Gloomy forecast for Davos: crises aplenty, but few world leaders - some 3,000 business, government and civil society figures are due to gather but among them are only three leaders of the Group of Seven most industrialised countries: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte.

In a less than mature act, Trump denied House Speaker and other democrats the use of military aircraft to take them to Davos – less than an hour before they were due to fly(!). The cynic in me might suggest that Trump has done that as he has very little to be proud of at the moment…but I’m bigger than suggesting that

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