Jan 24, 2018

Merkel warns against isolationism in Davos speech

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying: “If we are of the opinion that things are simply not fair, that there is no reciprocity, then we have to seek multilateral answers, and not pursue a unilateral protectionist course where we isolate ourselves."

Why it matters: Merkel appeared to be directing her comments at the "America First" policies of President Donald Trump, as well as other populist leaders.

Other highlights:

  • Merkel attributed increased polarization in Germany to the Eurozone and migration crises, but reaffirmed her country's commitment to contributing on the world stage.
  • She reminded delegates that 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of WWI, and that the current generation must prove that they have "learned the lessons of history."
  • On economics, she said that the digital age creates good opportunities, but that policymakers need to help people who might get left behind.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Thursday outlining their demands for coronavirus funding, including a guarantee that the eventual vaccine is affordable.

The big picture: Pelosi criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it "chaotic" and chiding President Trump for "name-calling" and "playing politics." She added at a press conference that bipartisan congressional leaders are nearing an agreement on emergency funding.