Heard (and seen) around Davos: Thursday

Some of the most interesting, provocative and salient quotes we heard around the 2013 World Economic Forum:

“Europe is biggest single market in the world, we can do a lot with that if we’re open and not complacent” -German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

“I don’t want to tell my children, Europe is the place where the future isn’t happening. We need innovation” -George Osborne

“If you eat 3 times a day, you become fat. If you read 3 times a day, you become wise. Better be wise than fat” -Israeli President, Shimon Peres

“My advice: live as an optimist. I’ve tried it for 90 years and it’s not bad” -Israeli President, Shimon Peres

“The last time inequality in US was as high as it is now was in the roaring twenties, and that ended in disaster” -Joseph Stiglitz

“Are we going to fire the father to hire the son? We want to create jobs for young people but not at expense of others” -Sharan Burrow, ITUC

“CEOs are desperate for good people; and there are lots of jobless people. We need to improve hiring process” -Jonathan Teklu, Sprinstar

“60% of young people in Spain are jobless. That’s not just a statistic. There are people behind that statistic” -Maurice Levy, CEO of Publicis

“In the next 15 years we can halve childhood deaths, that’s doable” -Bill Gates

“Good teachers teach. Great teachers transform” -Queen Rania of Jordan

Here are some pictures taken by our correspondents to give you a sense of what it’s like on the (cold) ground in Davos:


Davos Today

Congress Hall

Annual Meeting 2013

Davos Klosters

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