New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to meet To Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis on Thursday and PASOK chief Fofi Gennimata on Friday as part of his round of talks with the heads of opposition parties since taking over but also amid growing discussion about the possibility of cooperation between these groups.
Mitsotakis’s meetings with the two leaders are coming after New Democracy took the lead in two opinion polls published over the weekend and some PASOK and Potami officials suggested that their parties may be better off working with the conservatives.
Former PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos called on Monday for “the broadest possible cooperation of pro-European, democratic forces.” In an op-ed written just days after Gennimata said there is a big gulf separating the conservatives from the Socialists, Venizelos took a different line and argued that the parties, which have shown “political responsibility” over the last few years, should find a way of cooperating.
Venizelos accused SYRIZA of not accepting the transformation it has been forced to make and continuing to “cause national damage.”
Mitsotakis named former ministers Costis Hatzidakis and Adonis Georgiadis as his vice presidents Monday. Hatzidakis will be responsible for drafting the party’s policy program while Georgiadis will oversee its parliamentary activity.