‘I never meant to be Europe’s villain’ is the headline of an interview given by Romania’s PM Victor Ponta to German ‘Die Welt’ daily. The head of the Executive also spoke of his relationship with President Traian Basescu, who – he says- is not influencing attacks from Brussels. Ponta answered a question about his possible cohabitation with the president in an interview for ‘La Repubblica’. ‘I am not EPP’s victim and, in any way, I am not the victim of the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. He did not spare me when he criticised me, however he treated my country in an especially fair and balanced manner. As for Mrs. Reding, she has depicted me as the villain of Europe,’ Victor Ponta told ‘Die Welt’. He confessed he had not considered the possibility that President Basescu might want to revenge himself. Regarding his relationship with the head of state, Ponta also spoke about the subject in an interview for Italian ‘La Repubblica’ publication. ‘My conflict with President Basescu was natural, because the right-wing president has been in power for eight years, during which period I was in the opposition. Cohabitation was more difficult than I would have thought. (…) President Basescu is concluding his second term in 2014, so I don’t think it will be impossible for the two of us to cohabitate for another year,’ Ponta noted.