The president of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, Stefanos Kasselakisin an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, he emphasized that “he wants a new Greek pride and for the Greeks to be proud of the future, not only of the ancient past”.

“I am changing SYRIZA for the youth, as a former left-wing banker I will sweep away conservative and corrupt people” points out the president of SYRIZA.

Asked about his short military service, Stefanos Kasselakis replied: “It was an important opportunity to talk to young people, something I usually don’t manage to do. I am usually approached by older people who protest and encourage me. I am not part of the system, I am not a member of parliament. I have zero political experience. For this reason I consider myself successful. I am who I am and I will not change. For this reason, I encouraged the children I worked with, the generation after mine, the twenty-somethings, to dream big, to believe in their talent. Even if they don’t go to university, learn English. They have this logic of “this is Greece, if things don’t go well, what should we do, that’s how life is”. But this is unacceptable.”

According to the president of SYRIZA, “young people in Greece deserve an effective system that offers them a good foundation”. “The contact with them offered me a moral compass. Regardless of who attacks me or appreciates me, I have a mission,” he emphasizes.

Priority, in his view, “it’s taxes”, because “the country needs a new, simplified tax system” and “taxes for the lowest incomes must be reduced, the taxation of corporate dividends over 220,000 euros must be increased, with graduated taxation for businesses as well”. At the same time, Mr. Kasselakis states that “these changes, together with new collective agreements, which were decimated, will create a healthier environment”.

“Our philosophy, in SYRIZA, is that of collectivity. We want solidarity, a common thought, unity”, emphasizes Stefanos Kasselakis.

With reference to Italy, Stefanos Kasselakis states that “Greece, despite having natural beauties and art treasures like Italy, does not have a strong industry to function as a base” and that his motto is “big government for big problems’ (big government for big problems).

According to the president of SYRIZA, “it is not enough to regulate the golden visa and Airbnbs, as New Democracy is doing. It is not enough in a city of four million citizens and in a country of ten million inhabitants.’

At the same time, he proposes decentralization of tourism and investments, support, through funds, of the less developed regions, “so that the scientists and talents who left abroad can return to Greece” and houses with financial support for researchers and businesses outside Athens. “It’s not all Mykonos and tourism, I love Mykonos too. Tourism may be our first industry, but lasting twelve months a year and throughout the country”, states St. Kasselakis in the Turin newspaper.

“New Democracy only deals with me, the media they control attack me with gossip about my holidays and the like. But I am creating a movement of people like me, who want to succeed in science, in society, in business, who do not belong to the establishment. And I will do away with that whole ruling class of a vested interest system that knows no other career than power. SYRIZA will become the first party again”, emphasizes its president while predicting an “explosion of percentages” in the European elections and that he will take over as prime minister.

Asked about “the mistakes of Alexis Tsipras”, he replied that “he could talk for hours about 2015, but it is a matter for historians” and added: “Alexis is a good person. He did his best to give voice to people’s distress, saved many people who were at risk of starvation, gave health care to 2.5 million citizens who were without coverage. We can say what we want about naivety, but the Greek people were desperate. We left 37 billion euros in the state coffers, ND zero.”

The president of SYRIZA, finally, when asked about “what room for maneuver is left in the Left, at the moment when Mitsotakis is advancing progressive reforms and he himself is a former American banker”, he answered:

“I wanted equal marriage, it must be clear. Public health is fragmented, wages are insufficient. If I were Mitsotakis’ minister I would have a popularity rating of 70%. But he is America’s “yes man” and he gains nothing in Greece’s interest. He is afraid of me because I am an outsider. He knows I can beat him at the polls.”

Stefanos Kasselakis on Tuesday on SKAI’s main news bulletin

In one fell swoop interviewits president SYRIZA, opens his papers on all issues of political current affairsthe faces and changes in his party and his goals for the battle of the European elections.

THE Stefanos Kasselakis her Tuesdayon SKAI news at 19.50 with Kosioni Co.