Weber in Athens says, Greece needs a new government
Weber lambasted Tsipras’ economic policy and the Greek PM’s refusal to sign on to EU initiatives regarding the removal of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
7 February 2019
The head of the European Parliament’s European People’s Party group, Manfred Weber, lionised main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and indirectly but clearly dismissed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a populist who cannot bring growth.
“In Greece with my friend @kmitsotakis of @neadimokratia to discuss our common economic challenges. Populists on the left and right don’t create jobs, they destroy them. We have a plan for investment and innovation that will give people perspective again,” Weber said in a tweet that clearly referred to the Greek PM.
Indeed, Weber, who is the EPP’s candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President, said that he is certain that Mitsotakis will prevail in the forthcoming Greek general election and that he looks forward to working with him as prime minister.
Top European politicians blast Italy’s ‘big mistake’ over France spat
Two of the most senior members of the European Parliament slammed Italy on Friday in an exclusive interview with Euronews.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani described Italy as ‘isolated’ due to an ongoing spat with France.
The last straw was a tweet from Italian deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio this week, showing him meeting with a group of French “gilets jaunes” (“yellow vest”) protest leaders.
“The wind of change has crossed the Alps,” di Maio wrote.
“This is a big mistake of the vice prime minister Mr Di Maio to go to the Gilets Jaunes in France,” Tajani remarked to Euronews’ Foteini Doulgkeri in Athens.