Mitsotakis on Cyprus for Talks with President Anastasiades

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis at an event organised in Athens by the KEFiM liberal studies centre, Friday, April 12, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)

Leading in polls and hoping to take power this year in elections, Greece’s major opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrived in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia for a two-day visit, including talks with President Nicos Anastasiades.

Arriving in Cyprus, the conservative leader was welcomed by the head of Cyprus’ ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party, Averof Neofytou, who said that, “Very soon country’s reins will be in your hands, for a better Greece,” expecting a Mitsotakis victory over the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Both countries needed bailouts from international lenders but Cyprus has recovered faster, thanks to the same kind of record tourism Greece has been seeing but also after Anastasiades, reneging on campaign promises when he took office in March 2013, allowed banks to seize 47.5 percent of bank accounts over 100,000 euros ($112,455) to keep them and the economy from collapsing.

“Cyprus has accomplished what we have not in Greece, meaning it has been able to balance its public finances while quickly achieving high growth rates of 4 percent,” Mitsotakis said, praising the country’s recovery.

“Fiscal restructuring cannot be carried out on the backs of the middle class with the over-taxation of the productive economy,” he added, said Kathimerini.

Mitsotakis was to attend the ninth Nicosia Economic Congress and will meet with 10 young Greeks studying at Cypriot universities, before attending a formal dinner hosted by DISY as well.

2 Comments

  1. Hey Mistotakis .. hope you discussed Cyprus becoming a part of Greece!

    Seem like the only solution to the sharks from Nato and Middle East now surrounding Cyprus… and making their enemies those of Cyprus!

    A United Greece and Cyprus is the only defense for both countries and would be a Greek Aircraft Carrier manned by Greeks…not British, American , Israeli, Turkey or Russian foreign owners!

    The Truth ,,in Crimea ..is that the population of Crimeans represented 85% ethnic Russian..who watched their elected leader in the Ukraine .. be removed by a U.S and Nato coup…. decided that there interests would never be respected by the Neo Nazi leader installed by the EU and Nato, and voted with a legal Referendum to join Russia!

    Cyprus can do the same thing if the people desire….but their leadership and ruling party enjoy being subordinate to their masters in the US. and Nato,…in order to be a bigger fish in a little pond!

    It is over 40 years …and despite 3 U.N resolutions to leave Northern Cyprus… they remain as an occupying Nato member!

    The EU.and U.S … consider Greece and Cyprus ..merely military territories to launch wars in the Middle East and Europe! While Russia , China, Iran , Syria , Iraq…etc etc are not enemies of the people of not only Greece , but America and the Nato countries of Europe …they are beinging subject to Economic, political , and military threats and warfare by fascist Globalist fanatics in our government!

  2. Michael, Mitso is the same as Tsipras and will continue his path as SYRIZA has done, More selling off state assets, more chinese control of everything in Greece, more U.S. bases etc…..he will not touch Skopje, or the agreement…he will continue to let GD disgrace greece politics, New Name Same Policies…Greece doesn’t need to be controlled by E.U. or U.S. Greece will destroy itself no assistance needed…it cant control its borders land or sea, skies belong to the Turks daily, Greeks have caused every problem they have, not others until this is addressed Greece will never be free from others it first must be free from itself.

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