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January 27, 2023

President Iohannis: In light of multiple ethnic conflicts internationally, Romania is a model, a happy exception

President Klaus Iohannis says that a very good cohabitation between the Romanians and the German ethnics proves that our country ‘is a happy exception and a model to be followed.’

‘The Germans of Romania are an integral part of our country’s history and identity. This community’s cultural inheritance is part of the genuine richness of the Romanian cultural space, with optimum conditions and unanimous will for this to exist in the future, too. Moreover, the cohabitation pattern of our country is exemplary. In the light of the multiple conflicts ethnically motivated at international level, Romania is a happy exception and a model to be followed. In this context, I’m positive that the Germans of Romania Democratic Forum (FDGR) will continue to be an important, valuable bridge between Romania and Germany, and that its representatives at all levels will further contribute to deepen these relationships and to build a modern, open, European Romania,’ the president said on Monday night in Sibiu (rd 272 km northwest of Bucharest), in a speech at the Brukenthal National Museum.

The head of state, an ethnic German himself says that the relation between the Romanians and the Germans of Romania is ‘a relation of harmony and mutual respect.’

‘I wish to stress today, in particular, the fact that during centuries, the relationship between Romanians and Germans on the Romanian territory has been, with a few exceptions due to transient ideological reasons, a relationship of harmony and mutual respect. The Germans of Romania have always been loyal to the Romanian state ever since its edification, and had a constructive contribution to its consolidation and modernization,’ Klaus Iohannis said.

The president says that the German minority of Romania is grateful to the Romanian authorities and the Romanian people for the support given in the past 25 years.

‘The German community is grateful to the Romanian authorities and the Romanian people for, in the past 25 years since the fall of communism and removal of dictatorship, it has benefited of consistent support with a view to preserve its identity, as well as of the entire openness and kindness of its fellow citizens. The German minority’s institutions – kindergartens, schools, theaters, media, cultural associations and institutions for elder persons’ care – could not exist today without the generous support of the Romanian state, both at central and local level’s administration,’ Iohannis added, quoted by Agerpres.

Romania’s president has participated on Monday night in Sibiu in the opening of the ‘German minority of Romania – past and present in united Europe’ exhibition, in the presence of the German Foreign Affairs minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the chairman of the FDGR, Paul Porr, local authorities.


Steinmeier: I hope new strategy for Roma minority to be implemented firmly


The German Foreign Affairs minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier on Monday night said that he hopes ‘the Romanian Government strategy for the Roma minority to be firmly implemented’ given that this minority in Romania has no access from various reasons to education, health care and proper housing.

‘In Romania, too the Roma people access to the most important goods, such as education, health care and a proper housing is not, from the most various reasons, the way it should be. It is the role of the state to deal with its citizens. I therefore hail the new strategy of the Romanian Government for the Roma people and I hope, above all that it would be firmly implemented,’ the German official said, in the end of his speech at the Thalia Hall, the location of the State Philarmonic of Sibiu .

Steinmeier and his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu have shown on Monday the importance of the German community in Romania, as link points between our country and Germany. The two officials, together with president Klaus Iohannis participated in the celebration of the 25th anniversary since the foundation of the Germans of Romania Democratic Forum (FDGR). The event was also attended by the chairman of the Hungarian Democrat Union of Romania (UDMR), Kelemen Hunor.


It  is the duty of a sovereign state to protect its national diversity inside its own borders


Referring to the conflict in Ukraine, the German Foreign Minister said  that ‘a foreign nation is calling itself a shield of one minority which it has ethnic relations to, and lives in another state, Ukraine, thus justifying the violation of sovereignty of this state.’

‘Too often, in our history matters in connection with the minorities were explosive material and starting point for bilateral tensions. Yet this is obvious if only we look to the current conflict in Ukraine. Forasmuch as, in this case a foreign nation calls itself a shield of a minority which it has ethnic links to, and lives in another state, Ukraine, thus justifying the violation of this state’s sovereignty,’ Steinmeier said in Sibiu, in a speech he delivered on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the Germans of Romania Democratic Forum (FDGR) foundation.

The German official says that ‘this fact contradicts deeply the principle of nationality and identity in an interconnected world: it is the duty of a sovereign state to protect its national diversity inside its own borders! Nobody from abroad is allowed to harm this sovereignty, by claiming to protect minorities! Should we elude this principle, we open Pandorra’s box. Or, under such circumstances it is unlikely the national sovereign state concept to survive in the 21st century!”


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