The new election race has now officially started with furious opposition, coalition attempts between the parties, battles in the polls between the two parties that received the most votes in the recent elections - New Democracy and SYRIZA. Add to all this the ongoing events regarding Angela Merkel’s proposal for the referendum on Greece remaining in the eurozone to be held along with elections.
The functionary prime minister seemingly calmed down the spirits about the proposal of the German chancellor made during a telephone conversation with President Carlos Papoulias, but Der Spiegel magazine confirmed in a publication that Angela Merkel has actually made a proposal to hold a referendum. Berlin officially disproved this message on Friday evening, however the office of the Greek president insisted, that such a proposal had really been made. According to the German press on the other hand a similar idea had also been proposed last week by the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble at a meeting of the eurozone finance ministers.
"I think this issue was over on Friday. What is important and what we need to focus on is the summit on Wednesday, and there we must go well prepared", said the Functionary Prime Minister of Greece Panagiotis Pikramenos.
In any case, the leader of SYRIZA went back to the question which provoked on Friday a storm of reactions, indicating that this is "unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state." In a message he also stressed that "this proposal is in conformity with the policy led by Samaras and Venzilos, whose common goal is to terrorize society and to change the dilemmas of the next election."
New Democracy suggested a TV battle Samaras - Tsipras
Meanwhile the spokesman of New Democracy Yiannis Mihelakis proposed that a televised debate be held between Antonis Samaras and Alexis Tsipras. Regarding Merkel’s proposal for a possible referendum, Mihelakis reiterated that this could not happen and that the citizens have already clearly indicated their position.
PASOK in turn suggested a debate between all the leaders
The spokesman of PASOK Fofi Gennimata did not hide her surprise at Mihelakis’ proposal. "This is the same person who evaded proposals for debate between the leaders before the first elections under various pretexts", said Gennimata and indicated that the "sudden volte-face of New Democracy shows many things."
The spokesman of PASOK accused New Democracy that "both then and now" it wants to avoid at all costs a dialogue between Venizelos and Samaras. "We believe in the dialogue and we are offering television debates between the leaders of all parties on all key issues", said in conclusion Gennimata.
An attack of Aleka Papariga against New Democracy and SYRIZA
In turn, the Secretary of the Communist Party KKE Aleka Papariga made a simultaneous attack against New Democracy and SYRIZA.
Papariga stressed that people will be disappointed both by the Government of New Democracy and that of SYRIZA, and that the situation will get worse because "we will get the same results." Regarding New Democracy, Papariga noted that the goal of Samaras is to destroy the KKE, and that’s why he’s using strong anticommunist rhetoric. With regards to SYRIZA the Secretary General of KKE stressed that the extreme leftist party has concentrated mainly on the memorandum, while in practice it cannot be repealed and Greece should remain in the European Union.
Fotis Kouvelis: What they are trying to do is a bad imitation of the bipartisanship model
"What they are trying to do is a bad imitation of the bipartisanship model", said the leader of the Democratic Left party Fotis Kouvelis before candidate MPs and party members at a hotel in downtown Athens.
As he explained, "on the one side will be the threat and fear caused by PASOK and New Democracy through the dilemma 'euro or drachma', on the other - the populist rhetoric of a populist left party, which is hovering between the discussions regarding the loan agreement and the memorandum, through the "freezing" to get to a "review" of the overall strategic framework".
«The Democratic Leftist is the third pole, the one that tells people "do not fall into the trap of this bad imitation of a bipartisanship model"», said Kouvelis and asked for the support of the citizens so as not to go to new elections after the 17th of June, but for a progressive government to be formed to lead the country out of the crisis.
LAOS will participate independently in the elections
Meanwhile, during the general meeting of the Executive Secretariat and the former parliamentary group of the party it was decided for the far-right party LAOS to participate independently in the elections on the 17th of June.
According to sources, the leader of LAOS has offered three options: first - independent participation in the elections, second - cooperation with New Democracy, and third - cooperation with New Democracy, but in a more "loose" form. Ultimately, after the discussions with an overwhelming majority it was decided that LAOS participate independently in the elections on the 17th of June.
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