‘At crucial times for the country we have a lightweight government’, says ND’s Hatzidakis
Talk of a ‘clean exit’ from the program in August 2018 had quickly proved itself to be a lie, with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos among the first to speak of post-program supervision for Greece, main opposition New Democracy Vice-President Kostis Hatzidakis noted in a wide-ranging interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.
“At crucial times for the country we have a lightweight government,” Hatzidakis commented, referring to both economic and foreign policy issues.
Unimpressed by recent positive statements made by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during his visit to Athens, Hatzidakis pointed out that the Europeans “did not skimp on kind words” and that even George Papandreou’s government “heard kind words from Brussels.”
ND’s vice-president flat out contradicted the government’s claim to be succeeding where the previous governments had failed, completing the programme after three years, noting that the economy was “going back instead of forward.”
He accused the government of adopting a pro-investments rhetoric when its policy was actually hostile to both the economy and investments.
On Greek-Turkish issues, he urged Turkey to understand that Greece was a state government by the rule of law but pointed to what he said was a dangerous confusion in the government camp: “What policy do we use to fend off Turkish aggressiveness: That of Mr. Kammenos, Mr. Kouvelis, Mr. Kotzias or Mr. Tsipras,” he asked.