ATHENS – The European People’s Party of center-right groups in the European Union returned to the Greek capital to kick off its push for the bloc’s elections and meet Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
EPP President Manfred Weber from Germany, who came to Athens in 2019 to boost Mitsotakis’ campaign against the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA, brought an entourage of top leaders to do the same again for the EU elections.
They are led by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and will discuss plans for the 2023 and 2024 elections during a two-event organized by Weber, said the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency ANA-MPA.
The aim is to mutually support and unite the forces of the centre-right in view of the important electoral contests of 2023 – in Greece, Spain, Poland and Finland – and the general elections of 2024 against their rivals.
Mitsotakis is not only bringing proposals to the table at the European Council, but also at the EPP, where the European centre-right aspires to maintain and increase its strength in view of the 2024 battle.
Also participating are European Parliament Presidenet Roberta Metsola, the former president of the European Council and the EPP, Donald Tusk, the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, the Prime Ministers of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, and Slovakia’s Eduard Heger, Austria’s Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani.