Wednesday November 26, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
13o C
8o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Samaras says Tsipras playing with fire over snap polls

With SYRIZA leading in two new opinion polls on Thursday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras accused the opposition party of risking “blowing everything into the air” by threatening to push for snap elections if it comes out on top in Sunday’s polls.

Speaking in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, Samaras urged voters to back his party on Sunday so he could complete his task as prime minister. “I know that despite the bitterness or disappointment you may feel, deep down in your souls you know that I am giving the last ounce of energy I have to ensure that our country stands on its feet and does not return to the nightmare we experienced,” he told the audience.

Samaras accused SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras of irresponsibility and called on Greeks to reject his “opportunism.” “His little game regarding early elections could blow everything into the air,” said the prime minister.

Tsipras indicated in an interview with Skai TV on Wednesday that a victory of four to six percentage points for his party over the conservatives in the European elections would be considered enough by the opposition to demand snap elections. Two new surveys put SYRIZA ahead but gave it a smaller margin of victory. A Rass poll for Parapolitika.gr put the leftists on 25.3 percent and New Democracy on 22.5 percent. A Pulse survey for To Pontiki newspaper sees SYRIZA gaining 25 percent and the conservatives 22.5 percent.

In a final bid to convince voters about his message, Samaras is due to deliver a speech at a rally in Syntagma Square on Friday night.

It was Tsipras’s turn to address Athenians on Thursday. At a gathering in Omonia Square, he made an appeal to young voters, who predominantly vote for the leftist party, to cast their ballots on Sunday. He also welcomed the support of Greeks who had previously supported other parties.

“Every citizen of this country, regardless of his political past and how he voted until now, is now called to respond to the patriotic and democratic invitation from SYRIZA,” said Tsipras, who promised to restore the minimum wage to 751 euros per month and increase monthly unemployment benefits to 461 euros.

The SYRIZA leader said that Sunday’s election must be seen as a vote on whether the ND-PASOK coalition should remain in power.

“It is a historic referendum, like the one 40 years ago that got rid of the palace [royal family],” he said. “This one will rid us of another corrupt palace, that of the economic and political establishment that led our country to the destructive memorandums.”

Tsipras is due to round off his campaign at a rally in Iraklio, Crete, on Friday evening.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday May 22, 2014 (21:34)  
Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete
Policemen suspected of working at Piraeus bar where shooting took place
Ankara proposes private firm to seek natural gas off Cyprus
Further tension builds up at universities
Debtors snap up offer for easier settlements
The government’s plan for the settlement debts to the state is paying off as Greeks are signing up in numbers for the more favorable payment scheme. In less than 24 hours since the opening o...
Belgium gas firm said to be eyeing DESFA
Belgian natural gas network operator Fluxys is said to be eyeing the Greek gas grid, after signing an agreement on Monday with its Greek counterpart (DESFA) for the drafting of a study on th...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Atletico eyes last 16 berth against Olympiakos
Greek champion Olympiakos faces a tough task if it is to prevent last season's beaten finalist Atletico Madrid sealing its passage into the last 16 of the Champions League at the Vicente Cal...
SOCCER
EPO ends soccer suspension, Super League resumes
Soccer action will resume this weekend after the Super League convened on Monday, elected a new president and alternate president and sent a letter to the soccer federation that assures it t...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Beware of the fallen idols
Akis Tsochatzopoulos, a legendary figure of the Greek socialist movement, a man who came very close to taking over the party that governed the country for half of the time following the fall...
EDITORIAL
The hard truth
The coalition government must tell the truth to the Greek people, even if this entails admitting to mistakes made over the last few months. The country’s citizens are fully aware of how cruc...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete
2. Atletico eyes last 16 berth against Olympiakos
3. Debtors snap up offer for easier settlements
4. Belgium gas firm said to be eyeing DESFA
5. OLP approval paves way for investment in Piraeus
6. Airport tender exceeds expectations
more news
Today
This Week
1. Anastasiades to undergo heart surgery in the US on Dec 4
2. Cargo vessel carrying hundreds of migrants adrift southeast of Crete
3. Trade deficit widens by 8.7 percent during Jan-Sept period, says ELSTAT report
4. Two police officers among 9 arrested for drug trafficking
5. Fraport, Copelouzos offer highest bid for Greek regional airports
6. Stop Mediterranean becoming vast migrant cemetery, Pope tells Europe
Today
This Week
1. Double quake on Atalanti fault line rattles Greek capital [Update]
2. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
3. Give Greece a chance
4. Every age has its collaborators
5. Carlsberg takes control of Greek brewer Olympic Brewery [Update]
6. Scientists expand excavation of ancient Amphipolis
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.