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Watch live the press conference of the president of Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis from Thessaloniki in the framework of the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). Mr. Mitsotakis told reporters the sooner elections were held the better it would be for the country. Speaking to the media in a q&a session at the Velidio Convention Centre, the leader of Greece’s conservative party, said the leftist government of SYRIZA had committed to implementing more austerity measures and cutting pensions even further.

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Major opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he envisioned a Greece with “true liberty, and genuine solidarity”, from Thessaloniki were he is scheduled to respond to the media at 1pm in the framework of the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).

Mr. Mitsotakis outlined what his government’s top priorities would be once New Democracy (ND) assumed power. The only remark president of ND reserved for the SYRIZA-led coalition was “step aside”, opting to avoid criticising it for its failings. Instead he selected to adopt a positive narrative, presenting his plans for the future of the country, during his 70-minute speech at the Velidion convention centre. “To change the climate in the economy political change alone does not suffice”, he said.

Mr. Mitsotakis went on to underline that the bill for the reorganisation of the new government and change in the public administration sector was ready to be voted in once his party assumed office. The second bill he focused on regarded the introduction of bold tax reforms, which demanded a dedicated and coordinated government to realise. This plan included among other things,
-a tax reduction from 29% to 20% for businesses,
-the extra ordinary property tax (ENFIA) would be slashed by 30% in two years,
-a 5% cut in dividend tax.
Mr. Mitsotakis also vowed to speed up the privatisation process, while pushing forward with emblematic investments such as the mining one in Skouries, Chalkidiki -an investment which caused global media coverage after Canadian Eldorado Gold decided to suspend its operations- as well as the investment in the former airport of Hellinikon in Attica which has been delayed.

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Major opposition party New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday Greek PM Alexis Tsipras must accept Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis’ resignation while touring areas affected by the oil spill in the Saronic Gulf.
“There are grave responsibilities and major questions,” said the main opposition leader and asked: “Who said that the tanker was seaworthy and why was the state mechanism’s response delayed? How can a ship sink in completely calm seas?” “Who judged the boat was seaworthy? How does a ship sink in calm conditions in the harbour? Why did the government aparatus delay to mobilise? Have all the Coast Guard boats been mobilised as they should?”, wondered Mr. Mitsotakis.

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Speaking at an event co-organised by the Konstantinos Mitsotakis Foundation and Department of Greek Studies “Konstantinos Mitsotakis” at Stanford University, President of major opposition party New Democracy (ND) Kyriakos Mitsotakis vowed to break the state monopoly on tertiary education institutions in Greece and to introduce a constitutional reform allowing the setting up of private universities. Mr. Mitsotakis underlined that the reform would have to permit the creation of non-state run, private;y owned universities, while he also called for the upgrading of the current educational system that would allow it more independence and extroversion. The leader of ND criticised the Education Ministry’s recent decision to scrap the selection of the flag bearers at primary school based on the idea of excellence in academic performance. He pointed out that society had to reward those who refused to compromised with mediocrity, “otherwise we would be led to disaster”.

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Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis met Friday morning with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
Mr. Mitsotakis said that Mr. Macron had come to Greece to support the country in statements he made after their meeting.
“Emmanuel Macron came to support Greece… something that is very important,” said Mitsotakis, adding that “we always deal positively and creatively with initiatives that support Greece… We are the political party that puts the country’s interests above all else.” Mr. Mitsotakis dubbed their discussion “substantive”, adding that the two had the opportunity to talk about crucial matters of interest for both Europe and Greece, as well as the need to deepen the Eurozone.

The main opposition leader expressed his certainty that “France is a country that can contribute to Greece’s return to stable and strong growth, something that is the main aim of our policy.”

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“We believe in the power of the private economy, we believe that companies and workers together can put Greece back on a path of sustainable growth,” said the president of New Democracy (ND), Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his meeting with representatives of the local economy in Thessaloniki in light of his official visit to the Thessaloniki International Fair on September 15, 16 and 17. Mr. Mitsotakis told the business community that he would only table concrete proposals that could be implemented immediately. The President of ND is scheduled to meet with members of academia at 1.30pm, while at 5.30 he is expected to meet with union workers of the mining company “Hellas-Gold”.

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Main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday met with the Chinese Ambassador in Athens Zou Xiaoli, as part of the ND president’s preparation for the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) in September, where China will be the country of honour.

According to sources, the meeting reaffirmed their mutual interest in further reinforcing strategic cooperation between Greece and China, which was first inaugurated under an ND government.

They also exchanged views on the prospects for bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on energy, shipping, tourism, culture and foods. Among others, they hailed the imminent launch of a direct flight between Athens and Beijing as a significant development.

Referring to the Chinese ambassador’s recent visit to the Greek town of Soufli, traditionally noted for the production of silk, they discussed the prospects of launching mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in the silk industry.

Zou Xiaoli briefed Mitsotakis on the course of Chinese investments in Greece and China’s presence at TIF, while they also held talks on the latest developments in the Korean peninsula.

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“In the situation that Greece is today, it is my conscious choice to tell the truth. The citizens have been deceived many times and can not stand any other lies”, President of New Democracy (ND) Kyriakos Mitsotakis underlind during his meeting, Thursday with postgraduate students from Stanford University who visited the party’s headquarters. Mr. Mistotakis said
the issues that concerned the Greeks were new jobs, security and education, warning that it was easy to fall into the trap of making empty promises. The leader of ND said people were pessimistic about the country’s future, with the majority of citizens estimating the situation would only get worse. Mr. Mitsotakis went on to point out the causes of the economic crisis citing excessive borrowing and the fact that Greece failed to take advantage of its admission to the Eurozone and make its economy competitive.
“In 2015 SYRIZA’s populists exploited the situation to rise to power. They spent six months negotiating and eventually signed the third Memorandum with enormous cost for Greek citizens”, Mr. Mitsotakis said. Responding on how he planned to exit the economic crisis, he claimed that Greece had to “own the reforms” and exploit the nation’s comparative advantages. “With lower taxes and private initiative we can kick start the engine of the Greek economy”, he stressed.

