Promises for relief measures and no austerity, for assistance to economically weak and exhaustion of the four year term were given by Antonis Samaras in an interview for a Sunday's edition of a newspaper.
The Prime Minister spoke to "Vima" and referred to the needs of vulnerable social groups and relief measures to be taken in the near future, while he argued that by the mid-autumn he will have a completed a plan to reduce all tax burdens. He also believes that there will be a good outcome on the issue of debt sustainability, makes clear that Greece is a sovereign country and stressed that it's time that the Greek government rather than troika to take on the reform agenda. "As we achieve our goals and stand on our feet, we can promote an agenda of our reforms, not only those proposed by troika. In this way, the society will have a much better picture of the overall reforms" he initially mentioned and added: "I've said it many times. As we catch our goals, there will be no new austerity measures of any form! If indeed we surpass our goals, then there will be relief measures. We examine a range of interventions that are all necessary and will create more sensation, while bringing relief. But they must be realistic and based on the results of the current budget. Within the next six months, until the end of the year, some of them will be done".
After arguing that the debt will be officially declared sustainable, he predicted a dramatic increase the importance of the country as an investment destination and again closed the door on early elections: "I believe in the exhaustion of the four years in any case, regardless of circumstances. It gives stability of governance in a country. This 'game' must stop with elected governments having a mandate to govern four years and eventually not exceed two! Anywhere else, this is done only in emergency situations. The government majority is more comfortable in parliament today than a few months ago. And this means that we improved political stability, contrary to what some had expected... With the continuous improvement of the situation, I think that we will have presidential majority in March, which is the last "obstacle" for the exhaustion of the four year term". Finally, the Prime Minister attacked the leader of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras: "I'm sorry to say this, but a young man speaks a language outdated by decades. He restores stereotypes and obsessions that history has forgotten. And he tries to return the country to the... Ice Age".