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    Political, economic and social fractures risk dividing us, by fostering intolerance, indecision and inaction. The Davos meeting will call for leaders to work together in more than 400 session in order to create a shared narrative that will improve the state of the world

The global context has changed dramatically: geostrategic fissures have re-emerged on multiple fronts with wide-ranging political, economic and social consequences. Realpolitik is no longer just a relic of the Cold War. Economic prosperity and social cohesion are not one and the same. The global commons cannot protect or heal itself.

The World Economic Forum was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos therefore aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. The programme, initiatives and projects of the meeting are focused on Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.

By coming together at the start of the year, we can shape the future by joining this unparalleled global effort in co-design, co-creation and collaboration. The programme’s depth and breadth make it a true summit of summits.

“Have we actually learned the lessons of history? We haven’t really,” she said in a plenary session at Davos. The spirit of multilateralism that rebuilt Europe and formed our international institutions in the aftermath of the Second World War was now under threat, she said.

Angela Merkel at Davos: we need global cooperation, not walls

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the importance of multilateralism and warned that we haven’t learned from the darkest days of history

As the UK leaves the EU, it will still be an advocate of global trade, making new bilateral deals with countries across the world, says the British PM.

British Prime Minister Theresa May looked ahead to hi-tech life after Brexit

A special address by UK’s Theresa May

President Macron also called for the EU, which already opened the world’s first carbon trading market, to “go a little bit further and create a floor price for CO2.” Carbon markets work by providing a financial incentive to pollute less; many experts have called for a minimum price on carbon to boost progress.

Macron at Davos: I will shut all coal-fired power stations by 2021

France will shut down all coal-fired power stations by 2021, President Emmanuel Macron said in an energetic speech to participants at Davos

“Bitcoin is another really clever idea, I’m impressed with the technology, but it seems to me that it’s technology for something else…. I tend to think of Bitcoin as an interesting experiment, it’s not a permanent feature of our lives. We’re over-emphasising Bitcoin, we should broaden it out to blockchain, which will have other applications.”

Robert Shiller: Bitcoin is just an ’interesting experiment’

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller described Bitcoin as an “interesting experiment” rather than the future of our financial system

“AI is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on. I think of it as something more profound than electricity or fire,” he said. “Any time you work with technology, you need to learn to harness the benefits while minimising the downsides.”

Google CEO – AI will be bigger than electricity or fire

Artificial Intelligence will save us not destroy us, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, said at Davos


Jack Ma on the IQ of love - and other top quotes from his Davos interview

By: EBR | Thursday, January 25, 2018

This is why women must play a greater role in the global economy

By: EBR | Thursday, January 25, 2018

Justin Trudeau addresses the World Economic Forum

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Liquid Capitalism: Making Sense of Davos

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Narendra Modi: These are the 3 greatest threats to civilization

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A new way to measure economic growth and progress

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Five reasons to lose sleep in 2018

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The wold needs ’qualitative easing’ and business must lead

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It’s time to bring our planet back from the brink

By: EBR | Monday, January 22, 2018

Machines can’t dream

By: EBR | Monday, January 22, 2018

Science is universal and unifying

By: EBR | Monday, January 22, 2018

Sir Elton John: 5 leadership lessons from my darkest hours

By: EBR | Monday, January 22, 2018

Why 2018 must be the year for women to thrive

By: EBR | Monday, January 22, 2018


An open letter to Europe’s leaders

2019 is a critical year for Europe. The rise of populist, nationalistic agendas has called into question the raison d/etre of the European project and core European liberal values


Here’s how a trade war between the US and China could reshape the global order

US-China trade tensions have negatively affected consumers as well as many producers in both countries. The tariffs have reduced trade between the US and China, but the bilateral trade deficit remains broadly unchanged

Editor’s Column

Brits, Boris and Brexit

By: N. Peter Kramer

‘Brussels’ politicians, eurocrats and the unconditionally pro-EU media (almost all) are telling us, time after time, how bad Brexit is for the British people. Much, much worse than for those left behind


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