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Isolationism or Multilateralism - Trump's Way Versus the European Commitment

European Union (EU) leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have affirmed their commitment to multilateralism and not to  isolationism as a means to greater world prosperity and to solving the problems of the world. 

Unlike Donald Trump's evolving isolationist policies, France's Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel and Italy's Paolo Gentiloni, who addressed the Davos meeting, yesterday, all affirmed Europe's commitment to deeper European integration and to multilateralism through global commerce and not unilateralism,  as an approach to prosperity and as the solution to widening economic inequality, terrorism and the impacts of Climate Change.

French President Macron declared: "If we want to avoid this fragmentation of the world, we need a stronger Europe, it's absolutely key..." He placed France at the center of a mission to revamp global capitalism while spreading the benefits more equitably, forcing a mode of commerce centered on innovation, but having protections for workers set back by change, the New York Times reported.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that multilateralism was under threat and that protectionism was the answer to the world's problems. She affirmed:        "Germany wishes to be a country that lends its contribution in the future to solve the problems of the world together, we think that shutting ourselves off and isolating ourselves will not lead us into a good future," CNBC reported.

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy reiterated to the world's wealthy and powerful gathered in the Swiss Alps of a commitment to European integration and to defend international cooperation. Clearly, their views conflict with the isolationist stance of United States (US) President Donald Trump, whose policies follow a unilateral path. He will address the gathering tomorrow.