Traian Băsescu said that Romania should gain a quarter of today’s Hungary in an interview during the congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Zagreb (Croatia) after he made it clear that he has a special relationship with Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán.
Azonnali.hu asked the former Romanian president about what he thinks about working together with the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), why Romanian politicians never promise anything for local Hungarians, and what Romania would do if its borders reached the Tisza so Bucharest would have to deal with a much bigger Hungarian minority.
Traian Băsescu said that he did not miss Fidesz from the congress of the EPP (where they were not invited because their membership is suspended), but he believes that they should remain a member of the party. He added that he has a special relationship with PM Viktor Orbán, so he supports him.
But he also said that
he does not like that Hungary supports autonomy movements
in Romania (where the Szeklers would like to create an autonomous region, but Bucharest does not even want to hear about it).
About the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, he said that he did not support the cooperation with them when he was president because they are not loyal to any Romanian parties. He said that Romanian politicians do not promise anything to the Hungarians living in Romania because they now have a president from the German minority (probably meaning that Klaus Johannis, in this regard, is himself a promise).
He added that
everybody should stick to the constitution of Romania.
He supports Johannis in the second round of the presidential election because the other alternative is a Socialist, and he has been fighting the Socialists all his life. And they are not dead yet, they are extremely dangerous, they can return any time to the government because they have the biggest organisation in the country.
About the Hungarian-Romanian relationship, he said that it is OK. But he does not like that the Hungarian foreign minister forbade the staff of the Hungarian embassies to celebrate December 1st. That is the national day of Romania, but it is a tragedy for Hungary at the same time because it commemorates the loss of Transylvania and many other territories with almost 2 million Hungarians living there.
He also said that Romania begins at the Tisza.
However, when the reporter asked what Romania would do with a much bigger Hungarian community, Băsescu only said “Look the propaganda, the stupid propaganda of the Hungarians. They are extremely aggressive.”
This is not the first time that Traian Basescu says something anti-Hungarian: in 2017, he drew attention to himself by saying that all Romanians should boycott MOL gas stations in the country because the company displayed maps of Szeklerland at their gas stations (Bucharest does not recognise Szeklerland as a separate and specific region of Romania). Before, he attacked legislation and Romanian governing parties for allowing the 15th of March to become a national day for Hungarians in Romania.
The relationship between Hungary and Romania has not been too good lately, more details HERE.