Foreign politicians and journalists were swift to react to Monday's investiture of a new Government in Bucharest
The European People's Party (EPP) has conveyed a message of support to the new Government formed by the Liberal Party, itself a member of the EPP, the largest party in the European Parliament. EPP leader Jospeh Daul hailed the investiture of the Orban Cabinet, expressing confidence it will bring hope to all Romanians. The international media has also taken note of the change of Government, arguing this will help finalize the structure of the new European Commission, which has been delayed by the lack of consensus in Bucharest over the appointment of a European Commissioner to represent Romania. Romania approved the country's sixth government in five years, ending weeks of political uncertainty, following the ouster of the previous administration, Bloomberg also writes, adding that the new Prime Minister, Ludovic Orban, has pledged to remedy what he has called the damages done to the economy and the judiciary during the three years of Social-Democrat rule. The purpose of the new Government is to restore the confidence of Romania's Euro-Atlantic partners, shaken in recent years by the Social-Democrats' controversial reforms, the right-wing Parisian daily Le Figaro also writes. In turn, Emerging Europe argues that the new Government wants to keep the budget deficit in check, to draft the budget for 2020 and begin a wide-scale process of institutional reform. In neighboring Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has congratulated his Romanian counterpart, with whom he plans to cooperate based on mutual respect, in the interest of both nations. The Hungarian media ironically writes that the appointment of Ludovic Orban will further deepen international confusion between the two states, generated by the capital cities Bucharest and Budapest, and now by the two countries' Prime Ministers, both named Orban, and both born in May 1963, a few days apart.
(Translated by V. Palcu)