CLOSING CONVERSATION - A European Perspective on the Future of Transatlantic Relations

A “big-picture” conversation on the future of transatlanticism between Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, and Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of the Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany. What are the expectations on the future of transatlantic relations from a European perspective? Is the transatlantic relationship moving from one based on common “western” norms and values toward one of a more transactional nature? If so, is this necessarily a negative dynamic or is it rather simply reflective of new realities in a multipolar world?

The closing conversation will take place on Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

© Olaf Kosinsky, CC BY-SA 3.0

© Olaf Kosinsky, CC BY-SA 3.0

Mateusz Morawiecki

Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland

On 11 December 2017 he was appointed Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Finance. Prime Minister since 9 January 2018. Since 29 September 2016 until 11 December 2017 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Finance. Since 16 November 2015 he acted as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development.

Morawiecki is an alumnus of the University of Wrocław, Business Administration Central Connecticut State University and Wrocław University of Technology, MBA at Wrocław University of Economics, the University of Hamburg and the University of Basel.

He started his professional career in Cogito Co. in 1992. In 1993–1996 he worked in Enter Marketing-Publishing in Wrocław. In 1995 he completed an internship at Deutsche Bundesbank, and in 1996–1997 he worked at the University in Frankfurt am Main. In 1998 Morawiecki was appointed deputy director of the Accession Negotiations Department in the Committee for European Integration and was a member of the group negotiating the accession of Poland to the EU (banking and finance). Between 1998 and 2001 he worked in Bank Zachodni – first as the advisor to the CEO and next as the Member of the Management Board and Managing Director. In June 2001  Morawiecki became the Member of the Bank Zachodni WBK Management Board and in May 2007 he was appointed to the post of CEO.


Olaf Scholz

Federal Minister of the Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany

Olaf Scholz is Federal Minister of Finance. Prior to that he was First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Born in the state of Lower Saxony, Olaf Scholz headed the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from 2007 to 2009.



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Dr. Heinrich Wefing

Head of the Political Department, DIE ZEIT

Heinrich Wefing was born in Hamburg in 1965. He studied History of Art and Law in Bonn and Freiburg and finished his studies with a dissertation in 1992. From 1995 on he volunteered at DIE ZEIT and FAZ, becoming feuilleton editor with the FAZ in 1996, first in Frankfurt, than Berlin, from 2001 to 2004 in San Francisco. From 2008 on he was editor at the political desk of the German weekly DIE ZEIT in Hamburg, in 2010 he became Deputy Head of the Political Department, in January 2018 Head of the Political Department.