Although Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had lunch at his office on Saturday with some of SYRIZA’s candidates for the European Parliament elections, the media’s focus remains on the national vote and particularly the date it will be held.
Relying on just a simple majority, the next Greek government will have the opportunity to decouple the election of the president of the republic from possible snap elections, thereby removing any uncertainty regarding how long its term in office will last.
Insisting that national elections will be held in the autumn, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has attempted to rally his MPs and hammer out the dividing lines between SYRIZA and New Democracy before the first encounter at the polls between the parties.
Speculation about the national vote has been overshadowed this week by the parties’ preparations for the European Parliament elections on May 26.
Greece and North Macedonia are coordinating their steps, ahead of a crucial EU Council meeting in June that will determine whether the latter will receive the much-anticipated date to begin accession talks with the Union.
Alexis Tsipras is expected to name on Tuesday or Wednesday the first 10-15 names on SYRIZA’s list of candidates for the European Parliament elections, perhaps giving an indication of how much of a fight the leftists plan to put up and what this might mean for the national vote.
It appears that SYRIZA is set to come under further scrutiny about its handling of last summer’s wildfire in Mati, which caused 100 deaths, after prosecutors’ investigated how authorities dealt with the disaster.
SYRIZA is continuing its calls for cooperation with other parties, despite such invitations falling on deaf ears so far, as the battle for undecided moderate voters intensifies in the build-up towards the next general elections.
The issue of Greece’s primary surplus targets has come back into the country’s political debate after New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis renewed his vow to try to lower the fiscal goals if he comes to power.
The fluctuations on the left-wing of the Greek political landscape ahead of the general elections later this year are prompting as much a rejection of SYRIZA’s call for cooperation as they are apparent willingness to listen.