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Rutelli: the US elections will be a major crossroad for Europe

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A delegation of the European Democratic Party, led by the co-president Francesco Rutelli, and the vice-president Andoni Ortuzar, with the presence of Luca Bader, director of the Institute of European Democrats, attended the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, which validated the appointment of Hillary Clinton as presidential candidate.
The delegation also participated in the International Leaders Forum, organised by the National Democratic Institute chaired by Madeleine Albright.

Francesco Rutelli said: "This is not only a historic event for the United States, where for the first time a woman is competing to become president. It is also a very important crossroad for the European Union. While the US election campaign is fundamentally devoted to the economic agenda and domestic policy – this time, greatly affected by the issues of security and national identity – the November elections will be a break.

First, a reminder populist, not always based on objective analysis and well-constructed strategies: something we have lived in Brexit campaign. However, as demonstrated by the vote of the United Kingdom, deep fears and dissatisfactions can tip the balance in favour of these positions.

On the other hand, the mature approach of an indispensable multilateralism at the international level, and the desire to modernize, but not remove the character of democratic pluralism and the face of cultural diversity, are essential for the role and prestige of America in the world.

Stronger Together, said Hillary Clinton. We hope that the new-found unity of the Democrats is deep. It is also in our interest as Europeans that America does not close in on itself, and keeps all the reasons for our strategic partnership. For the EDP, the underlying reasons for a radical renewal – on the democratic and effective plan – of the EU project coincide with the puzzle game of our US Democrats friends."