Thodoros Skylakakis MEP, President of ALDE member party Drassi, speaks about the European elections as well as the recent developments in Greece:
Just in time for the European elections, Greece seems to slowly move forward. The government announced a primary surplus and now stands up for the discussion about the debt. Is this really a success for the country?
The so-called success story is actually only a success of tax increases. In February 2012, when Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his Vice-PM Evangelos Venizelos signed the second memorandum, they predicted a recession of about 4-5 per cent of the GDP for the years 2012 and 2013. Ultimately the recession – because of political uncertainty, high taxation and the delay of any reforms – reached 10 per cent. This equaled additional costs of 10 billion Euro and further 200.000 unemployed people. It is a tragic expense paid by the private sector of the Greek economy.