Romania doesn't need an IMF loan, but the governing parties want to use a "political shield", to protect them from losing credibility in front of the electors, said the former Prime Minister, Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

"From the point of view of the state budget, we need to admit that a loan from the IMF is not necessary. They are exceeded by the situation, they feel the crisis has no solutions, so that they want to find a shield, something to protect them politically, in case unpopular measures are required. We had the courage to say we can't raise the wages for teachers, not because we don't want to, but because the economy can't support it. Mr. Boc doesn’t have the courage to say these things, he wants to find a scapegoat, to claim we did some things because the IMF asked us to", said Tariceanu.