Puscas: While right evolves into populism, left falls into social-mercantilism

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The political right has evolved into populism, while the left is falling into social-mercantilism, the former chief negotiator of Romania to the European Union Social Democrat Vasile Puscas stated at the debate called ‘Conference of European information networks’, having been organized on Thursday in the western Romanian city of Cluj Napoca, by the European Commission’s Representative Office and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

Puscas also said anticipating Romania’s stance in the European Union in 2020 is not an easy thing to do, for Romania needs to know first how it stands right now, which is also not easy to say in the current political context. ‘It is very difficult for me to say where we stand right now, for I have been almost continuously involved in the latest five years in electoral campaigns.

I keep hearing what is the left doing, what is the right doing, but I don’t hear what is Romania doing. What is Romania doing at home, what is it doing in the EU and in the international system’, Vasile Puscas said at the debate called ‘Conference of European information networks’ on Thursday organized in Cluj-Napoca by the European Commission’s Representative Office in Romania and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

Vasile Puscas underlined that while the entire international system is restructuring, starting with the financial one, ‘Romania doesn’t even think about reorganization, for it has other problems to deal with’, referring to the turmoil on the political scene.

‘I am just not able to join those evolutions which are, as I called them, populist or social- mercantilist. We are all thinking in political terms and we all want something from the political, but we learned nothing from Radulescu-Motru who 105 years ago noticed the fact that the politicking represents one thing, while politics is serious business. Hence it seems like we are still living in the late 19th century, maybe in the early XXth century’, the Social Democrat from Cluj said.

Vasile Puscas participated in a conference together with other guests, among whom there were the head of the European Commission’s Representative Office in Romania Nicolae Idu and the head of he European Parliament’s Information Office in Romania Lucinia Bal.

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