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Speaking to his shadow Ministers, major opposition party New Democracy (ND) leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greek citizens were being subjected to the most vicious attack on their income ever. “Greeks have exceeded the limits of their fiscal endurance. They are not paying because they cannot”, Mr. Mitsotakis stressed, adding that an average Greek family will be forced to pay 6,000 euros until Christmas. The ND president said Greek PM Alexis Tsipras would attempt to embellish the situation at the upcoming Thessaloniki International Fair, while ready to impose measures worth 5.1 billions euros, which he had co-signed with his partner Panos Kammenos. Mr. Mitsotakis said Greece was moving at an extremely slow pace compared to the rest of Europe. He continued by promising to support the Greek economy.

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By putting forward his own editorial, just a few days before the major crash test at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis is attempting to bring closure to the entire debate, both within his party and outside of it, after the much heated debate that erupted regarding the conference held in Estonia on Nazism and Communism.

Using the phrase: “It is time to open up the debate and to write up our own history. It is certainly far more creative than discussing past history and the history of other countries”, during his interview with the Kathimerini newspaper, Mr. Mitsotakis, sends a reminder to the general public, that he is leading the party that put forward and made a reality of the national reconciliation process, as it was envisaged by the party’s founder, the late Konstantinos Karamanlis, the man who legalized and made an integral part of the national political scene, the Communist Party of Greece.

New Democracy’s leader, noting that the overall national political debate was recently used in the ideological controversy over communism, and after being directly “accused” through editorials on the front page of the historical left-wing newspaper “AVGH”, that he personally is “white-washing” Nazism, he decided to taken upon himself the initiative to bring about an end on the entire subject and to bring about a swift change in the country’s political agenda focusing on the real problems affecting the country and its citizens.

At the same time, seeing that SYRIZA has an overall disposition to focus and further invest in the bipole between Left & Right, in an attempt to rally together its supporters, since in overall economic and fiscal policy terms has lost a great deal and number of his followers, Mr. Mitsotakis went on to argue that his later father had gone on to form a coalition government with the Left when this was required of him for the benefit of the country, he also went to argue that his sister’s husband had fallen victim to a terrorist attack, paying the ultimate price for his dream of national reconciliation, his dream to build-up bridges among the different factions where others used to build-up walls and to argue that “those that question the great democratic and political history and background of New Democracy are politically and historically dangerous. To do so, talking about supposedly far-right affiliations, and especially those who co-opt and co-operate with Panos Kammenos is just and simply ridiculous”.

“We reply by putting forward our political positions and not by just crying out”

Defending the need to “Reboot” (to restart the country, this being a slogan used by Mr. Mitsotakis during his campaign for his ascension to the party’s leadership), Mr. Mitsotakis strongly argued that the time has come for politicians to come forward and provide answers to the questions on real everyday issues, as these are posed by the country’s citizens. “How are new jobs going to come about? How is taxation going to be reduced? How can we go on about our day-to-day business with the local or national administration without having to deal with an enormity of problems? How is my degree going to increase in value, professionally within the labor market? How can be sure that when I visit a national health service hospital, both myself and my family, are going to receive the best possible medical care services? Will I be able to feel safe in my own neighborhood?”.

Further though to the issues affecting everyday life, the leader of New Democracy has put forward a number of issues, which he feels that affect the country’s overall position and stature, like the role of Greece in an ever-evolving Europe, on climate change but also on the issue of the increasing rate of reduced birth infancy rate in the country. As Mr. Mitsotakis argues, these are the issues that we need to base on the public political dialogue and overall debate, so as to determine and prove who is the most capable and progressive force to address these major issues, thus essentially arguing against to all those, coming from the Left, that have accused New Democracy, of putting forward a right-wing rhetoric & agenda.

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will work from his office in Thessaloniki on Saturday, where he will meet with representatives of the city’s Chambers, his office said on Wednesday.

During the meeting (11:00) the two sides will discuss the main issues affecting the Chambers, ahead of the prime minister’s keynote speech at the opening of the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on September 9, at 20:00. Ministers will also attend the meeting.

Tsipras will then go to Florina and the Prespes Lakes, where in the evening he will attend a concert dedicated to poet and lyricist Nikos Gatsos, with Manolis Mitsias and Kariofylia Karambeti. The event will be held at the remnants of the Aghios Achilios.

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be in Thessaloniki on Monday (Sept. 4) where he will meet with professional and scientific bodies, as well as representatives of the city’s Chambers, as part of the meetings he will hold ahead of his participation at the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on September 16-17.

On Wednesday, Mitsotakis met with the regional governor of central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas.

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Leader of major Greek opposition party New Democracy (ND), Kyriakos Mitsotakis blasted the Greek government over its stance towards the group “Rouvikonas” which stormed the Greek parliament courtyard. “The only order police were given lately was to act as taxi drivers for Rouvikonas. We will let the force do its job”, Mr. Mitsotakis tweeted, commenting on the fact that Greek police cars drove the members of the anarchists group to the precinct before reeling them without pressing any charges.

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Wednesday members of the anarchist group “Rouvikonas” invaded the courtyard of the Greek parliament protesting over the matter of an activists sentenced to prison naked Irianna. About members of the group caught police by surprise and ran into the courtyard before unfurling a banner at the back entrance of the Greek parliament. While police initially arrested some of the protesters, they released them following the intervention of the President of the Greek parliament Nikos Voutsis and the Minister for Citizens’ Protection, Nikos Toskas, according to reports.

