Sunday April 19, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
PASOK to stand with new group in European elections

A man leaves the central Athens offices of PASOK, Monday. PASOK officials said that the party would run in May European Parliament elections under a newly-formed center-left alliance and not independently.

Socialist PASOK, the junior partner in the governing coalition with conservative New Democracy, is to stand in European Parliament elections in May with a new center-left movement, officials confirmed Monday.

PASOK, whose fortunes have been battered over the past three years due to public criticism of austerity policies, will stand on a joint ticket with a new center-left grouping, which is known both as the “Initiative of the 58” and as the “Olive Tree,” under the name Progressive Democratic Party, officials said. The joint initiative is to be attempted under the broader umbrella of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in the European Parliament.

Democratic Left, which pulled out of the PASOK-New Democracy coalition last June in protest at a decision by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to pull the plug on former state broadcaster ERT, has so far rejected any alliance with the Initiative of the 58.

It is thought that former Interior Minister Tassos Giannitsis will head the list of candidates to stand for election in European Parliament elections, which are to take place on May 25.

Greek local authority elections were expected to be held on the same date. But Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis Monday told Mega TV that the government was thinking of holding the first round of local elections on May 18 and the second, when the control of key cities is likely to be decided, on May 25.

His comments sparked criticism from Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis and leftist SYRIZA, which opposed the new proposal, describing it as a “cheap trick” aimed at increasing support for the government at the ballot box.

In a related development Monday, the right-wing anti-bailout party Independent Greeks ousted one MP, Giorgos Davris, leaving it with 17 deputies in the 300-seat House and increasing the number of independent MPs to 15.

The decision, which was taken by party leader Panos Kammenos, after Davris failed to turn up to a session of the party’s central committee over the weekend, makes the ultra-right Golden Dawn the fourth-largest party in Parliament, with 18 deputies.

ekathimerini.com , Monday Jan 13, 2014 (20:50)  
Kotzias to begin US visit with Kerry meeting in Washington
Turkey asks for investigation into Greek mosque attacks
Trash keeps Pyrgos and Ancient Olympia schools shut
Police attacked by protesters in Thessaloniki
US Treasury secretary urges Greece to reach debt deal
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (photo) is urging Greece to reach a deal with its creditors, warning that a default would "create immediate hardship for Greece" and damage the world economy. Gr...
Greece poised to sign gas deal with Russia, says German weekly
Greece is poised to sign a gas deal with Russia as early as Tuesday which could bring 3-5 billion euros into depleted government coffers, German magazine Der Spiegel reported, citing a senio...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Triumph for Olympiakos at Barcelona
Olympiakos produced its best away performance so far this season to defeat host Barcelona 76-63 on Friday and snatch the home advantage in the Euroleague play-offs. The Reds have now tied th...
BASKETBALL
Another heavy loss for improved Panathinaikos in Moscow
Panathinaikos raised its performance since Tuesday but still suffered a 20-point loss at CSKA Moscow on Thursday to find itself trailing 2-0 after Game 2 of the Euroleague play-offs. Having ...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Back to the beginning
From 1980 up until the present day, the Greek educational system has given a false sense of democratization based on a flawed system of educator and student participation. The educational ou...
EDITORIAL
Protecting a key asset
Tourism has emerged as the only real “heavy industry” in Greece to have weathered the crisis so it is not only a question of duty that everyone protect it but also interest. To begin with, m...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. US Treasury secretary urges Greece to reach debt deal
2. Greece poised to sign gas deal with Russia, says German weekly
3. Russia gas deal would not solve Greece’s problems, says Schaeuble
4. Spanish official slams Greece, says time ´running out´
5. Kotzias to begin US visit with Kerry meeting in Washington
6. Turkey asks for investigation into Greek mosque attacks
more news
Today
This Week
1. Back to the beginning
2. Golden Dawn on trial amid conflict over court venue
3. Terrorism suspects caught following German request
4. US Treasury secretary urges Greece to reach debt deal
5. Greece poised to sign gas deal with Russia, says German weekly
6. Turkey asks for investigation into Greek mosque attacks
Today
This Week
1. Quarantine for Greek bank subsidiaries in neighboring countries
2. Greek finance ministry hits back at German newspaper report
3. Time to get serious
4. 'Civil war' brewing over disputed Greek goldmine
5. In the shadow of Greek prison, locals dread Golden Dawn trial
6. Putting off payments led to Q1 budget primary surplus
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.