On 1 December 1966, Karl Schiller is appointed Minister for Economic Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). On 12 May 1971, he becomes Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance, a post from which he resigns on 7 July 1972.
On 8 May 1971, the French daily newspaper Le Monde sets out the comments of the European Commission about the plan devised by Karl Schiller, West German Minister for Economic Affairs, to allow the mark to float after it suffered speculative attacks.
On 9 May 1971, the Finance Ministers of the Six — on the left, Karl Schiller (Germany) and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (France) — discuss the various means of ending the growing monetary instability in Europe.
On 10 May 1971, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera leads with the German decision to allow its national currency to ‘float' and displays anxiety about the consequences of a worsening international monetary crisis.
On 11 May 1971, while commenting on the decision, taken the previous day by the German Government, to allow the German mark to ‘float’, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French Economy and Finance Minister and President-in-Office of the Ecofin Council, calls for more concerted monetary cooperation among the Six.
On 17 June 1971, the French daily newspaper Le Figaro harshly criticises the monetary policy of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and simultaneously deplores the attitude of Karl Schiller, West German Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance.
On 19 June 1971, the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung outlines the reluctance displayed by European countries towards the proposals put forward by Karl Schiller, West German Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance, with a view to introducing joint floating of the European currencies.
On 27 October 1971, the French daily newspaper Le Figaro describes the increasing differences of opinion between France and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) with regard to economic and monetary policy.
In November 1971, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera reports on the growing tension between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and France over measures envisaged to combat the European monetary crisis.