Kathimerini: ND leader calls for ejection of Orban from EEP, takes aim at Tsipras2 March 2019 | 00:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Addressing the audience on the second day of the forum, Mitsotakis said he would send a letter to the EPP on Monday, requesting the suspension of Fidesz until it drops its far-right rhetoric and complies with European principles and values.
The ND leader compared Tsipras’s behavior to that of Orban, referring to interventions in the justice system and the media. “Greece is not only facing a challenge to its economy, it’s also facing a challenge to its democracy,” he added.
During a conversation with Peter Spiegel of the Financial Times about “inclusive growth,” Mitsotakis said that, if elected to government, he would propose a “new grand bargain” of reforms in exchange for lower primary surplus targets after 2020. The high targets of recent years intensified the crisis for the middle class and other social groups, he said, blaming this “vicious cycle” on the leftist government’s failure to implement reforms.
High growth is crucial if the Greek economy is to recover, he said, noting that a 2 percent rate is not enough and that an ND government would seek a 3-4 percent rate, chiefly by introducing tax breaks. “It’s a colossal pity that we lost three excellent global macroeconomic years at a time that all our competitors were growing,” Mitsotakis said.
The ND leader said he has studied the mistakes of a series of premiers in recent years, noting that socialist premier George Papandreou “spent six months supposedly not getting it” and offered handouts while the country was heading toward bankruptcy.
As for current leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Mitsotakis remarked that he said “yes” when six previous premiers had said “no,” referring to the Prespes deal with what is now North Macedonia that ND opposes.
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