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Politicians "messed up" Greece
27 March 2011 - Issue : 928
Was the Democratic Alliance a creation of a personal need to lead a party, or a circumstance of your leaving New Democracy?
Neither. The Democratic Alliance is a product of the crisis in Greece. The crisis is not just an economic crisis, it’s primarily a political and social crisis; a crisis of values. The people who came together to create the Democratic Alliance wanted a new political model: an open party, a party committed to truth and far away from any kind of populist rhetoric.
Previously, as a member of New Democracy you were affiliated with the European People’s Party. In this visit however you met with the leadership of Liberal Democrats. Should we expect official ties to the Liberal Democrats?
Yes, we are much closer to the Liberal Democrats today than we have been in the past. But this decision will be a party decision taken at our congress at the end of May.
My main discussion with Olli Rehn was based on two ideas: Firstly, that we need a revolution in the Greek tax system. Our current system is broken and cannot provide results. We cannot change the tax law every month like we do today in Greece and believe we will stimulate investment. We believe that a flat tax of 20%, which will be paid by everybody, would increase tax revenue, and allow the Greek business community to make the necessary investments and create new jobs.
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Χρήστος Α. Κατσαρός - Ιδρυτικό Μέλος Δημοκρατικής Συμμαχίας (Chris Sintiki) Λιβαδιά Σιντικής Σερρών