UN chief sees ‘parallels’ between run-up to WWII and present day

PARIS — UN chief Antonio Guterres warns of “parallels” between the present day and the unstable and dangerous 1930s as he marks the centenary of World War I in a speech in Paris.

“As I see it, several elements today have many parallels with both the start of the twentieth century and the 1930s, giving us grounds to fear that an unpredictable chain of events could ensue,” Guterres says at the Paris Peace Forum.


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres leaves a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 11, 2018, during commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP)

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