Wednesday April 1, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Venizelos raises doubts about whether coalition will survive elections

A demonstrator takes part in a protest by Greek schoolteachers outside the Greek Parliament in central Athens, on Wednesday. About a thousand people took part in the peaceful protest, demanding that the Greek government revokes its decision to cut thousands of public sector jobs under the financially troubled country's bailout commitments.

PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos has again raised the specter of his party departing the coalition if the center-left Olive Tree alliance it will be running as part of in the May 25 European Parliament elections performs poorly at the ballot box.

Venizelos’s return to the subject caused friction in the two-party government on Wednesday.

In a televised interview broadcast late on Tuesday, Venizelos told Alpha TV that if the election result raises questions about the coalition’s political legitimacy he would hold talks with President Karolos Papoulias (to inform him that PASOK would be leaving the government) rather than Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (to discuss where the coalition would go next).

“Or MPs would not be able to support bills, the government would not be able to function properly; there would be constant doubts,” said Venizelos to explain why the coalition would not survive a poor elections result.

The PASOK leader did not put a precise figure on what he believes would constitute a reasonable result for the Olive Tree. SYRIZA MP Dimitris Papadimoulis suggested this week that if support for his party is able to surpass what New Democracy and PASOK garner together it would cause a “political earthquake.”

Sources said that the prime minister and his aides were angered by Venizelos’s comments as they believe he is creating a sense of instability around the coalition.

In an interview on ANT1 TV, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said the upcoming elections would be “the referendum on the memorandum that didn’t happen in May 2010,” referring to Greece’s first bailout agreement with its troika of international creditors.

Though emphasizing that SYRIZA does not “hold a magic wand that will take us back to 2009,” Tsipras did mention certain changes the leftists were committed to bringing about. He said these would include the restoration of the minimum wage, which was reduced to 586 euros from 750.

The leftist leader said his party would also focus on stabilizing the economy to draw investment and create much-needed jobs, but he didn’t elaborate. Tsipras further repeated his challenge to have a televised debate with Samaras, noting that the premier could set the terms.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday May 14, 2014 (21:43)  
Finance Ministry officials to discuss talks progress as EU pushes for action
Trial of suspects in Salamina torture case starts
Turkish seismic research vessel leaves Cyprus EEZ
Mother of Conspiracy convict released, girlfriend remains in custody
Business sentiment in decline
Business sentiment and consumer confidence were in decline in March, according to a monthly survey conducted by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) and published on Tu...
Ministry headache over T-bills
The Finance Ministry is trying to find a solution to cover treasury bills to be issued next Wednesday, while the payment of the next tranche to the International Monetary Fund the following ...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
AEK could get a wild card to the Euroleague
AEK shows capable of climbing as high as third in the Basket League, as its 16-point home win over third-placed Aris on Sunday confirmed it can challenge both Aris and PAOK to the first spot...
SOCCER
Cyprus soccer eyes reunion after 60-year divorce
Turkish Cypriot soccer officials on Monday vowed to press ahead with attempts to reunite with the Cyprus Football Association, (CFA), triggering a political storm on the ethnically-split isl...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Amateur antics or overstepping the mark?
There are 149 plus two reasons why those who have been watching SYRIZA’s progress since its start cannot and never will be able to stomach the leftist party’s coalition with Independent Gree...
EDITORIAL
A pointless debate
Monday’s parliamentary debate between the country’s political leaders left a lot to be desired. There was no information whatsoever about the coalition government’s proposed reforms or the p...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. AEK could get a wild card to the Euroleague
2. Business sentiment in decline
3. Ministry headache over T-bills
4. Lafazanis reaches preliminary energy package deal in Russia
5. Bank recap cash can’t be used for other purposes
6. EIB said to have frozen funding
more news
Today
This Week
1. Amateur antics or overstepping the mark?
2. Parliamentary speaker prompts ND walkout, anger from PASOK, Potami
3. Greece, EU/IMF lenders end round of technical talks without deal
4. Investment guru Mark Mobius rules out Grexit, advises sell-offs
5. A pointless debate
6. Greek government proposes measures worth 3.7 bln
Today
This Week
1. Next Monday is D-Day for state funds
2. Eurogroup unlikely to be held soon to discuss Greek reforms
3. Moscow expects progress from Tsipras visit
4. Some more equal than others
5. Greece to present reforms by Monday, says gov't spokesman [Update]
6. Greece optimistic on deal with euro area next week
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.