Hillary Clinton tells Europe to curb immigration and stop populism

Hillary Clinton tells Europe to curb immigration and stop populism European leaders should push for greater control over immigration in order to deal with the rise of populist politics, according to former Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton. “I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame,” Clinton told U.K. newspaper The Guardian in an exclusive interview published Thursday. Clinton suggested that immigration was inflaming voters and contributed to the election of President Donald Trump and Britains vote to leave the EU in June 2016. As Europe started to recover from its financial woes following its sovereign debt crisis of 2011, the continent witnessed an influx of migrants and refugees in 2015, fleeing conflict in the Middle East, particularly the civil war in Syria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel garnered praise in many quarters for her principled stance when migration peaked — allowing over 1 million migrants to enter the country in 2015 — but the decision also cost her dearly. Her position on migration has been cited as a reason that her party didnt fare so well in the countrys last election and fueled the rise of right-wing party the Alternative for Germany (AfD). “I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message — We are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support — because if we dont deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic.” Clintons interview with The Guardian is available to read on its website here.

Maurice Vega

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