Athens.- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit Germany on February 13-14. Mitsotakis will meet on Monday, at 13:00, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at CDU headquarters. At 17:30, he will meet with CDU party MPs at the parliament. On Tuesday, Mitsotakis will have a meeting with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble at the Finance Ministry at 11:30 and at 13:00 he will attend a working luncheon with representatives of German trade and business agencies.
Mitsotakis is expected to emphasize his party’s conviction that the government’s insistence on tax increases have strangled the Greek economy, and pledge to shift the emphasis to cutting back on state spending instead.
What remains unclear is how Mitsotakis will react if German officials press him to back creditors’ calls for the upfront legislation of contingency measures. Mitsotakis has repeatedly said that he will not back further austerity.
Commenting on Mitsotakis’s visit in a speech before SYRIZA’s central committee on Saturday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was scathing. The opposition leader is going to “pledge his allegiance” to the country’s creditors in the hope of gaining support for his bid to come to power, Tsipras said of his conservative rival.