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June 24, 2021

ALDE’s Tariceanu: A national project is needed, Romania feels like wallowing in the mud

Co-chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Saturday voiced solidarity with the proposal of the executive leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea to all the political parties for support to a national reconstruction project, arguing that it feels like Romania is wallowing in the mud.

“I am very glad that finally someone resonates to the idea I launched before the presidential election, namely the need for a national project for Romania. (…) I believe Romania needs a long-term project because after it achieved two major projects – accession to NATO and accession to the European Union – it now feels like it is wallowing in the mud, also because of the former president, who had a propensity for scandal and trivial issues. Unfortunately, Romania is described today as an aimless country lacking a national project. We all get ourselves caught in squabbling and sometimes I take a look at the leaders of the opposition party, who have taken over the style and rhetoric of the former president and failed to come up with any consistent idea. Everything is hollow at any level,” Tariceanu told a summer school of ALDE youth at Mamaia.

He underscored that the coalescing factor for such a project should be the president himself so that the unanimity of the political forces may be obtained.

“The primordial role should be the President’s who is presumably unbiased toward parties. I have hopes as well as doubts that such project could be achieved without a strong Liberal party that promotes and defends fundamental rights and freedoms,” added Tariceanu.

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