Greece’s parties are still digesting the results of the European Parliament and local elections but the first signs of the political strategies that New Democracy and SYRIZA will adopt over the months to come are beginning to emerge.
The results of the European Parliament elections in Greece have put any prospects of snap general elections, even though SYRIZA has made a formal request for the country to go to the polls soon.
The expectation that the PASOK-led Elia alliance would receive less than the 8 percent it got in the European Parliament elections on Sunday has to some extent disguised the deep problems within the centre-left party.
The final results from Sunday’s European Parliament elections confirmed that SYRIZA gained a victory of 3.9 percentage points over New Democracy but the outcome of the ballot left both parties to think about in the weeks ahead.
SYRIZA secured a clear and historic win in Sunday’s European Parliament elections in Greece but its failure to improve on its share of the vote from the 2012 general elections and a slightly better than expected showing from the PASOK-led Elia (Olive Tree) alliance means that the victory is unlikely to be enough to force an immediate national vote.
Today’s European Parliament and local elections in Greece are expected to produce a wealth of political factors that will have a bearing on the country’s future.
There are a number of factors to look out for in Sunday’s elections in Greece but perhaps the most crucial of all is what the results will mean for the future of PASOK.
Following the first round of local elections in Greece on May 18, betting companies have not made any material revisions to their odds for the winning party in the European Parliament (EP) elections on Sunday. They have, though, adjusted odds for the winners of local elections.
There will be a number of results to look out for in Greece’s elections on Sunday: Will SYRIZA win any of the key cities or regions? Will independents reign over party nominees? Will New Democracy prevail in the regional vote? But the result that will dominate proceedings will be who wins the European Parliament elections and by how much.
The first round of local elections on Sunday reinforced the belief that the threat of Golden Dawn to Greece’s political system has not disappeared and it has forced the mainstream parties to come up with new ways of tackling the matter.