Greek Opposition Leader wraps up U.S. trip

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The Leader of the Opposition Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the New Democracy party, visited the U.S. where in a series of meetings with foreign investors, delivered speeches at U.S. universities and spoke to U.S. media.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis was the keynote speaker at an international conference “Greece's Turn?: Litmus Test for Europe,” at Tufts university organised by the Fletcher Law and Diplomacy School in Boston.

The event looked at the ongoing bailouts, as well as the Eurozone’s precarious economic and political situation and problems such as high unemployment, low inflation, structural issues and a refugee crisis. The event was hosted at the same institution where Fletcher’s Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies is based since 2001 (founded at the initiative of Athens-based Konstantinos G. Karamanlis Foundation).

“We need political change in order to pull the country out of its quagmire and for each and every Greek to prosper. Political change which will result from elections, which must be held as soon as possible,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed in an interview with the New York-based Greek-American daily “The National Herald”.

Mitsotakis criticised the government for not being able to create the circumstances that will lead Greece out of the crisis and return to sustainable growth, noting that populism has brought many evils to the country.

"Only the social economy of the market can produce wealth for everyone, attract investments and create new jobs,” he added, noting the battle is “deeply ideological” and is about returning society and the economy “to creative values such as meritocracy, transparency, hard work, creative ambition, trust in institutions, solidarity and cohesion, as well as the promotion and support of excellence”.

Mitsotakis concluded his visit to the U.S. with a series of meetings with investors in New York.


GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.