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A Strong Performance By Kyriakos Mitsotakis!

Posted by hkarner - 17. Oktober 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016, Observing GreeceKastner

This Bloomberg interview with opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has attracted wide attention. Justifiably so, I think.

The interview is undoubtedly music to the ears of foreigners with an interest in Greece; or to so-called internationalists. Particularly if they have a background at an Anglo-American elite school and professional experience at an Anglo-American company. Mr. Mitsotakis‘ command of the English language is outstanding (on par with that of Yanis Varoufakis‘). The way he handles himself is impressive and would be respected in any international boardroom. Last but not least, he seems very intelligent.

I am reminded of an experience I had in London back in 1972 when I had just joined an American bank there. I was assigned to the American who handled ship financing for Greek shippers. One day, a potential new Greek customer came in for an appointment with the American and I was invited to listen in. The Greek was utterly polished. A Savile Row suit, a  perfect pocket square, perfectly groomed, super manners of an ‚old boy‘, Oxford accent, etc. I was most impressed and I thought the American would be, too. I asked him after the meeting what his impression was. The American said: „I don’t know. I have an awkward feeling. He emphasized so much being Greek but he just didn’t seem Greek“. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis – A New Greek Wunderkind?

Posted by hkarner - 12. Januar 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016, Observing GreeceKastner

When observing Greece from the distance, a most interesting phenomenon occurred yesterday: literally within 24 hours, a party which for months had appeared on its death track returned to center stage of Greek politics with a splash. And all of that because of a young man with a good family name!

If Kyriakos Mitsotakis satisfies only half of the expectations which were placed upon him in recent hours, he will go down into Greek history as a great leader. One wonders how a man who has been receiving accolades ever since it became apparent that he would win his party’s leadership could have received so comparatively little attention before the election. Yes, I do remember that he was often described as a rising star ever since he joined the previous government and, yes, I do remember that his ideas about modernizing Greece were quite impressive. However, I do not remember that anyone ever put him on a pedestal and praised him as the answer to Greece’s problems. If anything, I had the impression that he was being viewed somewhat skeptically, if for no other reason than for his family name. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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