The future of Greece’s pension system was in the election campaign spotlight on Wednesday as SYRIZA tried to challenge New Democracy over its plans for a three-pillar scheme.
Opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has increased the pressure on voters to back his party on July 7, warning that if there is not a clear outcome, a second vote may have to be held in mid-August, spoiling Greeks’ holidays.
Entering the last two weeks of the election campaign, New Democracy continues to have a convincing lead over SYRIZA and the biggest obstacle to the centre-right party gaining a clear majority appears to be a low turnout or overconfidence within its own ranks.
New Democracy presented on Friday the main elements of its manifesto, summed up in a 20-page document, as the centre-right party remains on course for a win and likely an outright parliamentary majority at the July 7 elections.
Given that SYRIZA is expected to lose the July 7 elections, questions are being asked about the party’s future and whether Alexis Tsipras will be in a position to continue as party leader.
New Democracy is preparing to unveil its government programme on Friday, which will move beyond the strong focus the centre-right has placed on the economy, and particularly tax cuts, over the past few days.
Although much of the media and political attention in Greece is currently on the developments linked to Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, both main parties are moving ahead with their election campaigns.
If New Democracy wins the July 7 elections, Kyriakos Mitsotakis plans to table his first key bills as prime minister this September, initiating the reform effort he hopes will boost the economy and his chances of convincing the creditors to lower Greece’s fiscal targets.
The parties are finalizing their candidate lists ahead of the July 7 elections as two opinion polls show that New Democracy maintains a large lead of 7.6 to 8 points over SYRIZA.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has brushed off concerns that the lack of fiscal space might force him to change his plans for the economy, insisting that he will go ahead immediately with some of the tax cuts he has promised.