Heavy Snowfall Blocks Traffic to World Economic Forum Venue

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Just two years ago, the Berne Declaration (now known as Public Eye), said it would stop picketing at Davos and holding its Public Eye Award (shedding a critical light on business practices), as it considered WEF an irrelevant economic platform "losing legitimacy".

And while traditionally, American presidents don't attend the annual gathering, this year, U.S. President Donald Trump has made a decision to jet in to Davos.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be among those in attendance when the World Economic Forum begins in Davos today.

While this year, the official theme for the meeting is "Creating a shared future in a fractured world", each year discussions revolve around recurrent themes such as inequality, poverty, innovation, technological change, the environment, and corporate social responsibility.

Although Davos is known as a meeting place of keen globalists championing progressive causes, it is also anticipated that the key herald of anti-globalism is to attend this week and speak Friday - President Donald J. Trump.

Trump himself is also scheduled to travel to Davos, Switzerland, making him the first USA president to attend since Bill Clinton.

Earlier Monday, when asked if Trump would attend if the government was still shut down, Sanders said: "I don't know that that's very likely".

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US President Trump is set to deliver a speech on the last day of the event.

Macron will be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, returning to the world stage after months of political limbo at home, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. He also said the security detail is similar to that provided in the past few years.

In the face of charges of sexism, the forum this year has appointed seven female co-chairwomen, including Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa flanked by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba at the breakfast planning session ahead of South Africa's participation in the World Economic Forum.

Last year, the sole envoy from the Trump camp in the week leading up to his inauguration was Anthony Scaramucci, the NY financier who was sacked after just 10 days as White House communications director.

General Aldo Schellenberg said the number was not changed following the announcement that Mr Trump would be the first serving United States president to attend in almost 20 years.

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