Germany Slams Romania Over Hitler Mustache Facebook Post

A Germany lawmaker accuses representatives of Romania's governing party of engaging in 'campaign of defamation'

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Romania's Darius Valcov compares Klaus Iohannis, pictured, to Adolf Hitler on Facebook.
Romania's Darius Valcov compares Klaus Iohannis, pictured, to Adolf Hitler on Facebook.Credit: Screengrab from @OccuWorld on Twitter
The Associated Press
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A German official is criticizing representatives of Romania's governing party for engaging in "a campaign of defamation" against the southeastern European country's German minority.

Bernd Fabritius, a German lawmaker who was born in Romania, said in a statement late Wednesday that the defamation had recently reached "a new peak." He cited a Facebook post by Romania's former finance minister, Darius Valcov, which showed the country's ethnic German President Klaus Iohannis with a Hitler-style moustache.

President of Romania Mr. Klaus Warner Johannis during a visit to Israel.
President of Romania Mr. Klaus Warner Johannis during a visit to Israel.Credit: Marc Israel Sellem

Fabritius, who was appointed by the German government to represent the interests of German minorities in eastern Europe, said he had written directly to Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, urging her to distance herself from the "collective insults" by her government or Social Democratic party.

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