The real problem in Greece is not cutting taxes, it’s making sure that we don’t have tax evasion.
People would say you look weak if you’re not cursing the opposition and driving around in a big black car while always wearing a tie. Above all, to be ‘strong’ you’re always supposed to be giving orders.
The Greek people do not want to exit the euro. And I believe the Greek people already have shown that they have made major sacrifices to stay in the euro zone.
This idea that you’re a successful tough guy if you evade taxes and deceive the state has got to change.
I have been supporting the European Union, but we are still a work in progress. We have to become more of a United States of Europe. We should talk about electing a president of the E.U., rather than having one selected from the heads of government.
My hope is that we will turn Greece into maybe the most transparent country in the world with everything on the web.
Greece’s history in the drachma was an up-and-down history, a roller coaster.
I would like to see Greece as a case study, an opportunity for Europe to strengthen its coordination of fiscal policy.
Many people have been pontificating, and patronizing, and moralizing, and scapegoating, saying you Greeks, you are the problem. I would say we Greeks have a problem. We are not the problem.
If we had a consensus we wouldn’t have to go to a referendum.
The Marshall Plan was after destruction, and the U.S. came to our help and obviously this was very, very important for the future of Europe. I think now we have all the capabilities of doing it on our own and, in a sense, we have to.
We stand united, facing the big responsibility to change our country into a nation of justice, solidarity, humanity and green development.
If we were the problem, it would be very convenient – kick Greece out, everything’s fine. What would happen to Spain, what about Portugal, what about Italy, what about the whole of the euro zone? We need more cooperation and less simplification and prejudice.
We have a rise of extremism because we need to give a sense that we are targeting some of the deeper problems in Greece, the injustices.
As long as I feel I am doing what I think is right and just for my country, for the Greek people, that is enough for me. Saving Greece from this crisis was the first thing on the agenda. We are now on a much more normalised road.