“I think we are ready to put Greece back on a path of strong growth”, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with BBC’s HARDtalk and Zeinab Badawi on Thursday, and added that “what I want is to ensure that economic growth will be shared in a fair way. For me, this will be the biggest challenge I will face”.

Speaking about Greece’s image abroad in three years from today, in 2021, he noted that his goal is for Greece to exude “dynamism and optimism, with a strong expatriate community who will support the country”. He also said that he wants Greece “to be ready to respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world and to cease to be a vector of the problems that characterize Europe”.

When asked about the small number of women in the governmental scheme, Mr. Mitsotakis stressed that he would obviously want more women involved, but it was not possible. “Unfortunately, we did not have so many women interested to get into politics”, he said, stressing that 40% of ND candidates were women, but they were not elected to the Parliament.

“I am sure, however, that I could find experienced women in Greece and put them in the government as extra-parliamentary ministers”, the journalist interrupted him, to which Mr. Mitsotakis answered: “I asked many women to participate in the government, but they were much more reluctant than men”.