In an interview offered to one of the most prestigious German publications, Deutche Welle, President-elect Klaus Iohannis speaks about his priorities as head of state. ‘In my electoral programme I stressed 11 major themes, including education, healthcare, infrastructure and the pensions system. Things must be fundamentally changed. For example, in the education department, we need a dual system similar to the one in Germany, because not all people want to go to university. There are many who want to learn a basic trade well. Right now, such thing is impossible. Or, in the healthcare system, for example, where patients are on the margins of the system, instead of the centre, where they belong’, Iohannis said.
‘I want to be a tough, yet fair referee in the Romanian political landscape’, Romania, Romanian education system
The former mayor of Sibiu also commented on his electoral slogan: ‘Romania of the thing well done’, saying that, while in Romanian it sounds well, ‘translated to German it is no longer that special’. ‘Anyway, it says things must be done thoroughly. This would be the correct assertion in the German language’, Iohannis said. ‘I want a different type of politics in Romania. Less show and pointless rhetoric and more solutions.’ In addition, my intention is to be a different type of president. I want to be a president who unites what needs to stand united. In addition, I want to be a tough, yet fair referee in the Romanian political landscape’, the PNL president added.
‘I put fight against corruption in the centre of my campaign. It coincidentally overlapped with the successes obtained by Romanian anti-corruption authorities’.
The ex-mayor of Sibiu also spoke about the fact that the PSD President and his contender in the presidential race, Victor Ponta, had attacked him over his German ethnicity. ‘I don’t believe that my German ethnicity was a disadvantage. (…) I put the fight against corruption in the centre of my election campaign. It coincidentally overlapped with the successes obtained by Romanian anti-corruption authorities these last few weeks. I think this is very well taken by people and must continue in the same way’, said the president-elect. Asked how important his German roots were to the bilateral relations of Romania and Germany, the PNL president replied: ‘It is still to be determined if my Saxon origin will make a difference (…). On the other hand, it is true that I know many German politicians and that I cultivate the contacts I have established as Mayor of Sibiu and President of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania. I wish to keep those contacts and use them to improve and deepen Romanian-German relations’, the president-elect further stated.