New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitostakis lashed out at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, after it became known that European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) is investigating the management of the 1.6bn euros that Athens received in order to manage the refugee and migrant crisis.
In remarks at a meeting of his shadow cabinet, Mitsotakis attacked Tsipras on all fronts, and again demanded election before the Prespa agreement between Athens and Skopje is ratified by the Greek Parliament.
“All those implicated in this dark affair are called upon to answer how they managed 1.6bn euros in funding. At the same time, in an unprecedented expression of governmental authoritarianism, journalists are placed under police detention, because they asked questions. Two months after the Mati wildfire tragedy, which had a death toll of 99 people, we are witnessing efforts to cover up responsibility. The continuing tax and insurance contribution foray is destroying whatever parts of productive Greece are still standing. The return to the markets with a reasonable interest rate has been belied. Mr. Tsipras uneasily watches the Skopjans celebrating about the ‘Macedonian’ language and the ‘Macedonian nationality’ that he handed over to them. In the rubble of the myth about the end of the bailout memorandum, he is creating new myths regarding pension cuts. He is playing with people’s lives and they even devised a ‘death clause’. They handed archaeological monuments over to the Hellenic Asset Development Fund (HRADF). Public television has become a mouthpiece for the PM’s office, with the money of the Greek people,” Mitsotakis said.