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Watch: Merkel encourages multilateralism in the face of populism at Davos

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Watch: Merkel encourages multilateralism in the face of populism at Davos
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel championed a global world order in her address at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, calling for a stand against populist and nationalist movements.

Specifically touching on digitalisation, climate change and migration, Merkel encouraged multilateral approaches to global issues and warned against reverting to pre-war ways of thinking.

The creation of international organisations in the aftermath of World War II was undertaken by world leaders with extra insights at the time, she noted.

"We shouldn't cast their decisions aside ... a global architecture will only work if we work together," she added.

The German chancellor briefly mentioned Brexit in her address, saying that everyone "must live with the shock" of the UK choosing to leave the European Union.

In line with the rest of her speech defending multilateralism, Merkel said the EU was "absolutely dependent" on a partnership with the UK, maintaining that it would work to make Brexit as "well ordered" as possible.

You can watch the speech again by clicking on the video player above.