The PM described main opposition SYRIZA as a populist party that makes unfeasible pledges in a variety of areas, and suggested that a SYRIZA government would jeopardise the country’s economic progress.
The findings of the GPO poll published by Ta Nea clearly highlight a prospective future problem – the danger of not being able to form a stable, viable government after the next general elections.
The youth, working people, businesses small and large, and pensioners constitute critical pools of voters. They are not electoral audiences that seek simplistic answers to complex issues.
The word solidarity has meaning when it is not the product of calculation or used as a tool in battle to transcend obstacles
Parties, when they maintain that their morals and demeanour are better than those the others, must demonstrate that this is not merely hollow rhetoric.
'We are obliged to keep fiscal reserves so as to have room to support households and businesses to the extent possible. We shall not lead the country to fiscal derailment.'
Pollsters believe that his management of successive crises has favoured Mr. Mitsotakis, and that after three years in power ND has not suffered strategic blows
The contemporary dilemmas in the West are not so much right vs. left, but rather progress vs. conservatism, stability vs. adventurism, and liberalism vs. populism.
If a coalition government were to be formed, the most desirable partner for ND would be PASOK, whose new leader Nikos Androulakis has for now ruled out the prospect.
SYRIZA, however, has made only a 0.6 percentage point gain, and ND has lost one percentage point since a March Economic Barometer survey conducted by the same company..
The current major geopolitical and economic challenges have unfortunately once again brought populism to the fore in many Western societies.
When PM as leader of the top party [SYRIZA has long trailed behind ND in all polls] raises the prospect of a coalition government, other party leaders cannot dodge the issue and turn a blind eye to new realities.
While opposition parties are calling for a hike in social spending, the government is signalling that support offered to households and businesses to weather the pandemic has nearly exhausted its fiscal space.
As long as SYRIZA continues to appeal mainly to the emotions of the public, both PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and centre-left KINAL leader Nikos Androulakis have an opportunity to gain ground among centrist voters.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras garners the lion’s share among those who declare themselves centre-left voters, with 43.5 percent, followed by Androulakis with 23.3 percent.
The current government, which came to power in 2019, was not able to implement its electoral platform, as the public health crisis that ensued and its negative impact disorganised everything.
Although no serious person denies that Greece had allowed dysfunctions to fester for years, a mere glance at the course of public debt and of deficits demonstrates that they skyrocketed in the 2004-2009 period [on Karamanlis’ watch].
KINAL/PASOK must prove that it can stand firmly in the centre of the political spectrum, with a distinct Social Democratic platform, and without being crushed under the weight of pressures from New Democracy and SYRIZA.
Though the government has reached its lowest point yet in polls - not long after the botched handling of the recent snowstorm in Athens. New Democracy’s decline has not benefited SYRIZA, but KINAL/PASOK’s numbers have been rising.
Christodoulopoulou cited the period of the first SYRIZA administration when, 'They [judges] attacked us because we did not have a historical relationship with the judiciary and all of them were either right-wing or PASOK.'
According to SYRIZA, the decision of the vice-speaker of Parliament to cut off an opposition MP’s speech and shut the microphone of the podium was an 'unprecedented, undemocratic, and coup-style muzzling of an MP'.
It would be a welcome change as if those who bear responsibility for tragedies in which many people died when they were in power [SYRIZA], and for an ensuing cover-up operation, exhibited greater self-awareness and modesty.
The PM did not have the necessary time to implement and advance his plans. Less than six months into his term, he was confronted with an unprecedented pandemic which took by surprise and rocked governments all over the world.
The election of Nikos Androulakis as the centre-left Movement for Change (KINAL) leader, and the rise of the party in the polls, indicates that the bipolar party system may be coming to an end.
The dysfunction and acrobatics of SYRIZA is due to the party’s being out of touch with the contemporary needs of Greek society. It often seems entrenched in skirmishes between closed groups and factions that are reminiscent of a bygone era.
The prospect of a higher electoral percentage has made many consider a return to their Social Democratic political home, and many voters who over the last years disappointedly chose not to vote are looking for a party that can express them.
SYRIZA’s spokesman reiterated proposals for a minimum wage hike, lowering the special consumption tax, and intervention in the pricing of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) in order to stem inflation.
The poll suggests that KINAL (Movement for Change) maintains the momentum that it achieved from the election of its new leader by over 200,000 members and friends of the party.
The new KINAL party leader, his close associates, and the rest of the party’s cadres now have the political capital of the mass participation of members and friends of the party in the leadership election..
New Democracy garners 30.7 percent, SYRIZA 19.7 percent, and KINAL 13.5 percent. Additionally, the KKE Greek Communist Party garnered 4.1 percent, Elliniki Lysi 3.8 percent, MeRa25 2.7 and percent.
PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Parliament on 1 December that he had no indication that there was any difference in the quality of care for patients intubated in ICU and patients intubated outside ICU’s.
Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras not long ago accused the government of 'timidity' and demanded that the government toughen its stance and limit the room for the unvaccinated.
Now, KINAL is nearly or even over ten percent in all opinion polls, even as the two largest parties – New Democracy and SYRIZA - have declined somewhat in surveys.
While ruling New Democracy has always been a centre-right party, Mitsotakis has chosen to interpret that term as 'less ideological' and 'more practical'.
