The government has unveiled its development bill, which New Democracy hopes will act as a catalyst for greater investment in Greece, accelerating the growth rate and delivering the improved economic results Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has promised.
The achievement of Greece’s nominee for the European Commission being offered a vice president spot has been overshadowed at home by a potential rift within New Democracy that could present Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with his first significant domestic political challenge since winning the July 7 general election.
Athens is trying through diplomatic channels to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Claiming that Greece is “turning a page” and that the positive impact from the change in government is already visible, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a range of tax cuts at the Thessaloniki Expo on Saturday and insisted that New Democracy will take the steps needed to boost investment and growth.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis heads to the Thessaloniki Expo this weekend with a spring in his step after his growth narrative, which will play a key role in his speech on Saturday, was seemingly given a thumbs-up from voters as well as words of encouragement from two key figures.
The government received some encouragement in its bid for lower fiscal targets from would-be European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde, even though Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has put this pursuit on the backburner for the time being.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis returned from The Netherlands, the last leg of his first round of visits to EU leaders, to prepare for his visit to the Thessaloniki Expo over the weekend, when he hopes to drive home the message that his government is laying the groundwork for investment and growth.
The Greek government is seeking the way and the right time to launch discussions with Turkey, which Athens feels has been provoking Greece in recent weeks.
Moving on from Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, the government is focussing on the third leg of the Greek prime minister’s European tour and looking ahead to his appearance at the Thessaloniki Expo this weekend.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s visit to Berlin was greeted by conflicting reviews back home, with the government hailing it as a meeting of minds, while the opposition criticised the lack of concrete outcomes.