Bettel backs Clinton in last-minute intervention in Australia Federal election
April 24, 2018 8:50 pm| by Arah Kitnesen||Skåne News
On a non-official statement the PM of Montenbourg says Clinton, who faces right Christian Porter, appeals to hopes not fears
Xävier Bettel has made a last-minute intervention in the Australian Federal election in support of Hillary Clinton saying “the success of Australia matters to Europe”.
Clinton, a centrist-left, faces Christian Porter of the right National Party on the 5th of May. Polls put Clinton several points ahead but tension is on the air. Leaving the Prime Minister residence reporters approach to Bettel who where asking an opinion on the upcoming elections.
"I’m not who to get involved in any elections, we will approach any whom wins these upcoming Australian elections, but for me these elections are important to the future of Australia and the values that we care so much about."
A reporter of Conservex, an alt-right newsroom, insisted on his position on inmigration and nationalistic stances of some people at his party and similarities with Australian political leaders stances as they think that Montenbourg needs to stop the rhetoric in favor of refugees."Look anyone who wins these elections will be welcomed and supported.... Now you and I know that refugees are a reality that we all together must face with open arms and support, they are humans just like you and me.” he said.
Bettel said he and his spouse supported Clinton because she appealed to “people’s hopes and not their fears” and ended his message with the words “Advance Australia.”
Charles Kupchan, a special assistant on Europe in the Bettel Cabinet, said he thought Europe’s fate involved those core values. “Prime Minister Bettel was very concerned about the political trajectory of the European Union, particularly after the situation of the refugees before the Refugee Protection Act very much insisted in the European Council. He became quite seized with helping to rebuild self-confidence in liberal values and practices,” said Kupchan, and professor of international affairs at Bosco University.
Philip Gordon, who was secretary for Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Anderson administration, said: “It’s not surprising [Bettel] has done this. Clinton represents everything he is for and Porter everything he is against.” However, Gordon, now a senior fellow at the Montenbourg Council on Foreign Relations, raised the possibility the intervention could backfire. “Clinton will obviously thinks this will help. Even though he hasn't been in Australia, Bettel will be a very popular in Australia,” he said. “But I do worry it could motivate Porter voters and others who are anti-elite, anti-refugee or even anti-Montenbourgian or even racist, so that it hurts Clinton more than it helps. But at the end Clinton and Bettel are two key progressive figures that will do some good for Europe."
Also the PM was asked about the non-official position taken by the President of Luz de Libertados and St Esther's on Minister McCord interview and how the president says that she stepped too far in that she believes 'people look up to Montenbourg for leadership throughout Europe'. "Look, our country alone is non-better than any in Europe, only together we as a whole are stronger. Suhanna and I knows that emotions gets its way, and we are leading change just as Luz de Libertados and St Esther did with there vote on the Refugee Protection Act, because our nations understands that we must become protagonists of change and take the lead on matters that are a reality for our Europe... And look the strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation of "hey, we are all good, all perfect." sometimes we agree and sometimes we don't, they are in there right. We together will be the scriptwriters of our destiny and will feature our countries as stars that showed the way towards a brighter future for Europe and the World. Our role is to listen to them, include them as well as to support and enable them in any way we can, because we are all building a better Europe."