Deutsche Welle reports that Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta has defended his ousting of the country's president Traian Basescu, aiming to reassure concerned EU leaders that he is committed to democracy and the rule of law.
The paper says Ponta visited Brussels yesterday after the EU and US raised concerns over restrictions to the powers of Romania's constitutional court and the issuing of several emergency decrees that strengthen the control of the government.
According to the FT, Ponta is set to meet commission president José Manuel Barroso today, promising that if any of his government's decisions are found to be "not according to the European standards", then he would change them "immediately".
The paper reports that investor concerns over IMF support to the country, and austerity measures that made the centre-right president highly unpopular, have sent the Romanian currency to record lows, despite Ponta voicing his commitment to "structural reforms".
The Wall Street Journal says the national referendum on whether president Basescu will be removed from office is to be held on July 29.
Source: The Parliament.com