An appearance by the two together would be seen as a global counterbalance to Trump’s isolationist ‘America first’ political rhetoric.
Following a Friday announcement that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has forged a preliminary coalition agreement with center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in Berlin, officials have noted that the leader may travel to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, breaking a three-year moratorium on her attendance at the annual gathering of the world's political and financial power brokers.
After a fractious September 2017 election that saw her power base eroded, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) party has struggled to find common ground with the various political parties operating in Berlin, and the coalition announcement brings much needed breathing space for the chancellor to turn to matters beyond simple governance, according to Reuters.
Last year's WEF event in Davos saw Chinese President Xi Jinping touting the readiness of Beijing to fill what many consider to be a vacuum in global leadership following the inauguration of Trump, a strikingly polarizing figure on the US political stage.
"There are very few things in the world that unite countries as much as their antipathy towards Trump and what he is doing," stated Davos regular Ian Bremmer, president of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group.