What's coming: Banks in Europe, gold in the deposit


The next week will be about financial supervision and raw materials.

By Bastian Brinkmann

Who compares Germany and Italy comes up with many topics, but not everyone sees the similarities of the two countries that Andrea Enria sees , This is also due to his job: he has been in charge of banking supervision at the European Central Bank for a year. An Italian should control German money houses? There were many prejudices against him. In the Monday interview with Meike Schreiber and Markus Zydra the 58 year old speaks Economist about what is typically German and typically Italian for him. In addition to the love of culture, there is at least one other thing that both countries have in common that a financial supervisor notes: Both countries have a heterogeneous banking sector – with model students and rivets. Enria loves his job, he says, precisely because he knows: “Banking supervision is a strange business. The public is only interested in us if something goes wrong.”

The series “Investing in times of negative interest rates” started last week. On Tuesday it continues with current accounts: Where are they still available for free? And are savings savings contracts and bank savings plans still worthwhile? On Thursday the focus is on precious metals. What are the benefits of investing in gold and silver, whether in coins, certificates or funds. And are commodity funds still profitable? In the coming week we will also bundle all previous episodes on the SZ website and at the end a digital dossier with all episodes should appear; more information when the time comes.

A two-hour appointment with Salomé Balthus costs 1000 euros. She works as a prostitute and says of herself that she is a feminist, Marxist and not rich. You met Lea Hampel and Stephan Radomsky in Berlin and had a conversation about earned and inherited money, sex work and self-determination as well as problems with the tax office. It appears as “Let's Talk About Money” on Friday .

The state has record surpluses, all well and good. But how does the money actually get to the citizens? Cerstin Gammelin was in the small village of Ingersleben in Thuringia to see how a municipality can get money for a new day care center. And what you need: a mayor from the CDU who works with the SPD, the Greens and the Left and free voters, a strict treasurer, regional construction companies – and the right contacts in the state ministries. And of course the will to pragmatically advance the 2.1 million euro project across all parties. Read in the Saturday report .

What else? Many people want to pay attention to climate protection and sustainability when eating, but which products are good for it and which are not is not easy to recognize when shopping. A Swiss company that works with scientists wants to help with this. At first glance, a corresponding label should show how much greenhouse gases and how much water there is in a steak or a banana, as is the case with this or every food for biodiversity and animal welfare. The nutritional value of the food is also shown. What that looks like in practice is shown in a canteen visit by Silvia Liebrich, who reports on it on Saturday.