Question mark the Macedonian issue and the inquiry committees
Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrives in Thessaloniki today for his first visit to the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) as Prime Minister.
His basic motto is “development for all” and his aim is to maintain the positive momentum of his electoral victory just two months ago. The prime minister will focus on the fact that he is already changing the image of Greece, both inside and abroad, sending the message that he has a reformist government, which is quick to facilitate investments and become involved in Europe’s long discussions on green entrepreneurship and migration.
The prime minister will highlight the major “emblematic” – as he calls them – investments blocked by “SYRIZA’s obsesions”. These are Elliniko, where works are moving along, Hellenic Gold and Cosco’s expansion to the port of Piraeus.
But this is not enough, says the government staff, and add that the prime minister will develop his reform policy to strengthen the middle class that has been brutally hurt by SYRIZA’s governance and to support the lower social strata. He will highlight the reduction of ENFIA he brought earlier, so that the effect can now be seen in the tax clearances, the reduction of corporate taxation which in his view will bring investment and jobs, as well as the improvement of the 120 installments scheme and the facilitations for the primary residence.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis will refer, of course, to the positive reception he had in the capitals of Europe where he made his first tour, and will point out by slamming his opponent that “we do not do u-turns, we say both abroad and inside the program for which we were selected by the citizens”.
These is the easy part, since the positive climate of victory in the elections is maintained. The question is the rhetoric he will use for the two crucial issues that are causing debates within the party. One is the Macedonian issue and whether he will tell the Thessaloniki public what he said to his European counterparts “that the Prespa Agreement has flaws that can be remedied” or if he insists on his pre-election rhetoric of the “shameful Agreement that sold out language and ethnicity”. The first case will be a confirmation of the shift he has made to European capitals to change his own image, but will increase resentment in his own audience. The second case will please his audience but will blur the profile of a reformist politician.
The second difficult issue is the inquiry committees for the first semester of SYRIZA’s governance and for Novartis. Yesterday, the government spokesman said on this: “As far as the discussion of the Inquiry Committees is concerned, we are keeping everything open. But what matters is that every Greek citizen must have the right to judicial protection. All the more so when we talk about former Prime Ministers and people figures, who seem to have been dragged in the mud because of machinations against them. And that is very problematic for our Republic”.
But “open to the possibilities” is doubtful to satisfy Antonis Samaras, who demands a tougher stance, since he has not abandoned his position of “going to the end” and demands a political umbrella for his judiciary actions./ibna