"Unfortunately the truth is that the country was bankrupted by its large state. And now we are obliged under conditions of great pressure to make these changes," he said.
Mitsotakis said the country would be in a better position if the public sector reforms had started three years ago, instead of the cuts to pay and hikes in tax that have unduly hit the private sector.
"Unfortunately, the wrong choices were made three years ago," he said.
___Olster reported from Washington DC.