New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was named in an article in the Brussels-based weekly Politico as being among three young reformists who may shift the tide in the European Union.
In his article “Europe’s reformist revival,” Dalibor Rohac, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, lists 48-year-old Mitsotakis as one of Europe’s “young gun politicians,” along with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, 41, and French Labor Minister Myriam El-Khomri, 38.
“Mitsotakis understands well that Greece’s woes are largely self-inflicted,” Rohac writes of the recently elected leader of the conservative party and former administrative reform minister. “In addition to his background in business – he worked for Chase Manhattan and McKinsey in London – Mitsotakis can claim credit for some genuine reform successes.”
“The reforms were short lived: the performance evaluations have been since scrapped by SYRIZA and most employees have been hired back,” the analyst says of the ruling leftist party. “Yet Mitsotakis’s reforms attempted to address a serious problem plaguing Greece.”