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EU, Romania: President Iohannis assures German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Romanian stability

Romania has made progress in defending rule of law and in fighting corruption, and any sudden step back would raise questions in Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday in a joint press conference in Berlin with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

The Romanian President was in Berlin, marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and Germany, but his official visit was overshadowed by foreign policy issues related to the internal political crisis that has paralysed Romania for the past week.

“Romania is a stable country with a solid economy and I think I was able to pass the message that I asked the politicians [at home] involved [in the crisis] to solve the matter as soon as possible,” he said.

Iohannis started a three-day visit to Germany on Monday amid a severe government crisis that has raised concerns over Romania’s political stability and its economy.

Most ministers of the Social Democrat cabinet resigned last Wednesday following a row between party leader Liviu Dragnea and Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.

The ruling Social Democratic Party, PSD, on Sunday moved for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Grindeanu, who has refused to leave office and who on Friday sacked two ministers loyal to Dragnea.

The skirmishes that have split the ruling party over the PM’s impeachment vote, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, worry not only politicians but also the business community.

 

 

Read more about the meeting on: BalkanInsight.

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