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The ‘keys’ to a New Democracy majority

COSTIS P. PAPADIOCHOS

After scoring a significant lead in last month’s European Parliament elections against ruling SYRIZA, opposition New Democracy is relying on two key factors that will determine whether or not it will win by an outright majority: turnout and the fate of three parties that will be battling to reach the 3 percent threshold needed to make it into the 300-seat Parliament.

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SYRIZA trailing New Democracy by 8 percent, new poll finds

New Democracy was given an 8-point lead over ruling SYRIZA in a new public opinion poll conducted by Pulse for Skai TV and published on Thursday, with 35 percent of respondents saying they intend to vote for the center-right opposition against 27 percent supporting the incumbent leftists.

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Valuable voters

ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

It used to be possible to predict the outcome of an election with some certainty. The key lay in guessing which way the middle-ground voters would swing; those who had voted for PASOK’s Costas Simitis and then New Democracy’s Costas Karamanlis, those who had voted for Karamanlis and then George Papandreou, and thought of themselves as “homeless” centrists.

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SYRIZA, ND spat over party leaders' TV debate

Greece's two main parties continued to disagree on Friday about whether to hold a televised debate with the two main contenders, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, or one with all political leaders – minus neo-Nazi Golden Dawn.

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