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Episode 31: Direct from Davos — Dutch PM Mark Rutte — Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki

We've got the lowdown from Davos in another special edition from the World Economic Forum. The podcast features interviews with two prime ministers — the Netherlands' Mark Rutte and Poland's Mateusz Morawiecki — as well as U.S. investor Bill McGlashan, a champion of social impact investing.

Ryan Heath is your host for a show that's both the final edition of our daily Davos Confidential podcasts and the latest weekly episode in our EU Confidential series.

Rutte's red lines: The Dutch PM makes clear he's not up for turning the eurozone into a "transfer union." He says he's all for more European integration if it means completing the single market but "we have to be very careful about what we want to achieve. I'm against risk sharing... And if that is what some people mean, I will very much plead against it."

Brexit blues: Hear why the Netherlands "hates" the fact Britain is leaving the EU and what Rutte wants from London now.

POLITICO’s Matthew Kaminski speaks to new Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki — a 49-year-old, polyglot banker — about his plans to fix Warsaw’s troubled relations with Brussels, the biggest threats to Poland and its economic successes.

Firm on justice reform: "We are not weakening institutions," Morawiecki insists. "I'm absolutely convinced that we are strengthening those institutions. The judiciary system in Poland, after our reforms, is going to be more independent, more objective, more transparent, and more effective"

Cabinet reshuffle: “The changes were important to actually bring some new thinking to the government. And the most important thing today is that we tried to find common ground with Europe."

Russian worries: Hear why Morawiecki regards Moscow as one of the biggest threats to Poland — and why Warsaw is so opposed to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

U.S. investor Bill McGlashan explains why he started an investment fund with Bono, why he took his family to live in India for a year and why he believes private capital is essential to tackle global social and environmental challenges. And POLITICO's Florian Eder describes the scene as Donald Trump descended on Davos.

The show also doubles as the final edition of our daily Davos Confidential podcasts. You can catch up with all of the week's episodes here:

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