Posted on Jun 29, 2019
Romania’s centrist President Klaus Iohannis has announced that he would decline any offer to get head the European Council, replacing Donald Tusk, and will concentrate on winning a fresh term as the country’s president.
Iohannis, 60, an ethnic German whose promise to rein in corruption has driven his popularity, is Romania's fourth president since the 1989 fall of communism.
“...There are important people, both in the country and in Europe, who would see me in a leading position in a European institution... I want to say it here now publicly: I am the president of Romania and I want to remain the president of Romania and not of the European Council, because there is much more to do here and I am willing to remain involved.
Iohannis currently ranks first with about 43% in opinion polls to win a fresh term, placing him way ahead of any other contender. He is a staunch critic of the ruling Social Democrat’s (PSD) drive to sap the judiciary. Since taking power in late 2016, the PSD has chipped away at the independence of the judiciary, prompting criticism from the EU.
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