Alexis Tsipras’s interview with Skai TV almost a year on after he issued a ban on SYRIZA officials appearing on the channel has made the headlines in Greece on Wednesday but its impact on the election campaign is doubtful.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is sticking to his core themes of tax cuts and growth as Greece enters the final straight of a low-key election campaign that New Democracy looks set to win comfortably.
Buoyed by what appears to be a decisive lead in the opinion polls, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been giving out more details about what plans he has for his first days in office.
The campaign for the July 7 elections has taken a brief detour through Greece’s recent past as the main parties try to pin blame for the crisis on each other.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is continuing his effort to convince voters to participate in the July 7 elections, so they grant New Democracy a clear majority, while SYRIZA is trying to find as many weak points in the centre-right party’s manifesto as possible in order to attack the opposition and prevent a walkover in 10 days.
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.