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Greece Will Overcome Crisis, PM Mitsotakis Says

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PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Dimitris Papamitsos)

ATHENS - Greece will overcome the current health crisis, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with Kathimerini newspaper, insisting that its repercussions will be temporary.

The Greek premier acknowledged that there will be a recession in 2020 but predicted that growth next year will be greater than the contraction this year, while he also ruled out early elections.

"I know we will have a deep recession in 2020. But, provided that science gives us the answers we are waiting for, the recovery in 2021 will be greater than the 2020 recession," he said.

Looking ahead, he stressed what Greece will take away from its handling of the crisis. "We passed brave emergency reforms. We created a digital state within weeks – and that’s a very important legacy. We have accomplished in days things that we had aimed to complete in 12 months and had been lagging in for years. And these things will be important weapons in the days to come," he said.