New Democracy did not lose Sunday’s elections just because of the government’s economic policy of austerity, as the battle for the European Parliament saw the conservative party in a state of disunity.
High-profile ND party officials were completely absent in the runup to the polls during a tough campaigning period, while others in the conservative camp chose to throw their support behind smaller parties. There were even those who seemed to relish the idea of a defeat because it would better serve their personal interests.
The battle for governance as well as the political battle was essentially fought by a group of capable young officials who also form a very promising foundation for the party’s future.
Of course, the responsibility ultimately lies with the prime minister, who is responsible for creating unity and a collective policy line in the government by the choices he makes for key appointments.