Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, President in office of the Council of the European Union, landed in Bucharest on Thursday, the visit having been announced by the Romanian counterpart already on Tuesday, during the electoral TV debate with Klaus Iohannis. Renzi and Ponta, the youngest prime ministers in the European Union, are members of the same European political family, S&D, and their close relationships is not at all recent.
Matteo Renzi’s support visit is the first visit of a European official V. Ponta is receiving during the election campaign. Thursday evening, the President of the Social Democratic Party, Victor Ponta, met up with the Prime Minister of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi, the leader of the Italian Democratic Party, at the PSD headquarters.
Ponta and Renzi have been friends since the time when the current prime minister of Italy was the Mayor of Florence. From 27 February to 1 March this year, Ponta was on official visit to Rome, where he had talks with the Italian counterpart, DCNews reports.
‘I wish to express my satisfaction for the talks we had and for my meeting with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. We have known each other for quite some time, we are from the same generation and I obviously began by congratulating him on his new office, the exceptionally difficult position as prime minister of a country as big and important as Italy is’, Ponta was saying on 28 February.
Antena 3 Tv moderator Mihai Gadea said Wednesday night that, apart from Victor Ponta, Renzi would also be present during the ‘Sinteza zilei’ programme on Antena 3 Thursday night,
“Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, is visiting Bucharest to assist the Romanian counterpart, Victor Ponta, before the second round of presidential elections, reports the Italian news agency ANSA.”Presidential Elections in Romania, close competition between Ponta and Iohannis. Matteo Renzi is in Bucharest today to assist Victor Ponta, before the runoff” headlines ANSA agency.”Romania is heading to a tight result in the second round of the presidential election, in which competing are the Social Democratic Prime Minister Victor Ponta and center-right candidate Klaus Iohannis. In the last two days, the two candidates have already faced two televised debates at two different TV broadcasters and are supposed to have two meetings tonight and tomorrow at the conclusion of the campaign. Victor Ponta, who today will receive Italian Prime Matteo Renzi’s support, remains favorite in the opinion polls, “comments ANSA .
Shortly after Klaus Iohannis made public at “Adevarul Live” the letter from Angela Merkel since 28 October, Victor Ponta posted on his Facebook page, the message of support came from Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Vice Chancellor. “My good friend Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s vice chancellor, sent me a very nice letter of support. I thank a lot for confidence!”, writes Ponta next to Germany’s Vice Chancellor video.
“I am very happy that today we have the opportunity to express a message of support for my good friend Victor Ponta and PSD members from Romania. Today you run for Romania’s presidency in order to give the country a chance for a better future. I am convinced that you will be successful and wish good luck!”, says Sigmar Gabriel in his message.