Athens.- Main opposition New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing the party’s Central Committee on Saturday, stressed the need for a new change in the country, adding that the course has already begun for ND that will be concluded with the party’s 8th regular Congress of Principles and Positions.
Samaras stressed that he will not tolerate introversion in the party, saying that “I do not owe anything to anyone. My only duty is towards the hundreds of citizens who voted. ND will become the pole of a new social majority and not a fragile coalition of personal strategies and groups.”
Referring to the farmers’ issue, the ND leader reiterated that he is against roadblocks but added that the farmers’ problems are serious because they have been led to a deadlock and concern society in its entirety.
Samaras further said about the political and economic situation that “we are experiencing the worst winter in the past 35 years. Our mistakes are to blame as well as the unbelievable inertia of the government of PASOK. When it had become known that the deficit will exceed 12 percent, the spread was 135 and now its has exceeded 300. There are responsibilities.”
He also reiterated his basic positions on issues opened by the government, “administrative reform that is a plan of our own is being degraded with the ‘Kallikratis’ plan because it is taking place in an era of economic crisis without the limits of municipalities having been clarified, without the resources having been found.”
Samaras focused on the immigration issue as well, pointing out that “Greece is a gateway for the entry of illegal immigrants for Europe,” adding that “the government is taking the most flexible measures without security valves. We do not envisage Greece as an enclosed fortress, but neither as a free-for-all.”