Macron told the world’s business elite that France was back as a European powerhouse under his government. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)
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The leaders of Germany and Italy warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos Wednesday against a return to nationalism and protectionism, with Angela Merkel evoking the two world wars and openly questioning whether the world had learned from them. The speeches, given in quick succession, came one day before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the annual gathering of the global elite in the Swiss Alps to promote his "America First" policies.Trump has pulled the U.S. out of international agreements on trade and climate since taking power one year ago, unsettling countries in Europe and Asia that have looked to Washington to help shape global rules since World War II.Taking the podium after Merkel, Macron told the world's business elite that France was back as a European powerhouse under his government.Speaking a day before Trump arrives at the annual gathering in the Swiss Alps, Macron did not mention the president by name, but joked about the heavy snowfall, saying it might lead some people to question climate change.
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