Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras characterized the Eurozone agreement as “short-lived relief” maintaining that it does not constitute a solution or a way out of the country’s problems. In an interview with Kathimerini’s Sunday edition, Samaras acknowledged the positive impact of the debt settlement but expressed strong concern about “a selective default stain in return for a very limited debt reduction”. He also said that there is a strong likelihood that the international markets will be firm in their position that the Greek debt is not sustainable and start seeing a new debt restructuring.
Samaras clarified that he will not vote for the new agreement if there are no radical changes in the government policy.
He also stated that his party is ready to govern and called for early elections.
On the taxi sector issue, Samaras repeated that ND is in favour of the sector’s deregulation under certain rules, including the population to taxi number ratio criterion. The ND leader sent a strong message to the striking taxi owners, stressing that their mobilizations are unfair to those who are affected by them.