 

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Main opposition New Democracy strongly attacked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras over his statements to “The Guardian” on Monday, saying his admissions came too late.

“Mr. Tsipras admitted his mistakes, his lies, his ignorance and his inability to pick associates. Let us hope it does not take another two years for him to admit the immense damage he has done to the country,” an ND announcement said.

“Not just to the economy, with the damage of more than 100 billion euros in the first six months, the two additional memorandums, the austerity to which he has committed the country for many more years, the higher taxes and inflated tax bills of the citizens; also to the quality of our political life, with his divisive speech and systematic undermining of our democratic institutions,” the announcement added.

“Even if Mr. Tsipras does not admit it, however, it matters little. The citizens know,” ND concluded.

Tsipras to Guardian: ‘The worst is clearly behind us’

Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, has promised to defy his critics by taking the country out of its longest-running crisis in modern times. “The worst is clearly behind us,” he told the Guardian in an exclusive interview.

“We can now say with certainty that the economy is going up … Slowly, slowly, what nobody believed could happen, will happen. We will extract the country from the crisis … and in the end that will be judged.”

It is two and a half years since Tsipras assumed power. An improbable leader at the start of Athens’s great economic debt drama, the former communist youth activist is now the longest serving premier in the eight years during which Greece has struggled to keep bankruptcy at bay.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is briefing the leader of major opposition party New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Maximos Hall in the framework of contacts with the Greek political parties on economic and other issues. Speaking before the TV cameras Mr. Mitsotakis told the PM that the economic matters would be debated in parliament. “We will talk in private, but we will also have the chance to have a dialogue in parliament. The people must learn the whole truth”, Mr. Mitsotakis said. The Greek PM responded that sensitive matters relating to negotiations are best discussed in private. Mr. Tsipras briefed all the heads of Greece’s political parties on the developments on the Cypriot matter in light of the meeting in Switzerland, as well as the results of the recent EuroGroup.

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In an interview to Alpha TV’s nightly news bulletin and anchor Antonis Sroiter, leader of Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy (ND), Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called on Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to debate the results of the EuroGroup meeting in parliament. “We had the completion of the review, we avoided catastrophe, but all of that is comes with a harsh package of austerity measures worth 5 billion euros after the end of the programme”, Mr. Mitsotakis said. The leader of ND claimed the country had been condemned to long term austerity. On the question of what he would do, Mr. Mitsotakis said the primary surpluses demanded of Greece were excessive. “For someone to be in a position to ask for something more, he must be able to provide more. We offer reliable reforms”, he underlined. Responding to whether he intended to make lay offs if he came to power, the leader of ND was clear stressing that he would not fire anyone. “We will not fire, but hire much fewer: 1 to 5 ratio where there is a real need”, he said.

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New Democracy President Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke at a meeting of the party’s senior executives.

“Greece has been living a tragedy for two years now,” he said, adding that the government is costing Greek society every week “two to three billion in austerity measures”.

Mr. Mitsotakis spoke of a labor market that has become a “jungle” with workers who feel unprotected.

“The government gave promises that it did not respect. … He has been shut down in the walls of power and has no contact with reality”, he said in his speech.

Speaking of a Greece struggling to survive, Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his support for Greek society, saying: “We are here to show that power is not an end in itself but an instrument and prospect of prosperity.”

The government, he continued, exhibits provocative arrogance and cynicism because he is only interested in staying in power and accused Mr Tsipras of “not honestly leading the country to the elections.” He stressed that “only a serious and trustworthy government can negotiate the country’s future and debt.”

Continuing his assault on the government, the main opposition president noted that “SYRIZA -ANEL has turned the country back many decades” and this only to stay in power, as he stressed.

“The government of Mr Tsipras has been exhausted, and has exhausted the society and the economy,” he said, continuing the attack on the government, and concluded, “the country has to come out of the deadend that has been put in by the government’s incompetence and populism. Only a government committed to reforms can convince partners to deliver what they have promised since 2012. The sooner the government leaves the country for the better. ”

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The political heritage of Konstantinos Mitsotakis, the close ties with Cyprus in difficult times and the more personal side of the political man were underlined in the obituaries of the three political leaders in his funeral. The Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades and the son of Konstantinos Mitsotakis, Kyriakos, leader of the main opposition party of New Democracy.

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The President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos in his obituary among other things, said the following:

Firstly, he was opposed to all kinds of oppressors: towards those who sought to destroy Democracy. The defense of the Republic was a stand of life.

Secondly, it was his dedication to the Parliamentary Democracy. He was devoted to Parliament. If we want to remember Konstantinos Mitsotakis, we will remember him at the footsteps of Parliament. He knew what Parliament means. He has been a top parliamentary orator. He always had a lot of arguments.

The third legacy is the European course of the country. He was a top European leader. Especially after the post-war era, he was among those who acted to make our course in Europe unescapable. Together with Konstantinos Karamanlis he walked that path. It has been a pioneer not only for Greece to belong to Europe but to have a say in Europe. With his example he taught that it is not enough to live in Europe but to fight for Europe.

The last and perhaps most important asset was that of unity. He had lived the price of division, especially in critical moments of the place. We must make an example of Konstantinos Mitsotakis. A real leader is not the one who raises walls, but the one who builds bridges. These are the four depots of Konstantinos Mitsotakis that must inspire us. The Parliament must be respected, there must be dialogue, with arguments, without arrogance. We belong to this Europe, we must have the courage to fight. We all need to know what unity today means. What divide us are far less than those what unites us. Blessed be the soil of Crete that will cover him, along with his beloved wife. The Divine Providence has been fair to you, respected president. You were proven right while being alive.