A large majority of respondents expressed approval for Greece’s recent defence agreements with France and the US, especially for the accord with France that included a mutual defence pact.
In this incident, SYRIZA has accused the government of an attempted cover-up and of trying to influence the judiciary with moves like Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos’ unusual decision to visit the seven policemen who were remanded in custody to “boost their morale”, as he wrote on his Facebook wall.
MP Andreas Loverdos, who has said that if elected he will rename the party Pasok, had the most combative and audacious reaction to Papandreou’s candidacy, and effectively depicted himself as the only candidate that, following in Andreas Papandreou’s footsteps, can make the party great again.
In a lengthy statement, SYRIZA accused ND of skewing Pyatt’s statements with fake news to hide the fact that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the first PM after the 1974 post-junta regime change that has signed an indefinite extension of the US use of Greek military facilities.
The main opposition has not considered that SYRIZA is not appealing because on all issues on the political agenda – from the Prespes Agreement to [convicted N17 terrorist Dimitris] Koufodinas, and from COVID-19 to the purchase of frigates – it has never once aligned itself with the social majority.
Παρ' όλα αυτά ο Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης φαίνεται ότι θα συνεχίσει να κυριαρχεί στο Κέντρο έως ότου κάποιος προερχόμενος από το Κέντρο δώσει στο κεντρώο ακροατήριο εξίσου πειστική εναλλακτική απέναντι στον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ.
The main opposition made its move straight on the heels of the resignation of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz amidst allegations that he used government funds to buy positive coverage from a newspaper.
The problem, say those in the left wing who sought to justify Spirtzis’ political foul regarding the culprit in the latest femicide, is that someone who had been charged with abusive behaviour continued to possess a rifle.
As for Mr. Tsipras' commitment that he will form a “progressive government”, it comes across as provocative when coming from a person who for four years ruled with the [right-wing populist] Independent Greeks party as his junior coalition partner.
Instead of engaging in self-criticism and trying to contribute to a productive and civilised political competition, top cadres of main opposition SYRIZA continue to cultivate hatred and polarisation.
As regards the overall evaluation of the record of the government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis,Two years into his term and 15 months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government enjoys a 53.7 percent approval rating,
The majority report (New Democracy and KINAL, Movement for Change) does not charge Pappas for the felony of bribe-taking but it does charge him with repeated breach of trust.
If a Greek government indeed ruled with the objective of acquiring something like absolute power, then MPs on the committee have a duty to inform the public and offer evidence.
As regards the political terrain in Greece, main opposition Syriza appears to be rushing to build new alliances and to don a new cloak. In the morning the party loves US President Joe Biden. In the afternoon it is close to the Eurosocialists.
Podemos as a political product has an expiration date and has failed to take root as a pole of democracy and progressivism, despite its participation in Spain’s coalition government.
Once again at a critical juncture in the life of our nation the prevailing environment is one of sterile political rivalries and irrational and often untimely demands.
What underlies SYRIZA's failed efforts to forg e a centre-left front is the aim of co-opting the centre-left, Pasok-based Movement for Change (KINAL).
Pavlos Polakis, he coarse native of the Cretan town of Sfakia, which is historically known for its bravery, is not the exception in Syriza but rather an organic part of the party.
Charges lodged by former Syriza justice minister Stavros Kontonis that the new criminal code benefited Golden Dawn have rocked the party but thery are far more than an internal party issue.
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.
The government appears to have entirely occupied the political playing field with no opponent. The only danger the ruling party may possibly face is from within.
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.
At the Koumoundourou Square headquarters of main opposition Syriza they appear to be barricading themselves behind invisible enemies and maintain falsely that they are ideologically and politically under siege.
The Syriza-Independent Greeks government soon realised that the independent judiciary, free-thinking media, and the thinking public would not allow them to bring their plans to fruition.
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.
Let us protect the prestige of institutions and politicians and let the entire system (and its branches that tried to push the country back to dark times) come to light.
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.
The disappearance of the protected witnesses and the subsequent inability of police to track them down according to critics raised questions about the competence of state organs.
The government and the main opposition crossed swords over the July, 2018, wildfire which claimed 102 lives in Attica’s seaside resort of Mati.
Πρώτη κατοικία, κατώτατος μισθός, 13η σύνταξη μπορεί να φέρει ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και ΚΙΝΑΛ πιο κοντά στη βουλή. Πως βλέπουν το θέμα Αλέξης Τσίπρας και Φώφη Γεννηματά. Γιατί ο πρόεδρος του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ επιχείρησε να υπερβεί την εσωκομματική κρίση με «εξωστρεφείς δράσεις»
'SYRIZA has become their [terrorists'] refuge. Consequently, we expect you to take a stand. Your support will strengthen our support for you.,' Erdogan said he told Mitsotakis.
SYRIZA believed that institutions were made to serve bourgeois political forces and their supposedly pernicious designs.
This is yet another confirmation of the fact that on many levels the previous government worked without a real plan and thus undermined social cohesion.
No one must forget that the electoral system must serve national and not partrisan interests.
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.
A lawyer by training and a protégé of the late Evangelos Averoff, Tasoulas served as Culture and Athletics Minister in the New Democracy government of Antonis Samaras.Upd: 18 Ιουλίου 2019, 16:08