There will be a number of results to look out for in Greece’s elections on Sunday: Will SYRIZA win any of the key cities or regions? Will independents reign over party nominees? Will New Democracy prevail in the regional vote? But the result that will dominate proceedings will be who wins the European Parliament elections and by how much.
The first round of local elections on Sunday reinforced the belief that the threat of Golden Dawn to Greece’s political system has not disappeared and it has forced the mainstream parties to come up with new ways of tackling the matter.
The first round of municipal and regional elections in Greece on Sunday produced some surprises but few definitive answers about how the country will vote in the European Parliament polls on May 25 and how this might affect political developments.
Greeks voted in municipal and regional elections on Sunday. Unlike opinion polls, which officially ended last Friday, online betting on local elections was still being offered throughout Sunday.
The initial impression (based on faulty exit polls) that Sunday’s local elections would be remembered only for unexpected SYRIZA victories proved wide of the mark.
The first round of Greece’s local elections on Sunday serves as a pre-cursor to the European Parliament polls a week later, when much clearer conclusions will be drawn about the country’s short-term political future.
PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos continues to maintain the stakes for the May 25 European Parliament elections high as he keeps coming back to the possibility that the coalition will not be able to survive the vote.
One of the unknowns going into the May 25 European Parliament elections in Greece has been cleared up: Golden Dawn will take part in the contest.
With no traction in opinion polls and concern growing within the party about how to handle the post-May 25 fallout, PASOK has gambled on Greeks’ uncertainty about the future by warning that a poor European Parliament election result for the centre-left Olive Tree alliance could bring down the government.
Opinion polls over the last few days suggest that the result of the European Parliament elections in Greece on May 25 is still fairly finely balanced, with SYRIZA and New Democracy jostling for the lead but with PASOK struggling.