It is known that to Potami and Ciudadanos have many things in common. What, mostly, brings us together is the belief that this world will not change, unless there are major reforms and major changes. I wish him good luck, for the elections that will take place next month in Spain. I am very confident that he will have a leading role in his country’s developments. As soon as we change Spain, then we will be able to change Greece and, then, change Europe.
Leader of To Potami Stavros Theodorakis met Albert Rivera. The leader of Ciudadanos visited Athens only for a few hours, in order to witness the conditions in refugee camps. His political party is forecast to have a significant presence in elections, according to polls, while it is expected to play a major role in the formation of the Spanish government, following the elections. To Potami and Ciudadanos share the same belief over the necessity to implement reforms, which will change Europe.
Following their meeting, the leader of To Potami stated:
“I am very happy to meet my friend Albert, here in Athens. He is here only for a very short time. He has already visited the refugees and migrants in the port of Piraeus. It is known that to Potami and Ciudadanos have many things in common. What, mostly, brings us together is the belief that this world will not change, unless there are major reforms and major changes. I wish him good luck, for the elections that will take place next month in Spain. I am very confident that he will have a leading role in his country’s developments. As soon as we change Spain, then we will be able to change Greece and, then, change Europe. I would really like to thank him for finding the time to meet me and talk to me. I am really happy that we had the chance to inform each other on current political developments”.
Albert Rivera stated:
“To begin with, Europe is not just about having the common currency. Europe is about solidarity. So, Spanish, Greeks and Europeans, they cannot remain inactive, when they witness this drama that millions of people experience, when they try to flee war, terrorism and bombings. These could have been our own families. It is true and we now witness that Greece hosts 50.000 refugees, coming from war zones close to Europe. I want to make clear that Spain, if we are given the chance to govern and form a government, will show solidarity towards refugees, so that Greece is not the only country that hosts more refugees than it actually can. Spain, and the entire Europe, is supposed to get involved in this case. We want Greece to stay in Europe, we want it to remain in the Eurozone. We want Greece to keep implementing the necessary reforms, not only cuts. Yet, we want to clarify to Greeks, as well as to Europeans, that we are standing by the side of Greeks. What is happening in the borders of Greece, is happening in our own borders. Greece’s borders are the borders of Europe, our borders. These are families we are talking about. What I witnessed in Piraeus, as well as in the refugee camp, reflects what we, as Europeans, need to realize. We are not to promise magical recipes and solutions. This is what populists do, in Greece too. In this sense, Ciudadanos want to cooperate, they want to be part of this, so that Spain and Greece can be two strong European countries. Two countries that will implement reforms, not only cuts, respecting the middle class and employment in Greece and Spain”.
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