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Ukraine war weighs heavy as apocalyptic mood shrouds Davos

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The impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominated a delayed and slimmed-down World Economic Forum this year but it took George Soros to articulate what many of those making the trip to the Swiss Alps had been thinking.Davos would not be Davos without a broadside from the 91-year-old philanthropist and former speculator, but the conflict in eastern Europe prompted his most apocalyptic warning yet.“The invasion may have been the beginning of the third world war and our civilisation may not survive it,” he said.Others were voicing similarly dark thoughts – some publicly, some privately.

So much so, that at times it felt as if the meeting was taking place not in May 2022 but in July 2014 or August 1939, times past when the world has stood on the brink of the precipice.The historian Adam Tooze said: “The war dominates everything.

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