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Kostoulas, Vasilis

Naftemporiki, Greece

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Naftemporiki - Greece | 12/01/2016

New Nea Dimokratia leader a chance for Greece

The liberal politician Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a member of Greece's Mitsotakis political dynasty, was elected as the new leader of the conservative opposition party Nea Dimokratia in a runoff on Sunday. The conservative business daily Naftemporiki sees this as a major opportunity for Greek politics: "The international community now seems to be taking a different view of the developments in Greece - at least if the press reports on the new opposition leader's reform profile are anything to go by. The election of Kyriakos Mitsotakis has not changed Nea Dimokratia. But it has at least make change possible. We will soon see whether a new liberal centre like those in other developed countries of Europe will emerge in Greece - whether Greece can attain political pluralism. In politics, as on the markets, competition serves above all the interests of the 'consumers'."

Naftemporiki - Greece | 20/07/2015

Athens politicians stir up citizens' anger

Greece's politicians don't really support the reforms stipulated in the new bailout programme and will hardly be able to implement them, the conservative daily Naftemporiki concludes: "Although the prime minister sees the programme as the best option for the country right now, he says at the same time that he has signed a programme he doesn't believe in. So we can already foresee that hardly any of the terms of the third austerity memorandum will be implemented! The majority of political forces in Greece describe this phase of adjustment as something destructive that is being imposed on the country by external forces. This is creating a climate of persecution and defeatism in Greek society, instead of providing a real vision of adjustment to the world's most progressive countries. The citizens will become even more radicalised."

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