New Leader Of Greek Conservatives Vows To Broaden His Party
ATHENS, Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the newly elected leader of Greek’s largest opposition party, wants to expand the conservative New canada goose outlet real Democracy in a bid to win the future.
„New Democracy is a party that is trying to connect conservatism with more progressive elements. This is the center right of today,” he told HuffPost Greece in a recent interview.
canada goose clearance Mitsotakis received 52.4 percent of the vote Sunday in a runoff election againstVangelis Meimarakis, who had been interim leader of the conservative party since the July resignation of former party president Antonis Samaras. Mitsotakis’ victory came as somewhat of a surprise, since he had finished second in the first round of voting on Dec. 20, trailing Meimarakis by canada goose outlet store montreal 10 percent. canada goose clearance
canada goose coats He is the son of Konstantinos Mitsotakis, longtime former leader of New Democracy and prime minister of Greece from 1990 to 1993. The younger Mitsotakis was born in Athens in 1968 and graduated from Harvard Business School. He worked in the banking sector in London and canada goose outlet us Athens before entering politics in 2004, when he was elected to the Greek Parliament for New Democracy. canada goose coats
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Talking with HuffPost Greece last week, just days before the party leadership election, Mitsotakis said that if he were to win, it would be „on canada goose factory outlet my own merits,” regardless of family background.
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canada goose uk shop Mitsotakis acknowledged in the interview that Greece’s traditional political parties, New Democracy included, have faced difficulties with the voters in recent elections. Amid years of economic crisis, the people’s discontent with politicians has spurred a rise in popularity for more radical parties, like the current ruling party Syriza on the left and the xenophobic Golden Dawn on the right. Mitsotakis told HuffPost Greece that he believed this frustration with the old establishment could be overcome if parties addressed people’s real problems with tangible solutions. canada goose uk shop
cheap Canada Goose After his victory, Mitsotakis told reportersthat he aims to make New Democracy a large center right party and to broaden its reach, while „closing the last chapter of populism in Greece.” cheap Canada Goose
„I don’t describe myself as conservative, but I have canada goose outlet sale great respect for a number of traditional values that hold the Greek society together and institutions such as the church and the role the family plays. But I also think that important reforms are necessary,” Mitsotakis told HuffPost Greece last week.
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Mitsotakis took particular aim at Syriza’s record in charge, telling HuffPost Greece that as New Democracy’s leader, he would try to boost the country’s economy by attracting investment and encouraging business. „First we create wealth, then we distribute it,” canada goose outlet he said, stressing the importance of job creation in a country where youth unemployment has surged to over 50 percent.
He added that his party would seek to highlight „those skills that the labor market requires today, making Greek universities more competitive and outward looking. We have to talk frankly to our young about the adversities of the competitive world we live in, because I don’t think we have prepared them sufficiently for it.”
Canada Goose Jackets He also praised the resilience of Greeks during the economic crisis. „I canada goose outlet mall see young people who, for the first time, visualize themselves outside the cast of the public servant or private sector employee,” he said. „The thinking of ‚making my own business and being in control of my future’ is finding roots in the country once more. We simply must support this new ecosystem of entrepreneurship that is starting to grow in Greece.” Canada Goose Jackets
Mitsotakis has already announced that he will call an urgent party conference next month, for canada goose outlet factory the purpose of planning the future course of New Democracy and re examining its strategies on resolving the crisis. He has pledged to be a tough opponent for Syriza and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in particular. But he will also have to focus on uniting the competing ideological elements within his own party.
Read the full interview with Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Greek here.
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