Merkel Shuns Davos Summit in Bid to Distance Herself From Elite and Powerfu
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland in an attempt to distance herself from its image as the talking shop of the elite and powerful, on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President.
Merkel’s decision not to attend the summit — themed ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’ — is being seen as an attempt to put space between herself and the annual gathering of world politicians and the leaders of major multinational companies and think tanks. The meeting in the popular Swiss ski resort, January 17-20, comes on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the US President and also marks the first attendance of a Chinese president, in the form of Xi Jinping.
Merkel’s decision is likely to be seen as being driven by two political factors. First, her need to show solidarity and leadership in the wake of the Berlin terrorist atrocity, in which a Tunisian national drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas street market, December 19, killing twelve and injuring more than 50 people.