Mitsotakis: ‘Tsipras has no Reason to Celebrate’

Greece did not get what it set out for at the Eurogroup, main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with Alpha television on Friday. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras set the bar high, Mitsotakis said, but the country “has unfortunately passed underneath it.”

Thursday’s Eurogroup postponed any solution on the debt until the end of the programme, he pointed out, while the result did not seem to allow Greece’s inclusion in the European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing programme.

“Mr. Tsipras has no reason to celebrate and I would advise him to be more restrained, as [Finance Minister Euclid] Tsakalotos was. He has an obligation to come to Parliament and brief us, tell us what he achieved,” he said.

In addition, the government had voted for an extra 5.0 billion euros in measures after the end of the programme, he pointed out.

The main opposition leader also commented on an event planned by police trade unionists in Athens’ Exarchia district, expressing opposition to the idea and urging them to reconsider.

“I gave this a lot of thought and this might make some waves but I don’t consider that there should be such an event in Exarchia at this time. Instead there should be a police operation to clean up Exarchia but such an order has not been given by those that should give it,” he said.