Greece’s main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was interviewed by international network CNN on Monday, where he said Greece will prove to be a “positive surprise” over the next few years.
Mitsotakis is continuing a visit to the United States amid opinion poll results showing ND comfortably leading SYRIZA ahead of a general election this year.
ND’s leader also said Greece’ economic performance has fallen below its potential over the past five years and major investments are necessary to boost economic recovery into the higher single-digit territory.
“Greece was the first country to experience the cost of populism and will become the first country to elect a government that will seal the post-populist era,” Mitsotakis told CNN’s reporter.
Regarding the domestic banking sector, he called on business leaders to return corporate deposits to the country, as Mitsotakis estimated that some 12 billion euros in Greek corporate reserves are held outside the Eurozone member states credit system. Mitsotakis is calling on the business world to support recovery efforts by showing their confidence in the Greek banking sector.
The ND leader has promised tax cuts for individual taxpayers and businesses, “Greeks feel especially pressured by excessive taxation applied by the current government,” Mitsotakis said.