The debate that was triggered yesterday by the conviction of Golden Dawn as a criminal organisation once again highlights the grey zones in which Mr. Tsipras’ government operated.
Alexis Tsipras is attempting to organise an autarchic party with a hegemonic leader along the lines of Pasok’s model of governance in the 1980’s under Andreas Papandreou.
A courageous and bold party should not have needed [SYRIZA MP and ex-education minister] Nikos Filis to defend its history.
Certain groups and networks undoubtedly acted in an extra-institutional manner, set up cases and blackmail, manufactured guilty persons, and sought to place liens and to take people hostage – to neutralise people they wanted as potential competitors for power.
The programme presented by Mr. Tsipras yesterday at Zappeion Hall in Athens is an exercise in readiness and an act that entails responsibilities to the Greek people.
"We disagree with New Democracy's growth model and we believe it can't lead us to growth" Tsipras said.
Clearly the arrogant Mr. Johnson fears nothing and nobody and is acting on the basis of his self-deceptions and illusions.
The debate centred exclusively on the personal choices of the two party leaders rather than on broader institutional and national issues.
With his actions and choices Mr. Mitsotakis signaled that he leads a government which has its own plan and programme for an exit from the crisis
Will the government’s plan and decisiveness in implementing it prove stronger than the resistance that it will undoubtedly come up against?
'He is the man who for three-and-a-half years clamoured for elections, engaged in disaster-mongering, and predicted our failure even though he knew that we were putting a derailed economy back on track,”the former PM said.
The government is now obliged to present in detail its plan and programme and to implement it swiftly.
Citizens with their vote yesterday chose to have both a strong government and a strong opposition.
Mitsotakis said in a televised address that the election outcome gave him a strong and clear mandate to change Greece.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is scheduled to be sworn in as Prime Minister by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the Presidential Mansion at 1pm tomorrow, 8 July.
“Mr. Tsipras bankrupted the name of the Left with the policies that he implemented and saddled the economy with an extra 200bn euro burden,” Gennimata declared, without
'He is not among those in New Democracy who governed between 2004-2009 and who led the country with their irresponsible economic policy a step closer to catastrophe,' the Germany daily says of the ND leader.
'He wants to unblock privatisations, reduce what he calls the state’s needlessly large footprint and make sure that Greece borrows at the same cost as other European countries,' Reuters reports.
The government is lacking in credibility, especially if one takes into account the delusions and self-deceptions that characterised its term in office and the accumulated burdens created by its obvious mistakes.
'Complacency is unjustifiable and the electoral result cannot be taken for granted. We cannot allow even a single vote to be lost,' Mitsotakis told a crowd of party supporters in Alexandroupolis today.
Greece has a number of smaller concessions mainly off its western coast, but the Crete concessions represent 40,000 square kilometers of territory virtually unexplored.
Instead of constantly rushing to answer all of Erdogan’s provocations and threats, it is more effective to create the necessary conditions and strengthen the necessary alliances to confront them on our own.
Tsipras’ tactic attempts to exploit anti-right wing voter reflexes that were once strong in Greek society but have waned dramatically as a citizenry battered a decade-long depression has come to believe that creditors set the overall agenda.
'Because it will be 7 July and people have a more lax tempo, I want to call for mass participation. The result is not pre-ordained. New Democracy’s victory is not a given. The strong mandate which I seek is not a given' the ND leader said.
'Greece is a sovereign country that is in a position to defend its sovereign rights. There is no scenario under which a [Turkish drilling ship] will drill in the Greek continental shelf because that will be blocked.'
Friends, associates, and various public figures told Mr. Tsipras that Mr. Varoufakis was a dreamer with ideological fixations who would damage the country and him.
It has been proven that the judiciary was used as a tool. High Court judges were manipulated and prosecutors were forced to or simply agreed to serve devious aims.
Top politicians – including three former prime ministers – were targeted by SYRIZA with allegations of corruption and loads of mud was slung at them.
'There was strife. He [Kotzias] nominated certain candidates that drew a negative reaction from local SYRIZA branches...but I am certain we will meet up in common pursuits in the future,' PM Tsipras said.
