Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on German tourists to visit Greece this summer with the “breathtaking” argument that Greece is now a different country, “it has changed” and has no relation to Greece of 2010 or 2015. He made this unbelievable claim -that he was ashamed (?) of the country his own party also governed – to German BILD newspaper in an interview on Thursday.
“Greece of 2021 bears no relation to Greece of 2015 or of 2010,” he noted. “It is a different country. We no longer operate in an environment of so-called supervisors. We are a sovereign state. Yes, we remain under surveillance following the program, as it is called, but if we look at the changes we want to make, they are the changes we ourselves want to make because we have decided they will benefit Greece.”
He said further that by July and August – the tourist high season in Greece – things will resemble more of a normal summer,
He called on Germans to visit Greece, saying that people will want to travel and relax after the coronavirus pandemic.
He also estimated that Greece will have double the number of tourists it did in 2020, when numbers reached 25% of the 2019 tourist totals. He said trends allowed optimism.
Among several issues discussed, the Greek premier said he “has a very good relationship” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and despite the disagreements he respects her as a European leader. “She is the voice of logic, but Germany is a very powerful republic. No republic depends on a single person – at some point, all political careers come to an end,” he added.
Asked to comment on the arrest of Belarus journalist Roman Protasevich in Minsk after his flight was diverted, he called the incident “a hijack” and said he read several theories about spies on board, allegations which are baseless.
PS the thumbnail picture of a Greek beach could not helped butcollapsed after reading such an immeasurable argument. Even my cat recalled the other PM in 2009, Giorgos Papandreou, also the son of a veteran politician, who was visiting European capitals saying “Greeks are tax evaders.”
Honestly, I have no idea how Kostantinos Mitsotakis and Andreas Papandreou raised their sons with.