Nikos Anastasiadis: His bravery was his characteristic

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Bravery characterized Konstantinos Mitsotakis: On the front of Albania, with generosity and smile throughout his political path, being a bright example and role model. He stood high in the time of family tragedy, demanding unity. Konstantinos Mitsotakis is recognized as the politician who had the courage to adopt policies by disregarding political costs. He knew that the homeland is best served with bold decisions and making decisions on the basis of being beneficial to the homeland, rather than being liked. Let the rest to the history. He implemented policies that could prevent a lot of suffering that Greece goes through today.

You support Cyprus, dear friend, passionately. You had excellent knowledge of all the crucial aspects of the Cyprus problem, your relations with all the presidents of Cyprus had been excellent. I will never accept that the fate of Cyprus is the fate of the occupation. To give the next generations a free homeland, a European Cyprus. On behalf of all the Cypriots and as a Greek, I express the unlimited love and admiration. Konstantinos was one of the politicians who thought about the next generations, not the next elections. He was a statesman, rather than a politician.

It is undisputedly true that Konstantinos Mitsotakis was ahead of his time and this was not recognized then. Your children will keep the heavy heritage you left them. Kyriakos, Dora, Katerina and Alexandra I know you’re proud of your father for what he did for his country and family. His legacy is the highest honor for you and for us the greatest responsibility to continue his course. I had the highest honor to consider me as your friend and to honor me with unselfish friendship. Farewell, my dear president.

 

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The Greek-Russian businessman and owner of PAOK FC in the Thessaloniki, in a rare interview he gave to “Proto Thema” he surprises everyone with a lot of what he says.

Ivan Savvidis came out openly as a strong supporter of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

The government last week brought to the Parliament an amendment that passes a 38 million Euros fine Savvidis’ SEKAP company had to pay, to the previous owners of the company, as the misdeed that led to the fine was done by them before Savvidis bought SEKAP. Alexis Tsipras defended the amendment something that, as Savvidis states, “made him want to applaud”, adding that in that speech Tsipras “reminded him of Putin”.

Ivan Savvidis, also called for the Greek people to “stand by Tsipras. He is a prerequisite for the success of the future”.

But Savvidis went on attacking the main opposition party of New Democracy and its leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis personally, as well as PASOK. “He will never be a Prime Minister”, he argued about Mr. Mitsotakis, accusing him that his stance drives international investors away from the country.

He noted, however, that with the former Prime Minister with the New Democracy party, Kostas Karamanlis, he has “a wonderful friendship. I respect him and I love him”.

Nonetheless, he didn’t have good words to say for another former Prime Minister with New Democracy, Antonis Samaras. According to the Greek-Russian Tycoon, Mr. Samaras practically imposed to him the acquisition of SEKAP, saying that “he transferred his headache to me”.

Speaking of his next business plans, Ivan Savvidis confessed exclusively to “Proto Thema” that he is indeed interested for one of the big TV channels and for the Press Groups DOL and “Pegasus”, which are in search of a strategic investor.

“In May I will buy one of the main TV Greek stations and I am also interested for DOL and ‘Pegasus’”, he admitted.

When he was asked if his next interview will be in Greek, he answered that “when I’ll give an interview in Greek, it will mark the beginning of my political career in Greece”!

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Greece is exiting the default chaos that New Democracy has caused, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday said in Parliament during a debate on the extrajudicial settlement.

Tsipras underlined that since April 7 (New Democracy leader Kyriakos) Mitsotakis and his party have been in a constant vertigo.

The prime minister stressed that the political agreement closed and the technical agreement will also close.

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The leader of the main opposition party New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated on Tuesday that he will abolish the so-called “Paraskevopoulos law” which allows convicts who have served a portion of their sentence to be released with conditions from prison. The law was introduces in an attempt to relieve prison overcrowding.

“Innocent citizens are paying for the ideological obsessions of Paraskevopoulos’ law. We will abolish it,” he tweeted.

The law was submitted in 2015.

Mitsotakis’ statement follows a violent home invasion of a four-member gang in the apartment of an elderly woman on Athens’s southern suburb of Palio Faliro.

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The leader of the Greek main opposition party “New Democracy”, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, attacked the Greek government in his speech to his shadow government earlier today.

“The celebrations of February 20th were proven to be lies and they mock the Greek people. The delay in the evaluation is catastrophic for the economy”, he stated.

He also made it clear that his political party will not support the government by voting any measures.

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Speaking to anchor Antonis Srioter of Alpha TV’s nightly news bulletin, the leader of Greece’s major opposition New Democracy (ND) party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis vowed to repeal the government’s “illegal procedures” to permanently appoint seasonal contracted employees in the public sector.

Mr. Mitsotakis made it clear that his government would not stand for placing more burden on the state budget by maintaining public servants, contrary to court rulings. “If we ascertain that some contracted employees were given a permanent status in violation of the Supreme Court’s rulings, we will not accept it”, he underlined.

He went on to say that his government would change the law passed by the current administration that banned local governments from appealing to courts in the event a first instance ruling went against them. The opposition leader added that he would allow hirings in sectors of the state that were deemed necessary like in health.

On the issue of his intention to cut taxes, Mr. Mitsotakis doubled down, stressing he was determined to move forward with his plan, even if this meant clashing with the country’s creditors and making unilateral decisions. “If the government presents a convincing plan of reforms, then I am certain that the institutions will accept to cut -be it marginally- the primary surplus targets”, Mr. Mitsotakis claimed. He argued that entrepreneurship must be supported in Greece, while labeling the new tax contributions freelance professionals were burdened with as “madness.”

The leader of ND promised the first bill passed by his government would be to reform the organisational structure of the government. “We will create a tighter cabinet and trust the more experienced and skilled public servants, instead of hiring revocable employees”, he stressed.

