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Year of puzzles and challenges

04 January 2010 / 16:01:57  GRReporter
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Will the new law for parliamentary elections be voted for? Will Greece win its lost territory in regards to foreign policy? Will Antonis Samaras manage to save New Democracy? These are some of the many issues that we will face in coming months.

The government said it had decided to adopt the German model and to activate new processes for the generation of political cadres. The plans of PM Giorgios Papandreou and Minister of Interior Yannis Rangousis are filled with ambition to change the electoral law and to make a bold administrative reform that will reduce the number of municipalities by two thirds by eliminating the existence of current communities and will introduce the institution of elective regional ruler.

Minister Rangousis has already appointed a commission of scientists, who will prepare their proposals for a "new architecture" of the administrative division of the country, so in fall the municipal elections will be held under the new administrative map. The reform based on the plans "Kapodistriya” and “Kapodistria 2", will continue as planned which aim to create strong local governments, which will function as local governments.

The new bill regarding the change of electoral system according to the model of Germany, is expected to face the discontent of New Democracy, and without its support the bill will not be able to be voted for.

At a time when the PM speaks about a threat to the sovereignty of the country due to the economic crisis, the government will have to take difficult decisions about foreign policy, where the three main themes (the name of the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, the Cyprus issue and the Greek-Turkish relations) will move at high speed. According to Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas Greece should take some initiatives. This way the country will be able to regain its lost political capital over the past six years. Thus, Athens will try to declare its presence in the Middle East, countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, with which it has “lost” connection.

The first month of the new year will be crucial for the Greek economy. According to sources, the government will await the arrival of representatives from the European Commission in the middle of this week before sending the plan for the stabilization of the country in Brussels, which will probably be submitted informally on January 15.

The opposition is facing another question - whether Antonis Samaras will be able to save New Democracy, manage to preserve the unity of the party, in order to win the public vote during the  municipal elections in fall and to mitigate the impact of the right LAOS?

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