ND poll losses reignite discussions of post-election coalitionPoliticsGreek Politics
Persistently negative poll figures in the aftermath of the deadly Tempe rail accident are forcing New Democracy officials to acknowledge the prospect of a coalition with one of the opposition parties after the upcoming elections.
Mitsotakis targets public sector malaise as MPs scrutinise railway safetyPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is seeking to portray himself as the most suitable leader to make the changes necessary to overhaul the public administration so that failures like the ones that contributed to the fatal train crash at Tempe do not occur again.
Sensing weakened government, opposition pushes back against blame-sharing for rail accidentPoliticsGreek Politics
The continuing expressions of public anger sparked by the deadly train collision in central Greece almost two weeks ago have given the opposition the upper hand as New Democracy struggles to maintain a consistent line against its falling popularity ratings.
Vexed SYRIZA abstains from vote on election bansPoliticsGreek Politics
The Greek Parliament voted, amid some acrimony, late on Wednesday night to allow the Supreme Court to ban parties that are led by convicted criminals and which represent a threat to democracy from taking part in the country’s elections.
ND views SYRIZA's Parliament walkout as a pre-election giftPoliticsGreek Politics
The government believes that SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has scored an own goal by pulling his party out of any further votes in Parliament until elections take place, although New Democracy is plagued by its own concerns in the form of allegations about corruption within the police force.
PM bats away surveillance claims, looks to final pre-election handoutsPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who left Athens on Friday for an official visit to Japan, easily survived the no-confidence vote called by the opposition but SYRIZA is not intending to let the surveillance issue die down despite the New Democracy leader’s best efforts to turn the tables on Alexis Tsipras.
Transparency concerns emerge among voters as leaders clash over wiretappingPoliticsGreek Politics
The debate that followed the censure motion tabled by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras this week is due to climax on Friday, when PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the opposition chief do battle over the surveillance scandal before MPs vote in a ballot that New Democracy is expected to win comfortably given its six-seat majority.
Seeking showdown in Parliament, SYRIZA tables censure motion over surveillance reportPoliticsGreek Politics
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras triggered a censure debate in Parliament on Wednesday after submitting evidence on the surveillance of senior officials by the intelligence service EYP.
Opposition irate over watchdog briefing as govt hints at "rogue network" behind surveillancePoliticsGreek Politics
Opposition MPs stormed out of a meeting of the parliamentary committee handling the surveillance affair over what they claim is a concerted attempt by the government to cover up a politically motivated spying operation on domestic targets including journalists, politicians and other public figures.
New Democracy moves to corral far-right vote, as PM braces for more surveillance evidencePoliticsGreek Politics
The ambivalent stance adopted by the leadership of New Democracy to the funeral of the former king Constantine has been attacked by opposition parties who see it as a play for the far-right vote, an impression amplified by the government’s plan to block an offshoot of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party from participating in the upcoming elections.