him. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The fronts in Germany’s government crisis hardened on Friday when chancellor Angela Merkel was accused by her Bavarian allies of “splitting” Europe in(...)

France’s Minister for the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, left,  and German finance minister Olaf Scholz give a joint press conference after an informal Ecofin meeting of EU finance minister in Sofia on April 28th. Photograph:  AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

European Commission proposals to tax digital multinationals’ profits received a cool reception from EU finance minister at an informal Ecofin meeting (...)

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