(Editorial) Rationality and Decisiveness: Greek PM's Approach to Handle COVID-19
Updated: Jul 21, 2020
Author: Constantine Hatzis; Editor: Bincheng Mao
Source: Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis, Atlantic Council
With recent articles coming out from The Guardian claiming that Greece is “beating the coronavirus” despite such harsh economic struggles, Bloomberg claiming that Greece is showing how to handle the COVID-19 crisis, it might be worthwhile to explore who is the leader behind all of this.
These measures are implemented by the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He assumed office on July 8th, 2019 after beating out the former prime minister Alexis Tsipras in the election.
Source: Graphs record Greece’s impressively low rate of Covid-19 cases, Tornos News
As a member of the conservative New Democracy Party, he has been serving as their president since 2016. Now his actions and measures towards the COVID-19 crisis are being applauded worldwide. A nation that was once looked down upon by Europe as an insolvable problem, due to their economic crisis, is now being lauded by Europe for the precautionary measures Greece and Mitsotakis took against the virus. As the leader of Greece Mistotakis is changing the negative perspective that many other nations had towards Greece.
Unlike many other nations, Greece was swift and decisive when it came to dealing with the virus. Athens closed down all non-essential shops only four days after its first COVID-19 death, contrasting that of Spain and Italy who took more than two weeks to do so. Mitsotakis has enforced penalties for not obeying the lockdown rules in place making the population a lot more mindful of the lockdown. Greece has maintained composure due to their actions, which were lead by Mitsotakis. The Prime Minister has been quick to refute and go against people who deny the threat of the virus, such as when he criticized the Brazilian President’s denial of the threat.
Even though Greece just started to recover from its economic crisis, many had worried regarding Greece’s future due to COVID-19. As around one-fifth of Greece’s economy is backed up by tourism, many had assumed that Greece’s economy would go back into recession. However, due to Greece’s swift actions against the virus, they could able to recover at a much faster rate than many other European nations. Mitsotakis has stated in a televised address to Greece that although the recession in 2020 may be rough the recovery in 2021 can be even greater. Alongside that, he announced he an emergency financial aid of 400 euros for each of Greece’s 155,000 long-term unemployed, further demonstrating Greece’s effort to help combat the situations caused by the virus. If this is true, this would mean that Mitsotakis would lead Greece out of this crisis a lot sooner and instead of Greece being shamed and looked down upon by Europe, as it has been for the past ten years, it would be seen as a shining example of resilience and model for how a nation should deal with the COVID-19 crisis.