Restoring confidence?

Occasionally, the level of debate in Parliament can degenerate quite dramatically, as we witnessed on Wednesday when opposition PASOK chief George Papandreou called for a vote of no confidence against Economy Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis, prompting Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to grab his chance and call for a vote of confidence in the government. The fact that Papandreou’s ambush had been predicted by two pro-government newspapers only made the incident all the more tragicomic. But perhaps the PASOK chief sees the three-day debate as an opportunity to overcome his party’s problems of identity and ideology. However, irrespective of first impressions of the PASOK chief – which were extremely negative according to rivals as well as many supporters – such debates in Parliament generally serve to rally the party faithful around their leaders. Over the past few weeks, Papandreou has found himself in a difficult position due to internal strife and conflicting opinions among high-profile party figures. For three days, however, their attention has shifted to the government, and Papandreou will find himself applauded and a surface cohesion will be restored… Nevertheless, it is clear that the government will receive a resounding vote of confidence on Sunday night, and all talk of a Cabinet reshuffle will be postponed indefinitely…

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.