Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras indicated on Friday that he is not considering the possibility of calling snap elections later this year despite persistent speculation about the subject.
The debate on the government’s growth strategy in Parliament on Wednesday prompted some fierce exchanges between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his opponents in what many see as the drawing of battle lines ahead of the next elections.
The Greek government is hoping that there will be a positive conclusion to the discussions taking place among its lenders regarding debt relief, which would provide a significant boost to the beleaguered coalition.
The decision by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to table a proposal in the name talks that had not been on the negotiation table before has created new hurdles in the attempt being made by Athens and Skopje to reach an agreement.
Although on Friday all eyes were on the latest debate in Parliament about the Novartis bribery scandal and the Macedonia name talks, discussions about the next general elections have not died down.
Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) appeared to move a step closer to a solution to their longstanding name dispute on Thursday following a meeting between the country’s two prime ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev.
The discussion about changes to the electoral law is hotting up in Greece, in a further sign that local politicians are steadily turning their attention to the next national vote even though it remains unclear when it will be held.
New Democracy has taken a step towards the renewal that its leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been promising since being elected with a shake-up of its local representation.
The fate of the negotiations between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) aimed at settling the name issue seems to now be in the hands of the two countries’ prime ministers, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev.
The prospect of snap elections later this year or by next summer are creating a strange dynamic on the Greek political scene as the governing parties and the opposition try both to deal blows to each other but also to explore the possibility of future alliances.