Angela Merkel talks to President Iohannis on the phone, voices support for anti-corruption fight, concern over slowdowns

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a phone conversation on Friday with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, when she voiced support for the fight against corruption, German Federal Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert informed on Friday evening.

“Related to the domestic political situation in Romania, the Chancellor assured the Romanian President of the full support for the continuation of the anti-corruption fight. A slowdown in the pace of the fight against corruption and the relativisation of the rule of law and reforms would not be a positive signal,” the release reads.

According to the same release, the German Chancellor and President Klaus Iohannis also discussed the preparation of the informal meeting of heads of state and government of the European Union, due in Malta on February 3rd.

The Romanian Presidential Administration confirmed Merkel-Iohannis phone conversation, held at the German chancellor’s initiative, stating that Angela Merkel voiced concern over certain throwbacks of the anti-corruption fight, hinting to the  Romanian Government’s ongoing intentions to operate amendments on the judiciary legislation.

‘The German Chancellor expressed the full suport for continuation of the anti-corruption fight in Romania, and also voiced concern over the eventuality that some demarches could affect the path that Romania has committed to counter this phenonomen,” reads the Presidency’s release.

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