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>> European leaders came out in force at the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday to push back against the America First policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. I'm Noah Bark a Europe correspondent for Reuters. President Trump does not arrive in Davos until Thursday, but the resistance from other leaders around the world has already begun.
Emmanuel Macron is the new star of European politics, and he spoke for a full hour. He called for a global compact to harness the forces of globalization. So what he's basically saying is we need to work together, Europe, the United States, even China to set the global rules so that the middle class, the working classes are not hurt by the forces of free trade.
So this is really the counter message to Trump moving towards a more nationalist, more isolationist approach in the U.S.. He just cut U.S. corporate taxes and Macron warned against a race to the bottom on taxes and deregulation. Merkel, she's coming back. It's her first appearance on the world stage, really, since a German election back in September.
And Merkel talked about the lessons of World War I, the lessons of World War II, and asked an open question, have we learned those lessons? And that's clearly a message to Trump and the policies coming out of Washington. So this, together with Macron, was a pretty forceful pushback against the president the day before he arrives in Davos