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Interview with New Democracy Party Parliamentary Group Secretary, Costas Tsiaras

Interview with New Democracy Party Parliamentary Group Secretary, Costas Tsiaras
Costas Tsiaras, New Democracy’s Party Parliamentary Group Secretary says in an exclusive interview for IBNA, that at this year’s TIF Kyriacos Mitsotakis will not look at the past, nor will he resort to impressive words that are completely empty, . He will talk about the future and about the real problems of the citizens, he will talk about new jobs, dynamic entrepreneurship, but also the everyday life of citizens, which includes education, health and safety.

Mr. Tsiaras, during the summer there was a fierce political clash between the government and the opposition about the Estonia Conference, with many of your deputies taking a strong anti-communist stance. Isn’t this divisive?

It is clear that the government has attempted to turn an international initiative of the Estonian EU Presidency into an internal ideological issue for our country. The historical cost for Europe, both from Nazism and Stalinism, has been calculated and it is negative.

The debate opened by the government remains completely indifferent to a society that seeks national unity in order to address both current and future challenges. And the Greek people know very well who envisioned and achieved national co-operation, who paid with blood to serve the vision of National Conciliation and who continues to work in this direction.

The government accuses you of exercising a barren opposition and not assisting its effort to release Greece from the clutches of the Memoranda, which, as it says, the previous governments of ND and PASOK brought on. Are you thinking of altering your practices as the opposition?

I would remind you the English expression “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones”.

The epitome of the sterile, barren opposition bears the name of Mr. Alexis Tsipras. The man who did not hesitate to drag the country to early elections and barred it from exiting the memorandum in late 2014, when the Greek government managed to record positive growth rates, significant primary surpluses and a noticeable reduction in unemployment.

He has been irresponsible as the opposition and irresponsible in government. Mr. Tsipras cut off this path in order to occupy the prime minister's office and, together with Mr. Varoufakis, to plunge our economy back into a new cycle of austerity, two new memorandums and a stifling surveillance regime that reaches the distant 2060.

New Democracy's opposition stance is moving in the right direction, not only because it provides a clear vision for a society that is deeply disappointed with Mr. Tsipras' choices and actions. Mainly because it gives a prospect to a troubled economy, via a realistic government program that aims to gradually restore the confidence of entrepreneurship and the private sector in the future performance of the economy.

In polls, New Democracy appears to maintain a healthy lead from Syriza. But the qualitative findings point to stagnation in terms of broadening your electoral base. On the other hand there are ongoing processes in the center left. Does this landscape concern you? How will you manage to broaden the electoral base?

The qualitative findings of all polls show the absolute superiority of New Democracy over SYRIZA and Kyriakos Mitsotakis' clear lead over the disappointing Alexis Tsipras.

I would like to note that the qualitative features of the polls are compared on the basis of the results of the last elections and therefore they do not clearly reflect the full prevalence of New Democracy in the areas on either side of the Center, which is the large reservoir of moving voters.

On the one hand, the disappointment that Mr. Tsipras has created in the large reservoir of the voters of the traditional center, and on the other hand the immense penetrability of Kyriakos Mitsotakis' views and proposals to moderate voters, who reject extremes and divisions, are parameters of the same equation that will make New Democracy the big winner in the next election.

In coming days, Kyriacos Mitsotakis will visit the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). Will he differentiate from the ideas of previous years where promises were usually made that could not be kept?

At last year’s TIF Kyriacos Mitsotakis described the framework of the Agreement of Truth with citizens and he only assumed the responsibilities that he could definitely implement as the next Prime Minister.

At this year’s International Fair, Kyriacos Mitsotakis will not look at the past, nor will he resort to impressive words that are completely empty. He will talk about the future and about the real problems of the citizens, he will talk about new jobs, dynamic entrepreneurship, but also the everyday life of citizens, which includes education, health and safety. He will talk about the young people in this country, about the life that they deserve and their ability to make their own choices for their education, work and their future and not merely following what has been decided by others for them or imposed on them by the economic conjuncture and the difficult social reality.

Furthermore, after so many monstrous lies that were spelled out by the current Prime Minister, from the 12 billion-euro in handouts described in the Thessaloniki program, to the parallel program and the 13 false promises of the previous TIF, the only truly impressive thing that could be said at the International Fair is the truth about the real potential of the Greek economy and the opportunities for the Greek society./IBNA

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