Every year business, political, academic and other society leaders gather in the small Swiss town of Davos for the World Economic Forum, the purpose of which is to improve the state of the world. Liberal politicians did not want to miss this chance to contribute to shape the global, regional and industry agendas and that is why several leading European Liberal personalities are joining this year's meeting in Davos from 23 to 26 January.
The Liberal line-up of speakers at the World Economic Forum 2018 include:
Among the speakers, there will also be Canadian Liberals Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Chrystia Freeland.
Tuesday 23 January marked the start of the first round of Liberal speakers with former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes speaking about the digital economy: "Now is the the moment when we have to realise that adapting new data policies to cross-border data flows is not a threat, but an opportunity. You need trust and flexible governments."
Later on, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander de Croo joined a panel debate bout post-establishment politics, where he focus on social media and populism. During the discussion, he said: "The movement towards polarisation that populists are trying to do is being supported by foreign powers, such as Russia, who support the idea of polarisation. This does not only mean hacking the election machines, but also using social media to push for polarisation."
On Tuesday afternoon Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the attendees at this year's World Economic Forum. You can read his full address here.
Other Liberal speakers will take stage on Thursday 25 January and Friday 26 January. On Thursday's afternoon, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will participate together in a panel debate about a new momentum for Europe and how can European leaders reinvigorate the European project and strengthen Europe’s role in the world. On Friday's morning, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen will debate on how to invest to have an impact, concretely how can we unlock private capital to scale social and environmental impact and accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
ALDE Prime Ministers Xavier Bettel (Luxembourg), Charles Michel (Belgium), Juri Ratas (Estonia) and Miro Cerar (Slovenia), among other Liberal politicians, are also joining this year's meeting in Davos.
You can check out more information and follow live all the panel debates and main events on the World Economic Forum's website.