Samaras: ‘pirate’ Erdogan’s visit a mistake

Greece
Sun, 26 Nov 2023 6:43 GMT
Antonis Samaras, the former Prime Minister (2012-15) and leader of conservative New Democracy (2009-15) tells Kathimerini, that he is opposed to the upcoming visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he insists on calling a “pirate” as he has done in the past.
Samaras: ‘pirate’ Erdogan’s visit a mistake

Antonis Samaras, the former Prime Minister (2012-15) and leader of conservative New Democracy (2009-15) tells Kathimerini, that he is opposed to the upcoming visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he insists on calling a “pirate” as he has done in the past.

Erdogan is scheduled to visit Athens on December 7.

Samaras also uses the word “appeasement” uttered by the other living former conservative leader, Κostas Karamanlis; “two former Prime Ministers can’t be so wrong,” he says pointedly.

On the recent tax reform bill, Samaras notes that it is in the right direction, but needs to be amended. 

Commenting on recent political developments, Samaras believes that society is trending more conservative and that New Democracy is not endangered by parties to its right but “only by itself, when it exclusively targets” a centrist audience, another dig at Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Finally, Samaras unambiguously states that he will vote against legalizing same-sex marriage (civil unions are already legal). “We must support the nuclear family, where we have parental models of both sexes,” he says.

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