Greece will become a success story, says ND leader Mitsotakis

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his ambition to turn Greece into a success story in Europe, if the Greek people trust him to govern the country, speaking on Friday with the director of Financial Times Peter Spiegel in the framework of Delphi Economic Forum.

Mitsotakis announced that he will send a letter to the European People’s Party requesting the suspension of Hungarian extreme-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban membership and stated his certainty that if he wins the elections whenever they are held.

On a new economic agreement with Greece’s partners, Mitsotakis said that “the re-negotiation is restricted in Brussels. «Let’s forget the word re-negotiation. I will propose to our partners a different agreement, reforms instead of reducing the primary surpluses; it is a win-win agreement that will also benefit our partners”.

He criticised the government saying that it overtaxes the middle class to have excessive surpluses to be able to distribute them during the elections campaign. He said that his plan for the economy will start by reducing the taxes on enterprises. He said that instead of Christmas benefits he will reduce the taxation on the middle class.

Mitsotakis said that the answer to Greece’s economic problem is growth explaining that the country’s growth rate should be 3 to 4 pct.

The main opposition leader said that Europe that is currently having difficulties has every reason to wish for a success story for Greece adding that we must address the rise of the Left and Right populism.

Referring to the Prespes Agreement, Mitsotakis reiterated his positions “70 percent of the Greeks believe it is a bad agreement. I want an agreement but not an agreement that will destabilise Greece because there is the risk of destabilisation.

Asked on the elections, he said that the European elections are on May 26…”As for the national elections, the sooner the better” Mitsotakis underlined.