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Davos in a time of populist backlash

The World Economic Forum still has a role to play

By George Magnus  

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It’s the time of year when the global elite—politicians, financiers, big business, academia and an assortment of others—congregate in the beautiful Swiss ski resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum. It is unquestionably a great place to network, arrange private meetings with important people, and listen to debates and panel discussions, as I myself did on several occasions in a previous incarnation. It is a sort of globalisation off-site for the world’s movers and shakers.

Yet there is something discordant about…

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