Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras used a cabinet meet to launch a withering attack on Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as he claimed that the main opposition leader’s extreme rhetoric in his handling of the FYROM issue legitimises “an extreme-right activism and a nationalist rhetoric, which openly flirts with fascism”.

“With this political choice, he is cultivating fanatical rhetoric, division, and extreme fascistic political formations, which though marginal, now they feel it is safe to come out of their hiding places again,” Tsipras said.

Essentially, Tsipras is attempting to distinguish the current New Democracy from the traditional, liberal centre-right.