Ponta and Antonescu make peace: USL not breaking up

Ponta and Antonescu make peace: USL not breaking up

 

By Camelia Cusnir

The ruling coalition has successfully overcome what Premier Victor Ponta called last Thursday ‘the biggest crisis of USL’ sparked by PNL Senator Sorin Rosca Stanescu’s criticism of PSD. After their meeting on Friday, Crin Antonescu and Victor Ponta seemed to have got over the difficult moment and appeared together at the National Conference of Liberal Youth on Saturday, when they made statements in support of USL.

PNL President Crin Antonescu said, on Saturday, that he deemed the Sorin Rosca Stanescu episode closed, assured Prime Minister and PSD leader Victor Ponta of the entire PNL support and that the USL construction was still sanding. ‘We did discuss the matter rather than hide it under the carpet. We each said what bothered us, what we should do and we agreed that we would continue’, Antonescu said at Romexpo, where he was present for the TNL National Conference. The Liberal leader pointed out that his dialogue with Ponta had not focussed on the Rosca Stanescu subject, but rather on the solidarity of USL and the PM received all reassurance that the opinions voiced by the Liberal MP were not shared by the party. Asked if the Rosca Stanescu subject would be resumed at the USL meeting on Monday, knowing that Ponta had asked for sanctions against him, Antonescu answered that it would be a routine meeting discussing government and administration subjects. Antonescu also said USL was ‘a long-standing political alliance in the nation’s interest’, that there was determination to make it successful while remaining anchored in the political philosophy of liberty. He assured that the PNL ministers in the Government had ‘a very good cooperation’ with PM Victor Ponta, also on health reform and that Minister Eugen Nicolaescu and the head of the Government were both willing to work together.