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Merkel says a world without multilateralism will 'end in misery'

The German chancellor noted there's been a "certain amount of disquiet in the international system," a thinly veiled criticism of the U.S. under the Trump administration.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos (AN/World Economic Forum)

DAVOS, Switzerland (AN) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back at the rise of populist authoritarians, saying the world must keep a "clear commitment" to multilateralism.

"Anything else will only end in misery," Merkel said in a special address to the World Economic Forum's annual summit at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, where she warned against "the fragmentation of the multilateral world" — nations pursuing common goals, often through international organizations and treaties.

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