A Greek proverb says that e good captain can be recognized during a thunderstorm. Obviously the Greek PM Kostas Karamanlis knows it very well, because during the last days before the elections on Sunday he has undertaken a fight for every vote. With two rallies per day in different parts of Greece and obviously counting on his great orator abilities, which charm and convince, the New Democracy leader is trying to turn the results in his favor even though the prognosis are very unfavorable – 7.5% lead for PASOK.
“Victory depends on us, it is on our hands,” said Kostas Karamanlis on a big rally in the port city Lavrio. “The others don’t have a plan, they are hiding their cards. The good quick gains are turning into a long-term burden for the economy and all citizens,” added Mr. Karamanlis. The Prime Minister criticized the plans of the socialists to review the Bourgas-Alexandroupoli pipeline contract, to increase the state participation in the already sold to Deutsche Telecom OTE, and to review the privatization of Olympic. “They are giving empty promises,” commented Karamanlis on Papandreou’s promises to increase salaries with a percentage higher than the inflation rate.
On a rally filled with people on Aristotle square in Thessaloniki, the New Democracy leader advised the citizens of the city to ask the socialists what kind of taxes they will introduce, what they will do with the retirement age, how they will reform the retirements finds, and where will the budget deficit reach. Regarding immigration he said that immigrants have rights but illegal immigration needs to be stopped.
The pre-election events of both parties will end tomorrow. Georgios Papandreou will speak at a big PASOK rally in Thessaloniki and the final rally of New Democracy will be in Athens.