Romanian Liberal PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu has said in an interview for the EuroNews TV station that he accused suspended President Traian Basescu of being “anti-European, populist” and the sort of Soviet ruler.

Asked what will happen should Basescu return to office after the May 19 referendum when people will decide whether to remove him as head of state or not, Tariceanu said he wouldn’t imagine a very optimistic future because Basescu had a very low capacity to learn from the mistakes of the past. He said many political leaders will neglect and ignore the President should that happen.

Tariceanu also said the political crisis did not affect the Romanian Government and it could fulfill its promises such as the adoption by the Parliament of the National Agency for Integrity (ANI), a body aimed at keeping the wealth of Romanian dignitaries in check to prevent graft.