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May 18, 2022
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Official apologies follow German politician’s insults against Romanians

The German politician Juergen Ruettgers insulted Romanian workers in front of the Conservative electorate in Duisburg, by declaring that “they come or leave work whenever they want to,” the German press reported on August 26. “Unlike employees in the Ruhr region, Romanians never arrive to the first shift at 7 AM and never stay at work until closing hours – they come or leave whenever they want and have no idea what they are expected to do,” he declared. After the scandal that followed this declaration, the German Embassy in Bucharest announced yesterday that Juergen Ruettgers’ statements “do not represent the position of the Federal Government,” Mediafax announces.


“Juergen Ruettgers’ statements do not represent the position of the Federal Government,” the Embassy announced referring to the German politician’s verbal attacks. Moreover, according to the press relations manager of the German Embassy in Bucharest, Gabriela Butu, since Friday, the Embassy received by phone apologies from behalf of the representative of the North Rhenania – Westfalia land Government for the statements made by Juergen Ruettgers. Afterwards, an official declaration was posted on the website of the Government, signed by the Prime Minister of the land. On this occasion, the Romanian mission issued an appeal demanding the usage of an adequate vocabulary referring to all EU citizens.

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