Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea claims that the anti-PSD messages seen lately represent “a despicable campaign” that shows how deep his political opponents have entered “the gutter.” He claims several party colleagues wanted to come up with retorts, but he believes it is better for them to watch “the show.”
“It’s a despicable campaign that shows how deep our political adversaries have entered the gutter. That’s how they see fit to engage in politics. They cannot propose and they never proposed something coherent, something healthy for Romanians like we did, and they’ve ended up in this situation,” Liviu Dragnea said when asked for his opinion on the numerous anti-PSD campaigns seen lately.
Dragnea said many of his colleagues wanted to come up with retorts, but he claimed that it is better for them to watch this show.
“Of course, there are many colleagues of ours anxious to come up with retorts, because, being a large party, the inventiveness is very high. Nevertheless, I say that it’s better for us to watch this show,” the PSD leader explained.
Many auto vehicles registered abroad lately feature license plate numbers customised with anti-PSD messages, and last week a farmer from Cluj wrote an anti-PSD message on a field.
PSD leader on rent collected by Iohannis: I’m very curious what the Finance Ministry will do. The Finance Ministry and ANAF should stop fighting and should recover the money
PSD leader Liviu Dragnea announced on Tuesday that he “is very curious” what the Finance Ministry will do to recover the money that President Klaus Iohannis unfairly collected as rent, and said that the Finance Ministry and the Romanian Tax Authority (ANAF) should no longer fight and should recover the money.
Dragnea emphasised that, in this case, the Romanian state can be represented well by the Finance Ministry, not by ANAF.
“I have seen public calls, on television, for Iohannis to willingly go and deposit the money. I’m waiting for the Romanian state – mainly the Finance Ministry, because the Romanian state can be represented by the Finance Ministry, not by ANAF – to carry out the necessary overtures for the money to be collected by the Romanian state,” Dragnea said.
He said it would not be normal for the state to wait any longer, considering that President Iohannis is hiding behind “lawyer’s subterfuges,” and the Finance Ministry and ANAF should recover the money instead of fighting.
“Not to sit two years or to sit two more running around some lawyer’s, public notary’s or other types of subterfuges. Things are clear. I’m very curious what the Finance Ministry will do. (…) When two fight, the third keeps the money. I encourage them to stop fighting and see what is the natural route for the state to recover the money,” the PSD leader said.
Asked if both the Finance Minister and the Head of ANAF will remain in office after this dispute, Dragnea said “all three can remain, Iohannis too.”
Klaus and Carmen Iohannis lost their house located in downtown Sibiu, which hosts the branch offices of a bank, in November 2015, following a final Brasov Court of Appeals ruling in a trial that lasted more than 16 years.
In early July, PSD President Liviu Dragnea asked the Head of ANAF and the Finance Minister whether “they intend to recover the hundreds of thousands of euro from President Iohannis.”
Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici subsequently said that the procedure was initiated and President Klaus Iohannis should pay the state over RON 1.2 million in rent collected for the house located on Nicolae Balcescu no.29 Street even though the state is not yet owner of the said house.