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February 27, 2021

The state’s top two officials, in heated exchange over “deep state” topic

Calin Popescu Tariceanu responds to Klaus Iohannis: You’re blackmailable and easy to manoeuvre by the “deep state”


Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, the no.2 official in the state, responded on Thursday, via an open letter, to the attack that Klaus Iohannis launched against him, a letter in which he states that the attack is “inappropriate” for a President, Tariceanu adding that the Head of State is blackmailable and easy to manoeuvre by the “deep state.”

“I start by expressing my regret for the attack you launched today against me as Senate Speaker, completely inappropriate for the dignity of a President, both in terms of language and arguments. This manner of public expression reveals your state of nervousness, which I can understand but I cannot accept, generated by a series of truths about you, truths that are not on your liking but that have become notorious and which I reiterated for the public opinion the other days. (…) I’m not intimidated by the dossiers that your zealous collaborator Codruta Kovesi fabricates when ordered, nor by other instruments used by the ‘deep state,’” reads the letter that Tariceanu published on Thursday evening.

The Senate Speaker contradicts Klaus Iohannis’s statement that there is not a deep state in Romania, Tariceanu stating that Iohannis is actually its product.

“Yes there is, Mr President, and you are the product of these forces, having the role of carrying out precisely, and on time, the occult plans of the ‘deep state.’ Surely you cannot imagine you won the 2014 elections for inexistent political merits or for the illegalities committed as Mayor of Sibiu. No. You were chosen by the ‘deep state’ to win the elections because you are blackmailable with criminal dossiers and, hence, easy to manoeuvre by those who truly control the ‘deep state.’ When it comes to political opponents, your favourite term is “lawbreaker.” What adjective do you think would suit you after it was proven that your family obtained – through forgery and use of forgery – valuable real-estate in Sibiu while you were mayor?” Calin Popescu Tariceanu writes.

He accuses the Head of State of preferring the “absurd method” of denying the evidence that have surfaced following the hearing, before parliamentary committees, of some persons from inside the establishment. “Lacking arguments and not wanting the public opinion to find out more, you chose the absurd method of denying the obvious and, moreover, you refused, in your capacity as head of the CSAT [Supreme Defence Council], to take measures pertaining to the grave deeds presented in Parliament, even though you had the obligation to do so,” the ALDE President claims.

Tariceanu considers that Iohannis has switched the cause with the effect. Thus, the dossier opened against him is the effect of the statements that the Senate Speaker made against the abuses of the DNA and of the intelligence services, not the other way around. “Moreover, I remind you that this public criticism has been levelled for a long time, for the past 3 years approximately. The ‘deep state’ you sponsor has tried to silence me in other cases too, but guess what, the recipe did not work,” Tariceanu wrote.

He also answered Klaus Iohannis’s statement according to which the ALDE leader “does no good to politics.” “You are right, I do no good to the politics you are promoting. You have the right to express a point of view, but I enjoy the same right too,” Tariceanu retorted.

The Senate Speaker accuses Iohannis of showing – via his opposition to the pending changes to the judiciary – that he wants to maintain the control that the Head of State allegedly has over the judiciary. “This duplicitous attitude is really hurting politics,” Popescu Tariceanu added.

Moreover, the leader of ALDE reproaches Iohannis for not wanting to introduce a threshold for abuse of office, against the backdrop in which it was requested by a Constitutional Court decision. “In recent years a necessary custom gained hold at the level of political leaders – that of not politicising the CCR decision by levelling public criticism. It is a custom I have respected because I respect the Constitution. You broke it and, more seriously, you are fuelling a current of opinion according to which the CCR decisions and the Constitution are respected only when they serve one’s own interests. The perception that Constitutional Court decisions are optional, that they can be questioned and, hence, that the fundamental law of the state can be questioned, is induced,” the letter adds.

On Thursday, President Klaus Iohannis stated that Calin Popescu Tariceanu is a bit obsessed and is making bizarre statements, after the Senate Speaker accused him of being the beneficiary of the deep state.

“In Romania there are no occult forces or a deep state. I followed for a while the statements made by the mentioned gentleman, who was also Premier; sometimes he had approaches that were interesting to follow. For a while now I no longer follow this gentleman’s statements because they have become increasingly strange. Sometimes the impression is that he is a bit obsessed and persons who are a bit obsessed do no good to politics. Paradoxically, the approaches have intensified since prosecutors indicted this gentleman,” President Klaus Iohannis responded to Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s accusations.


Dragnea comes to his coalition partner’s defence: Tariceanu is a very balanced man, with very healthy principles


Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea stated on Friday that Tariceanu is a balanced man with healthy principles, thus reacting to the statements made by President Klaus Iohannis, who said that the Senate Speaker is an obsessed man. Likewise, Dragnea ironized Iohannis for saying there is no deep state in Romania.

Asked by journalists whether he found Calin Popescu Tariceanu to be a little obsessed lately, Liviu Dragnea answered: “No. Mr Calin Popescu Tariceanu – and I can talk about a period of several years, during which we worked together a lot – is a very balanced man, a stable man, a politician whom I respect, who has some very healthy principles.”

Likewise, the PSD leader ironized the statements that President Iohannis made about the inexistence of the so-called deep state.

“There is an increasing number of people who are talking about the deep state. Their number is increasing, unfortunately. Maybe from up there this is not visible, but for us, the ones down below, it’s starting to show. Maybe from up between the clouds you don’t see what’s happening down below,” Dragnea said.

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