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.
Greece must at all costs avoid the Italian experience of governments that hang by a thread and the spectre of the country not having a government.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents viewed the election result as good for SYRIZA (which garnered nearly 32 percent of the popular vote).
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.
Voters historically have rallied behind the two main political parties, annihilating smaller political parties.
“It is a day that takes us away from lies, hypocrisy, hatred, from a sell-out of our country, of national treachery, and all that which kept us back and has placed us and our children in debt for the coming years,” Marinakis said.
The outgoing government must explain why documents have been shredded over the last days at various ministries and at the PM’s Maximos Mansion offices.
“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 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 warnings that the Bank of Greece issues due to its institutional role should be viewed as necessary, and not as hostile acts as the government viewed them over the last four years.
In December, 2018, the RAE regulatory authority issued the license for an independent natural gas system for which Windows International had applied nearly a year-and-a-half earlier.
The new poll gives New Democracy 35.4 percent, SYRIZA 26.2 percent, the Movement for Change 8.7 percent (one percentage point above its result in the European election)
The political system - each party in line with its role in directing the country - must exhibit maturity the day after the election.
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.
Η ΝΔ είναι σε τροχιά νίκης. Όμως, η αυτοδυναμία δεν είναι τόσο αυτονόητη. Και τα σενάρια της επόμενης ημέρας είναι πολλά και δύσκολα
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.
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.
Nevertheless, the poll indicates that nearly half the electorate (47 percent) wants a coalition government rather than single-party New Democracy rule.
The next government will shoulder the weighty burden of returning the country to a path of security and stability, and voters expect electoral pledges to be implemented.
'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.
Critics have charged that the government – with the pretext of trying to break up an oligopoly of contractors who always were awarded public works - split up the project into several sub-tenders in order for Kalogritsas to land the contracts.
Now that the Novartis scandal has boomeranged, the PM and the government are all either keeping silent or blaming the delays in the judicial process.
She has lambasted PM Alexis Tsipras’ attempted shift toward Social Democracy as yet another ruse – glaring carbetbagging that aims to further pillage her party’s electoral base.
Citizens were left speechless by the transfers of RULING PARTY politicians’ daughters and other relatives into cozy, well-paid Parliament jobs
The government kept Parliament open a bit longer to set up an unprecedented operation of unabashedly passing into law various patronage measures.
In terms of voter intention of those who declared they have decided which party they will vote for, the spread between SYRIZA and New Democracy is 7.7 percentage points
The measures include the gradual reduction of business tax over four years from 29% to 25% (it fell to 28% this year), a reduction of the ENFIA real estate tax in certain lower income categories, and a rent subsidy,
The party that was trounced in recent elections and any political party that aspires to govern should know that citizens are no longer willing to issue blank checks.
SYRIZA’s self-proclaimed moral advantage, its promise of a renewal in Greek politics, and its putative social sensitivities were judged and renounced in an explosive manner.
Poll on the 7 July general election had the ruling party trailing ND by nine percentage points, nearly the identical spred as in the 26 May European Parliament election.
It is clear that in the two rounds of regional and mayoral elections the question voters answered was, ‘Yes or no to the government?’
The defeat of SYRIZA-backed candidates nationwide was considered yet another harbinger of a New Democracy landslide victory in the 7 July general election.
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.
New Democracy says the appointments in a pre-electoral period are unconstitutional.
With a general election campaign in full swing and a government that is collapsing SYRIZA insists on appointing the successors of the outgoing Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and its chief prosecutor.
Because they cannot yet criticise PM Alexis Tsipras directly, SYRIZA are targeting his closest associates as if they were making the decisions on their own.
'We must not examine only the individuals, but also the programme, which is to say an end to austerity, a social Europe, and emphasis on climate change,' diplomatic sources quoted Tsipras as saying.
Though the sense that the PM was all-powerful vanished on Sunday after the election results were made known, he does not appear to have understood that.
As it turned out it was not the opinion polls that constituted fake news but rather the crude propaganda of SYRIZA and its mouthpieces.
The result is a harsh defeat for SYRIZA and a crushing defeat for PM Alexis Tsipras who single-handedly ran the campaign, criss-crossing the country and running on a class-based platform
'[The Greek people will decide] whether they want us to carry on with a plan to support the many or whether they want to return to the darkness of austerity, of the IMF, of the yesterday that we all lived through,' Tsipras said.
Later the Singular Logic company that has been hired to administer the vote count projected a 9 percentage point spread between New Democracy and SYRIZA.
The exit poll results, if confirmed, would be a clear-cut strategic victoryfor ND, as both Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis framed the election as a vote of confidence in the government.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis has said that if Tsipras is defeated in the 26 May European Parliament election “he should go to Zappeion Hall and announce his resignation and declare that elections will be held in four weeks”.
Although the European Union was organised as a post-national structure, it did not manage to transcend the nationalisms that left a deep mark on European history.
Greek Police are aware of the identity of a number of members, including a leading figure who has a Facebook account and writes on an anarchist website.
The government has not learned that the dangers of nature cannot be confronted with on-camera show conferences or with news conferences with painted wildfires,
The government fell as low as to try just a few days before elections to fool a segment of society that deserves the utmost respect – senior citizens.
Just days befor the elections the government is essentially distributing to voters shell beads and mirrors at an exorbitant cost.
The spectacle of the inauguration of non-existent infrastructure is not only an offence to the citizens of Thessaloniki.