In New Democracy, they believe that they achieved quite a head start, in terms of public exposure, concerning the ammunition sale to Saudi Arabia. By “pinning down” the government during the debate in Parliament, and given the reaction of some SYRIZA MPs to this sale, sources, close to New Democracy, state that the party is pleased with its choice to raise the issue at the top of their political agenda.
As Mr. Vassilis Kikilias stated, the New Democracy section head responsible for Defence, who submitted the relevant question, “this is not the end but the very start of the political investigation on the issue”. It is no coincidence that New Democracy decided to use a 5 minute video in order to communicate the issue, over the Internet, the social media and above all in newscasts. Even the briefing of journalists by the party spokesperson, Mrs. Maria Spyraki, was devoted entirely on this issue. With the use of video communications, New Democracy has attempted to respond to the video released by the PM’s office on the social dividend, starring PM Alexis Tsipras himself. Besides, Alexis Tsipras is a personal target for Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
European People’s Party MEPs to visit Western Attica
At the same time, the tragedy of Western Attica brings about a visit by center-right Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) to Greece in order to demonstrate solidarity. More specifically, next week, a group of MEPs of the European People’s Party (EPP), after an initiative by Kyriakos Mitsotakis and EPP President Manfred Weber, will visit our country in a move, as reported by New Democracy, of “high symbolism”. The invitation was given by Mr Manolis Kefaloyiannis, the head of the New Democracy MEP’s at EPP during his. The head of the MEP delegation will be the EPP Secretary-General Antonio López-Istúriz, the head of the Italian MEPs on civil protection, Mrs. Elizabetta Guardini, and the former MEP from Luxembourg, Mrs. Viviane Reding.
Once again, the New Democracy leader will be able to discuss with European officials, during a European Parliament ceremony in honour of his late father and former PM, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, on Wednesday afternoon. One of the halls of the European Parliament will take the name of the former Honorary President of New Democracy, who passed away earlier this year.
The timing of the honorary ceremony coincides with an event at the Brugge Institute, where Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have the opportunity to talk with Commission Vice-President, Mr. Jirky Katainen.