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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-12-30

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Mitsotakis outlines his personal ideology in ANA-MPA interview
  • [02] Bank credit to private sector down 2.2 pct in Nov‏.

  • [01] Mitsotakis outlines his personal ideology in ANA-MPA interview

    New Democracy leadership candidate Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he was confident he would prevail over rival candidate Vangelis Meimarakis in the upcoming second round, while he dismissed criticism that he is a die-hard neo-liberal who believes in the "prosperity of numbers" first.

    In an interview with the ANA-MPA just 10 days before main opposition New Democracy holds a second round of internal elections to elect its new leader, he noted:

    "I am a moderate, liberal, centre-right politician. I do not believe that the market solves all problems. I believe in a powerful but very small state that will regulate the market," he said. At the same time, he noted that in a country that has become bankrupt, "one clearly has to also look at the numbers".

    "I do believe very strongly in the power of the private economy and private enterprise to create wealth," he added.

    Asked whether he would be prepared to help the present government stay afloat if it should run into difficulties, Mitsotakis noted that New Democracy had been forced to vote for the current programme during the summer in order to avoid a crisis that might have forced Greece to drop out of the euro. It was now up to the present government to carry out the specific measures that this called for, he added.

    "I want to ask you...would we now be discussing pension cuts of such an extent if the previous [New Democracy-led] government had not fallen or if the economy was on a growth track of 3-4 pct...The pension cuts that Mr. Tsipras will be obliged to vote for alone are the result of the disastrous policy that he implemented over the past year," he added.

    [02] Bank credit to private sector down 2.2 pct in Nov‏.

    Bank credit to the domestic private sector remained negative in November, with the annual rate standing at -2.2 pct from -2.0 pct in the previous month, the Bank of Greece said on Wednesday. The central bank, in a monthly report, said that the monthly net flow of total credit to the domestic private sector was negative at 458 million euros, compared with a negative net flow of 412 million in the previous month.
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