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Claudiu Târziu (Romania): “We strongly support a Europe of sovereign nations”

By UME

Claudiu Târziu is the co-chair of the Romanian nationalist party Alliance for Romanian Unity (AUR) – whom we interviewed at the time of Covidism. Lionel Baland asked him again for Breizh-info about the current hot topics and his party.

Breizh-info.com: What is the history of your political party and how many elected representatives do you have at the different levels of power? What are the main goals of the AUR?

Claudiu Târziu: The Alliance for Romanian Unity (AUR) party was founded at the end of 2019. Following the parliamentary elections in December 2020, she entered the Romanian Parliament. The AUR is the only national conservative parliamentary party in Romania. We have 40 deputies, three mayors and 80 municipal councillors.

Our goal is for the Romanian people, through their representatives, to regain control of the state that is currently in the hands of corrupt politicians who are promoting a globalist agenda that runs counter to our national interests. We also want the unification of the two Romanian states, Romania and Moldova. Just as there were two German states after the Second World War, there are still two Romanian states today – a regrettable throwback to the Hitler-Stalin pact.

We strongly support a Europe of sovereign nations working together to preserve and promote national identities and European civilization and Christian heritage and values.

Breizh-info.com : Is your party also active in Moldova? What relations should Romania have with Moldova? Should Moldova be annexed by Romania? What is your position on the issue of Transnistria, an internationally unrecognized state in eastern Moldova and a satellite state of Russia?

Claudiu Târziu: Yes, the AUR party is also active in the other Romanian state, Moldova. The term “annexation” is not only imprecise, but also the term favored by Russian propaganda. As a party, we have no expansionist ambitions towards our neighbors. Moldova is a different and special affair. We support the unification of the two states as a solution to the reunification of the Romanian nation artificially and abusively fragmented by Hitler and Stalin.

If the Germans or the Vietnamese have found a way to overcome the national division, I am convinced that there must also be a way for the Romanian people so that they no longer have to live apart. I believe that this is only a matter of time.

Transnistria is not a state, but an invention of Moscow, intended to put pressure on the Republic of Moldova, but also on Ukraine. According to international law, the Republic of Moldova has full legitimacy to claim sovereignty over this area. Russia and organized criminal groups benefit from the existence of this illegal regime in Tiraspol. i.e. tr.: the capital of Transnistria]. Resolving this frozen conflict would increase security in Eastern Europe and facilitate the Romanians’ reunification process.

Breizh-info.com : What is your party’s position on the war in Ukraine and the two protagonists of this conflict, Ukraine and Russia? Should the north of Bukovina, which is currently part of Ukraine, belong to Romania?

Claudiu Târziu: North Bukovina and Hertsa region are former Romanian territories that belonged to the former Principality of Moldova and later to the Kingdom of Romania. The ethnic makeup of these regions was significantly altered as a result of a USSR-sponsored policy of denationalizing Romanians. When the perfidious political class in Bucharest i.e. tr.: the capital of Romania] signed a treaty with Ukraine in 1997, renouncing these areas.

If we make territorial claims in Ukraine today, no matter how historically justified, we would be putting the Romanians on the same side as Vladimir Putin and his aggressive policies, which is contrary to our principles and values.

As for the war in Ukraine, I have the impression that we are witnessing a US-Russian conflict that is being fought on the territory of Ukraine and in which other NATO countries are also involved. This war did not begin with the invasion led by Vladimir Putin, but is part of a broader process of dividing up spheres of influence. This competition for Ukraine has been going on for decades. One of its episodes was the Euromaidan, over which pro-American and pro-Western forces organized a coup in Ukraine in 2013. Another was Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Things need to be looked at and understood from a distance. However, this does not mean that Russia’s war in Ukraine is acceptable.

It is unfortunate that this geopolitical competition between great powers is causing so many human casualties, with devastated cities and huge economic malfunctions affecting not only the states in the region but all of Europe.

Breizh-info.com : What is the AUR’s attitude towards the Hungarian speakers in Romania?

