Saturday October 25, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
19o C
12o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
PASOK tries to show unity after MP departures

Still reeling from the departure of seven of its MPs who broke from the party line in a vote on a crucial austerity package earlier this week, PASOK officials sought to project optimism ahead of Sunday’s vote on the 2013 budget and to ward off pressure for a party conference earlier than February as scheduled.

Sources in the party said that a speech by PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos in Parliament, ahead of Wednesday’s vote, signaled a “new beginning” for the party and its remaining 26 MPs. The departure of the lawmakers who took a negative position against the austerity package could end up yielding some benefit, the same sources said, noting that the party needed a single, unified approach. The general sense in PASOK is that the departing lawmakers are not part of a like-minded bloc that could seek to form a new party.

Some in the main left-wing opposition party SYRIZA, however, saw things differently. SYRIZA MP Dimitris Papadimoulis told Vima FM radio station that it was quite possible some of the PASOK defectors would gravitate to SYRIZA.

Meanwhile there was some upheaval on Friday in Democratic Left, the smallest party in the coalition, after Deputy Health Minister Fotini Skopouli expressed objection to a huge increase in the cost of patients being admitted to public hospitals, to 25 euros from 2. Her comments to Mega TV channel came after two Democratic Left MPs broke from the party line in Wednesday’s vote.

ekathimerini.com , Friday November 9, 2012 (21:48)  
Athens, Nicosia satisfied by EU leaders´ stance toward Ankara
Suspended policeman chief suspect in cousin’s murder
No decisions yet on Greek bailout, says Samaras
Prescription fines since 2012 reach 2 bln, says minister
TAIPED waits for green light from Eurostat
Eurostat has frozen the securitization of properties that the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) had been planning. The project, drafted to bring some 400 million euros into t...
Trade deficit shrinks on big drop in imports
Greece’s trade deficit shrank 29.5 percent year-on-year in August as a result of the considerable 16.3 percent decline in imports, Hellenic Statistical Authority figures revealed on Friday. ...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
A win is a win is a win for Olympiakos
A bad Olympiakos defeated a worse Laboral Kutxa 63-57 to make it two out of two in the Euroleague on Friday. In a game where the two teams had an overall field goal rate of about one in thre...
SOCCER
Panathinaikos snatches point at Eindhoven
Panathinaikos offered its fans a glimpse of its glorious past in European competitions snatching a draw at PSV Eindhoven, on an otherwise bad night for Greek soccer in the Europa League, as ...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Tension for tension’s sake?
It is evident that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan feeds off tension. He would barely have achieved as much as he has – and prevailed – if he had not been so keen to confront a series...
EDITORIAL
Testing ground
The Regional Authority of Attica is a good testing ground for politicians who appear to thrive on accusations to prove whether they can actually solve major problems of a practical nature. T...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. A win is a win is a win for Olympiakos
2. TAIPED waits for green light from Eurostat
3. Trade deficit shrinks on big drop in imports
4. SMEs unable to claim subsidies
5. Taxes kept growing in second quarter
6. Thessaloniki Port expects 2014 to be record year
more news
Today
This Week
1. Woman killed in tram accident in Floisvo, south of Athens
2. Clocks to go back 1 hour on Sunday
3. Venizelos slams Turkey for 'flagrant violation of international law' off Cyprus
4. ECB vies for third time lucky in European stress tests
5. Cyprus GDP upgrade seen as boosting bailout exit plans
6. ECB bank assessment to show 6-billion-euro capital gap, Citi says
Today
This Week
1. The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
2. Greece’s closed society is central to its current malaise
3. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
4. At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
5. Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation
6. Samaras’s crumbling Greek exit lacks backing from economists
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.