BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s centrist President Klaus Iohannis said on Saturday he would decline any offer to get the European Union’s top job, seeking instead to win a fresh term as the country’s president.
Iohannis, 60, an ethnic German whose promise to rein in corruption has helped make him Europe’s most popular political leader on Facebook, had been named by diplomats as a possible replacement to European Council head Donald Tusk.
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The country’s fourth president since the 1989 fall of communism, he inflicted a shock defeat on then premier Victor Ponta in 2014, on a promise to fight corruption in the EU’s most graft-prone member and be a unifying leader.
“…There are important people, both in the country and in Europe, who would see me in a leading position in a European institution,” Iohannis told a gathering of ethnic German members of the FDGR party in his hometown of Sibiu.
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“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.”
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