Europe must get a handle on immigration to combat a growing threat from rightwing populists, Hillary Clinton has said, calling on the continent’s leaders to send out a stronger signal showing they are “not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support”.
In an interview with the Guardian, the former Democratic presidential candidate praised the generosity shown by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, but suggested immigration was inflaming voters and contributed to the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s vote to leave the EU.
“I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame,” Clinton said, speaking as part of a series of interviews with senior centrist political figures about the rise of populists, particularly on the right, in Europe and the Americas.
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Centrist heavyweights on the global rise of rightwing populism, and what can be done to stop it
Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Matteo Renzi: three of rightwing populism’s greatest scalps.Blair may not have lost at the ballot box, but his legacy, particularly on Europe, was upended in the Brexit referendum.
Clinton admits she was left dumbfounded by her 2016 election defeat at the hands of Donald Trump. Renzi’s centre-left party was defeated this year after a surge in the anti-establishment vote in Italy, a country he calls “the incubator” of populism.
All three are shunned by sections of their own party that accuse them of being responsible for the failure of the centre-left to offer a sufficiently radical alternative.
But all three are still thinking deeply about rightwing populism – its causes and the threat it poses – the mistakes of the centre left, including their own, and how modern politics appears to be mobilising resentment towards a perceived elite.
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I have always been and remain a staunch advocate of comprehensive immigration reform that’s true to our values and treats every person with dignity, provides a pathway to full and equal citizenship…— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2018
and brings millions of hardworking people into the formal economy, fixes the family visa backlog, upholds the rule of law, and protects our borders and national security.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2018
We passed bipartisan comprehensive reform when I was a senator, but House Republicans killed it. Since then, the GOP has refused to make progress and instead uses the issue to divide our country.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2018
Trump has made it worse with cruel abuses at the border, detaining children and separating them from their families. It’s one of the most shameful moments in our history.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2018
In a recent interview, I talked about how Europe must reject right-wing nationalism and authoritarianism, including by addressing migration with courage and compassion. I also gave a comprehensive speech about this last month.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2018
On both sides of the Atlantic, we need reform. Not open borders, but immigration laws enforced with fairness and respect for human rights. We can’t let fear or bias force us to give up the values that have made our democracies both great and good.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2018
In Europe, nationalists like Hungary’s Viktor Orban are exploiting this challenge to stoke fear and resentment. To defeat them and protect democracy, the EU needs a more comprehensive policy that builds societies that are both secure and welcoming.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2018
Democracy hangs in the balance on both sides of Atlantic and we need to save it. Can’t just keep doing the same things.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2018
For more, check out my Oxford speech: https://t.co/J4cgHCmcZN