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Geopolitics threatens to destroy the world Davos made

World Economic Forum delegates fear that a long period of peace and economic integration could be coming to a close

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Geopolitics threatens to destroy the world Davos made

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum commences from today.

Gideon Rachman The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann’s classic novel set in Davos against the backdrop of a deadly disease and an impending world war, was published almost a century ago. But, as World Economic Forum delegates gather again in Davos this year, Mann’s world feels uncomfortably close to our own. The fear haunting the WEF is that a long period of peace, prosperity and global economic integration could be coming to a close — just as it did in 1914. This year’s...

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