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The meeting is the message

Clouds of hubris are gathering over the annual meeting of the world's most important people in Davos. Susan Greenberg says the organisers are so fearful of offending the participants that real debate has been stifled

By Susan Greenberg   February 1998

It is that time of year again, when “Davos Man” migrates to the Swiss ski resort. The meeting, organised by the World Economic Forum and held in Davos every January, is an opportunity for business and political leaders to do deals on neutral ground. It is useful for journalists too: getting stories from Davos, with its hermetic population of newsworthy people, is like shooting fish in a barrel. There is therefore a general reluctance to bite the hand that feeds you.

Caution is not misplaced: the Forum is an organisation with high self-regard and low tolerance for criticism. When the…

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