Switzerland: Merkel warns against populism and polarisation in Davos address

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against populism and polarisation during a special address to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Wednesday. The German leader stated that a «polarised atmosphere» was still dominant in many countries and admitted this was the case in Germany as well; «Polarisation is something that we see in our country as well, which we haven't seen in decades... Еще». Merkel cited the Eurozone crisis and globalisation as reasons for this. Merkel went on to emphasise the importance of a strong Europe in the face of global conflicts which are, as she put it, «taking place on our doorstep». In particular, she referred to the civil war in Syria and the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) in Iraq as reasons for the necessity of a cooperative Europe. Finally, the German leader reiterated that successful economic development in Africa was important, saying that «we as Europeans have a deep, deep debt owed to the African continent dating back to the period of colonialism». Merkel's address to the WEF comes amid a period of political uncertainty in Germany, as her leading Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is currently in the process of attempting to form a coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

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