Former U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and former British Prime Minister David Cameron raised at the Yalta economic strategy the topic of populism and threats that it carries.
Cameron said that the economic problems and problems of migrants are the reasons for the growth of populism.
“If you chose the Macron (the President of France Emmanuel macron. – Ed.) and Merkel (Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. – Ed.) it does not mean that the problem was solved. We need to eliminate the problem of populism… All the problems still remain,” said British ex-Prime Minister.
Kerry, in turn, said: “We go back to the 19-20 century – the expression of sovereignty”.
“Less this is similar to the 20th century, which was bipolar, the two world wars… Now dominated by private players. The power of less hierarchical, more like a network of power, so it’s easier to come to seize power – because that’s what social media is, there are fake news,” explained former U.S. Secretary of state.
While Kerry believes that the dominance of populism is not a new phenomenon, and the danger of this phenomenon is that the result can come to power of totalitarian leaders.
David Cameron. Photo frame broadcast from the forum YES
Yalta European strategy (Yalta European Strategy, abbreviated as YES forum) is an annual conference organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
The conference gathers the most influential politicians and businessmen of Ukraine and the world, it has been held annually since 2004.
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The aim of the conference is the development of Ukraine and its European future, as well as establishing international ties.
The founder of the Yalta European strategy, Victor Pinchuk, a prominent Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist.