Mitsotakis calls Tsipras a ‘PM of lies and taxes’


Opposition conservative leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has lashed out at Alexis Tsipras describing him as a “prime minister of lies and taxes” who is spinning the myth that Greece is done with bailouts and that there is a primary surplus that will be used to fund his government’s  social agenda.

“With SYRIZA – ANEL (ruling coalition), Greece neither is, nor can it become, a normal country,” Mitsotakis told New Democracy’s parliamentary group. He added that there is something wrong with a country whose citizens are unable to pay their taxes and insurance obligation.

The conservative leader said the coalition has voted through further burdens on taxpayers in 2018 to the tune of almost two billion euros.

It is a myth, he said, that “Greece is leaving the Memorandum in August 2018" and said the government has deferred the second review of the country’s third bailout to December, when it should have already been completed in October.

Moreover, he said that even if the “unnecessary third Memorandum of Understanding” is completed in August 2018, a fourth one amounting to five billion euros will start on January 1, 2019, with new large cuts in primary and supplementary pensions and, above all, a new large reduction of the tax-free threshold.