Brexit, climate change, stronger nationalism. Instead of the world improving, the future seems increasingly uncertain. The trade conflict between China and the USA hasn't been resolved either.
The German chancellor called on attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos to remain committed to global institutions but to be open to compromise. She also said that Germany's recent political instability was over.
Top policymakers and business leaders have flocked to Davos again for the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps. The meeting is overshadowed by trade conflicts and a resurgence of economic nationalism.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to toast a new free trade deal between Japan and the EU. The pair were also expected to address nuclear arms control.
Angela Merkel has told WEF delegates at Davos that her government would get right-wing populism "under control, but it is a poison." The chancellor insisted that protectionism would not answer the world's problems.
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