Government interventions in the judiciary occur almost daily as do governmental machinations. The effort to control, influence, and politically guide judicial functionaries were patently obvious.
Beyond easy slogans, hollow pledges, and opportunistic partisan interests, we must seek out and demand a specific plan and clear proposals on the economy, growth, social benefits, and education.
The PM is arguing that only SYRIZA can ensure growth combined with a strong social welfare net, which he claims New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mistotakis will dismantle.
Mitsotakis is running as the man who can re-unite a country deeply divided by the polarising strategy of a ruthless tactician.
He suddenly discovered extreme, conservative circles in Brussels and in the old regime in Greece which allegedly dream of a return to austerity and bailout memorandums.
SYRIZA has set up a cottage industry of patronage appointments in Parliament and elsewhere to benefit relatives, friends, and buddies.
'The result of the European election whetted the appetite of the political establishment in Greece and of extreme, conservative circles in Brussels which want to dispute our central political choices and hinder our plan,' the PM said.
It is no coincidence that Portugal borrows with much lower interest rates than Greece, as the yield on ten-year bonds demonstrates.
Within three years, Tsipras led a very small party to become one of the country’s top two parties, with a good shot at gaining power.
'We lost the battle but the war still lies ahead and we do not have the luxury or the right to retreat,' the PM said.
The leader of Olymiacos categorically dismissed rumours and scenarios that he is interested in entering the fray of national politics and declared that his sole passion is the Red and Whites.
The spectacle of the inauguration of non-existent infrastructure is not only an offence to the citizens of Thessaloniki.
The government and the opposition, trapped in a ruthless political clash just ten days before the European Parliament election, are downplaying or even ignoring Turkey’s evolving and escalating hostility in the region. With constant manoeuvres, Erdogan is disputing the status quo in the Eastern Mediterranean and seeking an opportunity to advance what he views as his interests. He has pressed forward with gas exploration in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic zone with a rather tepid international response. He formalised his claims by summoning the diplomats of neighbouring countries, including Cyprus, Egypt, and Greece. He is pressing on with huge military exercises and loses no opportunity to violate Greek airspace. If one factors in the tensions in the broader region – with attacks on ships and the open conflict between the US and Iran – it is clear that the situation is becoming explosive. The Greek government’s statements of condemnation obviously do not address the issue, nor does a merely formal alignment of the government and the opposition suffice to confront Ankara’s provocations. Unfortunately, domestic political polarisation does not permit the hammering out of a unified national line that can address current threats and provide a long-term national strategy. Pressured by domestic economic problems and his party’s loss of the Istanbul mayoralty, Erdogan is seeking a way out of his impasse abroad so as to rally his domestic political base. Erdogan is unpredictable and volatile and thus there is a danger that he might provoke a crisis that could easily spin out of control. There is enough military firepower gathered in the Eastern Mediterranean to pose the risk of triggering an explosion at any moment. The leader of the American superpower is also unstable and unpredictable enough to provoke a crisis in the region in order to flex his muscle. Meanwhile, the fact that the European Union is almost paralysed and unable at the moment to take bold decisions further complicates the situation. In Greece, the necessary national understanding is being undermined by the frenzied electoral campaign. The prime minister, who should have taken the initiative to rally political forces so as to forge a national strategy, is preoccupied with his struggle to cling to power at all costs. The result is that Greece is drifting and monitoring events as a bystander instead of seeking alliances and fending off designs and provocations. Though there is absolutely no room for complacency, we are preoccupied with polarising domestic clashes instead of seeking the basis for an understanding at least on national issues that have bedeviled us for decades. The government and the opposition, trapped in a ruthless political clash just ten days before the European Parliament election, are downplaying or even ignoring Turkey’s evolving and escalating hostility in the region.
'Mr. Tsipras is such a desperate liar that he is denouncing a contract that his government approved at a business that he has visited,' Mitsotakis said.
Despite Mr. Tsipras’ assurances that the general election will be held in October there are more and more indications that it may well be in June.
