Wednesday March 4, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
20o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Church, SYRIZA seek understanding

 Signs that crisis has led to improved relations between two sides previously at odds

Tectonic shifts in the political landscape caused by Greece’s economic meltdown have fomented a tacit alliance between Orthodox Church leaders and the secular left-wing SYRIZA party, analysts say.

Poised to win the next parliamentary election, whenever that may take place, SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras appears keen to build bridges with the deeply conservative Church, which, controversially for some, remains one of the most influential institutions in the debt-hit country.

In response to SYRIZA’s rise, analysts say, Archbishop Ieronymos wants to establish a platform for discussion with the main opposition, like it has with other parties.

Such rapprochement may come as a surprise considering the two sides’ differences on a series of key issues, including the separation of Church and state – a perennial demand of the liberal faction of Greek society.

Tsipras is not married to his longtime partner and mother of his two children, who have not been christened. But after the SYRIZA leader’s father Pavlos Tsipras died last month, Ieronymos officiated at the funeral.

The two sides have recently found common ground in their social work and criticism of Greece’s foreign creditors. Leftist officials have also welcomed the clergy’s denigration of the neofascist Golden Dawn party.

“We are very lucky that Ieronymos is archbishop at this difficult moment,” Nikos Pappas, a senior SYRIZA figure, told Kathimerini.

Orthodoxy is recognized by the Greek Constitution as the country’s official religion. Surveys suggest about 80 percent of Greeks believe in God. This makes them among Europe’s strongest Christians, although many are infrequent churchgoers.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday November 24, 2012 (18:11)  
Merkel says eurozone has hands full with existing Greek bailout program
Premature to talk about 3rd Greek bailout, EU´s Juncker says
Chomsky: EU reaction to Greek bid to reverse austerity was ´extremely savage´
Schaeuble: Greece needs to fulfill terms of agreement before further aid
Germany says third Greek aid package not on Eurogroup agenda
Eurozone finance ministers have no plans to discuss a possible third rescue package for Greece when they meet on Monday, a German finance ministry spokesman said on Wednesday after a Spanish...
Success of Greek reforms rest on implementation, says Lagarde
The success of Greece's reform plan depends on the framework that is put in place and how the overhaul is implemented, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday. ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Super League restarts, but behind closed doors
Deputy Minister for Sports Stavros Kontonis announced on Wednesday the resumption of the Super League this weekend after it was suspended last week following crowd trouble at the Athens derb...
SOCCER
Marinakis fines Olympiakos players
Olympiakos president Evangelos Marinakis on Monday fined the team 500,000 euros for disappointing performances and called on them to make a «sacrifice» to win trophies or leave. "Olympiakos ...
Inside Sports
FOCUS
Greek officials have ruffled feathers in Brussels for not having good diplomatic manners
Strapped for cash and under pressure to deliver on reforms, Greece's new radical government has ruffled feathers in Brussels by not respecting the diplomatic niceties of the negotiating tabl...
COMMENTARY
Up the creek without a paddle
One of the issues that dominated the country’s pre-election debate was whether SYRIZA, which eventually won the vote, had worked out a plan B. It was clear from the start that its much-hyped...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Super League restarts, but behind closed doors
2. Germany says third Greek aid package not on Eurogroup agenda
3. Success of Greek reforms rest on implementation, says Lagarde
4. Merkel says eurozone has hands full with existing Greek bailout program
5. Premature to talk about 3rd Greek bailout, EU´s Juncker says
6. Chomsky: EU reaction to Greek bid to reverse austerity was ´extremely savage´
more news
Today
This Week
1. Up the creek without a paddle
2. Greek officials have ruffled feathers in Brussels for not having good diplomatic manners
3. Panousis says no official decision on undocumented migrants
4. More Germans booking holidays in Greece, tourism chief says
5. ECB glimpse of Cyprus debt shows limits of bank cleanup
6. For Greece, a lesson from Ireland, Kenny says
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. The Greek tax drama
5. The unlikely winners of Greece's surrender on euro
6. Tsipras reversal draws Greek sympathy as party rumblings rise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.