Claudiu Târziu: The ethnic Hungarians are Romanian citizens and we believe that they are loyal citizens. As a party, we don’t have specific public policies for the different ethnic groups. Ethnicity does not matter, individual qualities and merits do.

Unfortunately, Hungarians in Romania are politically exploited by an exclusively ethnic party – UDMR, Union Democrate Magyare de Roumanie – which claims a monopoly on representing their interests. In fact, the UDMR is trying to encircle ethnic Hungarians and restrict their access to the Romanian labor market through the policies they are promoting in education and administration.

Our message to them is that when the AUR rules in Romania, everyone’s lives, including their own, will improve. One of our main interests is to establish an independent judiciary and real economic development for the benefit of all citizens.

Breizh-info.com : And in relation to the Gypsy minority in Romania?

Claudiu Târziu: As with any other ethnic minority. As a conservative party, we say to all Romanian citizens: “Keep your ethnic and cultural identity, your language and your customs, but let’s act together for our common good!”

The AUR party has members from almost every minority group, including Jews – who are a very small minority in Romania today. It’s not where they come from that matters, but the fact that we’re all attached to this country and want the common good. In the case of the Gypsies, the situation is varied and complex. We have Gypsies perfectly integrated into society and even cosmopolitan, but we also have many struggling with poverty and marginalization who are either victims of criminal groups or see crime as a quick way to overcome their social and economic situation.

The most important solution we offer them is education. If they send their children to school and their communities provide them with good role models, fewer of them become victims of organized crime.

Breizh-info.com : Are you referring to Romanian nationalist activists or to writers from the past?

Claudiu Târziu: I am a man of literature. I have been a journalist for decades and have published several volumes. I was close to the old cultural elite who survived the communist regime. Names like Marcel Petrișor, Gabriel Constantinescu, Valeriu Anania or Răzvan Codrescu may mean nothing to your audience as they are hardly known outside of Romanian culture, but they mean a lot to me. I have learned from them to follow my beliefs with persistence and hope, regardless of the problems that arise from standing against the zeitgeist (zeitgeist).

Breizh-info.com : The other patriotic or nationalist political parties in Europe have developed mainly by riding on the rejection of immigration by part of the population. Is Romania threatened by migration flows? Many Romanians work and live in Western Europe. What is your attitude towards this situation?

Claudiu Târziu: Romania is seen more as a transit country than as a final destination.

It is necessary to distinguish between the free movement of EU citizens and illegal immigration – these immigrants come from cultures very different from our civilisation: North Africa, the Middle East or Asia.

Romanians working in Western Europe are culturally compatible with their target country and integrate very quickly economically there. I think things are different for immigrants coming from outside Europe. A large proportion of them do not integrate into the countries in which they settle. They even tend to operate like a state within a state, with its own laws and hierarchies, including a culture hostile to native residents. For this reason, it is only natural that peoples try to defend their sovereignty and their interests at the political level.

Even if the AUR did not appear as an answer to the question of immigration, our party is quite compatible with the right-wing political organizations in Western Europe. We, as patriots, must work together at European level to be more effective in opposing the globalist agenda.

Breizh-info.com : What is your political party’s position on Romania’s communist past? How do you perceive the country’s former communist leader, Nicolae Ceaușescu?

Claudiu Târziu: Ceauşescu was a communist dictator. There is no doubt about it. His regime collapsed in December 1989, but the so-called Democrats that came after were no less destructive. They were and are really harmful to our country.

The cultural Marxism and globalism that dominate the West have much in common with communism. Dialectical materialism has failed, but today there is neo-Marxism and it wants to achieve the same thing: the dehumanization of man and his transformation into a slave without a conscience, without aspiration for transcendence and without his natural desire for freedom.

Like other peoples in Eastern Europe, we Romanians experienced true communism. We know what it means and easily recognize the new Communism 2.0. This is one of the reasons why we founded the AUR to oppose this neo-Bolshevism that seeks to control individuals and peoples by destroying their national identity and restricting their fundamental rights and freedoms.

The conversation was conducted by Lionel Baland

This article first appeared on  BREIZH-INFO , our partner in EUROPEAN MEDIA COOPERATION.

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