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Why Davos needs a makeover

The World Economic Forum still has a role to play if it moves with the times

By George Magnus  

Theresa May at Davos in 2018. Photo: Xu Jinquan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

It’s mid-late January, and that means it’s time for the meeting of the World Economic Forum in the picturesque Swiss mountain village of Davos. Held annually since 1971, it kicks off later this week and draws in about 3,000 of the world’s leading politicians, corporate executives, financiers, academics, NGO representatives—and a fawning media. It’s the catwalk of the global elite.

Once a confident celebration of the virtues of globalisation, Davos has had to come to terms with a…

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