It is a question of scientific evidence, facts compete with emotions

It is a question of scientific evidence, facts compete with emotions

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It is a question of scientific evidence, facts compete with emotions

To do this, however, the economy has to adapt. That creates social conflicts. In Germany, too, there is still a large group of people who are not yet convinced. "How do we take away those who don’t believe in it? Who pretend it’s a question of faith?" It is a question of scientific evidence, facts compete with emotions. Speechlessness must be overcome through more dialogue.

2.25 p.m.: The focus is on the fight against the climate crisis

It has been suggested: Merkel will focus her speech on the fight against the climate crisis. The transformation means one thing above all: "The entire way of doing business and life, as we have got used to in the industrial age, to leave in the next 30 years and to come to completely new forms of added value."

2:21 p.m.: Merkel praises international cooperation

Merkel begins her speech with a look back at past progress made through international cooperation. In the present, sustainability is one of them. Europe wants to be climate neutral by 2050. "We have to take action", she says. "The question of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement could be a question of survival for the entire continent." Every country has to make its contribution. 

2:17 p.m.: The broadcast of the live stream has started

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2:12 p.m.: Angela Merkel’s speech is expected at any moment

Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to speak at 2:15 p.m. Follow her speech on the livestream above.

12.09 p.m.: France and the USA are in favor of a global minimum tax

In the fight against international tax dumping, France and the USA want the introduction of a global minimum tax. "At this point we are exactly on the same line as the US"said Economics and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. "I really think we are close to an agreement." US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also emphasized that they had agreed to introduce a worldwide minimum tax. "This protects everyone from a tax race to the bottom, which prevents tax havens from existing." The industrialized countries organization OECD was optimistic that it would be able to negotiate a new tax system for 137 countries this year. 

12:05 p.m.: Merkel speaks at 2:15 p.m. – live stream at

Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak in Davos this afternoon. It is expected that Merkel will put the fight against climate change at the center of her speech at 2.15 p.m. shows the speech in a live stream. The top politicians and business leaders in the hall are also excited to see whether the CDU politician will comment on the threats by US President Donald Trump to impose punitive tariffs on EU car imports into the USA.

January 23, 12:01 p.m .: Serious riots in Zurich

During the night there were violent clashes between opponents of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the police. The Swiss police used water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas against violent demonstrators who previously set off fireworks and threw bottles.

Three people were arrested, a passer-by was injured by fireworks and a police officer with unspecified injuries was taken to hospital, according to the Zurich police. Several hundred people marched in the permitted demonstration "Zurich versus WEF" on the streets of the Swiss banking capital.

5:09 p.m.: Ukraine sees the future in the EU

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj sees the future of his country in the EU. "Ukraine should be taken on board in the European Union project"calls for the head of state, who is considered reform-oriented. With the upcoming exit of Great Britain from the EU come "maybe the right time to find access to the EU".

4:54 p.m.: USA and France in dispute over digital tax before partial agreement

According to the words of Economics and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, Paris and Washington have concluded a framework agreement in the dispute over the taxation of digital companies to avoid a trade conflict. France is therefore ready to suspend due advance payments on the national digital tax by the end of the year. For its part, the US would forego sanctions.

The aim is to find an international solution within the framework of the industrial nations organization OECD, says Le Maire after a meeting with his US colleague Steven Mnuchin with a view to taxation. There is now one with the USA "global common framework". Tomorrow, Thursday, there should be another meeting on the basis of the talks at the OECD. The US threatened France with punitive tariffs in December because Paris introduced a national digital tax in 2019, which mainly affects large US corporations such as Google and Facebook.

3:58 p.m.: Prince Charles: Climate protection also creates jobs and growth

Prince Charles calls for the fight against climate change to be seen as an opportunity on the way to a sustainable economy. At the beginning of the new decade, he believes that new opportunities are opening up on the labor market in connection with climate protection: "With the potential for unprecedented growth." 2020 is the year for "Solutions and practical action".

3:14 p.m.: Trade agreement between the EU and the USA soon?

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is confident that she will soon conclude a trade agreement with the US and thus prevent punitive tariffs on US imports by European car manufacturers. It is good to have a negotiation process with the USA, says von der Leyen in Davos of the German Press Agency after a conversation with US President Donald Trump, "because in a few weeks we want to have an agreement together that concludes these issues".

She discussed with Trump how this process will continue. "Our experts now sit down, look at the facts, exchange figures, and ask the question of fairness on both sides"says the EU Commission President.

It is important to continue the talks, it has been agreed. "Nobody benefits if we break out into months of trade dispute." Von der Leyen emphasizes: "Therefore it is wise: negotiate now, discuss facts with one another, conclude the negotiations and sign."

2:28 p.m.: Car convoy instead of helicopter

Nebel prevented the speedy departure of US President Donald Trump after his appearances at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Instead of traveling by helicopter as he did yesterday, Trump had to cover the 150 kilometers between Davos and Zurich Airport in a car convoy. The journey, partly over narrow mountain roads, takes about two hours, while helicopters can do the route in half an hour. According to the Swiss media, more than two dozen vehicles drove in the convoy.

1:49 p.m.: Prince Charles meets with Greta Thunberg

The British heir to the throne Prince Charles (71) will meet in Davos with the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (17), Clarence House, the seat of the Prince of Wales in London, announced on Twitter.

