Greek Opposition Leader Mitsotakis Discusses Economic Policy in Boston

New Democracy Party Leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis. File photo.

Greece’s main Opposition Leader and president of the  New Democracy party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, spoke at an event organized by Tufts University in Boston on Thursday evening, local time.

Describing the economy as the issue which will determine the outcome of the forthcoming general elections in Greece, Mitsotakis estimated that 2019 will be a decisive year for the country’s path to recovery.

The leader of the New Democracy Party argued that Greece needs a “political change” to achieve the stronger growth which would be sufficient to actually improve the daily lives of Greek citizens.

“I am not saying this because it is my obligation to do so as opposition leader but because I fundamentally believe that political change is now a prerequisite for Greece to face the future with sustainable optimism,” Mitsotakis stated.

Referring to the possibility of a snap election in May, Mitsotakis estimated that for the first time, global markets are viewing the possibility of elections as a positive development that will help consolidate stability in Greece.

Analyzing the main pillars of his economic program, Mitsotakis said that he is worried about inequality, adding, ”when I proposed the development plan for the next day, I was always talking about growth without exclusions. Therefore, growth in Greece must be driven by investment.”

For this reason, he continued, ”it can no longer be driven by consumption, as was the case in the past. And in order to promote growth through investment, some basic conditions must be created.”

Mitsotakis is scheduled to visit New York City on Friday.

With information from AMNA