ND suffers ratings blow after train crash, hopes time is on its side
The first opinion poll since last week’s deadly train crash suggests that support for New Democracy has declined, raising questions about whether the ruling centre-right party can win an outright majority in the upcoming elections, even after being awarded a 50-seat bonus in a second vote.
ND prepares for opinion poll hit after crash protests, shaky communications
Wednesday’s mass demonstrations across Greece suggest that New Democracy can expect to see a hit to its poll ratings as the aftermath of the deadly rail accident at Tempe continues to unfold.
Minister pledges swift resolution as public anger over rail crash mounts
Greece’s newly appointed Transport Minister outlined the government’s immediate response to the deadly train collision at Temple in a press conference on Wednesday, on the same day as unions called a nationwide protest demanding action on safety.
Govt looks to contain political fallout from crash, prepares change to poll plans
As more details emerge regarding the Tempe train crash and the political row over any responsibility for the disaster becomes more intense, the prospects of elections being held on April 9, as had been assumed over the past few weeks, looks ever more distant.
PM forced to adjust line over deadly train crash amid public anger
In a sign that his government is coming under intense pressure over the Tempe train crash and that it did not calibrate its initial response to the tragedy correctly, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has apologised for the loss of life and the circumstances the collision occurred in.
Political clash brewing over fatal train collision, railway safety
The government is preparing itself for a barrage of criticism from opposition parties next week following the 3-day national mourning for the victims of the Tempe train crash, which is weighing heavily also on the Prime Minister’s decision regarding the timing of the national election
PM scrambles to rein in political fallout as deadly crash threatens to upend election contest
As anger over Tuesday’s deadly train collision dominates the front pages of the national papers, the search for the causes behind the accident has supplanted speculation over elections at the top of the political agenda.
Train tragedy prompts urgent questions about railway safety
A major rail disaster that happened in central Greece early on Wednesday and which caused at least 36 deaths and dozens of injuries has laid bare the deficiencies in the country’s rail network and raised questions about the possible mismanagement of the service.
Moment of reckoning for SYRIZA as firebrand MP threatened with deselection
The falling out between SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras and one of his party’s most high-profile MPs, Cretan parliamentarian Pavlos Polakis, spelled more turmoil for Greece’s main opposition party.
ND aiming to capitalise on conviction for leading ex-SYRIZA minister
The announcement of the election date could be just two weeks away and New Democracy will hope that SYRIZA’s electoral chances have been dealt a decisive blow after a special court reportedly convicted former leftist minister Nikos Pappas over the 2016 tender for broadcasting licences.