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February 4, 2023

Adrian Nastase: “Iohannis’ team of advisors, a hint whether he intends to be a player or a mediator”

Former PM Adrian Nastase criticised in an article published on his blog the recent letter written by the editors of the publication “Revista 22”, “crucifying” Dan Mihalache, whose name was rumoured in the press as the future head of Klaus Iohannis’ presidential chancellery.

“I have read with utmost surprise the letter by ‘intellectuals’ of ‘22’, a letter that crucifies Dan Mihalache. I did not like its spirit. The bottom line was “the President is our prisoner, as well as the prisoner of Facebook and of the Diaspora” and must create a clique of “our” people. The formula “president of ALL Romanians” used by each candidate during the elections, may disappear again, just like it happened for the last ten years and more.

I don’t like the formula “Let’s put an end and start all over again” – it seems to resemble too much the Legend of Master Manole (traditional Balkan legend, that required a human sacrifice in order to complete the building of a monastery, editor’s note) and the need of ritual sacrifices. Yet, perhaps this time, the President may interpret in a new manner the actual spirit of the Constitution. Therefore, the choice of the team at Cotroceni will show us whether the newly-elected president is preparing to impose an “immoral formula” at the Government or whether he will try to heal the wounds caused by the “Basescu regime” and the electoral campaign, Adrian Nastase writes in his article entitled “The President’s objectives”.

“In my opinion, the President’s objectives should be, basically, promoting consensual foreign politics and dialogue-based internal politics, under the circumstances of a cohabitation imposed by the voters”, the former Prime Minister pointed out.

“Therefore”, he concluded, “the team of advisors for Cotroceni will be extremely important. Depending on its components, we will see whether the President is preparing to be a mediator or a player in the years to come. The patterns were different so far, but the temptation of subjectivity existed all along. If the team of advisors will consist only of ACL members, we will guess that the next Government team is being prepared at Cotroceni and that the President is merely a giant party leader. If the team will include representatives of the “civil society”, the analysis will be more difficult. Will they be Basescu’s intellectuals? Will they be the representatives of Basescu’s intellectuals, the most of them undercover political partisans?”, Adrian Nastase ends his article.




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