Albanian is in Madrid, but the real priority for Australia is Paris

The Prime Minister’s visit to Europe should be about involving France, another great power and with an important presence in the Pacific.

Anthony Albanese speaks to the media after arriving in Madrid (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)
Anthony Albanese speaks to the media after arriving in Madrid (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Why is the Prime Minister in Spain for a NATO summit? What good is Australia there?

Anthony Albanese says we are the biggest contributor to Ukraine outside of NATO, which is a bit like bragging about the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

It turns out that Albanians are there because NATO wants us, along with the other members of what is called the “AP 4” — Japan, South Korea and New Zealand — as “Asia-Pacific partners.” The partnership includes “political dialogue and practical cooperation in various areas, including cyberspace, new technology and countering disinformation.”