Tuesday March 3, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
20o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Two main parties clash over policy and slogans

A man walks past campaign posters in central Athens on Monday.

Campaigning for local authority and European Parliament elections began in earnest on Monday with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pledging more money for underprivileged Greeks while his conservative New Democracy and leftist SYRIZA clashed on everything from economic policy to pre-election slogans.

Addressing a seminar organized by the Archbishopric of Athens on the “social aspects of European Union policies,” Samaras sought to play down the repercussions of austerity measures and cast his party as sensitive to the tribulations of struggling Greeks. “Our ultimate goal has to do with people, not faceless numbers and indicators,” he said, noting however that “the numbers must improve, if we are to avoid the worst.” Even as Greece’s primary surplus is distributed to thousands of beneficiaries, Samaras declared that up to 350 million euros in European Union structural funding would be set aside for the “underprivileged” from now until 2020.

Samaras also sought to cast New Democracy as the harbinger of change as well as stability. “No more going back, we are moving forward,” he said. In the same vein, the premier has made frequent references over the past few months to the need to create a “new Greece” amid rumors that the conservative party was considering adopting this moniker.

SYRIZA and its leader Alexis Tsipras – who on Monday was on an official visit to Moscow – have increasingly used the same slogan, however, prompting ND to accuse the leftists of trying to steal its political message. The row culminated with SYRIZA registering the domain name for “Nea Ellada” (New Greece).

SYRIZA and ND also clashed on Monday on issues of policy following comments by leftist Euro MP candidate Manolis Glezos suggesting that SYRIZA would seize bank deposits in excess of 100,000 euros if it came to power. Responding to criticism by ND, SYRIZA said Glezos’s comments had been distorted and SYRIZA had no such intentions.

There was also upheaval for PASOK but from an unexpected source as an article in the Financial Times claimed that European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso got the backing of Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos in November 2011 to block former Socialist Premier George Papandreou’s proposal for a referendum on Greece’s euro membership. In a statement PASOK, now led by Venizelos, rebuffed the suggestion that the pressure on Papandreou was what led to the collapse of his government.

ekathimerini.com , Monday May 12, 2014 (21:23)  
Prosecutors suggest conditional release for GD’s Michaloliakos, Pappas
Pedophile arrested in Athens
Crime boss Vlastos gives lengthy testimony in extortion racket case
Notice on military maneuvers in Aegean was a mistake, Turkey says
Teleconference for Varoufakis in view of upcoming Eurogroup
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Tuesday reportedly took part in a teleconference with representatives from the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the Europ...
Greece’s week before March 9 meeting of euro finance ministers
Greece faces another week of hurdles before the March 9 meeting of euro-region finance ministers in Brussels, where they will evaluate the government’s list of proposed measures aimed at kee...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Waters turns from zero to hero for Kolossos Rhodes
For 40 minutes he was a real disappointment for his coach, Aris Lykoyiannis. His shooting rate was a miserable 1 in 10 two-point shots and he had made no three-pointers. On top of that he co...
SOCCER
Super League clubs promise to combat violence, again
The Super League clubs agreed on Monday to a blueprint of proposals for combatting violence in soccer grounds and will present it to Deputy Minister Stavros Kontonis to ask for the top fligh...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The Greek tax drama
Numbers alone can never interpret reality, not even a strictly financial one. Besides, the art of creative accounting has a number of fans in this country, many more, for the time being, tha...
EDITORIAL
Mixed signals
Ankara finally realized, perhaps also thanks to international pressure, that its latest gesture was too provocative by any measure. Meanwhile, however, it was welcome to see the reflexes of ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Teleconference for Varoufakis in view of upcoming Eurogroup
2. Prosecutors suggest conditional release for GD’s Michaloliakos, Pappas
3. Pedophile arrested in Athens
4. Greece’s week before March 9 meeting of euro finance ministers
5. Crime boss Vlastos gives lengthy testimony in extortion racket case
6. Notice on military maneuvers in Aegean was a mistake, Turkey says
more news
Today
This Week
1. The Greek tax drama
2. Draghi’s QE moves to starting line as economic outlook brightens
3. Convicted Conspiracy of the Cells Fire member to face magistrate
4. Varoufakis to make six reform proposals at Monday's Eurogroup
5. Investor survey shows 38 pct chance of eurozone break-up in 12 months
6. Mixed signals
Today
This Week
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. A fierce battle looms
3. SYRIZA feeling the pain
4. Spain said to lead push to hold Greece to terms as Podemos grows
5. The unlikely winners of Greece's surrender on euro
6. Tsipras reversal draws Greek sympathy as party rumblings rise
Advertiser Link
“AMF” PROJECT FINAL CONFERENCE-REGIONAL UNIT OF THESPROTIA
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.