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Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the New Democracy party, waves to his supporters, in Athens. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the New Democracy party, waves to his supporters outside party headquarters after winning parliamentary elections, Athens, July 7, 2019 (AP photo by Thanassis Stavrakis).

Can Greece’s New Democracy Abandon Its Aggressive Rhetoric and Govern?

Monday, July 15, 2019

When the nominally center-right New Democracy party emerged victorious in snap elections last week, it potentially marked the end of a long and tumultuous chapter in Greece’s history. The now former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had announced the vote following deep losses by his radical, left-wing party, Syriza, in the European Parliament elections in May.

With 39.5 percent of the vote, New Democracy and its leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, have a strong mandate to push forward with a program he describes as reforming the state, by reducing taxation and turbo-charging investment in the country. Mitsotakis appears very optimistic. When challenged on where the money for the costly tax cuts would be found, he responded that his policies would secure strong economic growth of up to 4 percent per year, to cover for the shortfall. ...

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