The duel for the presidency of the party of New Democracy

The duel for the presidency of the party of New Democracy

Athens, January 9, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Olga Mavrou

In a few hours the members of the conservative party of New Democracy will elect their new leader and hopefully (for them) the one that might lead them to a victory over SYRIZA in the next elections. The two candidates seem to have some differences in their profile, Meimarakis being a more traditionally right wing politician and Mitsotakis being more of a centrist and modern. On the other hand Meimarakis is criticised for his “soft” opposition to Tsipras and for his populism, while Mitsotakis is criticised for representing the Greek elite, being, among other things,  the son of an ex Prime minister.

The fact is that the two men are less different than they appear at least in the core of their policies and as far as it concerns the issues that bother the citizens. All those issues are dictated in such an extent by the creditors of Greece, that many people wander if it really makes a difference who the leader of New Democracy will be. And  even if the two candidates indeed imagined a different handling of the  future for Greece, the result of the election (as the polls show) will oblige them both  to accept some of the principles of their adversary. Since probably the winner will get a marginal or small majority, he will inevitably accept some of the principles of his opponent. The polls do not predict a clear victory with a gap of 20% . So,. if Meimarakis wins he will have to adopt some of the “centrism” of Mitsotakis, and if Mitsotakis wins, he will have to adopt some of the traditional right wing policies of Meimarakis.