Gennimata attacks SYRIZA, New Democracy on KINAL 1-year anniversary

Gennimata attacks SYRIZA, New Democracy on KINAL 1-year anniversary

Fofi Gennimata addressed the members of the Movement for Change (KINAL), to celebrate the one year anniversary since its establishment.

The leader of the center-left political formation used the occasion to launch a scathing attack on the ruling left-wing SYRIZA party and the conservative main opposition New Democracy party.

Gennimata said premier Alexis Tsipras is “playing his final card” and “going all in” with “the cynicism of a card player, not the responsibility of a Prime Minister”, as his government enters its final year in power.

She went on to list a series of policy areas where the PM appears to have failed, including the handling of the FYROM name dispute, pension reform, relations with the Church of Greece, taxation and constitutional review.

The Movement for Change is alarmed by apparent attempts by SYRIZA to edge closer to the center-left and approach the Party of European Socialists, with a view to positioning itself closer to the political center ahead of the 2019 European and general elections.

Last week, Tsipras attended a conference of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), during which he called on “progressive political forces” in Europe to defend the European project against the rise of the far-right.

Fofi Gennimata is fighting off efforts by Tsipras to approach the Party of European Socialists, especially since the latter supported the agreement on the name dispute between the governments of Athens and Skopje.

Nevertheless, Gennimata also took the opportunity to attack the center-right New Democracy led by Kyriacos Mitsotakis. She accused the party of having no program or plan for the future, while arguing that Mitsotakis and Tsipras are two sides of the same coin.

The Movement for Change has repeatedly rejected the notion of forming a coalition with New Democracy to oust SYRIZA in the next election. Gennimata said her party can be a determinant factor in the 2019 election but will not side with any party for the sake of making up the numbers./IBNA