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.
New Democracy has called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to clear up some of the basic parameters for the local and European Parliament elections in May, amid continuing speculation that the SYRIZA leader may also call snap general elections at the same time.
SYRIZA and New Democracy are both trying to make an impression on voters that would position themselves on the centre or centre-left of the political spectrum, although the methods being used by two parties are different.