The next government will be that of New Democracy, which will successfully lead the country out of the crisis by adopting a different policy mix, main opposition ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday, in a meeting with local government officials and business people on the island of Kos.
“A condition for this is that we escape from the vice of populism,” Mitsotakis added, stressing that ND will not make promises that it cannot keep. “We will leave behind us the days of easy promises, the long lists of measures and actions that, as a rule, are never implemented. Those few things that we say, we will turn into action,” he said.
Mitsotakis said that growth would come from the private sector and not a state sector bloated with new hirings, as in the past, while ND’s policy will be to lower taxes and trim spending in the state sector. He also emphasised tourism, which he said was an essential element of growth in Greece, calling for targeted policies and the development of alternative forms of tourism.
Among others, he welcomed the concession of 14 regional airports in Greece to an international consortium as a very positive development and referred to the refugee and migration problem, where he claimed the present government had been proved “inadequate”. He stopped short of promising that the hotspot on Kos will close, however, noting that its existence was foreseen by the agreement between Greece and the EU.