Monday November 24, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
On the road to elections

By Pantelis Boukalas

It’s mid-February and we are still some time away from May’s European Parliament and local authority elections. The candidates remain the subject of speculation, both for the European elections and the parties that will participate – with new names and old – and for the local polls. That said, we should be wary about taking opinion polls for granted – we know better, given how many times they have been wrong – and put more thought into where we should place the last vestige of faith we have in the political system.

The first thing that is certain is the Greek political system is in a state of chaos. What with the memorandum and the troika, which have radically redrawn the political map by bringing about fragmentation in some parties, ousters and departures in others and the creation of new groupings, the twin elections in May are also acting as catalysts for major changes. The puzzle, which is currently still more or less in pieces, will soon start taking on its new form, through this will probably only be temporary. So, through March, April and May, until the morning of the day when things will have to start taking on their final shape, the feverish buildup and preparations will continue.

New Democracy will have to fight its many renegades and SYRIZA to make up for numerous mistakes in its selection of candidates and quell some of the passions that run so deep within its ranks. PASOK will be wrestling with the new Initiative of the 58 created by center-leftists in an effort to convince them that Socialist party leader Evangelos Venizelos is the true heir and propagator of Costas Simitis as well as with Democratic Left. Democratic Left, for its part, will be battling Venizelos and PASOK renegade Andreas Loverdos, who struck out alone and took the leftists for a ride, as well as with party cadres who are not happy with playing for two sides, but are also looking for a third.

No party will come out of these elections unscathed, not even the communists of KKE, which will probably face its biggest problems in the period between the anticipated two rounds of the elections if the final battles come down to the people choosing between those who are “constitutional” and the neo-Nazis.

For the renegades to be convinced to drop out of the race in order to increase support for the official candidates of the party to which they once belonged, we will hear them flattered in public. Behind closed doors, however, they will be threatened, frightened and blackmailed into toeing the line. After all, the party leadership knows the bad just as well as the good that its cadres have done. Basically, partisan politics and the leader-centric model of party operations will prevail once again.

And, of course, the candidates put forward by New Democracy and PASOK will pretend not to be under the thumb of their parties.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday February 18, 2014 (09:32)  
Extremism from a bygone era
No call for more games
Is Europe paying attention?
A reasonable agreement
Greek air traffic controllers say they will join Thursday´s general strike
Greek air traffic controllers said on Monday that they will take part in Thursday’s general strike, which is likely to lead to disruption at the country’s airports. The strike has been calle...
Livestock breeders to protest in central Athens on Tuesday
Greek livestock breeders are due to protest in central Athens on Tuesday in the hope they will be able to secure a meeting with officials from the Agriculture Ministry. The farmers are due t...
Inside News
Traders eye developments with creditors
The last week of November began with minor losses for the Greek bourse’s benchmark as traders are anticipating developments regarding a pending review of the Greek program’s progress by the ...
ILO calls for urgent action in Greece to create jobs, tackle social problems
The International Labor Organization (ILO) called on Monday for a change in policy in Greece to boost employment and prevent a social crisis. In its “Productive Jobs for Greece” study, which...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Olympiakos ends PAOK´s unbeaten run in Basket League
Olympiakos put an end to PAOK’s unbeaten run in the Basket League with an emphatic win at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, leaving Panathinaikos as the only team with a perfect record so fa...
INTERVIEW
Tokyo hopes to change the world
The 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will serve as a springboard for the rebuilding of Japan’s image and economy following the triple blow of the earthquake, tsunami and nuc...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Traders eye developments with creditors
2. Greek air traffic controllers say they will join Thursday´s general strike
3. ILO calls for urgent action in Greece to create jobs, tackle social problems
4. Livestock breeders to protest in central Athens on Tuesday
5. Draghi urgency for ECB action gets final reality check
6. Greece to scrap need for permits in some 900 professions
more news
Today
This Week
1. Scientists expand excavation of ancient Amphipolis
2. Greek officials to meek troika chiefs in Paris to break review stalemate
3. EU said to plan 21 billion-euro risk-sharing fund for investment
4. Biden informs Anastasiades about content of talks with Erdogan
5. Police seek to name man who opened fire with AK47 at Piraeus bar
6. Countdown to missed opportunity for EU economy
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. Anti-junta uprising anniversary to be marked amid tight security
4. Every age has its collaborators
5. Give Greece a chance
6. Carlsberg takes control of Greek brewer Olympic Brewery [Update]
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.