It’s all over. After a year and a bit of merely mild disappointment we – along with millions of others – today abandoned all hope of Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis being an agent for positive change.
Commenting on ANAF’s repossession of Antena 3’s studios, Iohannis told a press conference that the tax authorities had acted ‘out of all proportion’ to what was merely a ‘banal administrative matter.’ If Iohannis thinks that recovering €60 million of stolen taxpayers’ money is ‘banal’ then quite frankly he can get lost. He is not the president we or anybody else thought he was. After 12 months of ineffective dithering this was a very good chance for Iohannis to either get behind ANAF and the law, or merely shut up. He did neither. Instead, he came down on the side of the forces of reaction, corruption and set himself in direct opposition to the rule of law. He is finished: there may still be almost four years until the next presidential election, but Iohannis is already a lame duck head of state.
Having watched the prime minister Dacian Ciolos cowardly bow before Romania’s senate earlier in the day and say much the same thing as Iohannis, we really do despair. It’s all gone very, very wrong.
Our last hope? Laura Codruta-Kovesi. All power to the DNA.