ND tabled the no confidence motion when Polakis attacked its European Parliament candidate Stelios Kimbouropoulos, a psychiatrist who is paraplegic, because he used affirmative action
'Now that we are not under [bailout memorandum] surveillance, we can demand a clear answer from the German government,' the PM declared on an electoral campaign stop.
The government should at long last show some recognition towards those parties that backed it in passing the third bailout memorandum in the summer of 2015 so as to keep the country from falling off a cliff.
Now the electoral victory of the socialists in Spain and the trouncing of the right-wing People’s Party are being exploited ahead of the upcoming electoral races in Greece.
The Greek and Chinese sides are to sign a new three-year cooperation framework between the Greek Economy Ministry and China’s Development and Reform Commission.
This government pledged much that it did not do and did much that it had not told us about. Still, one cannot but note its obsession with the sterile policy of benefits and pledges to everyone, with zero results.
PM Alexis Tsipras said he will turn the no confidence motion against the alternate health minister into a confidence vote for the government.
It is a dishonour for any politician to invoke a law that protects ministers from prosecution by requiring that Parliament lift his or her parliamentary immunity.
The resolution garnered sweeping multi-party support with the exception of extreme right Golden Dawn and the KKE Greek Communist Party
It has been said that universities should not be linked with the market. Must they be linked with unemployment? Should faculties that are already over-packed mushroom further and offer degrees with no value in the market?
Obviously, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos has a double standard in judging scandals and a problem with his hearing and sight. He is not listening to or reading what his own comrades – and not the opposition - are saying about the Petsitis case.
Asked about Tsipras’ populism, he said that the government’s efforts to interfere in institutions are doomed to failure simply because, as he believes, it will lose the forthcoming general election.
In its early period SYRIZA’s cadres defended migrants’ rights and were battling the 1% of the world population that was exploiting the toil of the other 99%.
Day by day it becomes increasingly obvious that the Greek Novartis scandal is just what it is in other countries – a medical and not a political scandal. The company itself has admitted the medical scandal.
We seek out or manufacture enemies instead of forging a fundamental consensus so as to escape the vicious circle into which the country has fallen.
Essentially, Tzanakopoulos indirectly acknowledged the ties between Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas and Cypriot lawyer Artemiou (see photo) but explained that they have nothing to do with the PM’s office or government business.
The education minister is not merely copying the practices of the past. He is inaugurating a new type of old party politics that does not bode well for Greece’s problematic education system.
As time passes, the general consensus is that government-backed candidates will be trounced and in most cases will not make it into the second round.
For whom was Petsitis working? For whose sake was he enriching himself? For the sake of this man the country’s first left-wing government destroyed the last shred of its self-declared “moral advantage”.
Petsitis was the inseparable comrade of Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas (considered by many to be PM Alexis Tsipras’ alter-ego) who today is feverishly distancing himself from his old schoolmate,
Tirana is giving the Greeks’ properties to the Albanian Ministry of Tourism for commercial development, based on the 21 November, 2018 Decision 708 of the Council of Ministers.
Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas, Tsipras' right-hand-man, had repeatedly tried to dissociate Petsitis’ access to the PM’s office from the lawyers for Lavrentiadis’ offshore companies,
SYRIZA ignored the fundamental political principle that bridges are built through agreement on a political programme and not by political pillaging.
A segment of the Greek press and of the opposition has suggested that Petsitis was SYRIZA’s “cashier” or bag man, interceding between the government and powerful business interests.
'The agreement provides for the creation of a task force that will be called upon to thrash out these issues. We have some people in Greek Macedonia who do not support the Prespa Agreement but who for many years traded here [in North Macedonia]. They are hypocrites,” Tsipras declared.
The Guardian’s report also referred to the widespread popular disapproval of the accord in both countries and that the two leaders are touting the trade and other benefits that they say will result from the normalisation of the two countries’ relations.
On the crucial economic front, Zaev said that North Macedonia will have enormous benefits from the implementation of the Prespa Accord.
The PM is expected to raise the issue of North Macedonian officials violating the terms of the Prespa Accord, including in the EU, but trade and investment will dominate.
The electoral cycle could be expedited if the Prime Minister and his campaign team believe that could produce a manageable defeat.