The Establishment Politician Trying to Win Back Greece

Greece is poised to do something increasingly rare in Europe these days: elect an establishment politician as their next prime minister.

Despite presiding over a fragile economic recovery, Greeks appear to have grown tired of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party, and are looking to shake things up during this Sunday’s legislative election.

All signs indicate Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the centre-right New Democracy party will come out on top.

If those projections hold and Greeks end up choosing the 51-year-old Mitsotakis on Sunday, voters won’t just be voting for a fresh face, they’ll be ushering in a return to establishment politics.

Unlike Tsipras, who rose to power on a wave of anti-establishment sentiment and anger towards the EU, Mitsotakis represents Greek political aristocracy. His father Konstantinos was Prime Minister between 1990 and 1993.

“I think society realized that electing populists into power is not a solution to underlying economic problems. So essentially what is happening is the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction,” he told VICE founder Shane Smith during an interview at the New Democracy party headquarters in Athens.

He’s not shy about his establishment credentials either. One of Mitsotakis’s main campaign planks is convincing Greek’s that his financial stewardship can spur renewed confidence in the Greek economy, and lead the lenders who bailed out its economy to the tune of 240 billion euros over eight years to ease their strict requirement that Greece maintain a budget surplus of 3.5 percent.

“The key challenge is to restore high growth rates,” Mitsotakis said. “If the economy grows faster, our creditors are going to be happy because the debt is going to be repaid more easily.”

And to get the economy growing at a faster rate Mitsotakis is appealing to young Greek who left the country during the financial crisis to return.

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Engineering Earth (Preview) | VICE on HBO

Greenhouse gas emissions are at unprecedented levels and still rising. As climate deniers and their allies in industry and government thwart conservationists’ efforts, some scientists are working to develop a back-up plan: use technology to “geoengineer” the Earth’s atmosphere and reduce the impacts of climate change. Shane Smith and Ben Anderson find out how this technology would work and how effective this radical, and potentially dangerous, plan could be.

See it Friday at 7:30 PM and 11 PM EDT on HBO

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Netanyahu Says Palestinians Should “abandon the fantasy that they will conquer Jerusalem” (HBO)

JERUSALEM — The day after the U.S. officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat down with VICE founder Shane Smith to talk about the violence on the border with Gaza and the new threats he thinks Israel is facing from Iranian forces in Syria.

In the interview, Netanyahu praised President Trump’s December move to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I think President Trump did an important thing,” Netanyahu said. “He not only kept his promise, and the promises of successive American presidents, he also recognized a simple reality — the seed of Israel’s government is in Jerusalem, which is its capital.”

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Shane Smith Interviews Benjamin Netanyahu: VICE News Tonight on HBO (Preview)

This is the first time Israel has put the Iranian drone they shot down in February on full display.

See @shanesmith30’s interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) on VICE News Tonight on @HBO at 7:30PM EST.

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What Happened On The Israeli Side Of The Border During U.S. Embassy Protests (HBO)

The violence in Gaza on Monday didn’t stop the big show in Jerusalem from going ahead: visiting dignitaries and Israeli VIP’s gathered for the official dedication of what is now the U.S. Embassy.
President Trump hailed the U.S. embassy move, as at least 52 Palestinian protesters were killed in what was the deadliest day in Gaza since the 2014 war with Israel.

At a press conference early Monday morning, visiting U.S. Senators applauded the president for keeping a promise that Congress made in 1995.

VICE founder Shane Smith joined Senator Lindsay Graham at the press conference and spoke to protestors demonstrating outside the embassy.

Senator Graham told VICE News that the resulting violence from the embassy move is simply the cost of doing business. “If you’re waiting to do something bold in the Middle East without conflict you’ll die waiting,” he said.

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Shane Smith Visits a North Sea Oil Drill – VICE on HBO Season 5 (Preview)

The first effects of climate change are being felt across the U.S., and projections show $40 Trillion in damage worldwide over the next five decades. “Cost of Climate Change” is hosted by VICE founder Shane Smith.

Watch the season premiere of VICE on HBO Friday, February 24 at 11PM.

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Shane Smith Investigates The Future of European Politics – VICE on HBO (Preview)

Silvio Berlusconi was in many ways Europe’s original populist, shaping the mold for today’s right-wing European leaders. VICE founder Shane Smith travels to the home of the former Italian prime minister to discuss why this message resonates across the continent, how the left fails to grasp populist anger, and the need for a unified response to rebuild Syria.

VICE airs Fridays at 11pm on HBO.

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Shane Smith Investigates The True Cost of Climate Denial (VICE on HBO: Season 5, Episode 1)

President Trump announced the U.S.’s intent to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement – what many said was the world’s best chance to collectively limit the impact on the planet.

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The first effects of climate change are already being felt, and projections show that if the world does not take action there could be over $40 Trillion of damage worldwide over the next five decades.

As costs begin to mount, so do allegations that an effort led by ExxonMobil and other powerful interests, have denied climate science and delayed corrective measures for years. In the face of scientific consensus, the Trump administration has ushered some of the people most responsible for denying climate science into the highest levels of government just as states Attorney Generals across the country have sought to hold Exxon, and others, accountable for the damage this misinformation campaign has wrought.

As bills caused by climate change begin to mount, Shane Smith investigates the true cost of denial.

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Inside Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi: VICE News Tonight (HBO)

A new wave of anti-immigration, populist candidates are in serious contention across Europe, shocking the political establishment. But one European leader was ahead of the curve: former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi essentially wrote the Donald Trump playbook: a media-savvy real estate mogul turned populist campaigner, he mobilized voter sentiment against immigrants, and used his personal charisma to brush off scandals about his taxes and his personal life.

Even today, at the age of 80, Berlusconi is popular enough to consider mounting a comeback. VICE founder Shane Smith sat down with him at his opulent home near Milan.

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Inside North Korea: VICE News Tonight (HBO)

Saturday is North Korea’s most important national holiday: the birthday of the Eternal President, Kim Jong-Un’s late grandfather Kim Il-Sung. It’s traditionally an occasion for a big test launch or detonation—and today, the North Korean government announced a, quote, “Big Event.” It turned out not to be so big. VICE News Tonight correspondent Charlet Duboc went to North Korea for the reveal.

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