Mr. Mitsotakis expressed his complete confidence in the Greek police after it was revealed he was on the hit list of detained terrorist Pola Roupa, while accusing the political leadership of the police force for lacking the political will to intervene in the “terrorist-infested” district of Exarchia in Athens. “A new generation of terrorists is being bred in Exarchia. Heavy weapons are being circulated and police are not taking action because there is no political will”, he said, pledging to “clean” the area up.

 

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis, president of Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy (ND), called on PM Alexis Tsipras to either immediately close the second review on the Greek bailout program or call national elections.

During a briefing of political correspondents, Mr. Mitsotakis warned that the Greek PM would be unforgivable if talks with the country’s creditors went to the wire until July and Greece ran out of money. The leader of ND ruled out any possibility of his party giving the current government a life-line by voting for any measures in parliament.

“New Democracy is ready for elections”, he underlined. New democracy’s president said he would have deliberated with Greece’s partners before taking any actions, adding that he would have allocated the surplus differently from Mr. Tsipras.

On the matter of the recent disagreement between Mr. Tsipras and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble, Mr. Mitsotakis noted that personal references should be avoided. “I also have differences with Mr. Schauble and disagree with him that we can escape recession via high surpluses, but it is a different thing to disagree and another thing to resort to personal insinuations, like Mr. Tsipras did before retracting it”, Mr. Mitsotakis said.

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy (ND) presented his plans for Greece to exit the current economic crisis during a series of contacts in Brussels with European officials on the sidelines of the EU Summit. Mr. Mitsotakis agreed to visit Berlin on February 13 in a brief encounter with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the European People’s Party (EPP) meeting in Brussels. The leader of ND stressed that a front-loaded program of reforms with lower primary surpluses could act as a springboard to drag the country of the current depression, while he was critical of the Greek government’s unilateral decisions. “The Greek government’s unilateral decisions strengthened the arguments of those who wanted to cause problems to the completion of the second review of the Greek program”, Mitsotakis stressed. Mr. Mitsotakis also met with the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis and Frans Timmermans and Commissioner of Financial and Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici and laid out his program of reforms. During his contacts, he claimed that the current government had neither the will nor the competence to implement the necessary reforms and lead the country to economic growth. On the pressing refugee crisis, the president of ND argued that although the tide of refugee and migrants flows had been contained, the problem had to be addressed in a more complete way. He also touched on the need to face the challenge of youth unemployment that was plaguing the EU.

ÓåéñÜ óõíáíôÞóåùí ìå Åõñùðáßïõò áîéùìáôïý÷ïõò åß÷å óôï ðåñéèþñéï ôçò Óõíüäïõ ÊïñõöÞò ôïõ Åõñùðáúêïý Ëáúêïý Êüììáôïò (Å.Ë.Ê.), ï Ðñüåäñïò ôçò ÍÝáò Äçìïêñáôßáò ÊõñéÜêïò ÌçôóïôÜêçò. ÓõãêåêñéìÝíá, óõíáíôÞèçêå ìå ôïí Ðñüåäñï ôçò ÊõðñéáêÞò Äçìïêñáôßáò, Íßêï ÁíáóôáóéÜäç, ôïí Ðñüåäñï ôçò ÅõñùðáúêÞò ÅðéôñïðÞò, Jean-Claude Juncker, ôïí ðñþôï Áíôéðñüåäñï ôçò ÅõñùðáúêÞò ÅðéôñïðÞò, Frans Timmermans, ìå ôïí Áíôéðñüåäñï ôçò ÅõñùðáúêÞò ÅðéôñïðÞò, Valdis Dombrovskis, ôïí Åõñùðáßï Åðßôñïðï áñìüäéï ãéá ÄçìïóéïíïìéêÝò êáé ÏéêïíïìéêÝò ÕðïèÝóåéò, Pierre Moscovici êáé ôïí Ðñüåäñï ôïõ National Coalition Party ôçò Öéëáíäßáò, Petteri Orpo. (EUROKINISSI/ÃÑÁÖÅÉÏ ÔÕÐÏÕ ÍÄ/ÄÇÌÇÔÑÇÓ ÐÁÐÁÌÇÔÓÏÓ)

ӥ鱜 � 쥠ŵ߯�존キﵲ 執堳�屩辱鯠�ӵ�ﵠʯ��ˡ�ʼ쬡�(Ůˮʮ), �͝Რħ쯪Რʵﲠ̧�ܪ粮 ӵ㪥걩읭ᬠ�觪堬場ﭠб��ʵꞲ ħ쯪Წ ͟ꯠm᳴ᳩܤ笠�б��ŵ�Ű鴱ﰞean-Claude Juncker, ��䱯 �ŵ�Ű鴱ﰞrans Timmermans, 쥠�m���ŵ�Ű鴱ﰞaldis Dombrovskis, �ŵ߯ Űߴ ᱬ�顠ħ쯳鯭﬩ꝲ ꡩ ϩ꯭﬩ꝲ հ精, Pierre Moscovici ꡩ �б��National Coalition Party �֩롭䟡etteri Orpo. (EUROKINISSI/ÑVʼnϠԕЏՠ̈́/ć̇ԑǓ ЁЁ̇ԓϓ)

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy (ND) presented his plans for Greece to exit the current economic crisis during a series of contacts in Brussels with European officials on the sidelines of the EU Summit. Mr. Mitsotakis agreed to visit Berlin on February 13 in a brief encounter with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the European People’s Party (EPP) meeting in Brussels. The leader of ND stressed that a front-loaded program of reforms with lower primary surpluses could act as a springboard to drag the country of the current depression, while he was critical of the Greek government’s unilateral decisions. “The Greek government’s unilateral decisions strengthened the arguments of those who wanted to cause problems to the completion of the second review of the Greek program”, Mitsotakis stressed. Mr. Mitsotakis also met with the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis and Frans Timmermans and Commissioner of Financial and Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici and laid out his program of reforms. During his contacts, he claimed that the current government had neither the will nor the competence to implement the necessary reforms and lead the country to economic growth. On the pressing refugee crisis, the president of ND argued that although the tide of refugee and migrants flows had been contained, the problem had to be addressed in a more complete way. He also touched on the need to face the challenge of youth unemployment that was plaguing the EU.

