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Iohannis, at the launching of his book in Timisoara: Ruling party has turned Europhobic speech in main message of EP election campaign

President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that the ruling party is using a Europhobic speech in the EP election campaign, deeming it as “condemnable, reprehensible.”

“I have been hearing a political speech lately – I am casually telling you, out of the context of the electoral campaign – abject. Some of the Romanian politicians are going about the country saying that our problems come from Brussels or another one says, “Siree, we have nothing against the EU, but it is not well headed from Brussels and all those in Brussels including President Iohannis must disappear because they don’t belong there. I have found out that there has arisen in Europe not a eurosceptic speech, it would have been okay if it had been eurosceptic, you could say you agreed with some things, with others not, but a Europhobic speech, and the fact that this speech has been transformed into the main message of the campaign for European Parliament elections by the Romanian ruling party, seems to me to be absolutely condemnable, reprehensible, but we can see that Euroscepticism has appeared to a great extent because of such populists who go to Brussels and there they all are Europeans without distinction, everybody, they are all pro-European and have a bombastic European speech, and as soon as they come home they put the blame for all their failures and non-achievements on Brussels,” Iohannis said at the launch of the volume” EU.RO – An Open Dialogue on Europe” that took place at the Conference Center of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara.

He emphasized that this discourse can be combated through information.

In Klaus Iohannis’s opinion, an extremely poor option is for citizens not to turn out vote in the European Parliament election.

“If we forget to talk about democracy then we lose it. (…) Now we can go to choose those who present a better option. Do you know the only exceptionally poor option – not to go [to vote – ed.n.],” the president said.


“Those to rule should understand that situation in educations is disastrous”


Those who rule in Romania must understand that the current situation in education, which is disastrous, can no longer continue, said President Klaus Iohannis on Friday, while participating in the debate “Become your best – through a high quality education”, organized at the West University of Timisoara.

“There are generations here that deserve all the chances the EU has to offer. It is unacceptable for our country to lag so far behind, given that we live in one of the best historical periods of the continent, with extraordinary opportunities, which prepare a true revolution of education, we are talking about new mobility programs, volunteering, cooperation projects between institutions in different Member States. It is also necessary for those who rule in Romania to understand that the current situation in education, which is disastrous, can no longer continue. If they do not know or do not want to do things better then they should leave and make way for others who are good at it, because it is not them but the Romanians who will pay for these failures,” the president said.

He affirmed that in the working groups of the ” Educated Romania” project pupils and students were among the most active participants.

“They have shown that they can organize themselves and come up with more reasoned positions than many people who theoretically should have had experience in discussing and drafting public policies,” Iohannis said.


“Romanians who study abroad must have statute recognised in Romania as well”


President Klaus Iohannis said that the situation of Romanians studying abroad should be regulated “as urgently as possible” as their statute is not recognized in the country.

“I recommend that this be remedied especially for our students, that is, someone from here studies abroad and when they come home all of a sudden they are no longer students, I find it very strange. This situation needs to be regulated as soon as possible and I will take care to write to those responsible to find a solution. Technically, the solution would be extremely simple, I hope it will also be adopted. What is important though is (…) that you are students abroad and you feel you belong with us. I hope that a significant part of you will return to the country. We need you,” Iohannis said in the debate “Become your best! – through quality higher education” organized at the West University of western Timisoara, when asked how he views the fact that Romanians studying abroad are not recognized as students in the country.

The president has also shown that he supports a Romanian school.

“I don’t believe in copying inch by inch an education system from elsewhere. (…) The Romanian society has its specificity, because we have the base, the European values, but we also have the Romanian values, we have the Romanian traditions and all must be included in our model of the Romanian school,” Iohannis said.

“I do not want a reform of the Romanian system, at least not of the kind we have had so far, the entire phenomenon we called the reform spree of the Romanian school, I would like us to talk as much as we need to until we know what we want for tomorrow’s Romania, for the generations of tomorrow, which will allow us a very solid foundation on which to really build Romania’s 21st century. (…) These issues take a long time, I know that some quickly lose their patience. They say, you either make a law, or you let it go. I don’t make the law, just as I don’t drop it, so as to finish the project,” Iohannis said.

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