A top European Union official has warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that domestically Romania needs “an atmosphere and spirit of consensus,” because “pointless polemics could cause multiple problems internally and externally.”

Later, Juncker said he was reassured that “internal problems” wouldn’t harm Romania’s presidency after talks with President Klaus Iohannis and Premier Viorica Dancila. He visited Romania to mark the beginning of its presidency.

Romania is keen to make a good impression as it assumes the rotating presidency for the first time since it joined in 2007.

Iohannis also said that feuding Romanian officials would find “a common approach” during the presidency.

“Domestic politics shouldn’t affect things. … I think this is understood by all sides,” he said.

European Union's Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, left, gestures as he meets Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila at the Victoria palace in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Union’s Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, left, gestures as he meets Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila at the Victoria palace in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Union's Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, left, walks with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni palace in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Union’s Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, left, walks with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni palace in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Union's Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, left, shakes hands with Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila at the Victoria palace in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
European Union’s Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, left, shakes hands with Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila at the Victoria palace in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Source: The Associated Press

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