Romania slams EU for treating it as ‘second-rate’ country

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian officials have slammed European Union (EU) officials for treating it as “a second-rate” country as it prepares to take over the EU’s rotating presidency today.

Signaling the fractious mood, a senior official of Romania’s governing Social Democratic Party, blasted top EU officials including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“Romania is under special (EU) monitoring. Romania is treated like a second-rate nation by some EU officials,” Mihai Fifor, a Social Democrat leader, wrote last Sunday.

He was referring to remarks made last Saturday by Juncker in an interview with Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Junkcer, who heads the EU’s executive branch, questioned whether Romania was ready for the political give-and-take of the role amid deep political divisions at home and a contentious domestic judicial overhaul.

File photo shows European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. – AP