ATHENS – Locked in a tight race in the Jan. 25 elections, Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras said he’d cut taxes he raised if he wins.
Samaras again also vowed he’s done imposing harsh austerity measures on workers, pensioners and the poor as he hopes to catch the anti-austerity poll-leading major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).
Speaking to the daily Ethnos, he said he would make cuts in the astronomical raises in the property tax called the Uniform Real Estate Ownership Tax (ENFIA) as well as in income and corporate taxation.
“There will be no additional austerity measures,” he noted,, although the country’s international lenders said they will insist on continued reforms no matter who wins.
Samaras also said he would again push for an early exit from the deals with the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) and vowed they’d be out of the picture by March if he wins.
He said income tax would gradually come to 33 percent, property tax would be further reduced -he didn’t say by how much – and corporate tax would be cut to 15 percent. He had raised those taxes saying it was necessary but now says it’s not.
He said SYRIZA was “politically isolated” and that its program includes only “unilateral actions” that cannot be accepted by Europe. “If SYRIZA won, we would have to shield the country against adventurism and prevent it from gambling with the country,” he said.