Iohannis in the election night (photo: YouTube)
The wretched of the earth lost again
Interview realised by Małgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat
The Polish site Strajk.eu interviewed the founder of the blog ”The Bridge of Friendship” Vladimir Mitev about the Romanian presidential elections. The Bulgarian journalist commented what explains the support for Klaus Iohannis, how it should be interpreted in international and internal plan, the role of France in Romania and the region and the expectations from the Romanian-Polish relations after Iohannis’ reelection as head of the state.
What follows is the text of the interview:
Iohannis said the magic words to Trump that Romanians want more American troops (photo: YouTube)
While Emmanuel Macron speaks that the EU is on the edge of the abyss and the Alliance is in ”cerebral death”, Romanians elected a leader, who stares at the White House
This article was published on 25 November 2019 on the Bulgarian section of the site ”The Barricade”.
Klaus Iohannis has won a new five-year mandate as the president of Romanian with an excellent score – almost 66%. His opponent – the former prime minister Viorica Dancila got 34%, and some say this result has been above her capabilities.
By siding with Iohannis, Romanians emit a message of euroatlantic loyalty. In a moment when the French president Emmanuel Macron speaks that the EU is on the edge of the abyss, and NATO is in ”cerebral death”, Romania sided with the candidate, who has the White House’s approval. In the summer Iohannis visited Donald Trump and said the magic words that he wants more American troops in his homeland. The first and probably only meaningful things, which Iohannis did in his first mandate was to gather the party leaders and to secure that 2% of GDP will be given to the army. Now Romania realises projects for multi billion dollars in the defence sphere, which are related to missles land-air, homemade armoured vehicle and a new infantry machine.
(photo: Bloomberg TV Bulgaria)
The Romanian foreign policy elite insists that the ethnic German be elected, becuase it is looking for a close relation to the White House, while fearing the perspective of Russia’s becoming an acceptable partner for the EU
On 12 November 2019 the Bloomberg TV Bulgaria interviewed the editor of the blog “The Bridge of Friendhsip” in its morning emission “Business Start”. The tv host Zhivka Popatanasova wanted to learn more about the message that the vote for Iohannis represents, what are the messages of the other candidates and what could be expected from the new government of the National Liberal Party.
Here is the transcription of this interview:
When the Romanian president Klaus Iohannis (left) was in the White House in the summer of 2019, he asked for more American troops in Romania (photo: YouTube)
The euroatlantic candidate got a convenient opponent for the second round of the presidential elections after a campaign, which was likened to selection of a monarch, not of a president
This article was published on 11 November 2019 on the Bulgarian section of the site “The Barricade”.
Romania heads to new five years of Klaus Iohannis as head of the state. On the first round of the presidential elections after 99,96% of the votes were counted, the representative of the National Liberal Party received 36,65%, while his main opponents received respectively: the former prime minister of the Social Democratic Party Viorica Dăncilă – 23,8%, Dan Barna – the leader of the Union Save Romania, which raced in an alliance with the party of Dacian Cioloş ”Plus” – 13,99% and the actor and former member of the European Parliament Mircea Diaconu – 9,25%. In the next round it is expected that Barna’s voters, the voters of the candidate of the Hungarian minority and the voters of Teodor Paleologu, who was supported by the former president Traian Băsescu, to vote for Iohannis. Dănciă will probably receive a part of the voters of the people who stood behind Mircea Diaconu, but not of all of them. That is how Dăncilă has no chances to win again Iohannis.
It is almost sure that Klaus Iohannis will win the presidential elections, claims the editor of the blog ”The Bridge of Friendship” in an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio
On 9 November 2019 the editor of the blog ”The Bridge of Friendship” was interviewed in the emission ”Saturday 150” of the Bulgarian National Radio. The questions from the interview tried to clarify the expectations towards the new Romanian government in internal plan, its relations with the European Commission and the expectations for results of the presidential election, whose first tour will take place on 10 November 2019.
Lucian Sârbu (foto: Lucian Sârbu)
A discussion on the electoral choices at the presidential elections 2 months before the vote and on the possibility for the new left to affirm itself after the anticipated failure of the PSD in the November 2019 elections
This article was published on 29 August 2019 on the English section of the site ”The Barricade”.
Lucian Sârbu graduated from university with degrees in philosophy and marketing. He has been a contributor to various cultural magazines and is one of the authors of the Romanian site “Arguments and Facts”. He has written under a pseudonym for the most popular real estate blog in Romania, “The Real Estate Bubble”. Sârbu is the author of the book of essays “Truth and Democracy”, which was published in 2001 by the publishing house Paideia. Between 2012 and 2016 he was an active member in the leadership structures of the Romanian Socialist Party (PSR) and a member of the Group for Economic Policies of the European Left Party. He was a PSR candidate for the Romanian Senate in 2012 and also for European Parliament in 2014. At the moment, he is no longer active politically, but remains interested in Romanian political, economic and social developments.
This interview with Lucian Sârbu was made a few days after the Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, who fights for a new 5-year mandate, met with his American counterpart Donald Trump at the White House and received Trump’s support. After the meeting, various announcements and proposals for American-Romanian cooperation were made by Iohannis and various bilateral institutions: new American military bases in Romania, possible new American investments of up to 10 billion dollars and other goodwill gestures between the US and Romania, such as the easing of restrictions for Romanians travelling in the United States.