Day of Progressive Economic Policy 2022

Congress in Berlin | 30-31 May 2022 | #tpw22

We are embarking on the frequently invoked “decade of modernisation,” which will be accompanied by massive investment and expenditure needs. In the wake of the Corona pandemic, however, public debt in Germany and Europe has grown to record levels. The question of war and peace in Europe has also returned in full force. The economic and social consequences will be immense. The European and global economy is facing new uncertainties.

We therefore ask:

  • How do we cope with the pressure to modernise in times of crisis?
  • How do we create a fair distribution of costs and benefits in the transformation?
  • What does a new economic policy that meets the immense challenges look like?
  • How can we secure prosperity and social cohesion?   

Join the discussion live in Berlin or online. Together we want to "think economy further"! 

Discuss with us live in Berlin or online. Together we want to "think economy further"!


Hans Matthöfer Award 2022

as part of the #tpw22

May 30, 5 pm

Press release


Julia Friedrichs

Julia Friedrichs

Sven Giegold

Sven Giegold

Nancy Saich

Nancy Saich

Sebastian Dullien

Sebastian Dullien

Sandra Hofmann

Sandra Hofmann

Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz

Jutta Steinruck

Jutta Steinruck

Jens Tönnesmann

Jens Tönnesmann

Katja Rietzler

Katja Rietzler

Carl Mühlbach

Carl Mühlbach

Moritz Schularick

Moritz Schularick

Lars Klingbeil

Lars Klingbeil


Program May 30, 2022,  Hans Matthöfer Award Ceremony




Musical opening with clair-obscur saxophone quartet


Welcome remarks by Martin Schulz, Chairman of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation


Festive speech by Lars Klingbeil, Chairman of the SPD


Musical intermezzo


Short presentation of core theses by author Michael Sandel „The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?“

Laudation by jury member Brigitte Preissl


Short presentation of core theses by author Julia Friedrichs "Working Class – Why we need work we can live on"

Laudation by jury member Thomas Fricke



Ceremonial awarding of the certificates

Musical intermezzo


The end of a myth? Work and advancement in the meritocracy

Conversation with the HTMS prize winners Julia Friedrichs and Michael Sandel as well as Lars Klingbeil, Chairman of the SPD

Jens Tönnesmann, DIE ZEIT (moderator)


Musical finale with clair-obscur saxophone quartet


Evening reception

Program May 31, 2022, Modernization pressure in times of crisis




Welcome remarks by FES & opening by facilitator Jens Tönnesmann, DIE ZEIT


Keynote: In a time of uncertainty? – The global economic outlook and its implications for European modernization and recovery

  • Fritzi Köhler-Geib, Chief Economist at KfW Group (tbc)

Opening panel: Ushering in a decade of modernisation: What challenges does Germany face?

  • Fritzi Köhler-Geib, Chief Economist at KfW Group (tbc)
  • Ann Pettifor,  Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), author and political economist
  • Antti Rinne, Deputy Speaker of the Finnish Parliament, former Prime Minister of Finland and former Minister of Finance
  • Martin Sandbu, European Economics Commentator at the Financial Times



Building site Germany – investment, skilled workers, good jobs and the role of social partners

  • Stefan Körzell, Member of the Executive Federal Board of the DGB
  • Ariane Reinhart, Member of the Executive Board Continental AG

Transition to three parallel forums



Forum I – Investment & Finance

Sustainable financial policy from a young perspective: public investment and its financing from the point of view of intergenerational equity

  • Carl Mühlbach, Chairman of FiscalFuture
  • Maximilian Reiter, Federal Board of the Young Liberals (JuLis)
  • Melanie Wegling, MP, Member of the Finance Committee, SPD

Moderation: Mark Schieritz, DIE ZEIT


Forum II – Transition & Recovery

Skills shortages in the Just Transition: a zero-sum game?

  • Gunilla Fincke,  Head of Department Qualification, Training and Further Education and Securing of Skilled Workers at the BMAS
  • Sandra Hofmann, Research Field Director International Social Policy, WifOR
  • Stefanie Janczyk, Head of the General Social and Labor Market Policy Department/AGA at the Executive Board of the IG Metall trade union
  • Susanne Müller, Deputy Head of Department Education, Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA)

Moderation: Julia Bläsius, FES


Forum III – Governance & Participation

Beyond money: removal of non-monetary barriers to a progressive investment offensive

  • Katja Rietzler, Head of Division "Tax and Fiscal Policy" at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) of the Hans Böckler Foundation
  • Moritz Schularick, Professor of Economics at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Bonn
  • Jutta Steinruck, Mayor of the city of Ludwigshafen am Rhein
  • Bernd Westphal, MP and Spokesman for Economic Affairs of the SPD Parliamentary Group

Moderation: Henrik Scheller, German Institute of Urban Affairs (DifU)


Lunch break


Three more parallel forums:

Forum IV – Investment & Finance

Resources for a sustainable economy: the promises and pitfalls of sustainable finance

  • Sven Giegold, Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Leonard Regneri, Representative of trade unions on the Advisory Board of Germany´s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority BaFin
  • Ariane Reinhart, Member of the Executive Board of Continental AG
  • Nancy Saich, Chief Climate Change Expert at the European Investment Bank (EIB)

Moderation: Thomas Wendel, Tagesspiegel Background Sustainable Finance


Forum V – Transition & Recovery

The distributional impact of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NARP)

  • Elisabetta Cornago, Research assistant at the Center for European Reform (CER)
  • Björn Hacker, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin (tbc)
  • Lydia Korinek, Policy Consultant, Institute for Future-Fit Economies (ZOE)
  • Anni Marttinen, Chief Economist, SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health

Moderation: László Andor, Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

Forum VI – Governance & Participation

The Recovery and Resilience Facility as a blueprint for fiscal capacity in the EU?

  • Jérome Creel, Director of the Research Department at SciencesPo-OFCE and an Associate professor at ESCP Business School in Paris
  • Margarida Marques, MEP (S&D), Vice-Chairwoman of the Committee on Budgets
  • Alexander Thiele, Professor of State Theory and Public Law, especially State and European Law, at the BSP Business & Law School Berlin
  • Jakob von Weizsäcker, Minister of Finance Saarland

Moderation: Mark Schieritz, DIE ZEIT




Summary/visualisation of the discussions from the panels

  • Jens Tönnesmann, DIE ZEIT

Panel discussion: Facing the challenges – Progressive economic policy for a resilient and prosperous Europe

Discussion with:

  • Marco Buti, Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni (tbc)
  • Sebastian Dullien, Scientific Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK)
  • Verena Hubertz, MP and Deputy Chair of the SPD Parliamentary Group 
  • Anke Rehlinger, Minister President of the German State of Saarland (tbc)
  • Carsten Schneider, Minister of State for Eastern Germany

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Of course, there will be hygiene measures for the event in presence to protect all those present.

For all questions regarding this and the congress in general, please contact our team by email at: wirtschaftspolitik(at)fes.de



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