A race without content

Interest in the upcoming election of New Democracy’s new leader is limited to a small minority of people who like to follow the conservatives' in-party developments and barely registers with society at large.

However, if there is anything that has managed to generate some interest, its the personal rivalries and gossip that have marked the campaign.

This country needs a strong center-right opposition that will be able to contest for power when the occasion arises. What it does not need is a party engaging in a populist race with the government.

So, in the little time that remains until the ballot, the four conservative candidates – Evangelos Meimarakis, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Adonis Georgiadis – must carry out a serious debate about their positions on key issues. If the race degenerates into a beauty pageant without serious political content, few people will go to vote and New Democracy will not succeed in making an overture to society.

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