The political council of the main conservative opposition New Democracy convened on Friday morning to decide on the line the party should take vis-a-vis the SYRIZA and Independent Greeks ruling coalition.
The meeting came after ND leader Antonis Samaras ratcheted up the rhetoric opposite the new leftist-led coalition, essentially accusing it of misleading voters over the agreement signed at the February 20 Eurogroup. In a long statement on Thursday Samaras accused the new government of “not only not tearing up the memorandum but co-signing it.” He added that the reason the government has not brought the extension agreement to a vote in Parliament is because it fears reaction within its own ranks. Government officials have said the pact will be brought to the House for discussion but not a vote which Greece is not legally required to carry out, they say.
Responding to Samaras’ critique on Thursday, government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaidis accused the former premier of being “in a complete strategic deadlock.”