As Europe is slowly getting back on its feet after a recession that saw some countries reach record jobless levels, some are blaming aggressive austerity policies for inflicting hardship on the most vulnerable.
"Making the arsonists the firefighters" is how one opposition politician described the appointment. A member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has also raised an eyebrow at the decision.
The current global disunity looks set to dominate discussions at this year's gathering of politicians and executives in Davos, Switzerland. US President Donald Trump is scheduled to top the list of speakers there.
There was not really anything essentially new in US President Donald Trump's speech in Davos. But his appearance there highlighted the well-known restrictions of the World Economic Forum, DW's Andreas Becker writes.
Donald Trump will become the first US president since Bill Clinton in 2000 to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month. How will his "America First" message play to an audience of global elites?
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