ÓåéñÜ óõíáíôÞóåùí ìå Åõñùðáßïõò áîéùìáôïý÷ïõò åß÷å óôï ðåñéèþñéï ôçò Óõíüäïõ ÊïñõöÞò ôïõ Åõñùðáúêïý Ëáúêïý Êüììáôïò (Å.Ë.Ê.), ï Ðñüåäñïò ôçò ÍÝáò Äçìïêñáôßáò ÊõñéÜêïò ÌçôóïôÜêçò. ÓõãêåêñéìÝíá, óõíáíôÞèçêå ìå ôïí Ðñüåäñï ôçò ÊõðñéáêÞò Äçìïêñáôßáò, Íßêï ÁíáóôáóéÜäç, ôïí Ðñüåäñï ôçò ÅõñùðáúêÞò ÅðéôñïðÞò, Jean-Claude Juncker, ôïí ðñþôï Áíôéðñüåäñï ôçò ÅõñùðáúêÞò ÅðéôñïðÞò, Frans Timmermans, ìå ôïí Áíôéðñüåäñï ôçò ÅõñùðáúêÞò ÅðéôñïðÞò, Valdis Dombrovskis, ôïí Åõñùðáßï Åðßôñïðï áñìüäéï ãéá ÄçìïóéïíïìéêÝò êáé ÏéêïíïìéêÝò ÕðïèÝóåéò, Pierre Moscovici êáé ôïí Ðñüåäñï ôïõ National Coalition Party ôçò Öéëáíäßáò, Petteri Orpo. (EUROKINISSI/ÃÑÁÖÅÉÏ ÔÕÐÏÕ ÍÄ/ÄÇÌÇÔÑÇÓ ÐÁÐÁÌÇÔÓÏÓ)

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According to sources, major opposition party New Democracy (ND) will most likely vote present on Thursday’s roll call vote in Greek parliament, called by the government, on an amendment that includes the recent financial bonuses to pensioners and the suspension of the VAT hikes in the Aegean islands announced by PM Alexis Tsipras. After initial, thoughts to back the economic bonuses announced by the Greek PM, ND reconsidered their strategy following the decision by the EuroGroup to halt the implementation of the medium-term measures on the Greek debt relief. Leader of ND Kyriakos Mitsotakis dubbed Tsipras “dangerous and unethical” “trapping the country in a deadend with his political brinkmanship.” Mr. Mitsotakis added that Tsipras should not seek any accomplices in his dangerous course. “Once more Mr. Tsipras is playing the fate of the country in a craps”, adding he was unethical for presenting a one-off financial bonus to pensioners as a 13th pension, while his government was planning more cuts for pensioners. “Mr Tsipras is dividing society because he is unable to shoulder the burden of his responsibilities”, Mitsotakis underlined

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According to sources, major opposition party New Democracy (ND) will most likely vote present on Thursday’s roll call vote in Greek parliament, called by the government, on an amendment that includes the recent financial bonuses to pensioners and the suspension of the VAT hikes in the Aegean islands announced by PM Alexis Tsipras. After initial, thoughts to back the economic bonuses announced by the Greek PM, ND reconsidered their strategy following the decision by the EuroGroup to halt the implementation of the medium-term measures on the Greek debt relief. Leader of ND Kyriakos Mitsotakis dubbed Tsipras “dangerous and unethical” “trapping the country in a deadend with his political brinkmanship.” Mr. Mitsotakis added that Tsipras should not seek any accomplices in his dangerous course. “Once more Mr. Tsipras is playing the fate of the country in a craps”, adding he was unethical for presenting a one-off financial bonus to pensioners as a 13th pension, while his government was planning more cuts for pensioners. “Mr Tsipras is dividing society because he is unable to shoulder the burden of his responsibilities”, Mitsotakis underlined

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Having experienced populism, Greece is returning to pragmatism

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the president of New Democracy, is confident that if elections take place in 2017, his party will win them, a view he expresses in an article about him in this week’s Newsweek.

Mitsotakis believes that the political future of the country is clear, as reflected in the polls. While centrist forces in Europe are in retreat, ND’s leader maintains that the country experienced populism but is now turning towards pragmatism. “The pendulum tends to swing [back] in the other direction,” he told Newsweek. “I think that’s where we are right now.”

According to Mitsotakis, the leftist party SYRIZA won the January 2015 elections because its leader, Alexis Tsipras, promised he would negotiate a write-off of a portion of Greece’s debt as well as an increase in public expenditure. “Mr. Tsipras offered easy and convenient promises to problems requiring difficult solutions,” the ND leader stressed.

The problem, according to the conservative opposition leader, is that the current government does not have ownership of the reform program. “There is still tremendous internal debate within the government every time there has to be a privatization, and every time it is asked to support private entrepreneurship and growth,” he said. “The answer to populism is to tell people the truth.”

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Having experienced populism, Greece is returning to pragmatism

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the president of New Democracy, is confident that if elections take place in 2017, his party will win them, a view he expresses in an article about him in this week’s Newsweek.

