“Greek people know that the government took away 10 to give back 1,” New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday, speaking at the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen.
Mitsotakis was responding to the comments Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made in the parliament earlier that day, saying that the first 100 days since Greece exited the fiscal adjustment program were “just the start” and announcing a series of measures that included social insurance reductions, tax cuts and a social dividend to be distributed to 1.4 million households.
The SYRIZA-led coalition government destroyed the middle classes and chased away the business community, the main opposition leader said. “The economy continues to stagnate. Investments have hit rock bottom, salaries continue to be cut and young people look for a more hopeful future abroad,” he continued.
He added that the government’s aim is to keep the citizens dependent on allowances and benefits, when Greece should be moving forward in a sustainable way. Greece needs a government with a clear sense of direction, capable of putting in place a smaller and more efficient state that will be operating on the basis of evaluation and meritocracy, Mitsotakis said.