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EU's Juncker voices concerns about Romanian presidency

EU's Juncker voices concerns about Romanian presidency

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch is questioning whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of running the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared."

Romania takes over the rotating EU presidency for six months Jan. 1, taking a role in setting the EU agenda and serving as a diplomatic go-between among the 28 member countries.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was quoted Saturday as telling Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper: "I think the government in Bucharest hasn't yet fully understood what it means to take the chair over the EU countries."

Juncker also pointed to deep domestic political divisions and said a "united front" at home is needed to foster unity in Europe.

Updated : 2021-05-09 14:07 GMT+08:00