Mitsotakis believes that the political future of the country is clear, as reflected in the polls. While centrist forces in Europe are in retreat, ND’s leader maintains that the country experienced populism but is now turning towards pragmatism. “The pendulum tends to swing [back] in the other direction,” he told Newsweek. “I think that’s where we are right now.”

According to Mitsotakis, the leftist party SYRIZA won the January 2015 elections because its leader, Alexis Tsipras, promised he would negotiate a write-off of a portion of Greece’s debt as well as an increase in public expenditure. “Mr. Tsipras offered easy and convenient promises to problems requiring difficult solutions,” the ND leader stressed.

The problem, according to the conservative opposition leader, is that the current government does not have ownership of the reform program. “There is still tremendous internal debate within the government every time there has to be a privatization, and every time it is asked to support private entrepreneurship and growth,” he said. “The answer to populism is to tell people the truth.”

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In a heated discussion over the 2017 budget in Greek parliament, Saturday night, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras responded to Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of the main opposition party, New Democracy (ND), claiming his government had achieved its goals and was actually giving back a share of the GDP surplus to lower income groups of society instead of implementing the infamous “cutter”- an automatic spending reduction scheme agreed with the country’s creditors in the event fiscal targets were off course. On his part, Kyriakos Mitsotakis insisted that the only solution to the problems facing the country were elections. “Your party was screaming
the budget was virtual, last year. Not only did we achieve our goals, but we also surpassed them”, Tsipras underlined. “We are not cutting down spending, but we are giving back”, he claimed. Tsipras went on to accuse the major opposition party of adopting destructive rhetoric, while he reassured parliament that there would be no “collision” with the creditors. Defending his announcements last week for a rise to pensioners, he said that they were no pre-election gimmick to gain support, but would apply across the board to all those eligible. “We will exhaust our mandate till the Autumn of 2019”, he replied to Mitsotakis’s calls for elections. During his speech, the Greek PM outlined his government’s policies on alleviating the burden on the less fortunate social groups and the unemployed, while he said that all available resources would be used to assists small businesses. “Our plan is to conclude the second review as soon as possible in order to prepare reentering the credit markets at the start of 2017”, he stressed, adding that Greece would realise the agreement, but would not implement changes in the labour market that would place the country outside the EU framework.
In his speech, Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the need for a political change so that the county could exit the current crisis, while he reiterated his position that elections were not a problem, but rather a solution to the current situation. “Elections do not constitute a problem for the country, but the solution. Political change is imperative. The time of a competent government to take power is near”, Mitsotakis claimed. Mitsotakis accused the SYRIZA-ANEL government of failing on all fronts. “No other government has caused so much damage in such a short time frame. In the best case scenario the country in 2017 will be back to where it was in 2014”, he said. The leader of ND blasted Tsipras for hypocrisy, reminding him that he had promised to scrap the memorandum with a single article in parliament, but instead imposed long-term austerity, undermining not only the current government but future ones as well. Focusing on the 2017 budget, Mitsotakis said that use,employed Greeks were right to be concerned about the 2017 budget, as additional taxes and contributions would not create more jobs. “You are the living nightmare of productivity”, Mitsotakis said directly addressing Tsipras.

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When asked in a public opinion survey to describe the state of the nation, 28% of respondents answered “rage,” 25% said “frustration” and 19% replied “disgrace,” while only 14% responded that they want the current government.
According to Public Issue’s monthly political barometer, Greeks are experiencing tremendous frustration at the state of the nation.  Specifically, 9 out of 10 (88%) believe that the country is going in the wrong direction. Only 8% think that the path being followed is the right one, and in response to the question “How you feel about the state of the nation?,” 28% replied “rage/anger,” 25% “frustration” and 19% “disgrace.”
Regarding political figures, 45% of respondents had a positive opinion of New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, compared to 24% for Greek premier Alexis Tsipras. Forty-two percent of those surveyed believe that Mitsotakis is most suitable candidate for the office of prime minister versus 22% who prefer Alexis Tsipras.
Lastly, in response to the question “What is the best government for the country?,” 32% chose New Democracy. Only 14% prefer the current administration, while the majority of those surveyed (52%) have responded “neither of the two.” When asked whether elections were necessary, 53% were opposed and 45% in favor.

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In a meeting with Syriza parliamentarians Wednesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged the frustration and disappointment of society as reflected in the latest polls, but strenuously ruled out early elections, leveling criticism against New Democracy opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Based on the assumption that the government has let down Greek society, Alexis Tsipras addressed Syriza parliamentarians, implicitly accepting the negative measurements of public opinion in the polls and acknowledging the agony and suffering of the people. He appealed to his parliamentarians to go into “battle mode” in order to stand by the people.

Seeking to raise morale among his parliamentarians who fear another wave of austerity measures will result from negotiations with creditors over a new bailout, Tsipras said that Syriza and the government must not abandon their efforts to steer Greece out of its current crisis.

The Prime Minister reiterated that the Greek economy is on its way to recovery, and that the issue is to consolidate the progress that has been made, charting Greece’s course for the long-term.

“We are close to reaching the agreement, differences can be bridged if there are any, so long as there is willingness from all sides,” he said, adding that “the review will be over, without compromising on issues of principle.” He also noted: “This is New Democracy’s biggest nightmare, because all they can think about is how to assume power again, and not about the fate of the country.”

 

 

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Greek minister of state and government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said that the timely completion of the second evaluation and positive news on the debt will put an end to the “left parenthesis” scenario painted by Syriza’s critics.

“We will pass the difficult phase of the second evaluation without compromising our principles, we will take concrete measures for Greek debt adjustment and we will continue our struggle to get Greece back on track,” stressed Dimitris Tzanakopoulos in an interview in the Sunday edition of the Greek daily Avgi.

