SYRIZA is showing no intention of giving up power when its coalition partner, Independent Greeks (ANEL), departs the government as the opposition parties do not have enough support to win a no-confidence vote and the leftists believe that they can find enough willing MPs outside the party to help them continue governing.
The much-advertised split between SYRIZA and Independent Greeks (ANEL) seems to be just days away, ending their four-year association in government and leaving Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s party to fend for itself until national elections are called.
The Novartis affair is well and truly back on the political centre stage in Greece, with accusations being traded regarding interference in the judicial system and the rule of law being compromised.
The government has reiterated its intention to continue in office after the vote on the Prespes Agreement, despite the expected departure of junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) from the administration.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to start 2019 with the hope that he has the votes he needs to secure a parliamentary majority to ratify the Prespes Agreement, and then use that a springboard for the upcoming general elections.
An intensification of the processes and political developments regarding the Macedonia name deal is expected at the beginning of 2019.
The moment is approaching when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will have to take some vital decisions regarding the Macedonia name agreement, which looks set to trigger the end of SYRIZA’s coalition with Independent Greeks (ANEL).
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s hopes of securing the five extra votes he needs in Parliament to pass the Prespes Agreement received a boost over Christmas ahead of what is shaping up to be a defining moment for his government.
The government is trying to tie up a number of loose ends before the end of the year, which it hopes will be popular with voters although a new opinion poll shows New Democracy extending its lead over SYRIZA.
The government’s approach towards independent institutions is under scrutiny again after a political row erupted over its decision to appoint former Supreme Court president Vassiliki Thanou as the head of Greece’s Competition Commission.