New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called for change on many fronts in his New Year message and called for 2018 to be a new starting point for Greece. Mitsotakis also critisised the government, implying that little had been done to help improve life for the majority of Greeks. He also made reference to the thousands of Greeks who have left the country to find work elsewhere.
"For most Greeks, 2017 was a difficult year," he said. "It was a year full of missed opportunities for our country. Many things could have been done but unfortunately little was done. I know that for many daily life is a real struggle to survive," he said in his message.
"Greeks deserve better and 2018 can become the starting point for the country to move forward, to turn a page, for Greece to reenter a cycle of sustainable growth," he continued.