New Democracy’s leadership race appears to have triggered a descent into disarray for the conservative party, which is now threatened by serious infighting.
The submission of the draft law containing the first set of measures Greece has to pass to receive further bailout funding has prompted some disquiet within the government but not to the level that there are any concerns about the multi-bill not being approved in a vote on Friday.
Alexis Tsipras has begun trying to capitalise on his recent election victory by strengthening his position within SYRIZA and ensuring that, unlike during the previous months, his party pulls in the same direction.
New Democracy has decided to hold its leadership election on Sunday November 22, with a run-off vote between the two leading candidates (if needed) due to take place a week later, on November 29.
There were no surprises in the confidence vote that took place in Parliament after midnight on Wednesday as all 155 coalition MPs backed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government.
The visit of Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann to Greece on Tuesday and the tour of Lesvos he conducted with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave Athens the opportunity to state its case for more EU assistance to tackle the refugee crisis and to argue that criticism from other member states is unjustified.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras set out three priorities for his government once the first bailout review has been completed when he presented coalition’s policy programme in Parliament on Monday night.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras begins on Monday evening his efforts to convince his party to back the government as it implements the third bailout and seeks less onerous alternatives to the proposed measures wherever possible.
Following his visit to New York for the UN General Assembly this week, Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras returns to the more mundane, and perhaps even more challenging, task of Greek parliamentary politics.
The head of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Gianni Pitella, distanced himself on Thursday from the idea of SYRIZA joining the group, apparently leaving the Greek leftists somewhat isolated in terms of European politics.