Juncker says political feuding may mar Romania EU presidency

European Union's Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he takes part in a joint press conference with Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila

European Union's Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he takes part in a joint press conference with Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila

European Union's Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, left, shakes hands with Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila at the Victoria palace in Bucharest

European Union's Commission President Jean-Claude Junker, left, shakes hands with Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila at the Victoria palace in Bucharest

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — 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.