Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reminded the delegates that 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World war, the conflict in which its participants engaged into without fully understanding the implications of their actions. Therefore, nowadays politicians have to respond to modern challenges taking into consideration the lessons of history. In her speech the chancellor touched upon such burning issues of modern politics as a worldwide surge of nationalism and strive for isolationism, populist sentiments and Brexit.
However, according to the chancellor, in spite of the global nature of economic and social problems in Europe isolationism and protectionism cannot be a proper solution. She stressed that only multilateral approach to global problems will take the world forward, adding that there is too much "national egoism" at the moment.
Merkel also assured that despite the difficulties in the process of government formation, Germany will continue to contribute to the solution of problems world is facing nowadays.
Speaking about future of the EU-UK relations, the chansellor said that she open-minded about what kind of partnership the Bloc and London would develop after Brexit, but added that there could not be compromise on the EU's core principles.
The World Economic Forum is set to be held on January 23-26, and some 70 heads of state as well as 340 ministers are expected to attend the event.