New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Skai TV on Monday he “will not ratify the agreement with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), whenever it comes to parliament.”
In the channel’s main news bulletin, the main opposition leader accused Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of “conceding nationality and language, something no other government before him has done.”
Further on the agreement with FYROM, the main opposition leader accused Tsipras of “signing off on and committing the country (to an agreement) without the agreement of his coalition partner,” Panos Kammenos and the Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, “aconstitutional oddity” that Mitsotakis said he had raised with the Greek president.
In terms of the economy, he said that every loan relief agreement is welcome, but not enough to lead Greece out of a development limbo, and he said “Greece is in a much worse condition that it was in 2012.”
The country needs a bold development policy with investments and jobs, he said, which the current prime minister cannot manage. “If I were prime minister, the Helleniko (privatization project) would have moved forward, we would have had a smaller and more effective state and a stable taxation system, and we would have achieved much higher growth rates. The country is going nowhere with 2% (growth rate), it needs 3% or 4%,” the ND leader said.
Although the agreement on slashing pensions and reducing the tax-free threshold – which kick in on January 1, 2019 – cannot change, he said that his party would “reduce the initial taxation rate for incomes up to 10,000 euros to 9%, and establish a 1,000-euro tax exemption for every child. (…) The issue is how to soften the fallout from the high primary surpluses, something that will happen after the first year,” Mitsotakis noted.
Speaking of the elections in Turkey, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his rule, the main opposition leader said, “I have sent a congratulatory letter to Erdogan, in which I’ve raised the issue of the illegal detension of the two Greek army officers. (…) I believe there is a sincere margin of improvement (in relations), as long as he respects international law and good neighbourhood relations,” he said.