Charles has been warning of global warming for many years and was due to give a speech at the annual conference in the Swiss ski resort on Wednesday. According to excerpts from the speech that were distributed in advance, the British Royal demands that in future consumers should be better informed about the sustainability and climate compatibility of products.

1:27 p.m.: Trump: "Thunberg outperformed me"

The US President also comments on Greta Thunberg – and once again makes it clear how important climate protection is to him. Instead of responding to the young Swede’s criticism, Trump says: "She got me on the "Time"Magazine cut out." The "Time"-Magazine Thunberg had "Person of the year" Chosen in 2019 and put on the cover picture.

Trump advises the climate activist to take on other countries instead of the United States. The USA are "clean and nice". But there is another continent "where smoke rises", says Trump, without naming Asia, China or India. "Greta should start taking care of these lands." In his opinion, some aspects of the climate debate are one "dizziness"says the US President, without giving any examples.

1:12 p.m.: Trump strikes in front of the press for a sweeping blow

Donald Trump uses the surprisingly scheduled press conference for a sweeping attack – against the World Trade Organization, against the EU and against the Democrats who have pushed through impeachment proceedings against him.

Trump renews his criticism of the WTO, which he believes is unfair to the US and benefits China and India. With a view to the trade disputes with Europe, the US president expects even tougher disputes than with China. "It really is harder to do business with them. Just ask Boris Johnson"says Trump. At the same time, however, he considers an agreement to be possible before the US election in November.

Addressing the Democrats, he says his strong economic figures are driving them crazy. That’s why they had this "Witch hunt" instigated against him.

"They are frankly more difficult to do business with than China" Donald Trump says the EU is more difficult to do business with than China, but he believes there will be a US-EU deal before the US election and that Boris Johnson will "come out great".https: //

– Sky News (@SkyNews) January 22, 2020

1:06 p.m.: Trump attacks the World Trade Organization sharply

US President Donald Trump is again sharply attacking the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Davos and calling for its reform. The WTO treated the US very unfairly for a long time, Trump said in a surprisingly scheduled press conference. Without the organization, China would never have been able to take on the role that the country now plays. China and India would now have great advantages.

WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo stressed that the system did not work properly in many areas. "The WTO has to change." The trade organization is ready for this. Everyone had to work together so that the WTO could play a relevant role in the face of the current challenges.

12.30 p.m.: Forum boss calls for a revolution in retraining

Together with governments and personnel service providers, the World Economic Forum (WEF) aims to make one billion jobs worldwide fit for the future by 2030. WEF founder Klaus Schwab says, "the best way to support a caring and inclusive society is to provide everyone with a decent job and income". The extent and urgency of digital changes in the world of work "demand nothing less than a retraining revolution". The goals are better education, new skills and better jobs for a billion people around the world.

A platform is being created to bring together and coordinate various initiatives within individual countries, sectors, organizations or schools. Several governments are participating, such as Denmark, Russia, France, India and the USA. The companies involved include the personnel service providers Adecco and Manpower as well as the cloud computing provider Salesforce.

12:02 p.m.: Trump in Davos: Have a plan against corona virus

According to President Trump, the United States has taken precautions to contain the rampant corona virus. "We have a plan and it will work out very well"says Trump.

11:53 a.m.: Von der Leyen: Europe must take responsibility

Commission head von der Leyen calls on Europeans to be more involved in the world. She refers to the Libya conference last weekend in Berlin, which brought together many actors – parties to the conflict as well as international players.

Breaking a ruling order is easy, says von der Leyen. But putting the pieces back together again is the real strength. Europe has learned to recognize the need to intervene in crisis situations. Nobody in the world is investing more in crisis prevention.

11.45 a.m.: Green Deal is a growth strategy

Ursula von der Leyen promotes hers in her speech "Green Deal" for Europe. The environmental program is also Europe’s growth strategy, says the head of the EU Commission. "We must act now." On the way to climate neutrality, it is important "to do whatever it takes". The whole world needs green growth strategies, because all countries are facing a shortage of fossil raw material reserves.

The Green Deal stipulates that the EU should be climate neutral by 2050, i.e. practically no longer produces any CO2. For the "Green Deal" a total of one trillion euros are earmarked for the next ten years, one third of which is to be raised through private investments.

11.36 a.m .: "Climate emergency does not stop at borders"

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez urges the financial and political elite to hurry to fight global warming: "The climate emergency is a catastrophe that does not stop at borders. We are the last generation that can still fight them effectively." Spain’s government wants to achieve climate neutrality in CO2 emissions by 2050. It has declared a climate emergency – a first non-binding step, which, however, should be followed by concrete laws in the fight against global warming.

11.32 a.m.: Participate in our reader debate

A prosperous and at the same time sustainable economy – can that work in the long term or are growth and climate protection mutually exclusive? The reader debate at continues today. Write us your ideas and arguments here.

11.18 a.m.: Trump threatens the EU again with punitive tariffs

After the conclusion of the trade agreement with China, US President Donald Trump now says he wants to focus on negotiations with the EU. And he warns: Without a new agreement with the US government, the Europeans threaten "very high tariffs" on the import of cars and other goods. He tells the US news channel CNBC without a deal "the US must act".

But he assumes that there will be an agreement with Brussels, Trump continues. "They’re going to make a deal because they have to, they have to"said the president. So far, he has held back in the trade conflict because he first wanted to bring the one with China to a conclusion. Trump complains that the EU countries exported significantly more to the USA than the other way around.


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