Greek Political Games in the Shadow of the Evaluation process

Greek Political Games in the Shadow of the Evaluation process


Delays in the closure of the evaluation process as well as the consequences this might have on the economy and the political system, is a major issue for both the coalition SYRIZA-ANEL government and their parties as well as the opposition.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, is pushing for a political solution for the closure of the evaluation. Both in Rome on March 25, as well as in Madrid on April 10 where the third Euro-Mediterranean summit will take place, the Greek Prime Minister, is pressing for the closure of the evaluation as soon as possible.

What’s now high on the agenda of the Greek Prime Minister is the connection between the closure of the evaluation process with a clear solution for the Greek debt. This new element on Tsipras’ agenda which was made known both at the SYRIZA Political Secretariat meeting on Saturday and in an intervention in the newspaper “Kyriakatiko Ethos” has a double meaning for audience both inside and outside Greece.

The implementation of any measures desired by the lenders with a solution for the debt, “releases” the institutions to take what they want from Greece, providing a solution for the debt problem which the toughest of the lenders – the IMF – is seeking. This move in fact brings the institutions head to head. The question is whether this is in Greece’s favour.

On the other hand, on the domestic front, the connection of new measures with the solution for debt and evaluation closure enables the parties of the coalition for a new narrative for negotiation, but also provides the key that will open the door for possible elections, if appropriate.

New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is beginning his own struggle in a bid to weaken the government through a front of opposition parties he is trying to create, as he has already met with Ms Fofi Gennimata and is expected to meet with other political leaders.

This move cannot go unnoticed and can be associated with recent moves of both the former Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis (PASOK) and the Governor of the Bank of Greece Yiannis Stournaras  who have both expressed their opposition to government policy and indirectly placed themselves in the midst of the political process.

The question is why are these moves being made now?

Perhaps they believe that the SYRIZA ANEL coalition government has come to an end thus they are preparing for the future. Since the signing of the first Memorandum, the lifetime of a “Memorandum” government is about two years, and perhaps this is the reason.

However the Greek government recently, has opened up Pandora’s box by releasing scandals, which in one way or another affect the President of ND and his party, former Prime Minister Costas Simitis and the Governor of the Bank of Greece.

Investigation committees have already commenced in Parliament concerning the scandals of the past and a hearing has also commenced on the Siemens scandal, which according to press reports, not only involves Kyriakos Mitsotakis but also his family.

Nevertheless these all remain to be proven and time can act either as an ally or as an enemy both for the government as well as the opposition./IBNA