ND: EU emphasis on growth a vindication of Samaras

Statements made by top European officials but also by the new finance minister Evangelos Venizelos vindicated the positions and guidelines on economic policy proposed by New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras and showed that these found acceptance in Europe, ND spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis said on Friday.
"We consider that these statements are one more vindication of ND's policy when it steadfastly and insistently called for a change of policy whose central axis was growth and with the immediate aim of kick-starting the economy," Mihelakis said, referring to calls by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso but also German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble for a policy to boost growth.
He also noted that Venizelos "had lately discovered the need for growth and spoken about a 'growth memorandum'".
Mihelakis pointed out that ND had presented 23 measures at the start of 2010, its Zappion I programme for boosting the economy in the summer of 2010 and the Zappion II programme in May 2011 and that each of these plans had been dismissed and ignored by the government as unrealistic.

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