New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed the need for a bolder Europe and a deepening of relations during a speech at a conference of the European People’s Party (EPP) held on Wednesday and Thursday in Malta.
“Half-measures are not enough and neither are celebrations over what we have achieved,” he said, adding that the European Union’s architecture has many problems.
He urged for a strengthening of the banking union so that there can be common lending for all countries and for a stronger European Coast Guard that will protect borders, noting that all member-states must share migration flows fairly. “It’s not a matter of money. It’s a matter of political will,” he said.
Mitsotakis said Greece will be among Europe’s “first speed” countries and urged all member-states to keep their pledge to NATO for defence spending equal to 2 percent of their GDP.
Focusing on Greece, he said it was the first country to be affected by populism and will be the first to win the battle against it. “The battle against populism can be won by all of us, our countries, by implementing policies that prioritize reforms and are guided by the truth,” he said.