What the newspapers say: June 17 2011
Romania libera investigates how Greece came to depend on the savings of Romanians. The six Greek banks in Romania ,especially the bigger ones have very serious problems back in Greece. Some experts even claim that Greeks started to direct a part of the resources from Romania to Greece. Greek banks received a blow that might be fatal as Standard and Poor’s downgraded the banks’ levels to extremely speculative the second worst level in the evaluation grid. On the long term, banks might even withdraw from Romania.
On the short term, the effects over branches in Romania would be to reduce the appetite for credits and increase interest rates. Experts claim that the downgrade can also lead in certain circumstances to cash withdrawals from Greek banks.
Bucharest and Budapest are n the verge of a diplomatic war on the new map of Romania issue, Gandul reads. Diplomatic talks have been opened by the Hungarian deputy Prime Minister Semjen who called that Romania’s territorial reorganization plans are a threat to the Hungarian minority in Romania.
Hungarian Ambassador to Bucharest Oszkar Fuzes declared for Mediafax that the interest expressed by Hungary on this matter is natural, since it is an important thing for the Hungarian minority. Romania’s Foreign Affairs minister Baconschi called Fuzes for clarifications on the declarations of the Hungarian official.
Evenimentul Zilei reads that Hungarian politicians propose a macroregion that corresponds with the territory obtained by Budapest back in 1940 through the Dictate of Vienna. Promoted by the Democratic Liberals as a necessity for better EU fund absorption, for cutting costs of the state the idea of territorial reorganization backfired and tensed relations with Budapest.
Hungarian deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said that irrespective of the modifications, the reality of the region dominated by the Hungarian minority in Romania needs to be respected. Shortly after, Romania’s Foreign Affairs minister Baconschi said that he will call the Hungarian Ambassador to Bucharest for explanations.
He urged his Hungarian counterparts to have a normal position and to stop with the exaggerated declarations that lead to the idea that Hungary intervenes in Romania’s internal policy. One thing is sure, the newspaper reads that the macro regions put forward by the Hungarian representatives in Romania creates the territory which Romania was compelled to give to Hungary back in 1940.
Evenimentul Zilei reads that Dutch employees want their country to open up their market for Romanians and Bulgarians and demand authorities to take measures and attract workers from Central and Eastern Europe. Netherlands is in desperate need of immigrants from Central and Eastern European countries, Radio Nederland reads quoted y news agency Agerpres.
In the next 10 years Netherlands will need about 250,000 immigrant workers. Dutch government needs to decide by January 1, 2012 whether it opens up its borders.