A fledgling centre left movement made up of personalities from several walks of life has decided to unite with PASOK at the European Parliament elections in May in a potentially significant move for Greek politics.
Greece’s quirky anti-bailout party, Independent Greeks, found itself minus one MP on Monday in the latest episode of its brief but turbulent history
One of the common complaints in Greece during recent years has been that Greeks who pocketed money illegally during pre-crisis years, especially those with political connections, have not been brought to book now that the damaging effects of this corruption have been revealed to all.
A series of events in Athens on Wednesday marked Greece officially taking its turn at the helm of the European Union, a task that is certain to prove a challenge alongside the government’s other domestic and international challenges, which include trying to steer the Greek economy towards recovery and continuing negotiations with the troika.
The threat of “Grexit” was supposed to have disappeared in 2013 but the man who led Greece into the euro, ex-Prime Minister Costas Simitis, believes that a departure from the single currency should not be ruled out.
The New Year has at least two elections in store (local and European) for Greece, while the possibility of a third ballot (national) cannot be ruled out. In these circumstances, the role of Greece’s smaller parties – the ones that could act as future coalition partners – is crucial.
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Greece’s fragile coalition survived two tense votes in Parliament on Saturday to close out a particularly challenging year but did so in the knowledge that the respite it can enjouy will be brief. A year that is likely to be even tougher lies ahead.
Greece’s coalition has two more hurdles to clear before it stumbles over the finishing line at the end of the year, exhausted and battered but not quite yet beaten.
With just over five months to go until European Parliament and local elections are held in Greece, the country’s centre left is in a state of confusion and the future of its main players, PASOK and Democratic Left (DIMAR), is unclear.