Europe

Romania president: We are in a crisis

  • Protesters blow horns during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The leader of Romania's ruling center-left coalition said Monday the government won't resign following the biggest demonstrations since the end of communism against a measure that would ease up on corruption. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    Protesters blow horns during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The leader of Romania's ruling center-left coalition said Monday the government won't resign following the biggest demonstrations since the end of communism against a measure that would ease up on corruption. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather for a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The leader of Romania's ruling center-left coalition said Monday the government won't resign following the biggest demonstrations since the end of communism against a measure that would ease up on corruption. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    People gather for a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The leader of Romania's ruling center-left coalition said Monday the government won't resign following the biggest demonstrations since the end of communism against a measure that would ease up on corruption. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Romania's President Klaus Iohannis smiles before his speech at the parliament in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Romania's president told lawmakers Tuesday the country is in a "fully-fledged" political crisis, after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against a government measure that would weaken the country's anti-corruption drive. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Romania's President Klaus Iohannis smiles before his speech at the parliament in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Romania's president told lawmakers Tuesday the country is in a "fully-fledged" political crisis, after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against a government measure that would weaken the country's anti-corruption drive. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Romania's president has told lawmakers the country is in a "fully-fledged" political crisis, after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against a government measure that would weaken the country's anti-corruption drive.

In an address to Parliament Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis said the majority of Romanians now considered the country was going in the wrong direction.

The president said: "Don't mock Romania... Keep the economic growth." Some lawmakers shouted "shame on you!" and walked out.

Introducing Iohannis, Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu said the country was in "a very tense situation."

Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the governing Social Democratic Party, and Tariceanu refused to greet the president when he arrived.