May 7, 2024 - 1 min read

A look at national and international challenges: Exclusive interview with Peer Steinbrück

‘I don't see any chance of peace negotiations at the moment,’ says Peer Steinbrück in our exclusive interview with a view to Ukraine

Peer Steinbrück, former Minister of Finance and former Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, can look back on a long political career with 18 years of government experience at federal and state level. He is known as a plain-speaking politician and has earned the respect not only of his party colleagues but also of his political opponents over the course of his political career.

Difficult financial situation
In our interview, we start by talking to him about Germany's difficult financial situation and what advice he would give the current Finance Minister Lindner. Peer Steinbrück sees the deteriorating infrastructure as one of the most pressing problems for the Ministry of Finance. The dramatic nature of public budgets had been underestimated and it was now necessary to see how the current budget could be kept reasonably in balance.

‘I'm getting fed up with all the talk about abolishing the debt brake,’ says Peer Steinbrück in our exclusive interview.

Challenges for Germany
Peer Steinbrück names maintaining Germany's defence and alliance capabilities in NATO as one of the greatest challenges facing Germany.

No chance for peace negotiations
We also talk to Peer Steinbrück about the war in Ukraine, where he currently sees no chance for peace negotiations and is not satisfied with Europe's support for Ukraine. The Middle

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