The minister and government spokesman noted the “extremely significant results” brought about by US president Obama’s visit “in support of securing debt adjustment.” He dismissed scenarios of early elections and sharply criticized the conservative opposition party New Democracy and its leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, for what he described as ongoing attempts to undermine the government’s efforts at debt adjustment by blaming Syriza for the harsh austerity measures that such an eventuality would necessitate.

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos stressed that the timely completion of the second evaluation and positive news on the debt would deflate Mr. Mitsotakis’s characterization of Syriza as a “left-wing parenthesis,” or a political party with a short life span.

He added that “in the next Eurogroup, what has been agreed upon should be adhered to and short-term measures for the debt should be taken, measures that have even been accepted by Mr. Schäuble,” noting that “in addition, the aim is to refine long- and medium-term measures so that the necessary decisions can be taken soon, including a lowering of surplus target levels from 2019 onwards.”

“There is no scenario of early elections,” Mr. Tzanakopoulos insisted, saying: “Today we are in the middle of the road and are resolved to make it across to the other side. If we allow ourselves to be plagued with doubts about how to do so, the chances are that we will get run over.”  He continued: “The Greek people, who trusted us during an extremely difficult period, can forgive mistakes, but would never forgive us for abandoning our responsibilities.”

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Greek minister of state and government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said that the timely completion of the second evaluation and positive news on the debt will put an end to the “left parenthesis” scenario painted by Syriza’s critics.

“We will pass the difficult phase of the second evaluation without compromising our principles, we will take concrete measures for Greek debt adjustment and we will continue our struggle to get Greece back on track,” stressed Dimitris Tzanakopoulos in an interview in the Sunday edition of the Greek daily Avgi.

The minister and government spokesman noted the “extremely significant results” brought about by US president Obama’s visit “in support of securing debt adjustment.” He dismissed scenarios of early elections and sharply criticized the conservative opposition party New Democracy and its leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, for what he described as ongoing attempts to undermine the government’s efforts at debt adjustment by blaming Syriza for the harsh austerity measures that such an eventuality would necessitate.

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos stressed that the timely completion of the second evaluation and positive news on the debt would deflate Mr. Mitsotakis’s characterization of Syriza as a “left-wing parenthesis,” or a political party with a short life span.

He added that “in the next Eurogroup, what has been agreed upon should be adhered to and short-term measures for the debt should be taken, measures that have even been accepted by Mr. Schäuble,” noting that “in addition, the aim is to refine long- and medium-term measures so that the necessary decisions can be taken soon, including a lowering of surplus target levels from 2019 onwards.”

“There is no scenario of early elections,” Mr. Tzanakopoulos insisted, saying: “Today we are in the middle of the road and are resolved to make it across to the other side. If we allow ourselves to be plagued with doubts about how to do so, the chances are that we will get run over.”  He continued: “The Greek people, who trusted us during an extremely difficult period, can forgive mistakes, but would never forgive us for abandoning our responsibilities.”

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis, head of the opposition party New Democracy claimed that the problem with Mr. Tsipras was not his pre-election promises, but rather his post-election policies.

“Greece needs a government that promotes entrepreneurship and reform. A government able to highlight the comparative advantages of the country and attract foreign investment, ” said Mr. Mitsotakis, in an interview on National Public Radio in the United States.

“I believe that today we do not have such a government,” he added. “The unemployment rate is consistently above 20%. Thousands of talented Greeks are leaving the country in search of better working conditions. The general sentiment in Greece is that we are moving in the wrong direction. This is why are asking for political change. ND is leading in the polls. Our message echoes to the electorate.

“I want to emphasize that, unfortunately, Greece is still in recession. Two years into Mr. Tsipras’s assumption of power, the country is in even worse shape than it was at the end of 2014.  Mr. Tsipras spent the first six months of his administration in a high-risk trading with our European partners. Greece was just one step away from having to leave the Eurozone.  And at the last moment, literally, he compromised.   Since then, too much damage has been done to the country.  Mr. Tsipras is trying to come across as a reformer. Personally, I have every reason to doubt his commitment to reforms,” added Mr. Mitsotakis.

On austerity

“Austerity measures have gone too far. Our creditors are responsible, in part. But if we want to convince them to ease up fiscally, we have to honor our commitments. We must proceed with reforms in the economy. To develop it and make it a more efficient public administration.”

New Democracy’s positions

“Our goal is to convince both our creditors and the Greek citizens that the reforms we are proposing are  absolutely necessary to make the Greek economy more competitive. We need a more open economy able to attract more tourists, more foreign investment.  An economy that is clearly more export-oriented….. Greece needs new jobs.  And in order to create them, 100 billion Euros in foreign investments will be required over the next five years.”

On Donald Trump’s victory and Obama’s visit to Greece

“We respect the choice of the American people; Greek-U.S. relations are very strong and we look forward to working with the new administration… He (Obama) has been a friend the last six years that Greece has been undergoing an economic crisis.  I am sure that we will find a strong ally in the new US administration as well. I believe that the US policy towards Europe will not change significantly. ”

On Brexit

“We fully respect what the decision of the British people. We want to promote a new relationship with the United Kingdom. We must identify the causes behind the wave of populism in Europe and address why established parties have failed to convince their citizens with their political viewpoints.” 

On the refugee issue 

“The agreement between the EU and Turkey has significantly reduced the number of refugees and migrants who cross over to Greece and has stressed the importance of enforcing that agreement, as complex and is is…..In such a multi-faceted problem, it is very difficult to expect Greece to have to come up with a solution on its own. Europe’s solidarity has been limited.  In practice, few countries have shown willing to accept refugees from Greece. Europe failed to find a common approach to the issue. Greece has shown its humanity in practice. The majority of Greeks welcomed the refugees. It is clear that now our country has reached its outer limits.”

 

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