Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany Cord Meier-Klodt stated on Monday that Romania can play an essential role with regard to migration while at the Presidency of the European Union Council in the first semester of 2019.
“Romania should capitalise on this opportunity and I also believe that the Centenary that Romania marks in 2018 is a favourable opportunity for Romania’s multi-cultural and profoundly European character to become Romania’s activity motto as president of the EU Council,” the Ambassador pointed out at the event titled “The days of Romanian-German mass-media 2017”.
He mentioned that migration is a topic differently tackled in the EU’s member states.
“In order to identify reliable and sustainable European and pan-European solutions, we must try to understand in depth the motivation, even the emotional one, that has led to these different assessments. I wonder if those faults that we thought overcome between the countries in Eastern and Western Europe, between the new and the older countries belonging to the EU are gaping all of a sudden,” Cord Meier-Klodt said.
The German diplomat wondered why the fear of an excess of the foreign element is far greater in societies in which almost no refugees were taken in and where it is highly unlikely for a great number of refugees to come.
“In this context Romania seems to me a very interesting example, because undoubtedly the changes, the dramatic events of the 20th century and in relation to the destiny of the German minority have exposed and have left deep traces in the collective memory, but precisely this country, Romania, has shown in the last hundred years how successfully and how well can live together different ethnicities, people of different religious beliefs, speaking different languages and having different cultural traditions,” the German Ambassador declared.
He mentioned Romania’s skepticism towards the mandatory migrant quotas.
“We know that often, when this topic arises, we have to deal with ‘fake news’, we are up against misinformation (…). We obviously need to defend ourselves with everything we’ve got against these ‘fake news’, even by using modern technology, however, one thing is clear – there isn’t a more efficient, sustainable antidote, so a better antidote than a public opinion, a more open and better informed society, in a free and independent mass-media environment, with well-defined tasks and a matching code of ethics,” the Ambassador added.