Gloomy economic forecasts have cast a long shadow over this year's event in the Swiss Alps. But Georgieva said that although the IMF projects 2023 to be "a difficult year" and for growth to fall further, "we don't expect a global recession". She cited resilient labour markets and consumer spending, the post-Covid reopening of China and signs of inflation trending downwards.
The French press react to strikes and protests across France on "Black Thursday" against the government's pension reform plans. Also, there's mixed reaction in New Zealand to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stepping down. Finally, Andy Murray wins the second-longest match in Australian Open history, but the late finishing time sparks criticism of the tournament's organisers.
A day after more than 1 million people took to the streets and millions more went on strike across France in protest at the government's plan to raise the legal retirement age, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire tells FRANCE 24's Business Editor Kate Moody in Davos that the government "stands firm" on its reform plan, but that there could be "improvements".
In September 2022, Russian President Putin ordered a partial mobilization to deploy more soldiers to Ukraine. But many Russians defied that order and fled the country – as many as half a million to date.